Bob Boilen

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Hear A Stunning Bonus Track From Angel Olsen's 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When it came out in February, I told friends that the Angel Olsen album Burn Your Fire For No Witness was my favorite of the year so far. Now, here in late October, my love for that record has only grown deeper. The songs are sullen at times, on ...

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Luluc, 'Small Window'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The folk duo Luluc's first album for Sub Pop was co-produced by the National's Aaron Dessner and will be released on July 15. More on this artist from the band's website.

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Bob Boilen's Top 10 Discoveries From The 2014 CMJ Music Marathon

Monday, October 27, 2014

Every fall, hundreds of bands migrate to New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. Many of these groups are playing their first shows in NYC and for a lot of the audience — music journalists, college dj's and fans alike — it's their first taste of these young ...

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Watch A Trailer For 'R.E.M. By MTV'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oh my god, they look so young! It was 1981 when this little Athens, Ga. based band started making a splash. Over the years that followed they made waves. This small trailer for a larger documentary about R.E.M. is a beautiful peek at innocence, youth, the '80s and MTV. The ...

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Watch A Trailer For 'R.E.M. By MTV'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oh my god, they look so young! It was 1981 when this little Athens, Ga. based band started making a splash. Over the years that followed they made waves. This small trailer for a larger documentary about R.E.M. is a beautiful peek at innocence, youth, the '80s and MTV. The ...

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Anthony D'Amato: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, October 20, 2014

Anthony D'Amato sings and writes in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen or Josh Ritter: His songs sound friendly musically, but they also tackle the difficult and the twisted. Like those great songwriters, D'Amato's work is universal without devolving into moping. There's also a spirit to these songs, ...

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Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, 'Vessel'

Monday, October 20, 2014

I see a lot of good-looking animations with music, but this one stopped me cold. The video is stunning — funny, odd and quirky, but with a sense of purpose. Rocks and totem poles sing, as do strands of DNA and a cereal box. The animation is mixed with surreal ...

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First Listen: Daniel Lanois, 'Flesh And Machine'

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sometimes it helps to know where an artist is from. Geography can define a sound, but while Daniel Lanois is from Ontario, he might as well hail from Saturn. His new album, Flesh And Machine, defies categorization; it has no songs and no words, with voices used only to ...

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Ásgeir: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, October 18, 2014

When he was 20, Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson released an album in Iceland, sung in Icelandic, with many of the words written by his father. Dýrð í dauðaþögn became the biggest-selling debut in Icelandic music history. A year or so later, he rerecorded that album in English under the name ...

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The Bots: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Bots' members are brothers and bandmates whose playful, catchy songs rock hard. Singer-guitarist Mikaiah Lei is 21 and drummer Anaiah Lei is 17; they made their first album when they were 15 and 12, respectively. Pink Palms is their newest and best.

I hear Jimi Hendrix in ...

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Gregory Alan Isakov, 'Amsterdam'

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

There's a climactic passage, near the end of Gregory Alan Isakov's "Amsterdam," that's punctuated by a moment in a glorious piece of stop-motion animation by Laura Goldhamer. I won't spoil it with description, but I understand how it took her a month and a half to create it. Here are ...

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Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Live In Concert

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Robert Plant was just brilliant in Brooklyn on Sept. 28. Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters played a stunning set of music that did what Robert Plant does best: mixing up American blues, British rock, North African rhythms and even some electronica with that voice, still filled with ...

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Jackson Browne: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, October 06, 2014

My admiration for Jackson Browne began with his first album in 1971. I was wowed by the fact that the singer-songwriter had worked with Nico of Velvet Underground fame — his girlfriend at the time — on her first album, Chelsea Girl. He wrote one of my favorite songs ...

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tUnE-yArDs, 'Real Thing'

Monday, October 06, 2014

My favorite song from tUnE-yArDs 2014 release Nikki Nack has gotten a wacky, cartoony visual treatment.

Merrill Garbus, the uke-looping, drum-beating, vibrant singer behind tUnE-yArDs, says that "Real Thing" was the one song on the album that she didn't actually want to make into a video. "It has too many ...

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Song Premiere: Asaf Avidan, 'Over My Head'

Monday, October 06, 2014

Earlier this year I heard a voice like no other. In fact, when I heard the song "Different Pulses," I was sure it was a woman. I imagined someone like Janis Joplin. But the singer, the young Israeli Asaf Avidan, is the man in the photo above. He's ...

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Caroline Rose, 'Blood On Your Bootheels'

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Caroline Rose was my favorite discovery at last week's Americana Music Festival in Nashville. She's punky and witty, with a style teetering on rockabilly in its stripped-down, bluesy way. Caroline Rose's saddle shoes scream fun, but her lyrics tell some serious stories.

"Blood On Your Bootheels" is a ...

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Tweedy: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, September 22, 2014

There's something heartwarming about a family making music together. I'm especially sentimental when I see a father with a son, because my son and I made music in contra dance bands and Irish sessions as he grew up.

Years ago, while interviewing Jeff Tweedy before a Wilco concert, I ...

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Half Japanese, 'Our Love'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My history with Half Japanese goes back a long way. My band Tiny Desk Unit played to many of the same people at many of the same venues in Washington, D.C. back in the late '70s and early '80s. I saw them often at a loft space called D.C. Space, ...

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Luluc: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, September 15, 2014

I've spent more time listening to Luluc's second album, Passerby, than any other album this year. It's a calming, seemingly effortless affair: a marriage of graceful singing and storytelling, with guitars and textures that help create an unforgettable aura.

The voice and acoustic guitar belong to Zoë Randell, while bandmate ...

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Kevin Morby, 'All Of My Life'

Monday, September 15, 2014

Here's a sweet song filmed on a faux '60s TV show set. Kevin Morby, who recently moved from New York to Los Angeles, played in Woods as a bassist and The Babies (now on hiatus) as a guitarist and singer. I saw Morby on a recent solo tour for his ...

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