All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered


Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)


How Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily conjured Love In Exile

Contributor Nate Chinen interviews the three musicians behind the new improvisational supergroup Love In Exile about their new album, the mysteries of how songs emerge from improvisation and most crucially, how the music they create is an expression of how they listen to each other.
27/03/23·39m 10s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on March 24

The Atlanta rapper and singer 6LACK, Lana Del Rey, R&B singer Yaya Bey, the veteran rock group Depeche Mode and more are among the artists dropping our picks for the best new albums out this week.Featured Albums:1. 6LACK — Since I Have A LoverFeatured Songs: "Inwood Hill Park," "Cold Feet," "Talkback," "Chasing Feeling"2. Lana Del Rey — Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd Featured Songs: "Peppers (feat. Tommy Genesis)," "Jon Batiste Interlude," "Margaret (feat. Bleachers)," "Judah Smith Interlude," "A&W"3. Yaya Bey — Exodus the North StarFeatured Songs: "when saturn returns," "exodus the north star"4. Lankum — False LankumFeatured Songs: "Clear Away in the Morning," "Fugue III," "Lord Abore and Mary Flynn"5. Depeche Mode — Memento MoriFeatured Songs: "My Cosmos Is Mine," "Always You," "People Are Good," "My Favourite Stranger"Lightning Round: Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily — Love in ExileBenny Sings — Young HeartsCaroline Rose — The Art of ForgettingFall Out Boy — So Much (For) StardustKele — The Flames, Pt. 2Lemar — Page In My HeartPink Floyd — The Dark Side of the Moon (50th Anniversary)Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro — RRSophie B Hawkins — Free MyselfOther notable releases for March 24:03 Greedo — Halfway ThereBabymetal — The Other OneThe HIRS Collective — We're Still HereJimin — FACEKate Davis — Fish BowlMeg Myers — TZIA Nickel Creek — CelebrantsPurling Hiss — Drag on GirardSpectacular Diagnostics — Raw Lessons
24/03/23·37m 11s

The overlooked legacy of Sha-Rock, hip-hop's first female MC

In our latest episode of Louder Than A Riot we break down legacy: who gets to leave one in hip-hop and who gets left out. Decades before hip-hop's current renaissance of women rappers, there was MC Sha-Rock. Despite her influence on future generations, her contribution to the craft of hip-hop is not widely known.
23/03/23·47m 32s

New Mix: Kara Jackson, Sofia Kourtesis, Ratboys and more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen is joined by NPR Music's Hazel Cills and Marissa Lorusso to share their favorite new tracks of the week. Featured Songs And Artists: 1. Kara Jackson: "pawnshop," from Why Does the Earth Give Us People to Love?2. feeble little horse: "Tin Man," from Girl with Fish3. MIIRRORS: "Sinistry," from Motion And Picture4. Savannah Conley: "More Than Fine," from Playing the Part of You Is Me5. Sofia Kourtesis: "Madres," (Single)6. Ratboys: "Black Earth, WI," (Single)
21/03/23·42m 39s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on March 17

Our shortlist of the week's best new releases includes an incredible collection of cover songs from the rapper T-Pain, an EP from Hozier, labyrinthine surprises from Princess Nokia and more.Featured Albums:1. T-Pain — On Top of the CoversFeatured Songs: "War Pigs," "Tennessee Whiskey," "Don't Stop Believin'," "A Change Is Gonna Come"2. Hozier — Eat Your YoungFeatured Songs: "Eat Your Young," "All Things End," "Through Me (The Flood)"3. Princess Nokia — i love you but this is goodbyeFeatured Songs: "The Fool," "Happy," "Closure"4. 100 gecs — 10,000 gecsFeatured Songs: "Dumbest Girl Alive," "Frog On The Floor," "Billy Knows Jamie"5. Yves Tumor — Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)Featured Songs: "Echolalia," "Meteora Blues," "Heaven Surrounds Us Like A Hood"Lightning Round:Genevieve Artadi — Forever ForeverNiklas Paschburg — Panta RheiSo!YoON! — Episode1: LoveUnknown Mortal Orchestra — V Other notable releases for March 17:All Time Low — Tell Me I'm AliveThe Band of Heathens — Simple ThingsFIDLAR — That's LifeGideon — More Power, More PainModerat — Even More D4taTei Shi — Badd PremonitionU2 — Songs of Surrender
17/03/23·31m 48s

Megan Thee Stallion, Tory Lanez and the impact of misogynoir on rap

In our season two debut of Louder Than A Riot, we look at how the Tory Lanez trial sparked a real divide in hip-hop and stoked the coals on a 50-year battle for Black women to be heard. In this episode, we take you into Megan Thee Stallion's testimony to unpack the impact of misogynoir on rap.
16/03/23·37m 7s

In conversation: Why Mexican pop icon Julieta Venegas doesn't call herself a pioneer

Anamaria Sayre from NPR Music's Alt.Latino sits down with Mexican pop icon Julieta Venegas to discuss her role as a trailblazing female vocalist and mom to a daughter with impeccably cool music taste.
15/03/23·28m 21s

How does De La Soul sound in the streaming era?

Author and professor Oliver Wang and writer Matthew Ritchie join NPR Music's Sheldon Pearce to talk through one of the most storied catalogs in hip-hop history, now available online for the first time.
14/03/23·51m 41s

Coming Thursday: Louder Than A Riot Season 2

Hear a preview from our upcoming season two of Louder Than A Riot, NPR Music's deep dive on the collision of rhyme and punishment in America.
13/03/23·4m 43s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on March 10

Miley Cyrus' insanely anticipated Endless Summer Vacation is finally here, along with new music from Fever Ray, The War and Treaty, Meet Me @ The Altar and more.Featured Albums:1. Miley Cyrus — Endless Summer VacationFeatured Song: "Flowers"2. The War and Treaty — Lover's GameFeatured Songs: "Ain't No Harmin' Me," "Yesterday's Burn," "Up Yonder"3. Fever Ray — Radical RomanticsFeatured Songs: "Shiver," "Carbon Dioxide," "Kandy"4. Meet Me @ The Altar — Past // Present // FutureFeatured Songs: "T.M.I," "Say It (To My Face)"5. Jane Bunnett and Maqueque — Playing With FireFeatured Songs: "Tempus Fugit," "Human Race"Lightning Round:King Khan — The Nature of ThingsLonnie Holley — Oh Me Oh MyNia Archives — Sunrise Bang Ur Head Against Tha WallShalom — SublimationOther notable releases for March 10:Ali Farka Touré — VoyageurDeath Cab For Cutie — Asphalt Meadows (Acoustic)EBK Young Joc — Hotboiiz:4LManchester Orchestra — The Valley of VisionRarelyalways — WORKFrankie Rose — Love as ProjectionH. Hawkline — Milk for FlowersSleaford Mods — UK GRIM
10/03/23·30m 46s

New Mix: Shame, Amber Arcades, Kimi Djabaté, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week including, songs from Shame, Amber Arcades, Kimi Djabaté and more. Featured Songs and Artists: 1. Shame, "Adderall," from Food For Worms2. H. Hawkline, "Milk For Flowers," from Milk For Flowers3. Kimi Djabaté, "Afonhe," from Dindin4. Arthur Moon, "Ghost Ranch," from Chaos! Chaos! Chaos! Side B 5. Amber Arcades, "Contain," from Barefoot on Diamond Road 6. Water From Your Eyes, "Barley," from Everyone's Crushed
07/03/23·33m 0s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on March 3

The best albums out this week include Kali Uchis' Red Moon in Venus, a self-titled joint from the Jamaican American artist Masego, singer and guitarist Jen Cloher's ode to the mess of life and more.Featured Albums:1. Kali Uchis — Red Moon in VenusFeatured Songs: "Hasta Cuando," "Como Te Quiero Yo," "Worth the Wait (feat. Omar Apollo)"2. Masego — MASEGO Featured Songs: "What You Wanna Try," "Afraid of Water," "Black Anime"3. Yazmin Lacey — Voice NotesFeatured Songs: "Legacy," "Where Did You Go?"4. Jen Cloher -- I Am the River, The River is MeFeatured Songs: "My Witch," "Mana Takatāpui," "The Wild," "Being Human"5. Chiiild — Better Luck in the Next LifeFeatured Songs: "(Running Out Of) Hallelujahs," "Good For Now (feat. Lucky Daye)"Lightning Round:Adi Oasis — Lotus GlowHello Mary — Hello MarySpektral Quartet & Julia Holter — Behind the WallpaperOther notable releases for March 3:Kate NV — WOWMacklemore — BENObject of Affection — Field of AppearancesRadio Supernova — ParatiisiWilliam Basinski — The Clocktower at the BeachXiu Xiu — Ignore GriefZulu — A New Tomororw
03/03/23·28m 11s

Alt.Latino's Best New Music Round-Up: Karol G, Y La Bamba, The Latin Dead and more

Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras, hosts of NPR's Alt.Latino, round up their favorite new music from the last few months.
01/03/23·22m 19s

New Mix: Anna B Savage, Daisies, Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including songs from Anna B Savage, Daisies, Pest Control, Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet and more.Featured Songs And Artist: 1. Daisies: "Is It Any Wonder," from Great Big Open Sky 2. Anna B Savage: "The Ghost," from inFLUX 3. Pest Control: "Total Distraction," from Don't Test The Pest4. Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet: "In Transit," from Signs of Life 5. Mohamad Zatari Trio: "Black Tea," from Istehlal6. Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily: "To Remain/To Return," from Love In Exile
28/02/23·52m 0s

How the score for 'All Quiet on the Western Front' made a familiar tale surprising

Composer Volker Bertelmann explains why he wanted to "destroy the film" with his score, how he used a centuries-old instrument for the cause and what it meant as a German to dive deep into this story.
27/02/23·24m 56s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Feb. 24

The best new albums out this week include Cracker Island from Gorillaz, the 30th anniversary of Naughty By Nature's 19 Naughty III, Gracie Abrams' Good Riddance and more.Featured Albums:1. Gorillaz — Cracker IslandFeatured Songs: "Oil (feat. Stevie Nicks)," "Tormernta (feat. Bad Bunny)," "Silent Running (feat. Adeleye Omotayo)"2. Naughty By Nature — 19 Naughty III - 30th AnniversaryFeatured Songs: "Hip Hop Hooray," "Daddy Was A Street Corner," "It's On (Beatnuts Remix)"3. quinnie — flounderFeatured Songs: "emblem," "touch tank," "man"4. Gracie Abrams — Good RiddanceFeatured Songs: "Where do we go now?," "I should hate you"5. Christian McBride's New Jawn — PrimeFeatured Songs: "East Broadway Rundown," "Head Bedlam"Lightning Round:Buster Williams — UnalomeKate Fagan — I Don't Want to Be Too Cool [Expanded Ed.]Laraaji — Segue to InfinityNeutral Milk Hotel — The Collected Works of Neutral Milk HotelOther notable releases for Feb. 24:Adam Lambert — High DramaAlgiers — ShookThe Church — The HypnogogueDierks Bentley — Gravel & GoldGruff Rhys — The Almond and the SeahorseIris DeMent — Workin' on a WorldLogic — College ParkMiss Grit — Follow the CyborgPhilip Selway — Strange DanceShame — Food for WormsRuss Millions — One Of A KindThe Strokes — Singles, Vol. 1U.S. Girls — Bless This Mess
24/02/23·30m 46s

New Mix: Lana Del Rey, Sidney Gish, beabadoobee, more

NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso and Hazel Cills join Bob Boilen to share their favorite new tracks, including an epic new song from Lana Del Rey and a love song from beabadoobee.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Lana Del Rey: "A&W," from Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd2. Sidney Gish: "Filming School" (Single)3. Seán Barna, "Benjamin Whishaw Smiled," from An Evening at Macri Park4. Caroline Rose, "The Doldrums," from The Art of Forgetting5. Avalon Emerson, "Sandrail Silhouette" (Single)6. beabadoobee, "Glue Song" (Single)
21/02/23·43m 31s

How Son Lux scored 'Everything Everywhere All At Once'

Son Lux frontman Ryan Lott reveals how the band was able to keep pace with the frenetic, shape-shifting storytelling of Everything Everywhere All At Once, without missing its ultimate beat: love.
20/02/23·26m 12s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Feb. 17

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from Caroline Polachek, UK producer, rapper and filmmaker Wesley Joseph, P!NK, the Boston rock group Pile and more.Featured Albums:1. Caroline Polachek — Desire, I Want To Turn Into YouFeatured Songs: "Pretty In Possible," "Fly To You (feat. Grimes and Dido)"2. Wesley Joseph — GLOWFeatured Songs: "COLD SUMMER," "SUGAR DRIVE (feat. Dean)"3. Pile — All FictionFeatured Songs: "Loops," "Poisons," "Blood," "Gardening Hours"4. P!NK — TRUSTFALLFeatured Songs: "TRUSTFALL," "Just Say I'm Sorry (feat. Chris Stapleton)," "Kids In Love (feat. First Aid Kit)," "When I Get There"5. Tianna Esperanza — TerrorFeatured Songs: "Terror," "Lewis," "Princess Slit and the Raincoat Prince," "Granada"Lightning Round:crushed — extra lifeLisel — Patterns For Auto-tuned Voices and DelayJaimee Harris — Boomerang TownSkrillex — Quest for FireOther notable releases for Feb. 17:@ — Mind Palace MusicAnna B Savage — in|FLUXAvey Tare — 7sFree Range — PracticeLeon Lee Dorsey & Mike Clark — Cantaloupe IslandLowly — Keep Up The Good WorkRon Sexsmith — The Vivian LineScreaming Females — Desire PathwaySimona Premazzi — Wave In GravityVarious Artists — Transmissions from Total Refreshment Centre
17/02/23·32m 18s

In conversation: How the U.S.-Mexico border shaped Adrian Quesada's fluid sound

Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras from NPR's Alt.Latino sit down with prolific producer and creator Adrian Quesada to discuss his experimental approach to border-driven, sonic expression.
15/02/23·27m 42s

New Mix: Fantastic Negrito, Death Cab For Cutie, Indigo De Souza, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including re-imagined acoustic music from Fantastic Negrito, new Death Cab for Cutie and more.Featured Songs And Artist:1. Miya Folick: "Get Out Of My House," from Roach2. Fantastic Negrito: "Drifting Away," from Grandfather Courage3. Death Cab for Cutie: "The Plan," from Asphalt Meadows (Acoustic)4. Cinder Well: "Two Heads, Grey Mare," from Cadence5. Indigo De Souza: "Younger & Dumber," from All of This Will End6. Samana: "Two Wrongs," (Single)
14/02/23·36m 43s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Feb. 10

The best albums out this week include Paramore's first new full-length in nearly six years, mind-blowing sonic explorations from Kelela and Liv.e, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Yo La Tengo and more.Featured Albums:1. Paramore — This Is WhyFeatured Songs: "You First," "C'est Comme Ca," "This Is Why"2. Liv.e — Girl in the Half PearlFeatured Songs: "Ghost," "A Slumber Party?," "Our Father," "Snowing!"3. Kelela — RavenFeatured Songs: "On the Run," "Contact," "Happy Ending"4. Black Belt Eagle Scout — The Land, The Water, The SkyFeatured Songs: "Fancy Dance," "Blue," "My Blood Runs Through This Land"5. Yo La Tengo — This Stupid WorldFeatured Songs: "This Stupid World," "Sinatra Drive Breakdown"Lightning Round: Andy Shauf — NormBrainorchestra — It Means A LotKING VISION ULTRA — SHOOK WORLDPearla — Oh Glistening Onion, The Nighttime Is ComingOther notable releases for Feb. 10:Amber Arcades — Barefoot on Diamond RoadThe Brian Jonestown Massacre — The Future is Your PastLisa O'Neil — All Of This Is ChanceTennis — PollenYou Me At Six — Truth Decay
10/02/23·28m 20s

New Mix: The Tallest Man On Earth, Yo La Tengo, Nanna, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a reflection on lost youth from The Tallest Man On Earth, the debut solo album from Of Monsters And Men singer Nanna and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. The Tallest Man on Earth: "Every Little Heart," from Henry St.2. Fenne Lily: "Lights Light Up" (Single)3. Yo La Tengo: "Tonight's Episode," from This Stupid World4. Youth in a Roman Field: "It'll Pass," from Get Caught Trying5. Nanna: "Godzilla" (Single)6. Juni Habel: "Rhythm of the Tides," from Carvings
07/02/23·37m 8s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Feb. 3

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include RAYE's long-awaited debut, My 21st Century Blues, SYML's stirring The Day My Father Died, the return of Shania Twain and more.Featured Albums:1. SYML — The Day My Father DiedFeatured Songs: "Chariot," "Howling (feat. Lucius)," "Lost Myself (feat. Guy Garvey)," "The Day My Father Died"2. RAYE — My 21st Century BluesFeatured Songs: "The Thrill Is Gone," "Oscar Winning Tears," "Hard Out Here"3. Joe Chambers — Dance KobinaFeatured Songs: "Gazelle Suite," "Caravanserai"4. Young Fathers — Heavy HeavyFeatured Songs: "Geronimo," "I Saw," "Tell Somebody"5. Shania Twain — Queen of MeFeatured Song: "Pretty Liar"Lightning Round Picks:Epik High — StrawberryThe Go! Team — Get Up Sequences Part TwoJames Brandon Lewis — Eye of IRobert Forster — The Candle and the FlameOther notable releases for Feb. 3:Ben Wolfe — UnjustBest Fern — Earth Then AirFantastic Negrito — Grandfather CourageHamish Hawk — Angel NumbersLoscil & Lawrence English — Colours of AirM(h)aol — Attachment StyleThe Psychotic Monks — Pink Colour SurgerySomebody's Child — Somebody's ChildSunny War — Anarchist GospelTropical F*** Storm — SUBMERSIVE BEHAVIORVarious — Ears of the People: Ekonting Songs from Senegal and the Gambia
03/02/23·31m 0s

In conversation: Cimafunk on the complex African lineage of his music

Alt.Latino's Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras sit down with Erik Rodríguez of Cimafunk to talk about how he's created his singular sound, the complex African lineage of his music and why his band is his "tribe."
01/02/23·33m 35s

New Mix: Jana Horn, Debashish Bhattacharya, Lankum, more

NPR Music producer Lars Gotrich joins Bob Boilen for a show full of sonic adventures in hopes of stretching your musical boundaries, including three songs that are over eight minutes long.Featured Songs and Artists:1. Jana Horn: "After All This Time," from The Window is the Dream2. Anna Mieke: "Go Away from My Window," from Theatre3. Nabalayo: "mtwapa siren," from INSHA4. Lankum: "Go Dig My Grave," from False Lankum5. PoiL Ueda: "Dan No Ura - Part 1," from PoiL Ueda6. Debashish Bhattacharya: "The Sound of the Soul," from The Sound of the Soul
31/01/23·57m 42s

Guest DJ Tom Verlaine (2006)

Tom Verlaine spins everything from Charles Mingus to The Day the Earth Stood Still soundtrack.

