Bob Boilen

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Song Premiere: Bon Iver Writes A Tune For Zach Braff

Monday, June 30, 2014

We know that music is important to Zach Braff. The soundtrack to his last film, Garden State, was integral to the story and introduced many to bands like The Shins. While working on his new film, Wish I Was Here, he asked a number of musicians to write ...

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Guess Monday's Mystery Song Premiere

Saturday, June 28, 2014

On Monday at noon we're premiering a brand-new song from an artist we love. Until then, we're leaving you this puzzle to ponder: Who is Monday's Mystery Musician?

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A Catchy Synth-Pop 'Summer Jam' From Grimes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Claire Boucher, best known as Grimes, has a new song. It's the first new music we've heard from Grimes since she made a lot of noise with her album Visions in 2012. In a press release, she calls the new song, "Go," which features Michael Diamond, a 22-year-old ...

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The Family Crest, 'The World'

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Here's a breathtaking video from my favorite new band, The Family Crest. What I love about this San Francisco-based seven-piece band is their boundless joy. Liam McCormick, the main singer and driving force, has a huge voice, schooled in opera and jazz. And to fit the epic nature of the ...

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The Making Of OK Go's 'The Writing's On The Wall' Video

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Last week OK Go posted a dizzying video for the band's new song "The Writing's On The Wall." In just seven days, it's been seen 7 million times, and for good reason: It's a brilliant mix of music, choreography and trickery. Well, we have a little treat for ...

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Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, June 23, 2014

Conor Oberst's new album has fast become my favorite of the Bright Eyes singer's solo projects, so having him come to NPR and perform a few of these songs at the Tiny Desk was especially exciting. The new music on Upside Down Mountain contains the sort of personal ...

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Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band

Monday, June 23, 2014

Of all the artists making music in the '60s and '70s and still making music today, Robert Plant continues to keep his music vital and interesting. His music with Alison Krauss in 2007 was steeped in the bluesy rock the singer does best, but it wasn't ...

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Song Premiere: Sylvan Esso Mixes It Up With Grouplove

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sylvan Esso, some of the brightest new makers of music this year, have just remixed "I'm With You," the leadoff track from Grouplove's 2013 album Spreading Rumors. What Sylvan Esso's electronic wiz Nick Sanborn has done to the song is transformative. That Philip Glass-style ...

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Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pianist Helen Sung is a dazzling and passionate player originally from Houston, Texas. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, she has played with such luminaries as Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis.

Sung appeared on Piano Jazz on the heels of her 2006 release, ...

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Song Premiere: The Shins And Zach Braff Reunite

Friday, June 20, 2014

It's been 10 years since the release and success of the film Garden State. That film and its soundtrack of collected songs propelled the filmmaker, Zach Braff, and the band The Shins into popular culture. Now, Braff is back with a Kickstarter-funded film called Wish I ...

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Song Premiere: alt-J, 'Hunger Of The Pine'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In 2012, alt-J made its debut with An Awesome Wave, and every one of those 13 songs would slay me. Now the band has returned with another shifting and intrepid sonic adventure, "Hunger of the Pine," which will appear on alt-J's second album, This Is All Yours, out on Sept. ...

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Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, June 16, 2014

Rodney Crowell performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways. He carries his songs the way he carries his old guitar: out in the open, no case, almost as an extension of his body.

The man from Crosby, Texas, has been writing country songs ...

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Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by J.S. Bach and partnering with the world's best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. I find his exuberance and their performance undeniably brilliant, ...

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Marian McLaughlin: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Marian McLaughlin is a unique musician based in the Washington/Baltimore area, and because she's lived in D.C., I've had a chance to watch her grow. She's an artist on her own path, making music like few others.

The closest comparisons might be Joanna Newsom or Diane Cluck, both ...

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After Learning To Loosen Up, Spoon Readies Its Return: The All Songs Interview

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Spoon's first album in four years is called They Want My Soul. It won't be released until Aug. 5, but frontman Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno recently joined All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to play some of the record and share the stories behind ...

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