Bob Boilen

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Special Delivery: The Postal Service Story

Monday, April 08, 2013

The Postal Service was a band for a generation — the soundtrack to romance, tears and friendship. More than a million people bought its first album, 2003's Give Up, then waited anxiously for a follow-up that never arrived.

Now, a decade later, comes a new tour. ...


Ivan & Alyosha: NPR Front Row

Friday, April 05, 2013

Playing a free concert comes with risks. Sure, more people will show up, but they may care less about who's on stage than they do about catching up with friends; ironically, it often means the band has to work harder to win over the crowd. Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha ...


First Watch: Lord Huron, 'Lonesome Dreams'

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Think of Lord Huron as an imaginary world as much as a rock band. Bandleader Ben Schneider has created characters and stories that fit together within an entire narrative filled with mystique. It's a bit dreamlike. To get an idea of how many layers there are in Schneider's invention, look ...


Blaudzun: NPR Front Row

Thursday, April 04, 2013

The Dutch band Blaudzun had its work cut out for it at the SXSW Music Festival, as it somehow wound up opening for a March 15 showcase of Turkish music. But Blaudzun's songs are so undeniably infectious that, by the time the band played "Elephants" — the song featured in ...


First Watch: Efterklang, "The Ghost"

Friday, March 29, 2013

"The video has a puzzle structure: the whole story progressively makes sense to the viewer as minutes go by."

That's director Victor Carrey telling us about the new video by the creative Danish band Efterklang for the song "The Ghost." The subject of ghosts is a fitting one ...


New Sigur Rós, New Direction? Watch The Video For 'Brennisteinn'

Friday, March 22, 2013

This is the most exciting new Sigur Rós song I've heard in a long time, and I love the band's music. "Brennisteinn" (sulfur) is a remarkably aggressive piece of music for musicians who can sound so ethereal: Dreamy elements remain, but they provide an underpinning rather than driving the pulse ...


Sinkane: NPR Front Row

Thursday, March 21, 2013

There's a saunter to the music of Sinkane that feels breezy and a bit mysterious, like it's just a build-up to a hypnotic frenzy. That vibe is on display in this song, "Jeeper Creeper," performed on a perfect Thursday night at Clive Bar's Filter magazine-sponsored show during SXSW 2013 in ...


Telekinesis: NPR Front Row

Thursday, March 21, 2013

You don't often see drums set up right near the lip of a stage, but not every band has a drummer as its focal point. Michael Benjamin Lerner formed Telekinesis by himself, and he plays most of the instruments on his records. But live at The Parish during South by ...


Song Premiere: Paperhaus, 'Helicopters'

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The musicians in Paperhaus live in my hometown of Washington, D.C., so I've seen this dynamic band more than a few times. In fact, they put on some of the best house concerts in the city, over a hundred of them at their own venue, also called the Paperhaus, so ...


Bob Boilen's 15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Unlike any other festival, South by Southwest is unique to everyone who attends. And I love that about this festival. With over 2,200 bands spread out over 100 venues and five days of music, everyone sees something different and walks away with different joys and discoveries. You could go to ...


Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, March 11, 2013

You're about to watch one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master work their magic. For too many of us, Irish music is something that merely gets trotted out around this time of year, associated with St. Patrick's Day and the coming of spring — ...


The Lone Bellow: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, March 04, 2013

After hearing The Lone Bellow's self-titled debut, I couldn't wait to play it for friends and on All Songs Considered — I knew people would love it. Still, honestly, I was unprepared for the stunning power of the band's live show. When you see this Tiny Desk Concert, I'm ...


David Bowie's New Song Is...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

There's another new song from David Bowie and it's called "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)." This is the second Bowie song in the past few months after a dry spell that lasted ten years. You can hear the song and watch the video, which contains some nudity.

Producer Tony ...


Five Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Black Friday

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This Friday, independent record stores will offer new, reissued and limited-edition vinyl. We pick some of the best, including a collaboration between My Morning Jacket and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.


Frank Ocean And Bon Iver Surprise Lucky NYC Fans

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

See photos from a surprise show featuring two of today's most recognizable voices.