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Jan. 27

The best albums out this week include A Reckoning from Kimbra, Sam Smith's deeply personal and powerful Gloria, jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin's Phoenix and more.Featured Albums:1. Kimbra — A ReckoningFeatured Songs: "la type (feat. Pink Siifu & Tommy Raps)," "save me," "foolish thinking (feat. Ryan Lott)"2. Sam Smith — GloriaFeatured Songs: "Unholy (feat. Kim Petras)," "I'm Not Here To Make Friends," "Love Me More," "Gloria"3. Lakecia Benjamin — PhoenixFeatured Songs: "Amerikkan Skin (feat. Angela Davis)," "Supernova (feat. Wayne Shorter)"4. Samia — HoneyFeatured Songs: "Amelia," "Pink Balloon," "Sea Lions," "Breathing Song"5. Jonah Yano — Portrait of a DogFeatured Songs: "Always," "So Sweet"Lightning Round:Bob Dylan — Fragments - Time Out of Mind Sessions 1996-1997 The Bootleg Series Vol. 17Joe Henry — All the Eye Can SeeNite Bjuti — "Mood (Liberation Walk)" (single)Popcaan — Great Is HeOther notable releases for Jan. 27:The Arcs — Electrophonic ChronicAva Max — Diamonds & DancefloorsBass Drum of Death — Say I Won'tElle King — Come Get Your WifeF***** Up — One DayHammock — Love in the VoidMeg Baird — FurlingSG Lewis — AudioLust & HigherLove
27/01/23·31m 2s

New Mix: boygenius, The National, Baaba Maal, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including the return of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus as boygenius, The National and more.Featured Songs and Artists:1. boygenius: "$20," from the record2. The National: "Tropic Morning News," from First Two Pages of Frankenstein3. Niklas Paschburg & lùisa: "Darkside of the Hill," from Panta Rhei4. Miss Grit: "Lain (phone clone)," from Follow the Cyborg5. Baaba Maal: "Agreement," from Being6. The Hackles: "Damn the word," from What a beautiful thing I have made
24/01/23·36m 50s

In conversation: Fabi Reyna learned to listen to her revolutionary intuition

Alt.Latino's Anamaria Sayre sits down with Fabi Reyna of Reyna Tropical to talk about the process of trusting yourself, how music saved her life and moving forward after losing her creative collaborator Sumohair.
18/01/23·26m 50s

New Mix: Peter Gabriel, Vagabon, Steady Holiday, more

New music from Peter Gabriel's first album of all new songs in 20 years. Also, Daughter has their first album of all new songs; it's been seven years for them. Plus, a heavy beat from Vagabon, wisdom from Steady Holiday and more.Featured Artists and Songs:1. Peter Gabriel: "Panopticom," from i/o2. Daughter: "Be On Your Way," from Stereo Mind Game3. Vagabon: "Carpenter," (Single)4. Steady Holiday: "The Balance," from Newfound Oxygen5. Gina Birch: "I Play My Bass Loud," from I Play My Bass Loud6. The Trials of Cato: "Aberdaron," from Gog Magog
17/01/23·36m 2s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Jan. 13

The week's best new albums include a genre-spanning masterpiece from singer Margo Price, a tribute to the '80s from Seven Davis Jr., Belle and Sebastian, jazz trumpeter Derrick Gardner and more.Featured Albums:1. Margo Price — StraysFeatured Songs: "Light Me Up," "Time Machine," "Radio," "Anytime You Call"2. Seven Davis Jr. — savedbythebellFeatured Songs: "zero press," "wendy & lisa," "savedbythebell" 3. poolblood — moleFeatured Songs: "my little room," "wfy," "beam"4. Belle & Sebastian — Late DevelopersFeatured Songs: "So In the Moment," "When You're Not With Me," "Late Developers"5. Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets — Pan AfricaFeatured Songs: "The Sixth Village," "Djemba Kan," "Highlife Suite"Lightning Round: Jamee Cornelia — Art School DropoutJoesef — Permanent DamageLusillón — Pensando mucho y malObituary — Dying of EverythingWhitehorse — I'm Not Crying, You're CryingOther notable releases for Jan. 13: BabyTron — Bin Reaper 3: New TestamentDeclaime & Madlib — In the Beginning Vol. 3Gaz Coombes — Turn the Car AroundJulia Wolf — Good Thing We StayedLincoln — Everything Is WrongSkyzoo — The Mind of a Saint Stile Antico — The Golden Renaissance: William Byrd
13/01/23·32m 34s

New Mix: Kate Davis, Rozi Plain, M(h)aol, Fievel Is Glauque, more

NPR Music's Hazel Cills and Marissa Lorusso join host Bob Boilen to share their favorite new tracks of the week, including the jagged sounds of Dublin's M(h)aol, former jazz prodigy and singer Kate Davis and more.Featured Artists and Songs:1. Decisive Pink: "Haffmilch Holiday" (Single)2. Artist: "Friendship Is Frequency," from Mind Palace Music3. Kate Davis: "Consequences," from Fish Bowl4. Fievel Is Glauque: "Days of Pleasure," from Flaming Swords5. Rozi Plain: "Help," from Prize6. M(h)aol: "THERAPY," from Attachment Styles
10/01/23·36m 32s

Peeling back layers of the 'Glass Onion' score

For Glass Onion, composer Nathan Johnson had to navigate and illuminate the film's conflicting range of emotions. He found endless possibilities within an orchestra.
06/01/23·26m 3s

In conversation: The Cuban roots of rock and roll

Can you hear the cha-cha-cha in The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"? Or the mambo in Ray Charles' "What'd I Say"? This week, our friends at Alt.Latino take a closer look at the Cuban roots of rock and roll.
04/01/23·28m 30s

In conversation: The enduring spark of Selena

Since her death in 1995, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez' legacy has spread far beyond her Tejano music roots. This week, Alt.Latino revisits a classic episode and explores how Selena became a powerful symbol of Latina identity.
28/12/22·29m 15s

Viking's Choice 2022: Outer Sounds Around the World

On this year-end episode, NPR Music producer Lars Gotrich takes host Bob Boilen around the globe to experience Vietnamese ambient, Chilean speed metal and auto-tune'd Ghanaian gospel music. Featured Tracks and Artists: • BKO: "Sadiona" from Djine Bora• Cheba Wahida: "Jrouli Jrouli" from Jrouli • Sơn FM: "Go Into the Mountains" from Points of Light (ST​๐​๐​๗​)• Switchblade: "夜に踊る" from Blue Matter • Romperayo: "El Borracho" from Así No Se Puede Muchaches• La Colonie de Vacances: "L'amour universel" from ECHT• No Home: "Emerald Green Mirror" from Young Professional • Vórtize: "Mundo Bipolar" from ¡Tienes Que Luchar!• Linda Ayupuka: "Yine Faamam" from God Created Everything For more, follow the Viking's Choice playlist and subscribe to the newsletter.
27/12/22·44m 6s

The All Songs Considered Holiday Cruise

In 2018, Steve Martin, John Legend, William Shatner and more joined Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for All Songs Considered's annual holiday extravaganza, which unfolded like a bad high school play.
22/12/22·55m 39s

Holiday Mix: A Latin music Christmas

¡Felices fiestas y'all! This week, Alt.Latino revisits a classic episode from 2014 to enjoy the music of D.C. Latino choir, Cantigas.
21/12/22·29m 55s

Poll Results: Listeners Pick the Best Albums of 2022

Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson gather in a studio for the first time in nearly 3 years to count down NPR Music listeners' top 10 albums of 2022.
20/12/22·54m 1s

Countdown: The Top 10 Songs of 2022

NPR's Ann Powers, Alt.Latino host Anamaria Sayre and contributor (and NPR Music alum) LaTesha Harris join host Robin Hilton to countdown the top 10 songs of 2022, as selected by the NPR Music team, contributors and partner stations.See NPR Music's top 100 songs, top 50 albums and more.
15/12/22·36m 28s

The best Latin music of 2022

Alt.Latino host Anamaria Sayre sits down with Rolling Stone's Julyssa Lopez and NPR Music contributor Stefanie Fernández to talk about (some of) their favorite albums of the year. Show notes: You can help us improve Alt.Latino by taking some time to answer questions about the show. Please tell us what you like and how we could improve by going to
14/12/22·33m 36s

Countdown: The Top 10 Albums of 2022

NPR's Ann Powers and Sheldon Pearce join critic Christina Lee and host Robin Hilton to countdown the top 10 albums of 2022, as selected by the NPR Music team, contributors and partner stations.See NPR Music's list of the top 50 albums from 2022 and more.
12/12/22·41m 41s

In conversation: Why cumbia is the musical backbone of Latin America

Whether you're from Ushuaia or East Los Angeles, you've likely heard cumbia blaring from a stereo. This week, Alt.Latino revisits a classic episode from 2015 and takes a closer look at the musical backbone of the Americas.
07/12/22·29m 54s

Countdown: The Top 10 Rock Albums of 2022

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen joins NPR Music's Hazel Cills and Marissa Lorusso to count down NPR Music's top 10 rock albums of 2022. Featured songs and artists:10. Kevin Morby: "This Is a Photograph," from This Is a Photograph9. Soul Glo: "Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future))," from Diaspora Problems8. Special Interest: "Foul," from Endure7. caroline: "Dark blue," from caroline6. Hurray for the Riff Raff: "PRECIOUS CARGO," from LIFE ON EARTH5. Alvvays: "Pharmacist," from Blue Rev4. Wet Leg: "Angelica," from Wet Leg3. Nilüfer Yanya: "stabilise," from PAINLESS 2. Alex G: "No Bitterness," from God Save the Animals1. Big Thief: "Spud Infinity," from Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In YouRead the ranked list the year's most essential rock music, along with a short list of personal favorites, by NPR Music staff and contributors.
06/12/22·1h 1m

In conversation: Linda Ronstadt on embracing her Mexican heritage

Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Linda Ronstadt, who recently released her book Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands, to talk about her Mexican heritage, wanting to sing in Spanish earlier in her career and not feeling like the "quintessential American girl."
30/11/22·29m 35s

Planet Money Records Vol. 2: The Negotiation

Our friends at Planet Money are trying something we thought All Songs listeners might find as fascinating as we do: They're trying to start their own record label to release a single song. It's a song about inflation, recorded in 1975... and never released until now.(This episode is part two of a series)Listen to "Inflation" on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Tidal, Amazon Music & Pandora.Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at
29/11/22·27m 36s

How cinematic guitar music reconnected Hermanos Gutiérrez as brothers

Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Alejandro and Estevan Gutiérrez to talk about their musical legacy, sad songs and creating strong familial bonds through music. Show notes: You can help us improve Alt.Latino by taking some time to answer questions about the show. Please tell us what you like and how we could improve by going to
23/11/22·30m 24s

Planet Money Records Vol. 1: Earnest Jackson

Our friends at Planet Money are trying something we thought All Songs listeners might find as fascinating as we do: They're trying to start their own record label to release a single song. It's a song about inflation, recorded in 1975... and never released until now.(This episode is part one of a series)Listen to "Inflation" on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Tidal, Amazon Music & Pandora.Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at
21/11/22·25m 49s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Nov. 18

The best albums out this week include rapper Roddy Ricch's emotional Feed Tha Streets III, Weyes Blood's majestic And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow, Honey Dijon's Black Girl Magic and more.Featured Albums:1. Roddy Ricch — Feed Tha Streets IIIFeatured Songs: "King Size," "Fade Away," "Letter 2 My Son"2. Weyes Blood — And In The Darkness, Hearts AglowFeatured Songs: "It's Not Just Me, It's Everybody," "The Worst Is Done," "God Turn Me Into a Flower," "In Holy Flux"3. Röyksopp — Profound Mysteries IIIFeatured Songs: "The Night (feat. Alison Goldfrapp)," "Just Wanted To Know (feat. Astrid S)," "The Next Day (feat. Jamie Irrepressible)"4. Honey Dijon — Black Girl MagicFeatured Songs: "Downtown (feat. Annette Brown & Nikki-O)," "Work (feat. Cor.Ece, Dave Giles II & Mike Dunn)," "Love Is A State Of Mind (feat. Ramona Renea)," "Drama (feat. Rimarkable & Dope Earth Alien)" 5. Cautious Clay — Thin Ice On The CakeFeatured Songs: "Burning Up Slow," "Camp Anonymous," "Sarah Tonin"Lightning Round:Daniel Bachman — Almanac Behinddumhi — Uncle MilesFousheé — softCOREOther notable releases for Nov. 18:-(16)- — Into DustAdrian Quesada – Jaguar SoundBilly Strings — Me/And/DadBrockhampton — The FamilyCaitlin Rose — CAZIMIIcewear Vezzo — Paint the CityKrill — Alarm No Hris (vinyl reissue)Neil Young & Crazy Horse — World RecordPeggy Lee — Norma Deloris Egstrom From Jamestown, North Dakota (50th Anniv. Ed.)Phony Ppl — EuphonyusThe Wombats — Is This What It Feels Like To Feel Like This?
18/11/22·26m 10s

How Silvana Estrada cultivates intimacy and generosity in her live performances

Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Silvana Estrada to talk about vulnerability, bringing light into her shows and the lessons her parents have given her. Show notes: You can help us improve Alt.Latino by taking some time to answer questions about the show. Please tell us what you like and how we could improve by going to
16/11/22·33m 24s

New Mix: Radiohead's Philip Selway, Yo La Tengo, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a new solo release from Radiohead drummer Philip Selway, a new project with R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry and more.Featured Songs and Artists:1. Philip Selway: "Check For Signs Of Life," from Strange Dance2. Among Authors: "Fears We Hold" (Single)3. Lisa O'Neill: "Old Note," from All Of This Is Chance4. The Bad Ends: "Thanksgiving 1915," from The Power and The Glory5. Yo La Tengo: "Fallout," from This Stupid World
15/11/22·31m 49s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Nov. 11

Our picks for the best albums out this week include the Spanish-language remix of Run The Jewels' RTJ4, Bruce Springsteen's tribute to classic soul, the debut from Memphis rapper GloRilla and more.Featured Albums:1. Run The Jewels — RTJCU4TROFeatured Songs: "JU$T," "santa calamif***"2. Bruce Springsteen — Only the Strong SurviveFeatured Songs: "Soul Days," "I Forgot To Be Your Lover," "Turn Back the Hands of Time"3. Christine And The Queens (as Redcar) — les adorables étoiles (prologue)Featured Songs: "Ma bien aimee bye bye," "My birdman" 4. GloRilla — Anyways, Life's Great...Featured Songs: "Blessed," "F.N.F. (Let's Go)," "PHATNALL"5. Bill Frisell — FourFeatured Songs: "Claude Utley," "Waltz For Hal Wilner"Lightning Round:claire rousay — a heavenly touch (vinyl reissue)Duval Timothy — Meeting with a Judas TreeErnest Hood — Back to the WoodlandsMorris Day — Last CallOther notable releases for Nov. 11:Actress — Dummy Corporation Ben LaMar Gay — Certain ReveriesGold Panda — The WorkHeather Trost — Desert FlowersHomeboy Sandman — Still ChampionIllogic — The TransitionJordana — I'm Doing Well, Thanks For AskingLyrics Born — Vision BoardNas — King's Disease IIIPuck — Best FriendSharon Van Etten — We've Been Going About This All Wrong (Deluxe Edition)The Sonora Pine — II (vinyl reissue)Tyondai Braxton — Telekinesis Wizkid — More Love, Less Ego
11/11/22·26m 42s

How making original music again helped Natalia Lafourcade grow her 'inner garden'

Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre of NPR's Alt.Latino sit down with Natalia Lafourcade to talk about interpreting old songs, taking things slow and releasing her first album of original material in seven years.
09/11/22·30m 40s

Songs that make you feel good

In this encore episode from 2011, Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, and All Songs Considered listeners share the songs that lift them up, inspire them to whistle, dance in public and move on from hardship.
08/11/22·37m 37s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Nov. 4

Our picks for the best albums out this week include a droll, sometimes comical, sometimes graphic debut from the Atlanta duo Coco & Clair Clair, five new and totally different records from SAULT and more.Featured Albums:1. Coco & Clair Clair — SexyFeatured Songs: "8 AM," "Bad Lil Vibe," "The Hills," "Love Me"2. R.A.P. Ferreira — 5 to the Eye with StarsFeatured Songs: "fighting back," "mythsysizer instinct," "ours," "tennessee farmer jutsu"3. Phoenix — Alpha ZuluFeatured Songs: "Season 2," "Winter Solstice," "Artefact"4. Big Joanie — Back HomeFeatured Songs: "In My Arms," "Cactus Tree"5. SAULT — AIIR, Earth, Today & Tomorrow, UNTITLED (God), 11Featured Songs: "4am," "Heal The World," "Valley of the Ocean," "Together," "Life We Rent But Love Is Rent Free," "Love Is All I Know"Lightning Round:Connie Constance — Miss PowerFirst Aid Kit — PalominoMarvin Tate's D-Settlement — Marvin Tate's D-SettlementSurya Botofasina — Everyone's ChildrenOther notable releases for Nov. 4:Ami Dang — The Living World DemandsCaleb Landry Jones — Gadzooks Vol. 2Daniel Avery — Ultra TruthDrake — Her LossTropical Gothclub — Tropical GothclubEzra Collective — Where I'm Meant To Beh. Pruz — again, thereJakob Bro & Joe Lovano — Once Around the RoomLecrae — Church Clothes 4The Lone Bellow — Love Songs For LosersOkay Kaya — SAPRayland Baxter — If I Were A ButterflySpecial Interest — EndureTeddy Swims — Sleep Is ExhaustingThe Welcome Wagon — Esther
04/11/22·27m 33s

The genre-subverting composer Angélica Negrón on embracing all sides of her identity

Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Angélica Negrón to talk about the importance of representation, making music with plants and what inspired her to begin composing.
02/11/22·27m 34s

The Best Music of October

Open Mike Eagle confronted the past, Natalia Lafourcade returned to original songwriting, Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson collaborated as Plains, Víkingur Ólafsson intimately played piano and Maral deconstructed an ancestral groove.Featured Tracks and Artists:1. Open Mike Eagle: "Burner Account" and "For DOOM" from Component System with the Auto Reverse 2. Natalia Lafourcade: "María la Curandera" from De Todas las Flores 3. Plains: "Hurricane" and "Abilene" from I Walked With You A Ways 4. Víkingur Ólafsson: Robert Schumann's Study in Canonic Form, Op. 56, No. 1 and Béla Bartók's 3 Hungarian Folks Songs from Csík, III. 'White Lily' via From Afar5. Maral: "Mari's Groove" from Ground GrooveOur panel's additional recommendations for October: • Palm, Nicks and Grazes• Loyle Carner, hugo• Moin, PasteMore from NPR Music: • Interview: Open Mike Eagle• Review: Plains, I Walked With You A Ways • Víkingur Ólafsson: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
01/11/22·26m 41s

You've never heard The Beatles' 'Revolver' sound like this

The technology used to remix the 56-year-old album is hard to fathom. But, with the help of producer Giles Martin, Revolver now sounds like a brand new album from a young band still putting out records.
31/10/22·39m 24s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Oct. 28

The best albums out this week include Smino's Luv 4 Rent, Icelandic singer Ásgeir's Time On My Hands, a staggering new work from Benjamin Clementine and more.Featured Albums:1. Smino — Luv 4 RentFeatured Tracks: "Pro Freak," "Blu Billy," "Pudgy"2. Nosaj Thing — ContinuaFeatured Tracks: "We Are," "Look Both Ways"3. Ásgeir — Time on My HandsFeatured Tracks: "Time on My Hands," "Borderland," "Limitless"4. Benjamin Clementine — And I Have BeenFeatured Tracks: "Residue," "Lovelustreman," "Delighted"5. Ghost Funk Orchestra — A New Kind Of LoveFeatured Tracks: "Your Man's No Good," "Quiet Places"Lightning Round:Cakes da Killa — SvengaliFatboi Sharif & Noface — Preaching in HavanaField Guide — Field GuideJunior Boys — Waiting GameOther Notable Releases:Babehoven — Light Moving TimeThe Beatles — Revolver (Super Deluxe)Dear Nora — human futuresDIGAWOLF — INI (Spirit)Lee Fields — Sentimental FoolMartha — Please Don't Take Me BackShow Me The Body — Trouble The WaterTrampled By Turtles — AlpenglowTyshawn Sorey Trio +1 with Greg Osby — The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism (Live)Yung Gravy - Marvelous
28/10/22·25m 16s

Why Carlos Santana's divisive, spiritual 'Caravanserai' wasn't 'career suicide'

Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre from NPR's Alt.Latino sit down with Carlos Santana to talk about nurturing his spirit, growing as an artist and 50 years of Caravanserai.
27/10/22·29m 19s

A Halloween mix: Phoebe Bridgers and Andrew Bird, Sunny War, John Cale, more

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a collaboration between Phoebe Bridgers and Andrew Bird, John Cale's first new album in a decade and more.Featured Songs and Artists:1. Sunny War: "No Reason," from Anarchist Gospel2. Andrew Bird & Phoebe Bridgers: "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" (Single)3. Seán Barna: "Everyone's a Queen on Halloween" (Single)4. John Cale: "STORY OF BLOOD (feat. Weyes Blood)," from MERCY5. Weyes Blood: "Grapevine," from And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow6. Micah Frank & Chet Doxas: "Ave Maria (Featuring Mary Lattimore)," from The Music of Hildegard von Bingen Part One
26/10/22·46m 8s

New Music Friday: The best releases out Oct. 21

The best albums out this week include Taylor Swift's Midnights, powerful meditations on race and identity from U.K. rapper Loyle Carner, the transfixing sounds of singer iLe and more.Featured Albums:1. Taylor Swift — MidnightsFeatured Songs: "Lavender Haze," "Vigilante S***," "Karma," "Sweet Nothing"2. Loyle Carner — hugoFeatured Songs: "Hate," "Nobody Knows," "Georgetown"3. Dawn Richard & Spencer Zahn — PigmentsFeatured Songs: "Cerulean," "Vantablack" "Sandstone"4. iLe — NacarileFeatured Songs: "Ningún Lugar," "traguito"5. Nick Hakim — COMETAFeatured Songs: "Feeling Myself," "Something," "Ani"Lightning Round:Bibio — BIB10Frankie Cosmos — Inner World PeaceTegan & Sara — CrybabyOther Notable Releases:a-ha — True NorthAlice Boman — The Space BetweenArchers of Loaf — Reason in DeclineArctic Monkeys — The CarBabyface — Girls Night OutCarly Rae Jepsen — The Loneliest TimeDry Cleaning — StumpworkGoat — Oh DeathJesse Harris — Silver Balloon Jeezy & DJ Drama — SnofallMeghan Trainor — Takin' It BackRubblebucket — Earth WorshipSimple Minds — Direction of the HeartSloan — SteadyTakuya Kuroda — Midnight CrispWiki & subjxct 5 — Cold Cuts
21/10/22·28m 49s

