Bob Boilen

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Rubblebucket: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Before Rubblebucket played its Tiny Desk Concert, its members asked if they could bring a confetti cannon. And, though I said no — dear coworkers, I really do care about you — the band still brought a fun mix of brass and brash to the Tiny Desk.

At the front ...


New Mix: Dan Deacon, THEESatisfaction, Jackson Scott, More

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This week on All Songs Considered: Our favorite electronic artist, Dan Deacon, is back with another playfully infectious dance party, one he recorded both in the studio and in bathrooms and greenrooms during his most recent tour. Also, NPR Music contributor Katie Presley joins us with a hypnotic groove from ...


Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, 'Stay With Me'

Monday, January 19, 2015

Trying to predict a musical future is impossible. I have proof: Bob Dylan is recording songs Frank Sinatra made popular! No one saw this coming and nothing could prepare us for it. It's weird and kind of wonderful. Here's a man clearly in love with the Great American Songbook and ...


First Listen: Amason, 'Sky City'

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Amason is a Swedish musical pastiche with a lot of names and a lot of talent: Gustav Ejstes (from Dungen), Amanda Bergman (who performs as Idiot Wind), Petter Winnberg (from Little Majorette) and Nils Törnqvist (from Miike Snow) all contribute voices and sounds. So it's no surprise that ...


Tiny Desk Contest Entries Just Keep Coming

Friday, January 16, 2015

Want to play a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music?

Already a few thousand of you have said yes, and now there are only days to go till the deadline: this Monday, Jan. 19. Truth be told, the competition is steep, but this is your chance to be heard.



The National Parks, 'Helsinki'

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The National Parks is a band from Utah, but place was so important to this song that they had a crew shoot this film in Finland to capture just the right feel. There's a tension in that opening guitar line that adds a bit of mystery to the ...


Daniel Lanois: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I came to know Daniel Lanois through his instrumental collaboration with Brian Eno, Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks, in 1983. I fell in love with Lanois' own music through his singing and the heartfelt, textured songs on albums like 1989's lovely Acadie (with its New Orleans flavor) and 1993's ...


First Listen: Red Baraat, 'Gaadi Of Truth'

Sunday, January 11, 2015

One of the greatest, biggest, most enjoyable brass bands has just made its best studio recording. Red Baraat is a beat- and brass-driven affair, with a double-headed Indian drum as its timekeeper and rhythm maker. Sunny Jain plays the dhol, and on Gaadi Of Truth he feeds those rhythms ...


Bob Boilen's Favorite Concert Photos Of 2014

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I go to so many shows, and for years I've been taking photos with my phone and posting them on my Instagram account @tinydesk. But a few months into 2014 I bought one of those tiny little mirrorless cameras by Sony. Then I caught the photo ...


662 Shows In 365 Days: Bob Boilen's Year In Concerts

Friday, January 09, 2015

I missed another year of TV shows. I missed every single Netflix and HBO series. I did, however, see four times as many movies in 2014 as I did in 2013: four, instead of just one. What I did see once again was a whole lot of live music, 662 ...


Andy Shauf, 'I'm Not Falling Asleep'

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Old stock film footage from the 1920s Saskatchewan Agricultural Archives is an odd but mysteriously perfect backdrop for this spare and pining tune from Canadian Andy Shauf. The piano-based song is a preview of his album The Bearer of Bad News, which comes out on Feb. 3.


A New Mix For The New Year: Panda Bear, The Go! Team, More

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

In case you missed it, we took a rocket ride to outer space for the holidays. But this week we re-dock at the mother ship Earth to ring in the new year toting a new mix that includes premieres from The Go! Team and


Trey Anastasio: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, January 05, 2015

The Phish star was in town to put on a huge show, but the songs here feel more personal than that. Watch Anastasio perform "Sleep Again," "Summer of '89" and "Backwards Down the Number Line."

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Have An Oddly Jolly Christmas: A Quirky Holiday Playlist

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hear an interview with Mitchell Kezin, a Christmas music "crate-digger," searching far and wide for rare holiday music of years past, along with a playlist featuring lesser-known Christmas gems.


Bob And Robin's Holiday In Space

Monday, December 22, 2014

In 2012 we — Bob and Robin, your two intrepid All Songs Considered hosts — celebrated the season by renting a cabin in a snowy woods for a holiday party that nobody came to. Last year we took a road trip to the nation's heartland to discover the ...


Lucinda Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, December 20, 2014

She came to the Tiny Desk a little unsure, and left singing "West Memphis" with intensity and passion. Lucinda Williams has a voice like no other, and it shines in these intimate moments.

Williams is on a roll with a new double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The ...


Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

We love hearing what our listeners think are the best albums of the year. It's a fun way to see how our own picks line up with our audience's, and a chance to discover some surprises we may have missed. (There are always surprises we missed.)

For 2014, our listeners ...


Watch 'Road Dawgs,' A Mini-Documentary About Future Islands

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This was Future Islands' year. After touring hard for eight years and recording four albums, they finally broke through. The latest album, Singles, came out in March. It is a well-loved and grand look at the dramatic and synthy side of this Baltimore band, though it may have ...


In Pictures: After Horrific Attack, Pakistan Picks Up The Pieces

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pakistan is picking up the pieces today after an attack on a school by Taliban militants left 145 people dead.

It's a heart-wrenching story. We've collected the news in a different post. Here, we'll tell the story visually, but fair warning — the photographs are representative of the horrific ...


Bob Boilen's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This year, my favorites were quieter than usual. My top three albums have acoustic guitars often as the lead instrument, though the artists — Luluc, Angel Olsen and Rodrigo Amarante — originate from Australia, the U.S. and Brazil, respectively.

Six of my top 10 are led by ...