Bob Boilen

Bob Boilen appears in the following:

Fragile Rock: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fragile Rock is a band that relies on the boogie of The B-52s, the melancholy of The Smiths and the humor of Kermit the Frog. Oh, and they're all puppets.

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Japanese Breakfast Explains 'Soft Sounds From Another Planet,' Track By Track

Friday, July 14, 2017

Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner pulls inspiration from Korean breath-hold divers, robotic love, Jimmy Fallon, tubular bells and the sad and thrilling moments in life.

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First Watch: Kalbells, 'Bodyriders'

Thursday, July 13, 2017

There's comfort and mystery in "Bodyriders," the newest song from Kalbells, the solo project of Rubblebucket singer and saxophonist Kalmia Traver.

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New Mix: Music From 'The Big Sick,' Rhye, Protomartyr, More

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

We open this week's essential mix with the sweetly melodic sounds of Michael Andrews and his score for the film The Big Sick. Also: the sensual sounds of Rhye, Protomartyr's existential rock and more.

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First Watch: Dave Depper feat. Laura Gibson, 'Your Voice On The Radio'

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dave Depper, now a full member of Death Cab For Cutie, brought a quirky disco sensibility to this duet with Laura Gibson.

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Jay Som: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, July 10, 2017

Melina Duterte may have played all the instruments on Jay Som's newest record, Everybody Works, but her touring band brought a rougher edge to those silky recordings.

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First Watch: Tom Adams And 'Time,' A Rare Voice Amid The Mountains

Friday, July 07, 2017

A chance encounter in Berlin three years ago led Tom Adams toward a honest-to-goodness music career — today, we debut the newest video from his beautiful album Silence.

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First Watch: Anna Lann, 'Moist'

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Anna Lann, a Tel Aviv-based multidisciplinary artist who works in music, dance and visual art, has crafted a breakup letter to humanity — from the Earth itself.

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New Mix: St. Vincent, Mogwai, Benjamin Clementine, My Bubba And More

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

This week's essential mix includes new music from the Scottish rock group Mogwai, a piano ballad from St. Vincent, an epic and emotional cut from British singer Benjamin Clementine and more.

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First Watch: Humble Fire, 'Builder'

Friday, June 30, 2017

The D.C. band's new video, for the dreamy pop song "Builder," is about the ties that bind and also the ties that confine.

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VON GREY: Three Sisters Making Ethereal Pop

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Atlanta-based trio of the von Grey sisters — Kathryn, Annika and Fiona — bring a left-of-center approach to traditional pop.

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My Bubba's Spare, Rumbling, Jack White-Produced New Single 'Gone'

Thursday, June 29, 2017

My Bubba, a Swedish and Icelandic duo, swung through Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville to record two songs for the label's Blue Series, including this spare beauty, "Gone."

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Siv Jakobsen Sings Of 'The Nordic Mellow'

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Siv Jakobsen often remains lyrically tense and musically placid — though it could be hard to tell from the song we're premiering today, which rolls and rumbles uncharacteristically.

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Your Favorite New Artists Of 2017 (So Far)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Women, guitar rock and New York dominate our listeners' musical landscape in this year's poll for 2017's best new artists (so far).

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Algiers Unpacks Its Kaleidscopically Dense 'The Underside of Power' Track By Track

Friday, June 23, 2017

Algiers, now spread across three cities, have made a dense piece of work with The Underside of Power. Considering the record's sprawling scope, we asked them to help us understand it.

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First Watch: Manchester Orchestra 'The Alien'

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Manchester Orchestra's new album reveals a cinematic approach to songwriting, perfectly displayed in this reverse-slow-motion video for 'The Alien.'

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First Watch: Jen Cloher, 'Forgot Myself'

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cloher is a smart, witty Melbourne songwriter whose new song features her wife and record-label partner, Courtney Barnett, on guitar.

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Guest DJ: Aldous Harding

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Aldous Harding, whose second album Party has drawn raves from around the world, sat down to talk about the music she loved growing up and its influence on her work.

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New Mix: Lorde, Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, More

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

We follow the Father's Day weekend with a mix of powerful new pop and rock from a lot of incredible women, including a raging, cathartic song from Zola Jesus and roaring doom metal from Chelsea Wolfe.

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Penguin Cafe: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, June 16, 2017

Penguin Cafe folds in sounds from around the world and throughout music history — Africa, Kraftwerk, Brazil and Franz Schubert.

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