How the rhythms and resilience of Puerto Rico shape iLe's music

Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with iLe to talk about salsa music, Puerto Rico's role in her art and being la bebé of the family.
19/10/22·35m 38s

New Mix: Sevdaliza, Mabe Fratti, The Arcs, more

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a song for oppressed women worldwide from Sevdaliza, the experimental cellist Mabe Fratti, Billy Strings performing with his dad and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. The Arcs: "Keep On Dreamin'," from Electrophonic Chronic2. Sevdaliza: "Woman Life Freedom" (Single)3. Pearla: "The Place With No Weather," from Oh Glistening Onion, The Nighttime Is Coming4. Eszter Balint: "The First Day," from I HATE MEMORY!5. Billy Strings: "Long Journey Home," from Me/and/Dad6. Mabe Fratti: "Esta Vez," from Se Ve Desde Aquí
18/10/22·33m 49s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Oct. 14

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the long-awaited return of M.I.A., plus new records from Tove Lo, The 1975, Mykki Blanco and more.Featured Albums:1. M.I.A. — MataFeatured Songs: "The One," "Popular"2. Tove Lo — Dirt FemmeFeatured Songs: "2 Die 4," "Suburbia"3. Mykki Blanco — Stay Close to MusicFeatured Songs: "Trust A Little Bit," "Family Ties," "French Lessons," "Carry On"4. The 1975 — Being Funny in a Foreign LanguageFeatured Songs: "I'm In Love With You," "When We Are Together"5. Ryuichi Sakamoto — Exception (Original Soundtrack)Featured Songs: "Opening For Exception," "Collusion," "Operating The Drone"Lightning Round: Lil Baby — It's Only MeMavi — Laughing So Hard It HurtsAO Gerber — Meet Me at the GloamingPlains — I Walked With You a WaysBetty Who — Big!
14/10/22·28m 7s

Presenting Alt.Latino: The rapper Farruko on finding God — and a whole new sound

From our friends at Alt.Latino, Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Carlos Efrén Reyes Rosado to talk about creating the character of Farruko, developing a relationship with God and spreading a message of love.
13/10/22·19m 57s

A Sigur Rós masterpiece turns 20, plus Samia, JFDR, the sounds of Ghana and more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares gorgeous new music from the Ghana-born artist Okaidja Afroso, a spare reflection from the singer Samia, the 20th anniversary edition of the Sigur Rós album ( ) and more.1. Okaidja Afroso: "Gidi Gidi," from Jaku Mumor2. Lydia Ramsey: "Revival," from Like A Dream3. Samia: "Kill Her Freak Out" (Single)4. JFDR: "The Orchid" (Single)5. Sigur Rós: "Untitled #7 (Jacobs Studio Sessions)," from ( ) Remastered
11/10/22·34m 32s

New Music Friday: The best releases out Oct. 7

WILLOW's first single, "Whip My Hair," came out just shy of the singer's 10th birthday. Now 21, she's returned with her fifth full-length album, titled . The record has big arena-rock vibes to go with its spiky pop-punk songcraft, and it effectively captures WILLOW's gift for conveying deeply felt emotions and the thrum of anxiety. We've also got new albums from genre-smashing singer, rapper and multi-instrumentalist NNAMDÏ, arty rapper Open Mike Eagle, dance-music producer TSHA and the venerated space-jazz ensemble Sun Ra Arkestra. Featured Albums: 1. WILLOW — Featured Songs: "WHY?," "ur a " 2. NNAMDÏ — Please Have a Seat Featured Songs: "Armoire," "ANXIOUS EATER," "Careful" 3. Open Mike Eagle — Component System With the Auto Reverse Featured Songs: "79th and Stony Island," "I Retired Then I Changed My Mind," "Peak Lockdown Raps" 4. TSHA — Capricorn Sun Featured Songs: "OnlyL (feat. Nimmo)," "Giving Up (feat. Mafro)," "Running," "Sister," "Anxious Mind (feat. Clementine Douglas)" 5. Sun Ra Arkestra — Living Sky Featured Songs: "Somebody Else's Idea," "Marshall's Groove," "Night of the Living Sky," "Firefly" Lightning Round: Quavo & Takeoff — Only Built for Infinity Links Fatnice — Vanglorious Say She She — Prism Collapsing Stars — Chapter
07/10/22·28m 41s

Presenting Alt.Latino: Carla Morrison on Latinx mental health and her new sound

From our friends at Alt.Latino, Felix Contreras sits down with Carla Morrison to talk about her new sound, the importance of mental health and the art of the Parisian non.
05/10/22·26m 28s

The Best Music of September

Tyler Childers went to church, Makaya McCraven sampled himself, Sudan Archives got silly and sexy, Alex G distilled his production quirks and Björk stuck her toes in the earth. Featured Tracks and Artists:1. Tyler Childers: "Old Country Church (Jubilee Version)" from Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven? 2. Makaya McCraven: "Seventh String" from In These Times 3. Sudan Archives: "Selfish Soul" from Natural Brown Prom Queen 4. Alex G: "Miracles" from God Save the Animals 5. Björk: "Fungal City" from Fossora Our panel's additional recommendations for August: • Lou Turner, Microcosmos• SiR, "Nothing Even Matters"• Sonja, Loud ArriverRead the NPR Music review:• Makaya McCraven, In These Times• Sudan Archives, Natural Brown Prom Queen • Alex G, God Save the Animals
03/10/22·36m 58s

New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 30

It's been five years since Björk last released an album, but now the Icelandic icon is back with a deeply inventive set called Fossora. Every sound on the record feels as if it's springing into the mix from a different direction, as her vibrant voice shares space with everything from bass clarinets to the voices of Björk's own offspring. Fossora was inspired, at least in part, by the death of the singer's mother, but joy also abounds. We've also got the star-packed major-label debut of veteran rapper Freddie Gibbs, a reinvention for the long-running jazz group The Bad Plus, the return of U.K. pop star Craig David and a wild electro-pop record from Shygirl. Featured Albums: 1. Björk — Fossora Featured Songs: "Fossora," "Mycelia," "Sorrowful Soil" 2. Freddie Gibbs — $oul $old $eparately Featured Songs: "Pain and Strife (feat. Offset)," "CIA" 3. The Bad Plus — The Bad Plus Featured Songs: "Sun Wall," "Stygian Pools," "In the Bright Future" 4. Craig David — 22 Featured Songs: "DNA," "My Heart's Been Waiting for You," "Teardrops" 5. Shygirl — Nymph Featured Songs: "Firefly," "Coochie (a bedtime story)," "Nike," Missin u"Lightning Round: Kid Cudi — Entergalactic Various Artists — The Birdsong Project Vol. V Adam Blackstone — Legacy (out Sept. 23) Various Artists — Blue Note Re:imagined II Ashley McBryde — Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville Tyler Childers — Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
30/09/22·27m 27s

Presenting Alt.Latino: Why Tiny Desk Contest winner Alisa Amador almost gave up music

From our friends at Alt.Latino, Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras sit down with Tiny Desk Contest winner Alisa Amador to talk about intentionality in community building, almost quitting music and finding nourishment in her art.Correction: An earlier version of this episode incorrectly said Linda Diaz won the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest. She won in 2020.
28/09/22·28m 16s

The 20th anniversary edition of Wilco's 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,' Julia Jacklin, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen samples a massive, 20th anniversary edition of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and shares his favorite new tracks of the week, from Brian Eno, Julia Jacklin and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Wilco: "Ashes of American Flags (Stravinsky mix)," from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Deluxe Edition)2. Brian Eno: "We Let It In," from FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE3. Luke Sital-Singh: "Blind Missiles," from Dressing Like a Stranger4. JEAN DAWSON: "PIRATE RADIO*," from CHAOS NOW*5. Julia Jacklin: "Moviegoer," from PRE PLEASURE6. Steady Holiday & Bedouine: "People Take Pictures of Each Other" (Single)
27/09/22·33m 35s

New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 23

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include veteran folksinger Beth Orton, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and more.Featured Albums: 1. Peter Matthew Bauer — Flowers Featured Songs: "Chiyoda, Arkansas, Manila," "Flowers" 2. Beth Orton — Weather Alive Featured Songs: "Lonely," "Fractals" 3. Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin — Ali Featured Songs: "Mahine Me," "Savanne" 4. Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet — Evergreen Featured Songs: "Other Song," "The Evergreen Stem" 5. Makaya McCraven — In These Times Featured Songs: "Dream Another," "The Title" Lightning Round: The Comet Is Coming — Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam Young RJ — World Tour Angelica Sanchez Trio — Sparkle Beings Alex G — God Save the Animals Nils Frahm — Music for Animals
23/09/22·24m 48s

Presenting Alt.Latino: How Rosalía found her confidence

From our friends at Alt.Latino, Anamaria Sayre sits down with Spanish superstar Rosalía, who just earned eight Latin Grammy nominations, to talk about her musical inspirations, divine sensuality and constant pull to transform.
21/09/22·28m 37s

New Mix: Will Sheff, Beth Orton, Miya Folick, more

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including the return of Beth Orton, a solo debut from Okkervil River's Will Sheff, Miya Folick and more.Featured songs and artists:1. Courtney Marie Andrews: "These Are The Good Old Days," from Loose Future2. Beth Orton: "Forever Young," from Weather Alive3. Miya Folick: "Oh God," from 2007 - EP4. Hand Habits & Amelia Meath: "Under The Water" (Single)5. Will Sheff (feat. Cassandra Jenkins): "In the Thick of It," from Nothing Special6. Hammered Hulls: "Boilermaker's Notch," from Careening
20/09/22·33m 49s

New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 16

The superstar K-pop girl group BLACKPINK is one of the biggest pop juggernauts in the world, with billions of streams and massive world tours to its name. Born Pink, its second full-length album — and "full-length" is relative here, since we're talking about eight songs in under 25 minutes — promises to further expedite BLACKPINK's domination of the U.S. charts. We've also got new projects from Brazilian-born electro-pop artist LYZZA, Afropop-inspired R&B singer-songwriter Miloe, Tiny Desk Contest-winning singer-songwriter Quinn Christopherson and dance-pop star Rina Sawayama. On this week's New Music Friday, Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and NPR Music contributors Christina Lee and Cyrena Touros join guest host Stephen Thompson.Featured Albums: BLACKPINK — Born Pink Featured Songs: "Typa Girl," "Pink Venom," "Hard to Love"LYZZA — Mosquito Featured Songs: "Lucky You," "Hold Me," "Heathens Call (feat. Backxwash)" Miloe — gaps Featured Songs: "elastic," "rewind (feat. PawPaw Rod)"Quinn Christopherson — Write Your Name In Pink Featured Songs: "Uptown," "Evelene" Rina Sawayama — Hold the Girl Featured Songs: "Catch Me in the Air," "Hold the Girl," "Forgiveness" Lightning Round: Mura Masa — Demon Time Pink Siifu & Real Bad Man — Real Bad Flights The Beths — Expert in a Dying Field Jesca Hoop — Order of Romance Death Cab for Cutie — Asphalt Meadows Wilco — Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Super Deluxe Edition) Gogol Bordello — Solidaritine
16/09/22·27m 51s

Presenting Alt.Latino: Omar Apollo on the power of inclusion

From our friends at NPR's Alt.Latino, Anamaria Sayre sits down with R&B darling Omar Apollo to talk about his experiences growing up in Indiana and becoming a role model for queer Latinx kids.
14/09/22·28m 23s

New Mix: The Comet Is Coming, Anna Tivel, Winter, more

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen returns with some of his favorite tracks of the week, including new ones from the groundbreaking reggae artist Horace Andy, singer-songwriter Anna Tivel and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Horace Andy: "Feverish," from Midnight Scorchers2. The Comet is Coming: "TECHNICOLOUR," from Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam3. Very Very: "Strange Occasion" (Single)4. Anna Tivel: "Outsiders," from Outsiders5. Winter: "good," from What Kind of Blue Are You?6. Mama's Broke: "How It Ends," from Narrow Line
13/09/22·33m 20s

New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 9

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include genre-straddling polymaths Santigold and Sudan Archives, R&B sensation Ari Lennox and more.Featured Albums: Ari Lennox — age/sex/location Featured Songs: "Queen Space (feat. Summer Walker)," "Hoodie" Sudan Archives — Natural Brown Prom Queen Featured Songs: "Copycat (Broken Notions)," "Chevy S10," "Yellow Brick Road, TDLY (Homegrown Land)" The Paranoyds — Talk Talk Talk Featured Songs: "Freak Out," "Single Origin Experience," "Sunburn" Sampa the Great — As Above, So Below Featured Songs: "Lane (feat. Denzel Curry)," "Can I Live"Santigold — Spirituals Featured Songs: "High Priestess," "Ain't Ready," "My Horror," "Shake" Lightning Round: Son Little — Like Neptune Jackson Wang — Magic Man Oliver Sim — Hideous Bastard Built To Spill — When the Wind Forgets Your Name Madison Cunningham — Revealer
09/09/22·28m 50s

This episode is 'For The Birds'

A massive new collection of more than 240 songs and spoken word recordings — all about birds — features work from Andrew Bird, Kamasi Washington, Laurie Anderson, Alice Coltrane, Cassandra Jenkins, Yo-Yo Ma, Beck and more.
07/09/22·32m 8s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Sept. 2

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include rapper Psalm One, the veteran metal band Megadeth, English singer Yungblud and more. Featured Albums:1. Yungblud — YungbludFeatured Songs: "Memories (feat. WILLOW)," "Tissues"2. Psalm One X Custom Made — Bigg PerrmFeatured Songs: "Cristalle Jr.," "Pitchfork Score"3. Megadeth — The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead!Featured Songs: "Night Stalkers (feat. Ice-T)"4. Living Hour — Someday Is TodayFeatured Songs: "Feelings Meeting (feat. Jay Som)," "Hump"5. Stereolab — Pulse of the Early Brain (Switched On Vol. 5)Featured Songs: "Laissez Faire," "ABC," "Symbolic Logic of Now!"
02/09/22·25m 11s

The Best Music of August

Punches flew from the Mountain Goats, Roc Marciano and The Alchemist teamed up, Tomu DJ took unexpected turns, Julia Jacklin looked deep within, Eli Winter opened up and Tommy McLain returned. Featured Tracks and Artists:1. The Mountain Goats: "Wage Wars Get Rich Die Handsome" from Bleed Out2. Roc Marciano & The Alchemist: "JJ Flash" from The Elephant Man's Bones 3. Tomu DJ: "Optimistic" from Half Moon Bay 4. Julia Jacklin, "Ignore Tenderness" from Pre Pleasure5. Eli Winter: "Dayenu" from Eli Winter6. Tommy McLain: "Somebody" from I Ran Down Every Dream Our panel's additional recommendations for August: Young Nudy, EA MonsterDiamanda Galás, Broken GargoylesQuinn Christopherson, "Celine" Danger Mouse & Black Thought, Cheat CodesEight, Delight in Eight
01/09/22·29m 30s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 26

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week, including the highly anticipated third album by Atlanta rapper J.I.D. and a massive Blondie box set. Featured Albums:1. J.I.D — The Forever Story Featured Songs: "Dance Now," "Better Days," "Raydar"2. Stella Donnelly — Flood Featured Songs: "Lungs," "Morning Silence," "How Was Your Day?"3. Miguel Zenón — Müsica De Las Americas Featured Songs: "Opresion Y Revolucion," "Tainos Y Caribes"4. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — Let's Turn It Into Sound Featured Songs: "Locate," "Have You Felt Lately?"5. Blondie — Against the Odds: 1974-1982 Featured Songs: "Rapture" "The Tide Is High (Demo Version)," "Heart of Glass"Lightning Round:Carolyn Malachi — Counter NarrativesJulia Jacklin — Pre PleasureRegina Spektor — 11:11 + Papa's BootlegsValerie June — Under CoverMeechy Darko — Gothic LuxuryOther notable releases for August 26:blackbear — In Loving MemoryBret McKenzie — Songs Without JokesChris Forsyth — Evolution Here We ComeDiamanda Galás — Broken GargoylesEmbrace — How To Be a Person Like Other PeopleEyedress — Full Time LoverEzra Furman — All of Us FlamesIngrid Andress — Good PersonMarcus King — Young BloodMuse — Will Of The PeoplePantha du Prince — Garden GaiaPianos Become the Teeth — DriftSélébéyone — Xaybu: The UnseenSpice — EmancipatedWilliam Orbit — The PainterYellowjackets — Parallel Motion
26/08/22·28m 23s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 19

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from Hot Chip, the R&B singer Tink, Shemekia Copeland, singer-songwriter Anna Tivel and more.Featured Albums:1. Hot Chip — Freakout/ReleaseFeatured Songs: "Down," "Freakout/Release," "Miss the Bliss," "The Evil That Men Do"2. Terence Etc. — VortexFeatured Songs: "In Contemplation of Clair's Scent," "Infinence or Infinity," "The Merchant of Flatbush"3. Anna Tivel — OutsidersFeatured Songs: "Outsiders, "Black Umbrella," "The Basement"4. Tink — Pillow TalkFeatured Songs: "Mine," "Drunk Text'n"5. Shemekia Copeland — Done Come Too FarFeatured Songs: "Too Far To Be Gone," "The Talk," "Fell in Love with a Honky," "Gullah Geechee," "The Dolls are Sleeping"Lightning Round: Andrew Combs — SundaysInternet Money — We All We GotMuna Ileiwat — Twenty-SevenTHICK — Happy NowOther notable releases for Aug. 19:AITCH — Close to HomeCass McCombs — HeartmindDemi Lovato — HOLY FVCKEli Winter — Eli WinterKim Myhr — Sympathetic MagicLoudon Wainwright III — Lifetime AchievementMadonna — Finally Enough Love: 50 Number OnesMarketa Irglova — LilaThe Mountain Goats — Bleed OutPanic! At The Disco — Viva Las VengeanceRöyksopp — Profound Mysteries IISilversun Pickups — Physical Thrills The Soft Pink Truth — Was It Ever Real?
19/08/22·28m 2s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 12

The best new albums out this week include Cheat Codes from Danger Mouse and Black Thought, a stunning debut from singer and TikTok phenom Bella Poarch, Hudson Mohawke's Cry Sugar and more.Featured Albums: 1. Danger Mouse & Black Thought — Cheat CodesFeatured Songs: "Strangers," "Aquamarine"2. Bella Poarch — DollsFeatured Songs: "Dolls," "Build a Bitch"3. Hudson Mohawke — Cry SugarFeatured Songs: "Rain Shadow," "Ingle Nook," "Stump," "Behold"4. Beastie Boys — Check Your Head (Deluxe Edition)Featured Songs: "Jimmy James," "Gratitude," "So What'Cha Want (Butt Naked Version)," "Pass the Mic (Pt. 2, Skills To Pay The Bills)"5. NIKI — NicoleFeatured Songs: "Keeping Tabs," "Take A Chance With Me," "Facebook Friends"Lightning Round:Andy Bey — Experience and Judgment Peter Mulvey & SistaSrings — Love is the Only ThingSylvan Esso — No Rules SandyTomu DJ — Half Moon BayOther notable releases for Aug. 12:Boris — Heavy Rocks (2022)Pale Waves — UnwantedPanda Bear & Sonic Boom — ResetPavement — Slanted and Enchanted (30th Anniversary Edition)Rat Tally — In My Car
12/08/22·28m 14s

New Mix: dodie, Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin, Young Jesus, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a new project from Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson, a Vieux Farka Touré--Khruangbin collaboration and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Plains: "Problem With It," from I Walked With You A Ways2. dodie: "Got Weird" (Single)3. Spring Summer: "Mountaineer," from T.E.A.R.S4. Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin: "Savanne," from Ali5. Hermanos Gutiérrez: "El Bueno Y El Malo," from El Bueno Y El Malo6. Young Jesus: "Ocean (feat. Tomberlin)," from Shepherd Head
09/08/22·33m 12s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 5

NPR Music's picks for the best releases out this week include a potent new EP from the rapper Doechii, hyper-pop from Pussy Riot, roots salsa from Colombia's Meridian Brothers and more. Featured Albums:1. Doechii — she / her / black bitchFeatured Tracks: "Bitches Be," "Swamp Bitches," "Persuasive"2. Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento — Meridian Brothers & El Grupo RenacimientoFeatured Tracks: "Bomba Atómica," "Metamorfosis"3. AJ Suede — Oil On CanvasFeatured Tracks: "Growing Diamonds," "Wonder," "Monochrome"4. Pussy Riot — MATRIARCHY NOWFeatured Tracks: "PRINCESS CHARMING," "PLASTIC," "POOF BITCH"5. Planet Drum — In The GrooveFeatured Track: "King Clave"Lightning Round:Alexia Bomtempo — DOCE CARNAVALAraceli Poma — "Agua de Olvido"Art Moore — Art MooreVarious — Rise Jamaica!Other notable releases for Aug. 5:Bobby Shmurda — BodBoyCalvin Harris — Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2Fireboy DML — PlayboyKokoroko — Could We Be MoreLee Bains III & The Glory Fires — Old-Time FolksMall Grab — What I BreatheNeil Young — Noise & FlowersT Bone Burnett — The Invisible Light: Spells
05/08/22·28m 10s

