Bob Boilen

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Eskimeaux: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, August 28, 2015

Eskimeaux's OK is easily my most played album of the year, next to the Courtney Barnett record. There's lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song. Here are OK's first lines:

In my dreams you're a bathtub running

You are warm and ...


Don't Know BOOTS? Here's Why You Should Listen Now

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOOTS is the most interesting new artist I've heard in 2015. You may have first encountered him writing and producing songs on Beyoncé's self-titled 2013 album. Earlier this year we premiered BOOTS' self-directed engaging short film/music video Motorcycle Jesus, complete with five brand new songs: his own songs.



New Mix: Foals, Telekinesis, Julia Holter, Rodrigo Amarante, More

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

This week's episode of All Songs Considered is a journey of sound. Bob has a new favorite noise app, so he and Robin Hilton go on a sonic expedition that includes a spring walk, a gaggle of purring kittens, and a rolling rain storm (thunder optional). As if ...


Caroline Rose: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 24, 2015

Caroline Rose plays music as if she's just met her new best friend: It's fresh, fun and performed with contagious enthusiasm. The title of the first song she played at the Tiny Desk — "Yip Yip Yow" — hints at the fun to come in this brief, blazing set.

Rose's ...


All Songs +1: Kathleen Hanna And The Return Of Bikini Kill

Friday, August 21, 2015

Bikini Kill, the feminist punk band at the forefront of the '90s riot grrrl movement, are about to reissue something few people have heard. The group's very first demo, Revolution Girl Style Now, is coming out not only in its original cassette format, but also on CD, vinyl, and ...


New Mix: Deerhunter, YACHT, Youth Lagoon, GEMS, More

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Bob Boilen is back after several weeks for this week's episode of All Songs Considered, and at least part of this week's show is Robin coming to terms with Bob's new beard. After moving through the stages of denial, grief and anger, Bob and Robin finally find acceptance by sharing ...


The Front Bottoms, 'Laugh Till I Cry'

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Ladies and gentlemen.
The DJ.
Just threw up.
On the dance floor.
Party is over.
It's time to go!"

The Front Bottoms strike my funny bone, my pleasure center and my heart all at once. The New Jersey band has been shouting anthems and fueling fans ...


Torres: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mackenzie Scott's quiet early music gave hints that she could get loud, but I still wasn't prepared for the ferocity of her new work. Recording as Torres, she spends her new album Sprinter unleashing as-yet-unheard intensity and power, all while performing with incredible prowess.

Sprinter is the album that taught ...


Song Premiere: GEMS, 'Living As A Ghost'

Monday, August 10, 2015

I savor the moment of finding a band to love. I relish those first singles and EPs, and hearing their live sound take shape on record. And then they release their debut album.

GEMS is that special group for me, a former hometown band about to be discovered by everyone ...


Guest DJ: Sylvan Esso

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

This ... Is The Show: Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, the singer and electronic artist behind the music of Sylvan Esso, join All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to play some of their favorite songs by other musicians. There's jazz from The Lounge Lizards, Icelandic ...


SOAK: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 03, 2015

The opening line of SOAK's debut album — "A teenage heart is an unguided dart" — contains the first words I heard from 19-year-old singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson. Now, she's bringing that fragile, pure, thickly Irish-accented voice to the Tiny Desk.

Before We Forgot How To Dream, SOAK's debut, is ...


Shamir: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, July 31, 2015

When I first saw Shamir at NPR Music's SXSW showcase, the 20-year-old singer popped on stage with a Yo Gabba Gabba T-shirt and proceeded to light up the night with his disco-infused funk and joyful energy.

Cut to this Tiny Desk Concert. Shamir Bailey is sitting alone on a ...


First Watch: Kalle Mattson, 'Avalanche'

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Attention all music geeks: Can you identify the 35 album covers Canadian singer Kalle Mattson re-creates in this video?

"Avalanche" is the title track for his new EP, to be released on Aug. 21. It's a big, bold sound for Kalle and draws from the influences of many of the ...


Paul Weller: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

There's a reason Paul Weller is so respected by his fans despite his shifts in musical styles over the years. Weller follows his heart and his tunes stay true to the times and his age. I first heard him in 1977, when I bought a British import of ...


Guest DJ: Leon Bridges

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Leon Bridges grew up listening to Usher, but his music suggests influences a generation removed. The Texas singer pairs irresistible pop charm with tightly-executed song structures. But his throwback act is no mere nostalgia trip.

In fact, Bridges explains in our interview that he never intended to write soul music. ...


First Watch: Imaginary People, "Simple Life"

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The singer in this video looks a bit like a creepy Andy Kaufman singing like a wide-eyed Bryan Ferry. He's Dylan Von Wagner, and the song is "Simple Life," by the group Imaginary People. The music is mostly brash, often dark, with shimmering yet punchy guitars and thundering drums. I ...


All Songs + 1: Josh Ritter's 'Sermon on the Rocks'

Monday, July 27, 2015

I'd never imagined a great song poet writing "Getting Ready to Get Down," but there we have it. It's a hard and humorous look at religion, sex and a "risky" teenager becoming herself despite Bible school intervention. I talked with Josh Ritter about this song, and you can ...


Dreams Do Come True: Sufjan Stevens At Newport Folk

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sufjan Stevens told the Newport Folk Festival crowd that this was his dream come true. What he never would have imagined in his wildest of dreams was that his performance was to follow a surprise performance from James Taylor. He was humbled to play after "Sweet Baby James," but honestly, ...


Newport Folk's Pink Floyd Moment

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The most puzzling musician on the lineup at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival was easily Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. For me, Pink Floyd represents the antithesis of folk music, with the band's psychedelic pulsating landscapes and big rock drums and guitars. Out there and psychedelic, yeah — down ...


New Music From Wilco, Night Beds, Lianne La Havas, More

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

We kick off this week's All Songs Considered with new music from Wilco. The band surprised fans by dropping a new album out of the blue late last week. It's called ... wait for it ... Star Wars, and Wilco is letting everyone download it for free from ...