The Best Music of July

Maggie Rogers leveled up and Beyoncé dropped another album we'll think about all year. But Johnny Gandelsman also took us across America, Bear1Boss super-smashed rap and Caterina Barbieri found immanence in synths. Featured Tracks and Artists:1. Maggie Rogers: "Shatter" from Surrender2. Beyoncé: "PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA" from RENAISSANCE 3. Johnny Gandelsman: "Surrender to the Adventure for Musician & Tape: 1. Blossom / American Dream" and "O for Violin & Voices" from This is America: An Anthology 2020-20214. Bear1Boss: "$$$" from Bear1Boss5. Caterina Barbieri: "Canticle of Cryo" from Spirit ExitOur panel's additional recommendations for July: • Adam Kent, Tania León: Teclas de mi piano• Gwenno: Tresor• Kali Malone: Living TorchSee also:• Maggie Rogers' summer mixtape sweats with sweetness• Caterina Barbieri's rapturous electronica was forged in deep solitude
01/08/22·27m 25s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 29

Beyoncé's Renaissance isn't the only big release out now. NPR Music's other picks for the week's best new albums include Maggie Rogers' Surrender, the debut from DOMI & JD Beck and more.Featured Albums:1. Beyoncé — RenaissanceFeatured Tracks: "PURE/HONEY"2. Maggie Rogers — SurrenderFeatured Tracks: "Want Want," "Horses," "Shatter," Different Kind of World" 3. DOMI & JD Beck — NOT TiGHTFeatured Tracks: "BOWLING," TAKE A CHANCE," "WHATUP," "PILOT"4. Lava La Rue — Hi-Fidelity Featured Tracks: "Don't Trip," "Motel," "Cry Baby," "Don't Come Back"5. Florist — FloristFeatured Tracks: "Red Bird Pt 2 (Morning)," "Spring in Hours"Lightning Round:King Princess — Hold On BabySnarky Puppy — "Bet" (single)Tems — "No Woman No Cry" (single)Wilder Maker — Male ModelsOther notable releases for July 29:Amanda Shires — Take It Like A Man Chat Pile — God's Country Deaton Chris Anthony — Sid the Kid Hayley Kiyoko — PANORAMAJosh Rouse — Going PlacesObijuan & YUNGMORPHEUS — Slang CasinoOf Montreal — Freewave Lucifer fckPhony — AT SOME POINT YOU STOP$uicideboy$ — Sing Me a Lullaby My Sweet TemptationTedeschi Trucks Band — I Am The Moon: III, The Fall
29/07/22·27m 37s

The power of Beyoncé is about to change music... again

Due out this Friday, July 29, Beyoncé's Act I Renaissance has generated a massive wave of anticipation. In this round-table discussion, we breakdown why we're excited, why it matters and what we might expect.
26/07/22·38m 8s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 22

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from Flo Milli, Jack White, Rico Nasty, Joey Bada$$, The Sea And Cake's Sam Prekop and John McEntire, and more.Featured Albums:1. Flo Milli — You Still Here, Ho?Featured Tracks: "Conceited," "Pay Day," "On My Nerves"2. Jack White — Entering Heaven AliveFeatured Tracks: "I've Got You Surrounded (With My Love)," "A Tip from You to Me," "Taking Me Back (Gently)," "Queen of the Bees"3. Rico Nasty — Las RuinasFeatured Tracks: "Skullflower," "Messy," "Gotsta Get Paid," "Easy"4. Joey Bada$$ — 2000Featured Tracks: " Eulogy," "Show Me"5. Sam Prekop & John McEntire — Sons OfFeatured Tracks: "A Ghost At Noon," "A Yellow Robe"Lightning Round: Beach Bunny — Emotional CreatureJitwam — ThirdThe Koreatown Oddity — ISTHISFORREAL?Other notable releases for July 22:Ben Harper — Bloodline MaintenanceChannelers — Time, Space and ThoughtDawes — Misadventures Of DoomscrollerImperial Triumphant — Spirit of EcstasyThe Kooks — 10 Tracks to Echo in the DarkNina Nastasia — Riderless HorseOceans of Slumber — Starlight and AshODESZA — The Last GoodbyePool Kids — Pool KidsRafael Anton Irisarri - Agitas Al SolRZA & Bobby Digital — RZA Presents: Bobby Digital and the Pit of SnakesThe Sadies — Colder StreamsShe & Him — Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian WilsonTanya Tagaq — Tongues North Star RemixesThor Harris — Doom Dub IITy Segall — "Hello, Hi"See more of the best new music out now via NPR Music's #Nowplaying
22/07/22·25m 32s

New Mix: The 1975, The Beths, King Princess, Danielle Ponder, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including new ones from The 1975, Tiny Desk Contest contestant Danielle Ponder, The Black Angels and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Madi Diaz: "Hangover" (Single)2. Danielle Ponder: "So Long," from Some of Us Are Brave3. King Princess: "Cursed," from Hold On Baby4. The Beths: "Expert in a Dying Field," from Expert in a Dying Field5. The 1975: "Part of the Band," from Being Funny In a Foreign Language6. The Black Angels: "Firefly," from Wilderness of MirrorsWatch videos for each track and more at the All Songs Considered website.
20/07/22·30m 45s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 15

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Lizzo's Special, the ramshackle pop of Superorganism, beabadoobee, a genre-defying solo release from The Internet's Steve Lacy and more.Featured Albums:1. Lizzo — SpecialFeatured Songs: "About Damn Time," "Grrrls"2. beabadoobee — BeatopiaFeatured Songs: "10:36," "See You Soon," "Ripples," "Talk"3. Steve Lacy — Gemini RightsFeatured Songs: "Mercury," "Helmet," "2geteher (Enterlude)"4. Superorganism — World Wide PopFeatured Songs: "Flying," "Teenager," "Black Hole Baby"5. Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Katalyst — JID 013Featured Songs: "Juneteenth," "Summer Solstice"Lightning Round: Attia Taylor — Space Ghostblack midi — HellfireLil Silva — Yesterday is HeavyInterpol — The Other Side of Make-BelieveOther notable releases for July 15:The A's — FruitAmirtha Kidambi & Luke Stewart — Zenith/NadirArp — New PleasuresElf Power — Artificial Countrysidesj-hope — jack in the boxJoVia Armstrong — The Antidote SuiteM. Geddes Gengras — Expressed, I Noticed SilenceOzomatli — Marching OnRonnie Foster — Reboot
15/07/22·27m 51s

New Mix: Margo Price, renforshort, The Mountain Goats, Tianna Esperanza, more

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's favorite new tracks of the week include a stirring collaboration with Margo Price, Mavis Staples and Adia Victoria, a "training montage" from The Mountain Goats and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Margo Price: "Fight to Make It (feat. Mavis Staples & Adia Victoria)" (Single)2. The Mountain Goats: "Training Montage," from Bleed Out3. Tianna Esperanza: "Princess Slit and the Raincoat Prince" (Single)4. renforshort: "i miss myself," from dear amelia5. Wilder Maker: "Against Numbers (feat. Katie Von Schleicher)," from Male Models6. Indigo Sparke: "Pressure in My Chest," from Hysteria
12/07/22·34m 54s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 8

R&B singer Brent Faiyaz's reflective Wasteland, Metric's epic Formentera, a meditative instrumental record from producer Apollo Brown and more make our shortlist for the best albums out this week.Featured Albums: 1. Brent Faiyaz — WASTELANDFeatured songs: "PRICE OF FAME," "GRAVITY," "DEAD MAN WALKING"2. Metric — FormenteraFeatured songs: "Doomscroller"3. Apollo Brown — This Must Be The PlaceFeatured songs: "Catching Moments"4. Anna Butterss — ActivitiesFeatured songs: "Doo Wop" 5. renforshort — dear ameliaFeatured songs: "better off" Lightning Round: Burna Boy — Love, DaminiNoSo — Stay Proud of Merei brown — XenoWu-Lu — LOGGERHEADOther notable releases for July 8:Delicate Steve — After HoursEmmanuel Jal — ShangahThe Faim — Talk TalkKaty J Pearson — Sound of the MorningLaura Veirs — Found LightMegadeth — The Sick, The Dying... and the Dead!Neil Young & Crazy Horse — ToastRae Morris — Rachel@FairylandRapport — Floating Through the WonderwaveTye Tribbett — All Things NewTyshawn Sorey Trio — Mesmerism Vancouver Sleep Clinic — Fallen ParadiseWet — Pink Room
08/07/22·26m 50s

New Mix: Sylvan Esso, Ondara, Momma, Nora Brown and more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including a surprising new single from Sylvan Esso, the L.A. rock duo known as Momma, the singer-songwriter Ondara and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Sylvan Esso: "Your Reality" (Single)2. Nora Brown: "Little Satchel," from Long Time To Be Gone3. Lindsay Clark: "Evening Star," from Carpe Noctem4. Yard Act & Elton John: "100% Endurance" (Single)5. Momma: "Motorbike," from Household Name6. Ondara: "An Alien In Minneapolis," from Spanish Villager No. 3
06/07/22·34m 57s

The Best Music of June

June brought us The Suffers' socially conscious party music, Saya Gray's headphones-worthy debut, GIVĒON's R&B ballads, Regina Spektor's elaborate songwriting and Petrol Girls' amped-up punk.Featured Tracks and Artists:1. The Suffers: "Don't Bother Me" and "Yada Yada" from It Starts with Love2. Saya Gray: "I FOUND A FLOORBOARD UNDER THE SOIL!" from 19 Masters3. GIVĒON: "Scarred" from Give Or Take4. Regina Spektor "One Man's Prayer" from Home, before and after5. Petrol Girls: "Preachers" from Baby Our panel's additional recommendations for June:• S.G. Goodman, Teeth Marks• Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, For All Our Days That Tear the Heart• Beyoncé, "BREAK MY SOUL" • SZA, "Jodie" • Linda Ayupuka, God Created Everything Discover NPR Music's favorite albums and songs of 2022 (so far).
01/07/22·28m 48s

Norah Jones reflects on 20 years of 'Come Away With Me'

The singer explains why Blue Note Records rejected her first version of the beloved album and shares her original, previously unheard tracks, now released for a 20th anniversary edition of the record.Plus a deep dive on the album with NPR Music's Ann Powers, WBGO and Jazz Night In America's Nate Chinen and host Robin Hilton.
28/06/22·38m 20s

New Music Friday: The best releases out June 24

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from the electro-pop band MUNA, R&B singer GIVĒON, country star Jimmie Allen, Soccer Mommy and more.Featured Albums:1. MUNA — MUNAFeatured Song: "What I Want"2. GIVĒON — Give or Take Featured Song: "Lost Me"3. Soccer Mommy — Sometimes, Forever Featured Song: "Don't Ask Me"4. Jimmie Allen — Tulip Drive Featured Song: "what i'm talkin' 'bout"5. Lupe Fiasco — DRILL MUSIC IN ZIONFeatured Song: "AUTOBOTO (feat. Nayirah)"Lightning Round• Ella Fitzgerald — Ella at the Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbook• Katie Alice Greer — Barbarism• Dear Silas — It's Giving SELF LOVE!• Regina Spektor — Home, before and after• Luke Combs — Growin' Up• Arooj Aftab — Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition)• Zola Jesus — Arkhon• Various Artists — Elvis (OST)• Joan Shelley — The Spur
24/06/22·28m 33s

New Mix: Dry Cleaning, Jesca Hoop, Alex G, Rubblebucket, Jake Blount, Marlon Williams

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares an anthemic call to action from Jesca Hoop, a song for a stressed-out brain from Dry Cleaning, and two tunes inspired by television shows.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Jesca Hoop: "Hatred Has a Mother," from Order of Romance2. Jake Blount: "Didn't It Rain," from The New Faith3. Alex G: "Runner," from God Save the Animals4. Rubblebucket: "Morning in the Sun" (Single)5. Marlon Williams: "Thinking of Nina," from My Boy6. Dry Cleaning: "Don't Press Me," from Stumpwork
22/06/22·29m 19s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on June 17

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from R&B singer Yaya Bey, the shape-shifting rock of Bartees Strange, Perfume Genius, DJ and producer J. Rocc and more.Featured Albums:1. Yaya Bey — Remember Your North StarFeatured Songs: "alright," "rolling stoner," "meet me in brooklyn"2. Bartees Strange — Farm to TableFeatured Songs: "Mulholland Dr.," "Hold the Line," "Hennessy," "Cosigns"3. Wild Up — Julius Eastman, Vol. 2: Joy BoyFeatured Songs: "Stay On It," "Touch Him When (Heavy)," "Joy Boy"4. J. Rocc — A Wonderful LetterFeatured Songs: "Keep On (Yeah)," "Pajama Party," "Dancing With the Best"5. Perfume Genius — Ugly SeasonFeatured Songs: "Teeth," "Cenote," "Scherzo"Lightning Round: Erica Banks — Diary of The Flow QueenHarkin — Honeymoon SuiteKevin Gates — KhazaRY X — Blood MoonOther notable releases for June 17:Alanis Morissette — The Storm Before the CalmCarlos Simon & Marco Pave' — Requiem for the EnslavedFlasher — Love is YoursFoals — Life is YoursHercules & Love Affair — In AmberInfinity Knives & Brian Ennals — King CobraLogic — Vinyl DaysMt. Joy — Orange BloodSound of Ceres — Emerald Sea
17/06/22·28m 38s

New Mix: S.G. Goodman, The A's, The Beths, Tamino, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares new tracks from Belgian-Egyptian singer Tamino, Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath and Daughter of Sword's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig together as The A's and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. The A's: "He Needs Me," from Fruit2. S.G. Goodman: "Dead Soldiers," from Teeth Marks3. The Beths: "Silence Is Golden," from Expert In A Dying Field4. Madison Cunningham: "Hospital," from Revealer5. Katie Bejsiuk: "Olive, Ny" from The Woman on the Moon6. Tamino: "The First Disciple," from Sahar
14/06/22·33m 57s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on June 10

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Nature's World from the Chicago hip-hop duo Mother Nature, FKJ's VINCENT, a meditative album from Japanese composer Midori Takada and more. Featured Albums:1. FKJ — VINCENTFeatured Songs: "Let's Live," "Greener"2. ELUCID — I Told BessieFeatured Songs: "Ghoulie," "Smile Lines"3. Nick Mulvey — New MythologyFeatured Songs: "Mecca," "Star Nation"4. Mother Nature & Renzell — Nature's WorldFeatured Song: "Midnight Garden"5. Midori Takada — You Who are Leaving to Nirvana and Cutting Branches for a Temporary ShelterFeatured Songs: "Kannon Daiji," "Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter (In the Morning)"Lightning Round:BTS — ProofFlora Purim — If You Will (physical release)Julius Rodriguez — Let Sound Tell AllShearwater — The Great AwakeningOther notable releases for June 10:Bloomsday — Place to LandCarrie Underwood — Denim & RhinestonesFree the Robots — KaduwaGeorge Ezra — Gold Rush KidJoyce Manor — 40 Oz. to FresnoJudah & The Lion — RevivalMapache — Roscoe's DreamMax Richter — The New Four SeasonsMoonchild Sanelly — PhasesVance Joy — In Our Own Sweet TimeYann Tiersen — 11 5 18 25 18
10/06/22·26m 22s

New Mix: Death Cab For Cutie, Sylvan Esso, Lou Reed, NoSo, more

All Songs host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week including the return of Death Cab for Cutie, a rare demo from Lou Reed, the singer-songwriter known as NoSo, Sylvan Esso and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Sylvan Esso: "Sunburn" (Single)2. Annie Hamilton: "Exist," from the future is here but it feels kinda like the past3. Death Cab for Cutie: "Roman Candles," from Asphalt Meadows4. NoSo: "Parasites," from Stay Proud of Me5. Tess Parks: "Wow," from And Those Who Were Seen Dancing6. Lou Reed: "I'm Waiting for the Man - May 1965 Demo," from Words & Music, May 1965
07/06/22·32m 36s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on June 3

The week's best new albums include Fantastic Negrito's White Jesus Black Problems, Angel Olsen's Big Time, rapper Namir Blade's sci-fi-inspired Metropolis, 070 Shake's You Can't Kill Me and more.Featured Albums:1. Fantastic Negrito — White Jesus Black ProblemsFeatured Songs: "Venomous Dogma," "In My Head"2. Angel Olsen — Big TimeFeatured Songs: "All The Flowers," "Big Time"3. 070 Shake — You Can't Kill MeFeatured Songs: "Cocoon," "The Body," "Wine And Spirits"4. Namir Blade — MetropolisFeatured Song: "BoA"5. Editrix — Editrix II: Editrix Goes To HellFeatured Song: "Cowboy"Lightning Round:700 Bliss — Nothing to Declare (released May 27)Horsegirl — Versions of Modern PerformanceS.G. Goodman — Teeth MarksPost Malone — Twelve Carat ToothacheOther notable releases for June 3:Andrew Bird — Inside ProblemsChronophage — ChronophageGWAR — The New Dark AgesJasmyn — In the Wild (former Weaves lead singer)Merzbow & Lawrence English — Eternal StalkerMichael Franti & Spearhead — Follow Your HeartPurity Ring — Graves Queen of Jeans — Hiding in PlaceRemi Wolf — Juno DeluxeThe Suffers — It Starts with LoveTash Sultana — MTV Unplugged (Live In Melbourne)
03/06/22·27m 8s

The Best Music of May

May brought us Bad Bunny's stacked summer album, Kendrick Lamar's unsettled opus, Ravyn Lenae's otherworldly debut, Julia Reidy's microtonal guitar dissonance and Ethel Cain's haunted pop. Featured Tracks and Artists:1. Bad Bunny: "Después de la Playa" and "Otro Atardecer" from Un Verano Sin Ti2. Kendrick Lamar: "N95" and "Mother I Sober" from Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers 3. Ravyn Lenae: "Where I'm From (feat. Mereba)" from Hypnos 4. Julia Reidy: "World in World" from World in World 5. Ethel Cain: "Family Tree" from Preacher's DaughterOur panel's additional recommendations for May: • My Chemical Romance, "The Foundations of Decay" • Flores, The Lives They Left• Leikeli47, Shape Up
01/06/22·27m 17s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 27

The best albums out this week include Wilco's double-length Cruel Country, a debut from the singer UMI, the latest installment in Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge's Jazz Is Dead series and more.Featured Albums:1. Jean Carne, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge — JID012Featured Songs: "Black Love," "Visions"2. Wilco — Cruel CountryFeatured Songs: "I Am My Mother," "The Plains," "A Lifetime To Find"3. X Alfonso — Ancestros Sinfonicos Featured Song: "Yakuma Kareré"4. UMI — Forest in the CityFeatuared Song: "what would u do?"5. Nduduzo Makhathini — In the Spirit of NTUFeatured Songs: "Mama," "Emlilweni"Other notable releases for May 27:Brian Jackson — This Is Brian JacksonBright Eyes — A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, Letting Off the Happiness and Fevers and MirrorsDehd — Blue SkiesHAAi — Baby, We're AscendingIsaac Dunbar — Banish the BansheeJonny Greenwood — The Power of the Dog OST (physical release)Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Emile Mosseri - I Could Be Your Dog / I Could Be Your MoonLiam Gallagher — C'MON YOU KNOWMaria BC — HyalineRosie Carney — I Wanna Feel HappySean Paul — ScorchaSofie Birch — HolotropicaStars — From Capelton HillSteve Earle & The Dukes — Jerry Jeff
27/05/22·26m 56s

Presenting 'Pop Culture Happy Hour': Kendrick Lamar's 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers'

In this special episode from our friends at Pop Culture Happy Hour, host Stephen Thompson talks with critics Christina Lee and Marcus J. Moore about Kendrick Lamar's new double album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. It's been five years since Lamar released his previous album, DAMN. Since then, he's won a Pulitzer Prize, been nominated for an Oscar, and become a parent. But Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, is anything but a breezy victory lap. Lamar examines generational trauma, sexual politics, and his own attempts to grow amid high expectations and heavy introspection.
24/05/22·22m 48s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 20

The best albums out this week include Harry's House from Harry Styles, jazz pianist Joey Alexander's Origin, new ones from R&B singer Ravyn Lenae, rapper Boldy James, Porridge Radio and more.Featured Albums:1. Harry Styles — Harry's HouseFeatured Tracks: "Music for a Sushi Restaurant," "Grapejuice"2. Joey Alexander — OriginFeatured Tracks: "Remembering," "Summer Rising"3. Ravyn Lenae — HypnosFeatured Tracks: "3D," "Inside Out," "Xtasy"4. Porridge Radio — Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the SkyFeatured Tracks: "Back to the Radio," "End of Last Year"5. Boldy James & Real Bad Man — Killing NothingFeatured Track: "Game Time"Other notable releases for May 20:Charlie Hickey — Nervous At NightCraig Finn — A Legacy of RentalsFlume — PalacesHanson — Red Green BlueJoe Rainey — NiinetaKronos Quartet — Mỹ LaiLykke Li — EYEYEMary Lattimore & Paul Sukeena — West Kensingtonmxmtoon — risingSOAK — If I never know you like this againUffie — Sunshine Factory
20/05/22·25m 32s

New Mix: Tiny Desk Contest winner Alisa Amador, SOAK, Jens Lekman, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen introduces this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, Alisa Amador, plus new music from SOAK, the identical twins duo Companion, Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Alisa Amador: "Milonga accidental" (Single)2. Jens Lekman: "The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom," from The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom3. Companion: "If I Were a Ghost," from Second Day of Spring4. SOAK: "purgatory," from If I never know you like this again5. Jasmyn: "Cruel Moon," from In The Wild
17/05/22·29m 21s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 13

Kendrick Lamar's highly anticipated Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Leikeli47's Shape Up, Florence + the Machine's Dance Fever and more are on our shortlist of the week's best new albums.Featured Albums: 1. Kendrick Lamar — Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers2. Leikeli47 — Shape UpFeatured Track: "Chitty Bang"3. Florence + the Machine — Dance FeverFeatured Track: "Choreomania"4. Quelle Chris — DEATHFAMEFeatured Track: "King in Black"5. Tank and the Bangas — Red BalloonFeatured Track: "Communion in My Cup"6. John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davis — FirestarterFeatured Track: "Charlie's Rampage"Other notable releases for May 13:The Black Keys — Dropout BoogieKevin Morby — This Is A PhotographMandy Moore — In Real LifeMary Halvorson — Amaryllis and BelladonnaMonophonics — Sage MotelPkew Pkew Pkew — Open BarSam Gendel & Antonia Cytrynowicz — Live a LittleSay Sue Me — The Last Thing LeftThe Smile — A Light For Attracting AttentionThey Hate Change — Finally, New
13/05/22·31m 23s

New Mix: Regina Spektor, Stella Donnelly, Tomberlin, More

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares the "most astonishing song" he's heard this year: Regina Spektor's "Up The Mountain," plus Stella Donnelly's "Lungs," the many colors of MABUTA and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Regina Spektor: "Up The Mountain," from Home, before and after2. Rachel Bobbitt: "More" (Single)3. Shane Cooper & MABUTA: "Finish The Sun," from Finish The Sun4. Tomberlin: "idkwntht," from i don't know who needs to hear this...5. Kathryn Joseph: "The Burning of Us All," from For You Who Are the Wronged6. Stella Donnelly: "Lungs," from Flood
10/05/22·41m 35s

A conversation with Bonnie Raitt

Jewly Hight from member station WNXP talks with Bonnie Raitt about the folk-and-blues legend's new album Just Like That... and how she's navigated five decades of storied music-making.
08/05/22·22m 10s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 6

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Sharon Van Etten's We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jack Harlow's Come Home The Kids Miss You, Arcade Fire's WE and more.Featured Albums:1. Jack Harlow — Come Home The Kids Miss YouFeatured Tracks: "Nail Tech," "First Class"2. Ibeyi — Spell 31Featured Tracks: "Made of Gold," "Sister 2 Sister"3. Arcade Fire — WEFeatured Tracks: "Age of Anxiety I," "End of the Empire"4. IDK & KAYTRANADA — Simple.Featured Track: "Dog Food"5. Sharon Van Etten — We've Been Going About This All WrongFeatured Tracks: "Headspace," "Born"Other notable releases for May 6:!!! — Let It Be BlueBad Bunny — Un Verano Sin TiBelle And Sebastian — A Bit of PreviousBryan Ferry — Love Letters Ella Mai — Heart On My SleeveEmile Sandé — Let's Say For InstanceJermiside & The Expert — The Overview EffectJOYFULTALK — Familiar ScienceKikagaku Moyo — Kumoyo IslandMidland — The Last Resort: Greetings FromOtoboke Beaver — Super ChamponSuki Waterhouse — I Can't Let GoSunflower Bean — Headful of Sugar
06/05/22·30m 12s

The Best Music of April

April brought us albums from a re-energized Pusha T, reggae legend Horace Andy, Myra Melford's improvised suite, Syd's broken-hearted R&B ballads and Straw Man Army's paranoid-but-expansive post-punk. Featured Albums:1. Horace Andy: "Watch Over Them" from Midnight Rocker2. Pusha T: "Dreamin of the Past" from It's Almost Dry3. Myra Melford's Fire and Water Quintet: "VII" from For the Love of Fire and Water4. Syd: "CYBAH" from Broken Hearts Club5. Straw Man Army: "Human Kind" from SOSOther notable releases for April:• Fontaines D.C. — Skinty Fia • Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder — Get On Board • Joel Ross — The Parable of the Poet • Miles Okazaki's Trickster Quartet — Thisness • Albert Ayler — Revelations • Vince Staples — Ramona Park Broke My Heart• Omar Apollo — Ivory• Bonnie Raitt — Just Like That...• The Linda Lindas — Growing Up• Wet Leg — Wet Leg
02/05/22·27m 3s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 29

The week's best new albums include Toro y Moi's spectacular MAHAL, hard-hitting rap from the New Jersey hip-hop duo Dälek's Precipice, R&B singer Kehlani's blue water road and more.Featured Albums:1. Toro y Moi — MAHALFeatured Tracks: "Magazine," "The Medium"2. Girlpool — ForgivenessFeatured Track: "Nothing Gives Me Pleasure"3. Dälek — PrecipiceFeatured Tracks: "Devotion (When I Cry The Wind Disappears)," "Boycott"4. Kehlani — blue water roadFeatured Tracks: "wish i never" and "wondering/wandering"5. Let's Eat Grandma — Two RibbonsFeatured Tracks: "Watching You Go," "Strange Conversations"6. Girl Ultra — El SurFeatured Tracks: "Bombay," "Nade Que Hacer"Other notable release for April 29: Bloc Party — Alpha GamesBurnt Pink — Afterlife DubCongotronics International — Where's The One?Corb Lund — Songs My Friends WroteDiane Coffee — With PeopleEbi Soda — Honk If You're SadThe Head and the Heart — Every Shade Of BlueKelly Lee Owens — LP8Melody's Echo Chamber — Emotional EternalMiranda Lambert — PalominoRöyksopp — Profound MysteriesWilliam Basinski & Janek Schaefer — ...On Reflection
29/04/22·26m 33s

New Mix: Phoebe Bridgers, Wilco, Quinn Christopherson, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a live recording for the 20th anniversary of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, a new single from Phoebe Bridgers and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Lizzy McAlpine: "weird (ft. Laura Elliot)," from five seconds flat2. Flasher: "Love Is Yours," from Love Is Yours3. Fontaines D.C.: "Roman Holiday," from Skinty Fia4. Phoebe Bridgers: "Sidelines" (Single for Hulu's Conversations with Friends)5. Quinn Christopherson: "2005" (Single)6. Wilco: "Reservations (Live at The Pageant, St. Louis, MO 7/23/02)," from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Deluxe Edition)
26/04/22·34m 43s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 22

The best albums out this week include It's Almost Dry from Pusha T, space rock from Spiritualized, a gorgeous ambient record from OHYUNG, a rediscovered Charles Mingus live recording and more.Featured Albums:1. Pusha T — It's Almost DryFeatured Tracks "Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes," "Dreaming of the Past," "Just So You Remember," "I Pray For You"2. Jorge Drexler — Tinta y TiempoFeatured Tracks: "El Plan Maestro," "¡Oh, Algoritmo!"3. Ben Marc — Glass EffectFeatured Track: "Way We Are"4. Spiritualized — Everything Was BeautifulFeatured Tracks: "Always Together With You," "Crazy"5. Charles Mingus — The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott'sFeatured Track: "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues"6. OHYUNG — imagine naked!Featured Track: "symphonies sweeping"Other notable releases for April 22:• Becca Stevens & Attacca Quartet — Becca Stevens & Attacca Quartet• Bill Evans — Inner Spirit: The 1979 Concert at the Teatro General San Martín, Buenos Aires • Bonnie Raitt — Just Like That...• Charles Mingus — Mingus Three (Deluxe Edition)• claire rousay — everything perfect is already here• Fontaines D.C. — Skinty Fia• Hatchie — Giving the World Away• Jason Aldean — GEORGIA• King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard — Omnium Gatherum• Mister Goblin — Bunny• Patrick Watson — Better in the Shade• Roger Eno — The Turning Year• S. Carey — Break Me Open
22/04/22·33m 34s

New Mix: Pink Floyd, Patrick Watson, Sonny Singh, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including a surprise return from Pink Floyd and uplifting songs from Sonny Singh, Patrick Watson and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Pink Floyd: "Hey, Hey, Rise Up (featuring Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox)" (Single)2. Sonny Singh: "Aisee Preet," from Chardi Kala3. Tuba Skinny: "Trickster's Rag," from Magnolia Stroll4. Charlie Hickey: "Dandelions," from Nervous At Night5. Patrick Watson & La Force: "Height of the Feeling," from Better in the Shade6. The Good Ones: "I Dream Someday To Have a Home," from Rwanda...You See Ghosts, I See Sky
19/04/22·33m 30s

New Music Friday: The Top 5 albums out on April 15

NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by Kaitlin Butts, Samora Pinderhughes, Mal Blum and more.Featured Albums:1. Kaitlin Butts — what else can she doFeatured Song: "it won't always be this way"2. Samora Pinderhughes — GRIEFFeatured Song: "Masculinity"3. Mal Blum — Ain't It Nice
Featured Song: "Everybody Loves You"4. Jerry Paper — Free TimeFeatured Song: "Just Say Play"5. Dave Brubeck Trio — Live From Vienna 1967Featured Song: "St. Louis Blues"Other notable releases for April 15:• Joel Ross — The Parable of the Poet• Flock of Dimes — Head of Roses (Phantom Limb• Digga D — Noughty By Nature• Kurt Vile — (watch my moves)• Spanish Love Songs — Brave Faces, Etc.
15/04/22·25m 41s

New Mix: Joan Shelley, Craig Finn, Florist, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including new ones from singer Joan Shelley, Florist, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Florist: "Red Bird Pt. 2 (Morning)," from Florist2. Joan Shelley: "The Spur," from The Spur3. Sadurn: "snake," from Radiator4. Dana Gavanski: "I Kiss The Night," from When It Comes5. Craig Finn: "Messing With the Settings," from A Legacy of Rentals6. dani mack: "Someday"7. Medicine Singers: "Daybreak," from Medicine Singers
12/04/22·41m 18s

New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 8

It's a crazy-packed release day with new albums from Camila Cabello, Omar Apollo, an all-star collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T., Girl Talk and Smoke DZA, Syd's Broken Hearts Club and more.Featured Albums: 1. Omar Apollo — IvoryFeatured Songs: "Talk," "En El Ovido"2. Syd — Broken Hearts ClubFeatured Song: "BMHWDY"3. Girl Talk, Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, Smoke DZA — Full Court PressFeatured Song: "Fly the Coop"4. Camila Cabello — FamiliaFeatured Song: "Psychofreak"5. BANKS — SerpentinaFeatured Song: "Meteorite"Other notable releases for April 8:Calexico — El MiradorCoi Leray — TrendsetterDeer Scout — WoodpeckerFather John Misty — Chloe and the Next 20th CenturyFivio Foreign — B.I.B.L.E.Hiatus Kaiyote — Mood Variant (The Remixes)Jack White — Fear of the DawnJohnnyswim — JohnnyswimKae Tempest — The Line Is A CurveThe Linda Lindas — Growing UpOrville Peck — BroncoSon Lux — Everything Everywhere All At Once (OST)Vince Staples — Ramona Park Broke My HeartWet Leg — Wet Leg
08/04/22·24m 55s

The Best Music of March

March's best new music includes Kilo Kish's pop treatise on this game called life, Jenny Hval's philosophy on art-making, Soul Glo's punk rage and more. Featured Music:1. Kilo Kish: "DISTRACTIONS III: SPOILED ROTTEN" from AMERICAN GURL2. Jenny Hval: "American Coffee" from Classic Objects3. Soul Glo: "Jump! (Or Get Jumped!!!) ((by the future))" from Diaspora Problems4. rusowsky, "pikito" 5. Jóhann Jóhannsson: "The Mountain View, the Majesty of the Snow-Clad Peaks, from a Place of Contemplation and Reflection" from Drone MassOther notable releases for March:• Lous and The Yakuza, "Kisé"• Cécile McLorin Salvant — Ghost Song • Charli XCX — Crash • Rosalia — MOTOMAMI• Emmanuelle Parrenin — Targala, la maison qui n'en est pas une
04/04/22·28m 46s

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on April 1

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from the Bronx rapper T-Shyne, Sondre Lerche, the Canadian pop singer known as LIGHTS and more. Featured Albums: 1. T-Shyne — Confetti NightsFeatured Track: "Feed the Fam" 2. Pillow Queens — Leave the Light OnFeatured Track: "Be By Your Side"3. Sondre Lerche — Avatars of LoveFeatured Track: "Summer in Reverse"4. LIGHTS — PEPFeatured Track: "Money in the Bag"5. GGGOLDDD — This Shame Should Not Be MineFeatured Track: "Spring"Other notable releases for April 1: Big Cheeko — Block Barry WhiteCarpenter Brut — Leather TerrorChristian Lee Hutson — QuittersDuster — TogetherField Works — StationsMeshuggah — ImmutableMolly Tuttle & Golden Highway — Crooked TreeNight Palace — Diving RingsPUP — THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBANDRed Hot Chili Peppers — Unlimited Love
01/04/22·26m 50s

Records That Changed Our Lives: Finding hope in Tracy Chapman and 'Brand New Eyes'

What record changed your life? NPR Music's Turning the Tables, which challenges sexism in the pop music canon, asked writers that question. Every week in March, we're diving into their answers.
30/03/22·29m 11s

New Mix: Angel Olsen, Perfume Genius, Soccer Mommy, more

All Songs host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including songs of love from Angel Olsen and Soccer Mommy, a new one from the upcoming Perfume Genius album Ugly Season and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Perfume Genius: "Pop Song," from Ugly Season2. Zola Jesus: "Lost," from Arkhon3. Arooj Aftab: "Udhero Na (feat. Anoushka Shankar)," from Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition)4. Angel Olsen: "All The Good Times," from Big Time5. Saya Gray: "IF THERE'S NO SEAT IN THE SKY (WILL YOU FORGIVE ME???)," from 19 MASTERS6. Soccer Mommy: "Shotgun," from Sometimes, Forever
29/03/22·36m 42s

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on March 25

Our picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from Nashville singer Maren Morris, the Jamaican rapper and singer Koffee, London's Afro-funk group Ibibio Sound Machine, Barrie and more.Featured Albums: 1. Maren Morris — Humble QuestFeatured Tracks: "Humble Quest" and "Nervous"2. Koffee — GiftedFeatured Track: "Shine"3. Ornette Coleman — Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary AlbumsFeatured Track: "Lorraine"4. Barrie — BarbaraFeatured Track: "Jersey"5. Ibibio Sound Machine — ElectricityFeatured Tracks: "Protection from Evil" and "Truth No Lie"Other notable releases for March 25:Aldous Harding — Warm ChrisBuddy — SuperghettoCamp Cope — Running with the HurricaneDenzel Curry — Melt My Eyez See Your FutureDestroyer — Labyrinthitis Machine Gun Kelly — mainstream selloutRema — Rave & RosesWalter Martin — The Bear
25/03/22·24m 45s

Records That Changed Our Lives: Defying Gatekeepers

What record changed your life? NPR Music's Turning the Tables, which challenges sexism in the pop music canon, asked writers that question. Every week in March, we're diving into their answers.
23/03/22·30m 43s

New Mix: Arcade Fire, Valerie June, The Smile, Andrew Bird, more

All Songs host Bob Boilen's mix this week includes the joy of Valerie June, a new project from Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, with Sons Of Kemet's Tom Skinner, called The Smile, and more.Featured Tracks and Artists:1. Brittany Davis: "I Choose to Live," from I Choose to Live EP2. Valerie June: "Use Me" (Single)3. Arcade Fire: "Lightning I, II," from WE4. The Smile: "Skrting On the Surface" (Single)5. Congotronics International: "Where's The One?," from Where's The One?6. Andrew Bird: "Atomized" (Single)7. Typhoon: "New Wife," from Underground Complex EP
22/03/22·43m 38s

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on March 18

Two of the year's most anticipated albums — Rosalía's MOTOMAMI and Charli XCX's CRASH — drop today, along with Johann Johannsson's posthumous Drone Mass, Yumi Zouma's Present Tense and more. Featured Albums:1. Rosalía — MOTOMAMIFeatured tracks: "CUUUUuuuuuute," "BULERÍAS," "SAOKO"2. Jóhann Jóhannsson — Drone MassFeatured tracks: "Two is Apocryphal," "Take the Night Air"3. Raw Poetic & Damu The Fudgemunk — Laminated SkiesFeatured Tracks: "Open Roads," "Chewing Gum"4. Charli XCX — CRASHFeatured Tracks: "Crash," "Yuck"5. Yumi Zouma — Present TenseFeatured Track: "Astral Projections"Other notable releases for March 18:Bladee & Ecco2K — CrestBroadcast — Microtronics, Mother is the Milky Way, Maida Vale SessionsCypress Hill — Back in BlackMattiel — Georgia GothicMidlake — For the Sake of Bethel WoodsRuth Slenczynska — My Life in MusicSonic Youth — In/Out/In
18/03/22·33m 7s

Records That Changed Our Lives, Grown Woman Edition

What record changed your life? NPR Music's Turning the Tables, which challenges sexism in the pop music canon, asked writers that question. Every week in March, we're diving into their answers.
16/03/22·30m 30s

New Mix: Belle and Sebastian, Scout laRue Willis, Gang of Youths, More

All Songs host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including some powerful story-songs, from a drug-filled fling to lies learned about a lost father, an underwater journey and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Curse Of Lono: "So Damned Beautiful (feat. Tess Parks)," from People In Cars2. Gang of Youths: "you in everything," from angel in realtime3. Belle and Sebastian: "Unnecessary Drama," from A Bit of Previous4. Niia: "Forward," from OFFAIR:Mouthful of Salt5. Deer Scout: "Peace with the Damage," from Woodpecker6. Scout laRue Willis: "Shouldn't I Be" (Single)
15/03/22·39m 20s

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on March 11

Our shortlist for the best albums out this week includes Rex Orange County's WHO CARES?, the immediately transfixing Getaway from singer Orion Sun, the genre-hopping sounds of Jenny Hval and more.Featured Albums: 1. Orion Sun — GetawayFeatured Tracks: "intro" and "without you"2. Rex Orange County — WHO CARES?Featured Tracks: "SHOOT ME DOWN" and "KEEP IT UP"3. Fly Anakin — FrankFeatured Tracks: "Love Song (Come Back)" and "Bread"4. Jenny Hval — Classic ObjectsFeatured Track: "Cemetery of Splendor"5. Irma Thomas — Full Time Woman, The Lost Cotillion Album (on vinyl)Featured Track: "Adam and Eve"Other notable releases for March 11:Alex Cameron — Oxy MusicBenny the Butcher — Tana Talk 4The Boo Radleys — Keep On With FallingBOYO — Echoes Like MemoriesDrug Church — Hygiene Fatboi Sharif & LoneSword — Cyber City SocietyLoop — SonancyLucky Daye — CANDYDRIP
11/03/22·26m 18s

Records That Changed Our Lives, Teen Edition: 'Tidal,' 'Blacks' Magic,' Beyoncé's '4'

What record changed your life? NPR Music's Turning the Tables, which challenges sexism in the pop music canon, asked writers that question. Every week in March, we're diving into their answers.
09/03/22·36m 13s

New Mix: Regina Spektor, a Son Lux collaboration with David Byrne and Mitski, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a collaboration between Mitski, David Byrne and Son Lux, the return of Regina Spektor and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Son Lux, Mitski, David Byrne: "This Is A Life," from Everything Everywhere All At Once2. Regina Spektor: "Becoming All Alone," from Home, before and after3. Suz Slezak: "Loneliness Is Measured," from Our Wings May Be Featherless4. Kevin Morby: "This Is A Photograph," from This Is A Photograph5. Sharon Van Etten: "Used To It" (Single)6. Superorganism: "Teenager (feat. CHAI & Pi Ja Ma)," from World Wide Pop
08/03/22·34m 0s

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on March 4

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Belgian singer and rapper Stromae's first new music in nearly a decade, the blood-slowing sounds of The Weather Station and more.Featured Albums:1. Stromae — MultitudeFeatured Tracks: "L'enfer," "Santé" and "Déclaration"2. Nilüfer Yanya — PainlessFeatured Tracks: "the dealer," "L/R" and "midnight sun"3. RZA & DJ Scratch — Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu TheaterFeatured Track: "Pugilism"4. Kojey Radical — Reason to SmileFeatured Track: "Silk"5. The Weather Station — How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars?Featured Track: "Ignorance"Other notable releases for March 4:Band of Horses — Things Are GreatCécile McLorin Salvant — Ghost SongDolly Parton — Run, Rose, RunJordan Rakei — BruisesKAINA — It Was A HomeMadi Diaz — Same History, New FeelingsPeach Pit — From 2 to 3Roy Montgomery — AudiotherapyTom Caruana — Strange Planet
04/03/22·26m 45s

Records That Changed Our Lives: How Kate Bush and Yoko Ono challenged us

What record changed your life? NPR Music's Turning the Tables, which challenges sexism in the pop music canon, asked writers that question. Every week in March, we're diving into their answers.
02/03/22·26m 24s

A Punjabi space epic and a laid-back throwback — NPR's favorite music of February

February's best new music includes a double album by Big Thief, Raveena's ambitious sophomore effort, Pusha T's old-school polish, Joyce DiDonato's wordless wondering and caroline's calming, crazy quilt of sound. Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Big Thief — Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in YouFeatured songs: "Spud Infinity" and "Dried Roses"2. Raveena — Asha's AwakeningFeatured song: "Mystery"3. Pusha T, "Diet Coke"4. Joyce DiDonato — EDENFeatured song: "The Unanswered Question"5. caroline — carolineFeatured song: "Dark blue"Other notable releases for February:• Hurray for the Riff Raff — LIFE ON EARTH• Mitski -- Laurel Hell• Erin Rae — Lighten Up• Chris Farren — Death Don't Wait (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)• Los Bitchos — Let the Festivities Begin!• Saba — Few Good Things
01/03/22·29m 28s

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 25

Robert Glasper returns this week with Black Radio III, the latest in his ongoing fusion of jazz, rap, hip-hop and R&B. Other notable albums this week include new ones from SASMI, EARTHGANG and more. Featured Albums:1. Robert Glasper — Black Radio IIIFeatured Tracks: "Why We Speak" and "In Tune"2. SASAMI — SqueezeFeatured Track: "Say It"3. Sevdaliza — Raving DahliaFeatured Track: "Everything Is Everything"4. EARTHGANG — Ghetto GodsFeatured Track — "Amen"5. Emily Wells — Regards to the EndFeatured Tracks: "All Burn, No Bridge" and "David's Got A Problem"Other notable releases for Feb. 25:Aspidistrafly — Altar of DreamsAvishai Cohen — Naked TruthAvril Lavigne — Love SuxBambara — Love on My MindBasia Bulat — The Gardencaroline — carolineIsaiah Collier & The Chosen Few: "Lift Every Voice" (single)King Hannah — I'm Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me Superchunk — Wild LonelinessTears for Fears — The Tipping Point
25/02/22·30m 11s

New Mix: Sevdaliza, Porridge Radio, Fantastic Negrito, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks this week, including the "femmenoid" sounds of Sevdaliza, Tiny Desk contest winner Fantastic Negrito Porridge Radio and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Porridge Radio: "Back To The Radio," From Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky2. Sevdaliza: "High Alone," From Raving Dahlia (EP)3. Fantastic Negrito: "Highest Bidder," From White Jesus Black Problems4. Daniel Rossen: "Unpeopled Space," From You Belong There5. Roedelius & Story: "Nurzu," From 4 Hands6. Charbonneau / Amato: "Évaporations," From Synth Works Vol. 2
22/02/22·41m 46s

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 18

The week's best new music includes the deep grooves and heady soul of Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, an epic tale in sound from Beach House, the return of queer country pioneers Lavender Country and more. Featured Albums1. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges — Texas MoonFeatured songs: "B-Side" and "Doris"2. Beach House — Once Twice MelodyFeatured song: "Modern Love Stories"3. Hurray for the Riff Raff — LIFE ON EARTHFeatured song: "POINTED AT THE SUN" 4. Kendra Morris — Nine LivesFeatured song: "Dry"5. Lavender Country — Blackberry RoseFeatured song: "All Disillusions Behind"Other notable releases for Feb. 18:Anwar HighSign — Live N*gga Prophecy Big K.R.I.T. — Digital Roses Don't DieMAITA — I Just Want to Be Wild For YouMetronomy — Small WorldRokia Koné & Jacknife Lee — BamananSally Shapiro — Sad CitiesThe Shout Out Louds — HouseShovels & Rope — ManticoreTennyson — Rot
18/02/22·23m 19s

New Mix: The Suffers, S. Carey, Lady Dan, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and NPR Music editor Hazel Cills share their favorite new tracks of the week, including the soulful sounds of The Suffers, the frenetic electronica of Whatever The Weather and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Lady Dan: "Not In Love" (Single)2. Maria BC: "The Only Thing," from Hyaline3. Maylee Todd: "Show Me," from Maloo4. Whatever The Weather: "17°C," from Whatever The Weather5. S. Carey: "Break Me Open," from Break Me Open6. Yungchen Lhamo: "Awakening," from Awakening7. The Suffers: "How Do We Heal (ft. Bryce The Third and Son Little" (Single)
15/02/22·38m 38s

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 11

NPR Music's picks for the week's best albums include Mary J. Blige's Good Morning Gorgeous, the sonic wonders of alt-j, spiritual guidance from Raveena, a new solo record from Eddie Vedder and more.Featured Albums: 1. Mary J. Blige — Good Morning GorgeousFeatured Track: "On Top"2. alt-J — The DreamFeatured Track: "Bane"3. Raveena — Asha's AwakeningFeatured Tracks: "Kathy Left 4 Khatmandu" and "The Internet Is Like Eating Plastic"4. Shamir — HeterosexualityFeatured Track: "Caught Up"5. Eddie Vedder — EarthlingFeatured Track: "Power of Right"Other notable releases for Feb. 11:Big Thief — Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In YouBuke and Gase & Rahrah Gabor — Buke and Gase & Rahrah GaborClaire Rousay & More Eaze — Never Stop Texting MeEmpath — VisitorFrank Turner - FTHCJoss Stone — Never Forget My LoveMoonchild — StarfruitPriscilla Block — Welcome to the Block PartySpoon — Lucifer on the SofaTrupa Trupa — B Flat AVoivod — Synchro AnarchyZeal & Ardor — Zeal & Ardor
11/02/22·25m 39s

A conversation with Questlove on his 'Summer of Soul' soundtrack

In this special episode, our friends at the It's Been A Minute podcast talk with musician and filmmaker Questlove about the recently released soundtrack to his 2001 documentary Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). Host Sam Sanders chats with Questlove about the long history of Black erasure and the memorable performances from The 5th Dimension, Stevie Wonder (playing the drums!), Mavis Staples, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone and many more.
10/02/22·29m 28s

New Mix: Lucy Dacus, illuminati hotties, Madi Diaz with Waxahatchee, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a collaboration between Madi Diaz and Waxahatchee, "Kissing Lessons" from Lucy Dacus and more.Featured Artist and Songs:1. Lucy Dacus: "Kissing Lessons" (Single)2. Madi Diaz w/ Waxahatchee: "Resentment (New Feelings Version)" (Single)3. illuminati hotties: "Sandwich Sharer" (Single)4. Luna Li (ft. beabadoobee): "Silver Into Rain," from Duality5. River Whyless: "Heaven and Light," from Monoflora6. Norma Waterson: "Bright Shiny Morning," from Bright Shiny Morning
08/02/22·29m 50s

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Feb. 4

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the final trap album from Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz, '80s-flavored pop from Mitski, Animal Collective's return to form and more.Featured Albums:1. 2 Chainz — Dope Don't Sell ItselfFeatured tracks: "10 Bracelets" and "Million Dollars Worth Of Game"2. Mitski — Laurel HellFeatured track: "Stay Soft"3. Animal Collective — Time SkiffsFeatured track: "Strung With Everything"4. Saba — Few Good ThingsFeatured tracks: "Survivor's Guilt" and "2012"5. Erin Rae — Lighten UpFeatured track: "California Belongs to You"Other notable releases for Feb. 4:Black Country, New Road — Ants From Up ThereCate Le Bon — PompeiiLord Kayso — More ChoresLos Bitchos — Let The Festivities Begin!The Reds, Pinks and Purples — Summer at Land's EndTank — R&B MONEY
04/02/22·27m 37s

A (deep) conversation with Elvis Costello

In a career-spanning interview, the singer reflects on his decades-long life in music, from his earliest childhood memories to the artists who shaped his work and what his own songs have meant to others.
01/02/22·49m 0s

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Jan. 28

The Summer of Soul soundtrack is finally here, along with a breathtaking debut from singer Amber Mark, a mind-bender from jazz saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and more.Featured Albums: 1. Various — The Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)Featured Song: "Don'tcha Hear Me Callin' to Ya?"2. Lady Wray — Piece of MeFeatured Song: "Where Were You"3. Samm Henshaw — Untidy SoulFeatured Songs: "Thoughts and Prayers," "Chicken Wings," "Keyon (Interlude)"4. Amber Mark — Three Dimensions DeepFeatured Song: "One"5. Immanuel Wilkins — The 7th HandFeatured Song: "Don't Break"Other notable releases for Jan. 28:Anaïs Mitchell — Anaïs MitchellBabyface Ray — FaceBeirut — ArtifactsGreg Spero — The Chicago ExperimentSt. Paul & The Broken Bones — Alien Coast
28/01/22·27m 27s

New Mix: PUP, Kaina, Uwade, More

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and NPR Music editor Marissa Lorusso share their favorite new music of the week, including the latest from PUP and the curious and beautiful sounds of Isik Kural.Featured artists and tracks:1. PUP: "Robot Writes A Love Song," from THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND2. MAITA: "Loneliness," from I Just Want To Be Wild For You3. KAINA: "Apple," from It Was a Home4. Uwade: "Do You See The Light Around Me?" (Single)5. Imarhan: "Achinkad," from Aboogi6. Isik Kural: "paperhat," from in february
25/01/22·28m 53s

New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Jan. 21

Emo rapper and singer iann dior, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, Americana singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan and more land on this week's shortlist for the best new releases out on Jan. 21. Featured Albums: 1. iann dior — on to better thingsFeatured Songs: "V12" and "hopeless romantic"2. Che Noir — Food For ThoughtFeatured Song: "Communion"3. Simone Dinnerstein — UndersongFeatured Songs: Erik Satie's "Gnossienne No. 3" and Philip Glass' "Mad Rush"4. Aoife O'Donovan — Age of ApathyFeatured Song: "Sister Starling" 5. Jana Horn — OptimismFeatured Song: "Optimism"6. Tanya Tagaq — TonguesFeatured Songs: "Earth Monster" and "Colonizer"Other notable releases for Jan. 21:Aurora - The Gods We Can TouchBoris — WBoy Harsher — The Runner (Original Soundtrack)Jake Xerxes Fussell — Good and Green AgainJanis Ian — The Light at the End of the LinePedro the Lion — HavasuYoung T & Bugsey — Truth Be Told
21/01/22·28m 36s

New Mix: Shamir, Midlake, Anaïs Mitchell, Janis Ian, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks, including one from Hadestown creator Anaïs Mitchell, Frank Turner's dream-inspired ode to his late friend, Scott Hutchison and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Frank Turner: "A Wave Across A Bay," from FTHC2. Anaïs Mitchell: "On Your Way (Felix Song)," from Anaïs Mitchell3. Janis Ian: "Better Times Will Come," from The Light at the End of the Line4. Midlake: "Bethel Woods," from For The Sake of Bethel Woods5. Shamir: "Reproductive," from Heterosexuality6. Keeley Forsyth: "I Stand Alone," from Limbs
19/01/22·38m 44s

New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out Jan. 14

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include FKA Twigs' CAPRISONGS, SICK! from Earl Sweatshirt, joyful singalongs from The Lumineers and more.Featured Albums: 1. FKA Twigs — CAPRISONGSFeatured Songs: "papi bones" and "track girl interlude"2. Earl Sweatshirt — SICK!Featured Song: "God Laughs"3. The Lumineers — BrightsideFeatured Song: "Where We Are"4. Bonobo — FragmentsFeatured Song: "Rosewood"5. Cordae — From A Birds Eye ViewFeatured Song: "Champagne Glasses"6. Linying — There Could Be Wreckage HereFeatured Song: "Faith"Other notable releases for Jan. 14: Blood Red Shoes — GHOSTS ON TAPE; Broken Social Scene — Old Dead Young; Cat Power — Covers; Elvis Costello and The Imposters — The Boy Named If.
14/01/22·26m 40s

New Mix: The Smile, Kae Tempest, Yard Act, More

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, along with NPR Music's curator of the weird and loud, Lars Gotrich.Featured Artists And Tracks:1. Kae Tempest: "More Pressure," from The Line Is A Curve2. Pigeon Pit: "Empties," from Feather River Canyon Blues3. Souk: "Sooner or Later," from Souk Demo4. Basia Bulat: "The Garden," from The Garden5. Barrie: "Quarry," from Barbara6. The Smile: "You Will Never Work In Television Again" (Single)7. Yard Act: "Rich," from The Overload
11/01/22·38m 44s

Presenting: Pop Culture Happy Hour, on Spotify's corporate ad game, 'Wrapped'

Our friends at NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast take a look Spotify's annual end-of-year event, and viral sensation, 'Wrapped.' In 2019 the service started pairing its year-end listening data with eye-catching and extremely shareable graphics. But, when the algorithm curates so much of our listening experience... are we just creating a perpetual feedback loop?
30/12/21·23m 53s

How Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan created Merge Records

In this special episode from NPR's How I Built This with Guy Raz, Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan talk about how, as college students in the late '80s, they created one of the most influential indie labels of all time, Merge Records
29/12/21·1h 22m

The prophecies of Radiohead's 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac,' 20 years later

Our friends at NPR's Throughline podcast take a deep dive into the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac, examining the ways the band confronted the monsters around us and within us at the dawn of a new millennium.
28/12/21·52m 44s

Viking's Choice 2021: Cassettes rule everything around me

NPR Music's Lars Gotrich offers a tribute to the Peruvian punk, chiptuned black metal and Brazilian dub that soundtracked his home office in 2021, cranked on a trusty tape machine. Music heard on this episode:• Morbo: "En el cubil" from ¿A Quién Le Echamos La Culpa? • Cara Neir: "Damnation" from Phase Out • Felinto: "Chroma" from Futuro Antigo Perpétuo • Wendy Eisenberg: "Don't move" from Bent Ring • Lucy Liyou: "Uncle" from Practice• Neo Geodesia: "Fanta Rouge" from 2562 Neon Flames• Maraudeur: "TWYWYS" from Puissance 4 • Myriam Gendron: "C'est dans les vieux pays" from Ma délire - Songs of love, lost & found • Bacon Grease: "What Do You Know" from The Slow Burn• Znous: "El-Mansiette" from Znousland 3
27/12/21·50m 7s

Back to the cabin

When we held our first holiday extravaganza in 2012 (at a snow-covered cabin in the woods), nearly all of the guests we'd invited canceled. For 2019, we decided to return to the cozy cabin where it all began. What could possibly go wrong?
24/12/21·1h 0m

A holiday cruise

From 2018, hosts Bob and Robin decide to get away from it all with a holiday cruise to Bermuda. But nature inevitably runs its course and the gang finds itself stuck in the swirling vortex of the mystical Bermuda Triangle, desperate for some sort of passage back home.
23/12/21·55m 55s

Journey to the North Pole

In this holiday episode originally aired in 2016. Bob and Robin take a train ride to the North Pole in hopes of rediscovering the true spirit of the season. Along the way they meet some special friends, including Kacey Musgraves, Connor Oberst, Japanese Breakfast and more.
22/12/21·1h 2m

A holiday in space

Through a series of unexpected events, we find ourselves hurtling through outer space, on an urgent musical mission. Join us as we take a rocket ride to the stars, grow homesick for the holidays, and find comfort from a few special guests and friends, including Angel Olsen, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, our favorite spaceman (Dan Deacon, of course), and more. This episode originally aired in 2014.
21/12/21·1h 0m

A holiday party for the ages

Originally aired in 2012, our first holiday special landed us at a remote cabin in the woods where we (trust us!) held a party for the ages. The guest list for our night of music and tall tales included Kishi Bashi, Dan Deacon, Carrie Brownstein, Nellie McKay and more.
20/12/21·1h 11m

How HBO's 'Insecure' changed the sound and scope of Black music

The groundbreaking HBO series, which just ended a five-year run, provided a platform for showcasing great, unknown Black artists and recast expectations for what R&B, rap and hip-hop can be.
17/12/21·27m 0s

The best songs and albums we missed in 2021

Members of the NPR Music team share their personal picks for the best songs or albums from 2021 that didn't make our final lists.1. dodie: "Hate Myself," from Build a Problem2. Tōth: "Turnaround (Cocaine Song)," from You And Me And Everything3. Flock of Dimes: "Price of Blue," from Head of Roses4. Blu DeTiger: "Vintage," from How Did We Get Here?5. doechii: "TRUTH," From Bra-Less6. girl in red: "Did You Come?" from if i could make it go quiet7. Moin: "Crappy Dreams Count," from Moot!8. Limp Bizkit: "Dad Vibes," from STILL SUCKS9. Madi Diaz: "Nervous," from History of a Feeling10. Tré Burt: "Funny Story (Song for Eva)," from You, Yeah, You11. Normani (feat. Cardi B): "Wild Side" (Single)12. Sarah Kinsley: "The King," from The King (EP)13. NIKARA: "Thick Girls," from NIKARA presents Black Wall Street14. Draco Rosa: "El Amor de Borikén," from Sound Healing 1:1115. Morgen Wurde feat. Maria Estrella: "Weiht," from Pop Ambient 2022
15/12/21·1h 22m

Presenting: Alt.Latino's picks for the best singles of 2021

On this special episode, the Alt.Latino team discusses the best Latin music singles of 2021.
12/12/21·50m 12s

Poll results: NPR listeners pick the top albums of 2021

See what our listeners picked as the top 20 albums released in 2021.
10/12/21·1h 6m

Presenting: Alt.Latino's look back at the best albums of 2021

Each year NPR's Alt.Latino crew parses through hundreds of new Latin music releases in the hopes of finding the best of the genre. On this episode they share just a few of their favorites that stood out in 2021.
05/12/21·42m 13s

Lil Nas X on 'MONTERO,' NPR Music's song of the year

A conversation with the singer, rapper, social-media sensation, and fashion icon about his groundbreaking pop banger "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)."
03/12/21·18m 7s

Jazmine Sullivan unspools her 'Heaux Tales,' NPR Music's album of the year

The singer reveals the stories and inspiration behind her breathtaking album. Released in January, Heaux Tales held our gaze throughout the year, becoming NPR Music's pick for the best album of 2021.
01/12/21·23m 55s

New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Nov. 26

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Licorice Pizza, Turkish funk from El Michels Affair, Julie Doiron and more.Featured Albums:1. Various — Licorice PizzaFeatured Songs: "Peace Frog" (The Doors) and "Licorice Pizza" (Jonny Greenwood)2. El Michels Affair — AbominableFeatured Song: "Cham Cham"3. Julie Doiron — I Thought of YouFeatured Song: "Cancel the Party"4. Cynic — Ascension CodesFeatured Song: "Mythical Serpents" 5. Spectacular Diagnostics — Ancient MethodsFeatured Song: "The Wall"
26/11/21·23m 20s

New Mix: Beach House, Jasmyn, Mckenna Grace, more

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new songs of the week including Beach House's "Once Twice Melody," "Haunted House" from the actress Mckenna Grace, Medium Build and more.Featured Tracks:1. Beach House: "Once Twice Melody," from Once Twice Melody2. Medium Build: "Rabbit" (Single)3. Semler: "Prodigal Girl," from Late Bloomer EP4. Mckenna Grace: "Haunted House" (Single)5. Jasmyn: "Find the Light" (Single)6. Lizzy McAlpine: "doomsday" (Single)
23/11/21·33m 20s

New Music Friday: The top 7 albums out on Nov. 19

Adele's long-awaited 30 tops NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week, along with new ones from Snoop Dogg, Makaya McCraven, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and more.Featured Albums:1. Adele — 30Featured track: "Oh My God"2. Snoop Dogg — AlgorithmFeatured tracks: "Big Subwoofer" and "Anxiety"3. Makaya McCraven — Deciphering the MessageFeatured track: "Black Rhythm Happening"4. Ben LaMar Gay — Open Arms to Open UsFeatured track: "Aunt Lola and the Quail"5. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss — Raise the RoofFeatured track: "Go Your Way"6. Apollo Brown & Stalley — BlacklightFeatured track: "Breathe"7. Coldcut — @0Featured track: "Star Ray" (performed by Julianna Barwick)Other notable releases for Nov. 19: Brian Wilson — At My Piano; Elbow — Flying Dream 1; Khemmis — Deceiver; Sting — The Bridge.
19/11/21·31m 49s

New Mix: Big Thief, Pinegrove, FACESOUL, Maia Friedman, more

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new songs of the week, including a just-announced track from Big Thief, the London-based Somali artist known as FACESOUL, Pinegrove and more.Featured Tracks:1. Big Thief: "Time Escaping," from Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You2. Maia Friedman: "Where the Rocks Are," from Under the New Light3. Mirrors: "Una Rosa," from Mirrors4. Pinegrove: "Alaska," from 11-115. Why Bonnie: "Galveston" (Single)6. FACESOUL: "The Path," from YSRA
16/11/21·32m 26s

New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Nov. 12

The Bruno Mars-Anderson .Paak collab as Silk Sonic tops NPR Music's shortlist of the best albums out this week, along with new ones from Courtney Barnett, Aesop Rock, Jon Hopkins and more.Featured Albums: 1. Silk Sonic — An Evening with Silk SonicFeatured Songs: "Fly As Me" and "Blast Off"2. Atarashii Gakko — Snacktime!Featured Song: "Free Your Mind"3. Jon Hopkins — Music for Psychedelic TherapyFeatured Songs: "Love Flows over Us in Prismatic Waves" and "Sit Around the Fire"4. Courtney Barnett — Things Take Time, Take TimeFeatured Song: "Turning Green"5. Aesop Rock & Blockhead — GarbologyFeatured Song: "The Sea"6. Joell Ortiz — AutographFeatured Songs: "Uncle Chris Car" and "OG"Other notable releases for Nov. 12: Bill Charlap — Street of Dreams; IDLES — Crawler; Nirvana — Nevermind (30th Anniversary Super Deluxe); Taylor Swift — Red (Taylor's Version); They Might Be Giants — Book.
12/11/21·27m 23s

New Mix: Jónsi, Julie Doiron, Rokia Koné, David Keenan, more

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including the stunning voice of West African singer Rokia Koné, new solo work from Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi and more.Featured Tracks:1. Julie Doiron: "You Gave Me The Key," from I Thought Of You2. Cola: "Blank Curtain" (Single)3. David Keenan: "What Then Cried Jo Soap," from WHAT THEN?4. Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee: "N'yanyan," from BAMANAN5. Jónsi: "Pyralone," from Obsidian6. Sóley: "Desert," from Mother Melancholia
09/11/21·33m 54s

New Music Friday: The top 8 albums out on Nov. 5

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include ones from the Portland rapper Aminé, Snail Mail, composer and saxophonist Terrace Martin, the string ensemble Attacca Quartet and more.Featured Albums:1. Aminé — TWOPOINTFIVEFeatured Song: "OKWME"2. Attacca Quartet — Of All JoysFeatured Songs: "Mishima, 1957: Award Montage," "Miserere," "Fratres"3. Tasha — Tell Me What You Miss The MostFeatured Song: "Bed Song 1"4. Snail Mail — ValentineFeatured Song: "Mia"5. Terrace Martin — DronesFeatured Song: "Leave Us Be"6. Sloppy Jane — MadisonFeatured Songs: "Judy's Bedroom," "Overture" and "Lullaby Formica"7. Curtis Harding — If Words Were FlowersFeatured Song: "Hopeful"8. Remy Le Boeuf — Architecture of StormsFeatured Song: "The Melancholy Architecture of Storms"Other notable releases for Nov. 5: ABBA — Voyage; Diana Ross — Thank You; Hana Vu — Public Storage; Joan As Police Woman — The Solution is Restless; Radiohead — Kid A Mnesia; serpentwithfeet — DEACON'S GROVE; Summer Walker — Still Over It.
05/11/21·36m 2s

The Best Music of October: NPR Staff Picks

Every month, we ask the NPR Music staff: What's the one song you couldn't escape? What's the one album to which you'll return all year? In October, we fell far into the music of Helado Negro and Jordan Peters, screamed along to Illuminati Hotties and Cerce, and meditated on the voices of Buffalo Nichols and Emily D'Angelo. Music featured on this episode:• Buffalo Nichols: "Another Man" from Buffalo Nichols• Jordan Peters, "Float (feat. Obed Calvaire)"• Emily D'Angelo: "Nausicaa" from enargeia• Helado Negro: "Aguas Frías" from Far In• Illuminati Hotties: "MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA" from Let Me Do One More• Cerce: "Fate" from Cowboy MusicFollow the #NowPlaying blog for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
01/11/21·26m 0s

New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 29

NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by Tori Amos, Mick Jenkins, Mon Laferte, The War on Drugs and more.Featured Albums1. The War on Drugs — I Don't Live Here AnymoreFeatured Song: "Change"2. Mick Jenkins — Elephant in the RoomFeatured Song: "Stiff Arm"3. Tori Amos — Ocean to OceanFeatured Song: "Speaking With Trees"4. Emily Scott Robinson — American SirenFeatured Song: "Let 'Em Burn"5. Lily Konigsberg — Lily We Need to Talk NowFeatured Song: "Alone"6. Eris Drew — Quivering in TimeFeatured Song: "Show U Love"7. Mon Laferte — 1940 CarmenFeatured Song: "Algo Es Mejor"8. Theon Cross — Intra-IFeatured Song: "40Tude"9. Lilli Lewis — AmericanaFeatured Song: "Wrecking Ball"10. Johnathan Blake — Homeward BoundFeatured Song: "Homeward Bound (For Ana Grace)"Other notable releases for October 29:Ed Sheeran — =; Migos — Culture III; Jónsi — Obsidian; Death Cab for Cutie — The Photo Album (20th Anniversary Edition); R.E.M. — New Adventures in Hi-Fi (25th Anniversary Edition); Spice Girls — Spice (25th Anniversary Edition); Johnny Cash — Bear's Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash at the Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968; Maya Jane Coles — Night Creature; They Might Be Giants — BOOK; Charlotte Cornfield — Highs in the Minuses; Hayes Carll — You Get It All; Sam Evian — Time to Melt; Marissa Nadler — The Path of the Clouds; Mastodon — Hushed and Grim
29/10/21·42m 32s

New Mix: Quinn Christopherson, mehro, Anjimile, IDLES, more

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a new one from Tiny Desk contest winner Quinn Christopherson, the English punk group IDLES and more.Featured Tracks:1. IDLES: "The Beachland Ballroom," from Crawler2. Quinn Christopherson: "Bubblegum," from I Am Bubblegum (EP)3. Anjimile: "Stranger" (Single)4. mehro: "howling" (Single)5. Anna Leone: "Still I Wait," from I've Felt All These Things6. Scout LaRue Willis: "Love Without Possession"(Single)7. Chloe Lilac: "19" (Single)
26/10/21·39m 29s

New Music Friday: The top 8 albums out on Oct. 22

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out today include new ones from the K-pop singer CL, rapper and producer Wale, a new project from Tricky called Lonely Guest, Grouper and more.Featured Albums:1. CL — ALPHAFeatured song: "Chuck"2. Wale — Folarin IIFeatured song: "Name Ring Bells"3. Grouper — ShadeFeatured song: "Pale Interior"4. Helado Negro — Far InFeatured song: "Wake Up Tomorrow"5. angel du$t — Yak: A Collection of Truck SongsFeatured song: "Love is the Greatest" and "All the Way Dumb"6. Lonely Guest — Lonely GuestFeatured songs: "Atmosphere" and "Move Me"7. John Forté — Vessels, Angels & AncestorsFeatured song: "88"8. Circuit des Yeux — -ioFeatured song: "Sculpting the Exodus"Other notable releases for Oct. 22: Bedouine — Waysides; Jackson + Sellers — Breaking Point; John Coltrane — A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle; Lana Del Rey — Blue Banisters; My Morning Jacket — My Morning Jacket.
22/10/21·32m 56s

Let It Be? No, Let's Remix The Beatles

Producer Giles Martin talks about a new 5-disc deluxe version of Let It Be, one of The Beatles' most complicated albums. Hear his remixed version of the album plus never-before-heard banter and outtakes.
19/10/21·40m 34s

Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': Pop music's 'Latin Explosion' of 1999

This is the third and final installment in a special series from NPR's 'It's Been A Minute' podcast looking at important moments in the history of pop-music crossover. On this episode, Sam and his guests look at the so-called "Latin Explosion" of the late 1990s and ask who this historic if calculated moment was actually for, and what were the business considerations behind it? And what does "Livin La Vida Loca" have to do with all of it? You'll find all that out and more in this episode.
18/10/21·34m 30s

New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Oct. 15

Atlanta rapper Young Thug's Punk, Coldplay's Music of the Spheres, solo debuts from Finneas, Remi Wolf and more are among NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums.Featured Albums: 1. Remi Wolf — JunoFeatured Song: "Anthony Kiedis"2. Coldplay — Music of the SpheresFeatured Song: "People of the Pride"3. Young Thug — PunkFeatured Song: "Tick Tock"4. Joy Crookes — SkinSong: "Poison"5. Finneas — OptimistFeatured Song: "The Kids Are All Dying"6. Pinkpantheress — to hell with itFeatured Song: "Noticed I cried" Other notable releases for Oct. 15: The Beatles — Let It Be (50th Anniversary Ed.); Dos Santos — City of Mirrors; Le Ren — Leftovers; Pokey LaFarge — In the Blossom of Their Shade; Xenia Rubinos — Una Rosa.
15/10/21·22m 44s

New Mix: Mitski, Cate Le Bon, Big Thief, Shamir, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new music of the week, including a reflection on the cost of fame from Mitski, Shamir's "Gay Agenda," sweet "Change" from Big Thief and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Mitski: "Working for the Knife" (Single)2. Cate Le Bon: "Running Away," from Pompeii3. Big Thief: "Change," from Change EP4. Doran: "Old Moon," from Doran5. Kevin Morby & Hamilton Leithauser: "Virginia Beach" (Single)6. Shamir: "Gay Agenda" (Single)
13/10/21·32m 44s

Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': Reassessing Janet Jackson's 'Control' and legacy

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson's Control. That album was her first real commercial hit and, looking back, helped redefine all of pop music. In the late '80s and '90s, Jackson was one of the biggest stars of our time — right up there with her brother, Michael and Madonna. And yet, Jackson isn't always given her due. In this special episode from NPR's It's Been A Minute podcast, host Sam Sanders explores why that is, how she made the album Control, and the incident — that lasted all but a second — that changed the course of her career.
11/10/21·42m 26s

New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 8

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include James Blake's Friends That Break Your Heart, new ones from Cimafunk, the underground hip-hop duo Atmosphere, Reba McEntire, and more. Featured Albums:1. James Blake — Friends That Break Your HeartFeatured Songs: "Foot Forward" and "Frozen"2. BadBadNotGood — Talk MemoryFeatured Song: "Beside April"3. Susana Baca — Palabras UrgentesFeatured Song: "Cambalache"4. Natalie Hemby — Pins and NeedlesFeatured Song: "Banshee"5. Various — Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows Vol. 2 (John Prine tribute album)Featured Song: "Summer's End" (Performed by Valerie June)6. Cimafunk — El AlimentoFeatured Song: "Sal De Lo Malo"7. Various — It's A Good, Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania RecordsFeatured Song: "Soul Drummers" (Performed by Ray Baretto)8. Joshua Crumbly — ForEverFeatured Song: "KOLKATA"9. Atmosphere — WORD?Featured Song: "Fleetwood"10. Reba McEntire — Revived, Remixed, RevisitedFeatured Song: "Fancy"
08/10/21·35m 26s

Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': The Lasting Legacy Of 'Soul Train'

Fifty years ago this month, the TV show Soul Train was first broadcast nationally. It brought Black music, dance, fashion and performance into viewers' homes every weekend and continued for more than 30 years. There was nothing like it on TV, and all these years later, there's been nothing like it since. On this special episode from the NPR podcast, It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders, we look at the lasting impact of Soul Train and why it mattered.
06/10/21·34m 29s

The Best Music of September: NPR Staff Picks

Every month, we ask the NPR Music staff: What's the one song you couldn't escape? What's the one album to which you'll return all year?Songs featured in this episode: • Ada Lea: "hurt" from one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden • MUNA (Feat. Phoebe Bridgers), "Silk Chiffon"• Little Simz: "Standing Ovation" from Sometimes I Might Be Introvert• Mon Laferte: "Nothing Else Matters" from The Metallica Blacklist• Sun-El Musician (Feat. Simmy), "Higher"• Jon Hopkins: "Sit Around the Fire (Feat. Ram Dass & East Forest)" from Music for Psychedelic Therapy Follow the #NowPlaying blog for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
04/10/21·41m 47s

New Music Friday: The top 7 albums out on Oct. 1

NPR Music's picks for the best new releases out this week include the long-awaited studio album from Philly rapper Meek Mill, a stunning record from Brandi Carlile, country singer Miko Marks and more.Featured Albums: 1. Meek Mill — Expensive PainFeatured Song: "Blue Notes 2"2. Brandi Carlile — In These Silent DaysFeatured Song: "Broken Horses"3. Ben Marc — Breathe SuiteFeatured Song: "Breathe Suite A"4. Tirzah — ColourgradeFeatured Song: "Hive Mind"5. Illuminati Hotties — Let Me Do One MoreFeatured Song: "Knead"6. Shad — TaoFeatured Song: "Black Averageness"7. Miko Marks — Race RecordsFeatured Song: "Hard Times"Other notable releases for Oct. 1: Dar Williams — I'll Meet You Here; Hovvdy — True Love; Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett — Love For Sale; Strand of Oaks — In Heaven.
01/10/21·27m 14s

New Mix: Le Ren, Wet Leg, Ustad Saami, NoSo, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's favorite new songs of the week include the funny, uplifting music of Wet Leg, a prayer for peace from 77-year-old Pakistani artist Ustad Saami and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Wet Leg: "Wet Dream" (Single)2. NoSo: "Suburbia" (Single)3. Nynke Laverman: "Stoarm" from Plant4. Nora Brown: "The Very Day I'm Gone" from Sidetrack My Engine5. Jane Fontana: "Untitled, No. 1" from In Situ EP6. Grace Cummings: "Heaven" from Storm Queen7. Le Ren: "I Already Love You" from Leftovers8. Ustad Saami: "Prayer for Peace" from east Pakistan sky
29/09/21·46m 46s

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Sept. 24

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from R&B singer Anthony Hamilton, a Sufjan Stevens collaboration with Angelo De Augustine, country singer Mickey Guyton and more.Featured Albums: 1. Anthony Hamilton — Love is the New BlackFeatured Song: "Love Is The New Black"2. Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine — A Beginner's MindFeatured Song: "Lady Macbeth In Chains"3. Kari Faux — Lowkey Superstar DeluxeFeatured Song: "While God Was Sleeping"4. Hayden Pedigo — Letting GoFeatured Song: "Some Kind of Shepherd"5. Mickey Guyton — Remember Her NameFeatured Song: "Different"6. Solemn Brigham — South Sinner StreetFeatured Songs: "Keep The Hope" and "Vice North"7. Japanese Breakfast — Sable Featured Songs: "Glider" and "Cartographer's Theme"8. Ada Lea — One Hand on the Steering Wheel The Other Sewing A GardenFeatured Song: "Oranges"Other notable releases for Sept. 24: Alessia Cara — In The Meantime; Andy Shauf — Wilds; Arturo O'Farrill — Dreaming in Lions; Caleb Landry Jones — Gadzooks Vol. 1; Laura Jane Grace — At War With Silverfish; NAO — And Then Life Was Beautiful; Poppy — Flux.
24/09/21·32m 23s

New Mix: alt-J, Loney Dear, Amythyst Kiah, Bnny, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new songs of the week, including a new one from the Leeds rock band alt-J, Swedish singer-songwriter Loney Dear, Amythyst Kiah and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. alt-J: "U&ME," from The Dream2. Hyd: "Skin 2 Skin," from Hyd (EP)3. Amythyst Kiah: "Black Myself (Moby Remix)" (Single)4. La Luz: "Lazy Eyes and Dune," from La Luz5. Bnny: "Sure," from Everything6. Loney Dear: "Go Easy On Me Now (Sirens + emergencies)," from A Lantern and a Bell
22/09/21·34m 21s

Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: Meet Our Winner

In the seventh and final episode of Top Shelf, hear from the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest winner, Neffy: a rising singer-songwriter from Arlington, Va., with a breathtaking, soulful, inimitable voice.
20/09/21·33m 39s

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Sept. 17

The debut album from singer and rapper Lil Nas X tops our list of the week's best releases, along with the 25th anniversary of Buena Vista Social Club, new ones from José González, Carly Pearce and more.Featured Albums: 1. Lil Nas X — MonteroFeatured Song: "Dead Right Now"2. Carly Pearce — 29: Written In StoneFeatured Song: "Diamondback"3. Charley Crockett — Music City USAFeatured Song: "Honest Fight"4. Adia Victoria — A Southern GothicFeatured Song: "Troubled Mind"5. Buena Vista Social Club — Buena Vista Social ClubFeatured Songs: "Chan Chan" and "El Diablo Suelto"6. José González — Local ValleyFeatured Song: "Visions"7. Sheila Jordan — Comes Love: Lost Session 1960Featured Song: "Ballad of the Sad Young Men"8. Moor Mother — Black Encyclopedia of the AirFeatured Song: "Vera Hall"Other notable releases for Sept. 17: Bob Dylan — Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16; Cory Henry — Best of Me; James Vincent McMorrow — Grapefruit Season; Lindsey Buckingham — Lindsey Buckingham; Melissa Ethridge — One Way Out.
17/09/21·37m 10s

New Mix: Tiny Desk Contest Winner Neffy, Snail Mail, My Morning Jacket, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including the Tiny Desk Contest-winning song from the singer, Neffy, new ones from Snail Mail, My Morning Jacket and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Neffy: "Wait Up" (Single)2. Aisha Badru: "Rebirth," from The Way Back Home EP3. Lily Konigsberg: "Sweat Forever," from Lily We Need To Talk Now4. Sloppy Jane: "Party Anthem," from Madison5. My Morning Jacket: "Love Love Love," from My Morning Jacket6. Snail Mail: "Valentine," from Valentine
15/09/21·29m 41s

New Music Friday: The Top 11 Albums Out On Sept. 10

It's a packed release day, with new albums from the prince of reggaeton J Balvin, Kendrick Lamar collaborator and rising rapper Baby Keem, Kacey Musgraves, Andrew W.K. and more.Featured Albums: 1. Common — A Beautiful Revolution Pt 2Featured Song: "A Beautiful Chicago Kid"2. Kacey Musgraves — Star-CrossedFeatured Songs: "Cherry Blossom" and "Gracias A La Vida"3. J Balvin — JOSEFeatured Song: "La Familia"4. Yebba — DawnFeatured Song: "Boomerang"5. Andrew W.K. — God Is PartyingFeatured Songs: "Babalon" and "Goddess Partying"6. AZ — Doe or Die IIFeatured Song: "Check Me Out"7. Park Hye Jin — Before I DieFeatured Song: "Me Trust Me"8. Low — Hey WhatFeatured Song: "White Horses"9. Deb Never — Where Have All The Flowers GoneFeatured Song: "Stupid"10. Bomba Estéreo — DejaFeatured Song: "Agua"11. Baby Keem — The Melodic BlueFeatured Song: "Range Brothers"Other notable releases for Sept. 10: Heartless Bastards — A Beautiful Life; Matthew E. White — K Bay; Sleigh Bells — Texis; We Were Promised Jetpacks — Enjoy The View.
10/09/21·38m 31s

New Mix: Andy Shauf, 79rs Gang, Opium Moon, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes of the week, including a profoundly moving reflection on Hurricane Katrina, a new story-song from Andy Shauf and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. 79rs Gang: "Stop The Water" (Single)2. Andrea von Kampen: "Water Flowing Downward," from That Spell3. Opium Moon: "Night," from Night + Day4. Claire Cronin: "Bloodless," from Bloodless5. Andy Shauf: "Spanish On The Beach" (Single)6. Marc Farre: "Prayer Flags," (Single)
08/09/21·35m 53s

New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On Sept. 3

Our picks for the best new albums out this week come from the British rapper LIttle Simz, jazz pianist Kirk Lightsey, rising reggaeton singer Jhay Cortez, metal veterans Iron Maiden and more.Featured Albums:1. Little Simz — Sometimes I Might Be IntrovertFeatured Songs: "Introvert" and "The Rapper That Came To Tea"2. Jhay Cortez — TimelezzFeatured Song: "Los Bandoleros"3. Kirk Lightsey — I Will Never Stop Loving YouFeatured Song: "I Will Never Stop Loving You"4. Iron Maiden — SenjutsuFeatured Song: "Days Of Future Past"5. Lady Blackbird — Black Acid SoulFeatured Songs: "Five Feet Tall" and "Blackbird"6. Baby Queen — The YearbookFeatured Song: "Raw Thoughts"7. L'Orange — The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel BetterFeatured Song: "Talk To Friendly Walls"Other notable releases for Sept. 3: Damu The Fudgemunk — Conversation Peace; Imagine Dragons — Mercury, Act I; Lady Gaga — Dawn Of Chromatica (remix album)
03/09/21·30m 56s

The Best Music Of August: NPR Staff Picks

Every month, we ask the NPR Music staff: What's the one song you couldn't escape? What's the one album to which you'll return all year? In August, we got vulnerable with James Blake, leveled up with Foxing, cooed with PinkPantheress, discovered an obscure Polish composer via pianist Lucas Debargue, memorialized a member of Injury Reserve and went back in time to Lee Morgan's weekend residency at the Lighthouse. Songs heard on this episode: • James Blake: "Life is Not the Same" from Friends That Break Your Heart • Foxing: "Beacons" from Draw Down the Moon• PinkPantheress, "Just for me"• Lucas Debargue: "Nostalgie du pays" from Zal — The Music of Miłosz Magin • Injury Reserve: "Knees" from By the Time I Get to Phoenix • Lee Morgan: "Absolutions (Friday, Set 2)" from The Complete Live at the Lighthouse Follow the #NowPlaying blog for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
01/09/21·28m 59s

Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: Our Favorite 2021 Entries, Episode 6

Before we announce this year's winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. In this episode, last year's winner, Linda Diaz, shares her picks.
30/08/21·42m 40s

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Aug. 27

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Aug. 27 include new ones from CHVRCHES, Indigo De Souza, Terence Blanchard and more.Featured Albums 1. CHVRCHES — Screen Violence Featured Song: "Final Girl" 2. Madi Diaz — History Of A Feeling Featured Song: "Woman In My Heart" 3. Chapel Hart — The Girls Are Back In Town Featured Song: "You Can Have Him Jolene" 4. Tré Burt — You, Yeah, You Featured Song: "Sweet Misery" 5. GRIP — I Died For This?! Featured Song: "The Lox! (feat. Tate 228)" 6. Indigo De Souza — Any Shape You Take Featured Song: "Way Out" 7. Terence Blanchard — Absence Featured Song: "The Elders" 8. Andrew Cyrille Quartet — The News Featured Song: "Go Happy Lucky" Notable releases for Aug. 27: Halsey — If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power; Big Red Machine — How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?; Steve Gunn — Other You; Marisa Anderson & William Tyler — Lost Futures; The Bug — Fire; Yann Tiersen — Kerber; Mouse Rat — The Awesome Album; Nite Jewel — No Sun; Southern Avenue — Be The Love You Want; Carlos Henriquez — The South Bronx Story; Kenny Garrett — Sounds From The Ancestors
27/08/21·40m 14s

New Mix: Big Thief, George Harrison, Circuit Des Yeux, Hand Habits, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week, including a 50th anniversary edition of George Harrison's "Isn't It A Pity."1. George Harrison: "Isn't It A Pity," from All Things Must Pass (50th Anniversary)2. Immersion, (feat. Laetitia Sadier): "Riding The Wave," from Nanocluster Vol. 13. Circuit des Yeux: "Dogma," from -Io4. Hand Habits: "Aquamarine," from Fun House5. Coco: "Knots," from Coco6. Big Thief: "Sparrow" (Single)
25/08/21·36m 7s

Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: Our Favorite 2021 Entries, Episode 5

Before we announce this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. In this episode, Jewly Hight shares her picks.
23/08/21·47m 30s

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Aug. 20

NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by Lorde, Sturgill Simpson, Deafheaven and more.
20/08/21·40m 56s

Guest DJ: Rodrigo Amarante

The great Brazilian-born, now Los Angeles-based musician has just put out Drama, his first solo album in seven years. We also hear music that changed his life, including songs from The Smiths and Gilberto Gil.
18/08/21·49m 55s

Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: Our Favorite 2021 Entries, Episode 4

Before we announce this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. In this episode, John Morrison shares his picks.
16/08/21·39m 3s

New Music Friday: Aug. 13

Black Thought guests on a new one from the British duo Jungle, The Killers' Pressure Machine documents the hopes and horrors of rural America, Boldy James & The Alchemist team up again and more.Featured Albums:1. Jungle — Loving in StereoFeatured Songs: "Talk About It" and "Romeo"2. The Killers — Pressure MachineFeatured Songs: "Terrible Thing" and "West Hills"3. Boldy James & The Alchemist — Bo JacksonFeatured Song: "E.P.M.D."4. Falkner Evans — Invisible WordsFeatured Song: "Made Visible"5. Meet Me @ The Altar — Model CitizenFeatured Song: "Feel A Thing"6. El Michels Affair Meets Liam Bailey — Ekundayo InversionsFeatured Songs: "Conquer & Divide" and "Intro"7. Wednesday — Twin PlaguesFeatured Songs: "Toothache" and "Twin Plagues"Other notable releases for Aug. 13: Dan + Shay — Good Things; Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson — Refuge; Jade Bird — Different Kinds of Light; Joy Orbison — Still Slipping Vol. 1; $uicideboy$ — Long Term Effects of SUFFERING.
13/08/21·33m 53s

Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: Our Favorite 2021 Entries, Episode 3

Before we announce this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. In this episode, Tobe Nwigwe shares his picks.
09/08/21·33m 35s

New Music Friday: Aug. 6

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from the R&B singer Tinashe, composer Max Richter and the greatest rap duo you've never heard of, Abstract Mindstate. Featured Albums:1. Abstract Mindstate — Dreams Still InspireFeatured Track: "I Feel Good" 2. Max Richter — ExilesFeatured Tracks: "Flowers Of Herself" and "Exiles"3. Laura Stevenson — Laura StevensonFeatured Tracks: "State" and "Mary"4. Tinashe — 333Featured Track: "333"5. Fuubutsushi — NatsukashiiFeatured Track: "Suzushii Kaze"6. Lingua Ignota — Sinner Get ReadyFeatured Tracks: "Pennsylvania Furnace" and "The Order of Spiritual Virgins"Other notable releases for Aug. 6: Barbra Streisand — Release Me 2; Eluvium — Virga II; Moritz Von Oswald Trio — Dissent; Ty Segal — Harmonizer.
06/08/21·28m 31s

The Best Music Of July: NPR Staff Picks

In July, we found solace in veterans (Billy Bragg) and newcomers (Canary Room), witnessed personal transformations from IDK and WILLOW, hit funky grooves with William Parker and heard angels become mortal in a collaboration between Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine. Songs heard in this episode: • Billy Bragg: "I Will Be Your Shield" from The Million Things That Never Happened• Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine: "Reach Out" from A Beginner's Mind• Canary Room: "Christine" from Christine• WILLOW: "don't SAVE ME" from lately I feel EVERYTHING• IDK: "Hey Auntie" from USEE4YOURSELF • William Parker: "Tabasco" from Mayan Space StationFollow the #NowPlaying blog for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
03/08/21·28m 17s

Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: Episode 2 With Phoebe Bridgers

Before we announce this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. In this episode, Phoebe Bridgers shares her picks.
02/08/21·47m 40s

New Music Friday: July 30

The sophomore full-length from Billie Eilish tops our shortlist of the best new albums out this week, along with a posthumous Prince record, Jack Antonoff's Bleachers, the singer Yola and more.Featured Albums: 1. Billie Eilish — Happier Than Ever Featured Song: "NDA"2. Isaiah Rashad — The House Is BurningFeatured Songs: "True Story" and "HB2U"3. Bleachers — Take the Sadness Out Of Saturday NightFeatured Songs: "Stop Making This Hurt" and "91"4. Los Lobos — Native SonsFeatured Song: "The World Is A Ghetto"5. Prince — Welcome 2 AmericaFeatured Song: "One Day We Will All Be Free"6. Torres — ThirstierFeatured Song: "Are You Sleep Walking?"7. Yola — Stand For MyselfFeatured Song: "If I Had To Do It All Again"8. Skirts — Great Big Wild OakFeatured Song: "Easy"Other notable releases for July 30: Leela James — See Me; LUMP — Animal; Naia Izumi — A Residency in the Los Angeles Area; Poise — Vestiges; Son Volt — Electro Melodier.
30/07/21·34m 10s

New Mix: Steady Holiday, Ada Lea, Wet Leg, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's favorite new tracks of the week include an amped-up Steady Holiday, late-'70s, post-punk sounds from Gustaf and Wet Leg, the calming guitar of Lanterna and more.Featured Songs:1. Steady Holiday: "Love Me 2" (Single)2. Gustaf: "Book," from Audio Drag For Ego Slobs3. Wet Leg: "Chaise Longue" (Single)4. Ada Lea: "damn," from one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden5. The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb (feat. Pieta Brown): "Sweet Pretender," from Not On The Map6. AHI: "Danger," from Prospect7. Lanterna: "Aix," from Hidden Drives
28/07/21·36m 41s

Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: Our Favorite 2021 Entries, Episode 1

Before we announce this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner, we're asking our judges to share their favorite entries in a weekly livestreamed series. First up: Tiny Desk producer Bobby Carter.
26/07/21·41m 19s

New Music Friday: July 23

Kanye West's long-awaited (and much-hyped), DONDA tops our list of the best albums out this week, along with new ones from Leon Bridges, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Ledisi and more.Featured Albums:1. Kanye — DONDA2. Leon Bridges — Gold Diggers SoundFeatured Song: "Motorbike"3. Chiiild — Hope For SaleFeatured Song: "Wasting Time"4. Samia — ScoutFeatured Song: "As You Are"5. Christone "Kingfish" Ingram — 662Featured Song: "Too Young To Remember"6. Bardo — Everywhere Reminds Me Of SpaceFeatured Song: "Neon Light"7. Emma-Jean Thackray — YellowFeatured Song: "Venus"8. Ledisi — Ledisi Sings NinaFeatured Song: "Feeling Good"Other notable releases for July 23: Brittany Howard — Jaime Re-imagined; Dave — We're All Alone In This Together; Mega Bog — Life, And Another.
23/07/21·35m 40s

New Mix: Soccer Mommy, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Nils Frahm, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's favorite tracks of the week include a classic murder ballad reimagined by Bonnie "Prince" Billy, a new collaboration with Nils Frahm and F.S. Blumm, Soccer Mommy and more.Featured Tracks And Artists:1. Soccer Mommy: "rom com 2004" (Single)2. My Idea: "Stay Away Still," from That's My Idea EP3. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Nathan Salzburg: "Stagger Lee" (Single)4. Hana Vu: "Maker" (Single)5. Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson: "In A Cistern," from Refuge6. F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm: "Desert Mule," from 2X1=4
20/07/21·33m 11s

New Music Friday: July 16

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Willow's Lately I Feel Everything, new ones from Clairo and John Mayer, a posthumous release from Alice Coltrane and more.Featured Albums:1. Willow — Lately I Feel EverythingFeatured Songs: "Breakout" and "Xtra"2. Clairo — SlingFeatured Song: "Zinnias"3. Rodrigo Amarante — DramaFeatured Song: "Tao"4. John Mayer — Sob RockFeatured Song: "Guess I Just Feel Like"5. Cakes da Killa — MUVALAND Vol. 2Featured Song: "Lite Werk"6. Alice Coltrane — Kirtan: Turiya SingsFeatured Song: "Jagadishwar"7. John Vanderslice — I Can't Believe Civilization Is Still Going Here In 2021! Congratulations To All Of Us, Love DCBFeatured Song: "I Get A Strange Kind Of Pleasure From Just Hanging On"8. John Vanderslice — Ethical Jute Mouse: Lost Songs from Tiny Telephone 2001-2021Featured Song: "Advancing Army Clip"Other notable releases for July 16: Charlie Worsham — Sugarcane; Ida Mae — Click Click Domino; Jodi — Blue Heron; Karen Black — Dreaming Of You: 1971-1976; Pop Smoke — FAITH.
16/07/21·35m 27s

New Mix: Courtney Barnett, Ben Gibbard And Tycho, Sparks, More

All Songs host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week, including a long-overdue celebration of Sparks, a Ben Gibbard collaboration with Tycho, the return of Courtney Barnett and more. Featured Songs And Artists:1. Sparks, Adam Driver & Marion Cotillard: "So May We Start (feat. Simon Helberg)," From Annette2. Courtney Barnett: "Rae Street," From Things Take Time, Take Time3. Indigo De Souza: "Kill Me," From Any Shape You Take4. Tycho & Benjamin Gibbard: "Only Love" (Single)5. Lala Lala: "DIVER," From I Want The Door To Open6. Mega Bog: "Station to Station," From Life, And Another
13/07/21·37m 19s

New Music Friday: July 9

The best albums out this week include a revealing, self-titled release from rapper Vince Staples, Snoh Aalegra's Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies, Half Waif's Mythopoetics and more.Featured Albums: 1. Vince Staples — Vince StaplesFeatured Song: "Are You With That?"2. Attacca Quartet — Real LifeFeatured Songs: "Real Life" and "Drifting Circles"3. Snoh Aalegra — Temporary Highs in the Violet SkiesFeatured Songs: "Tangerine Dream" and "Indecisive"4. Half Waif — MythopoeticsFeatured Song: "Horse Racing"5. The Goon Sax — Mirror IIFeatured Song: "In The Stone"6. Les Filles de Illighadad — At Pioneer WorksFeatured Song: "Eghaas Malan"Other notable releases out on July 9: The Alchemist — Rapper's Best Friend 6; Rejjie Snow — Baw Baw Black Sheep; Royal Canoe — Sidelining; The Wallflowers — Exit Wounds.
09/07/21·28m 57s

New Mix: Aldous Harding, Clairo, Matthew E. White, More

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes of the week, including one with The National's Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, a Jack Antonoff-produced song from Clairo and more.Featured Songs:1. Orla Gartland: "You're Not Special Babe," from Woman on the Internet2. Aldous Harding: "Old Peel" (Single)3. Matthew E. White: "Genuine Hesitation," from K Bay4. Big Red Machine: "Latter Days (feat. Anaïs Mitchell)," from How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?5. Dos Santos: "A Shot in the Dark" (Single)6. Clairo: "Blouse," from Sling7. jess joy: "her0," from PATREEARCHY
07/07/21·40m 9s

New Music Friday: July 2

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out now include Chicago rapper G Herbo's 25, the wild euphoria of The Go! Team, singer Laura Mvula's first new music in five years and more.Featured Albums:1. The Go! Team — Get Up Sequences Part OneFeatured Song: "Let The Seasons Work"2. G Herbo — 25Featured Song: "Demands"3. Laura Mvula — Pink NoiseFeatured Song: "Conditional"4. Declaime and Madlib — In The Beginning Vol. 1Featured Song: "Cool Ways"5. boyband — Never Knows BestFeatured Song: "IRL"6. Izzy Johnson — Earth TonesFeatured Song: "Existing"
02/07/21·25m 12s

Brandi Carlile On The Radical Vulnerability Of Joni Mitchell's 'Blue'

Brandi Carlile has become one of Joni Mitchell's greatest interpreters. NPR Music's Ann Powers talks with the singer-songwriter about her life with Blue, conversations with James Taylor and the gift Joni gave her.
29/06/21·23m 25s

New Music Friday: June 25

Doja Cat, SAULT and Tyler, The Creator lead a crazy-packed day for new releases, along with Lucy Dacus, Cautious Clay and more. Featured Albums:1. Doja Cat — Planet HerFeatured Song: "Payday (feat. Yung Thug)"2. Tyler, The Creator — Call Me If You Get LostFeatured Song: "Lumberjack"3. SAULT — NINEFeatured Songs: "London Gangs" and "9"4. Hiatus Kaiyote — Mood ValiantFeatured Song: "Chivalry Is Not Dead"5. Lucy Dacus — Home VideoFeatured Song: "Hot & Heavy"6. Squirrel Flower — Planet (i)Featured Song: "Roadkill"7. Cautious Clay — Deadpan LoveFeatured Song: "Whoa"8. Faye Webster — I Know I'm Funny hahaFeatured Song: "Sometimes"9. Pom Pom Squad — Death of a CheerleaderFeatured Song: "Drunk Voicemail"10. Lightning Bug — A Color Of The SkyFeatured Song: "September Song, Pt. ii"Other notable releases for June 25: Cedric Burnside — I Be Trying; Hiss Golden Messenger — Quietly Blowing It; L'Rain — Fatigue; Matthew Dear — Preacher's Sigh And Potion: Lost Album; Modest Mouse — The Golden Casket; The Mountain Goats — Dark In Here.
25/06/21·42m 49s

The Best New Artists Of 2021 (So Far)

Our favorite new artists of 2021 (so far) include Jay Som and Palehound together as Bachelor, the queer pop celebrations of girl in red, Olivia Rodrigo, the warped rap duo Paris Texas and more.1. Bachelor (Jay Som & Palehound): "Back Of My Hand," from Doomin' Sun 2. girl in red: "Serotonin," from if i could make it go quiet 3. Arlo Parks: "Hurt," from Collapsed in Sunbeams 4. Celeste: "Strange," from Not Your Muse5. mehro: "lightning," from SKY ON FIRE 6. dodie: "Hate Myself," from Build A Problem 7. Olivia Rodrigo: "brutal," from SOUR 8. Paris Texas: "A QUICK DEATH," from BOY ANONYMOUS
23/06/21·40m 12s

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On June 18

The best albums out this week include GoldLink's Haram!, H.E.R.'s Back of My Mind, a comic book soundtrack called Dark Nights: Death Metal, a debut album from trans punk Cher Strauberry and more.Featured Albums:1. Goldlink — Haram!Featured Songs: "Terrordome" and "Evian"2. Various — Dark Nights: Death MetalFeatured Song: "Diana" by Chelsea Wolfe3. H.E.R. — Back of My MindFeatured Song: "We Made It"4. Amythyst Kiah — Wary + StrangeFeatured Song: "Wild Turkey"5. Donnie — The Colored Section (20th Anniv.)Featured Song: "Beautiful Me"6. Ambar Lucid — Get Lost In The MusicFeatured Song: "The Door"7. Mykki Blanco — Broken Hearts & Beauty SleepFeatured Song: "Free Ride"8. Cher Strauberry — Chering Is CaringFeatured Song: "Swish And Spit"Other notable releases for June 18: Angelique Kidjo — Mother Nature; Azure Ray — Remedy; Francis Lung — Miracle; Hania Rani — Music For Film And Theater; Joan Armatrading — Consequences.
18/06/21·35m 56s

New Mix: Lorde, Pokey LaFarge, The Go! Team, Azure Ray, More

Lorde talks about her new song, we get an update on the Tiny Desk contest, Pokey LaFarge recalibrates his sound, Illuminati Hotties go "Pool Hopping" and other great new songs to fall in love with.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Lorde: "Solar Power" (Single)2. Illuminati Hotties: "Pool Hopping," from Let Me Do One More3. Azure Ray: "Bad Dream," from Remedy4. The Go! Team: "A Bee Without Its Sting," from Get Up Sequences Part One5. The Goon Sax: "Psychic," from Mirror II6. Lea Thomas: "Howl," from Mirrors To The Sun7. Pokey LaFarge: "Get It 'Fore It's Gone," from In The Blossom of Their Shade
15/06/21·39m 11s

New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On June 11

Sleater-Kinney's Path of Wellness, the thundering pop of Marina, Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo and the blood-slowing sounds of Dustin O'Halloran are among NPR Music's picks for the best music out on June 11.Featured Albums:1. Marina — Ancient Dreams In A Modern LandFeatured Songs: "Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land" and "Goodbye"2. Skyzoo — All The Brilliant ThingsFeatured Song: "St. James Liquors"3. Sleater-Kinney — Path of WellnessFeatured Song: "Path of Wellness"4. Jesse Markin — NoirFeatured Song: "This Is A Testament"5. Dustin O'Halloran — SilfurFeatured Song: "Opus 17"6. Ches Smith & We All Break — Path of Seven ColorsFeatured Song: "Here's The Light"Other notable releases for June 11: Dean Blunt — Black Metal 2; Garbage — No Gods, No Monsters; Migos — Culture III; Mind Maintenance — S/T; Polo G — Hall of Fame.
11/06/21·28m 19s

New Mix: Jomoro With Sharon Van Etten, Naia Izumi, Laura Stevenson, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, featuring former Tiny Desk contest winner Naia Izumi, West African art-folk group The Narcotix, Laura Stevenson and more.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Laura Stevenson: "State," from Laura Stevenson2. Jomoro: "Nest," from Blue Marble Sky3. The Narcotix: "Lilith," from Mommy Issues EP4. Gone to Color: ""The 606" (feat. Jessie Stein,) from Gone To Color5. Naia Izumi: "Voodoo," from A Residency in the Los Angeles Area6. Maddie Jay: "Spiral," from CMYK EP
09/06/21·34m 44s

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On June 4

Rostam's beautifully transfixing Changephobia, Japanese Breakfast's Jubilee and Liz Phair's first new album in more than a decade are among NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on June 4.Featured Albums:1. Rostam — ChangephobiaFeatured Song: "Bio 18"2. Poté — A Tenuous Tale Of HerFeatured Song: "Valley"3. The Avalanches — Since I Left You (20th Anniv. Ed.)Featured Songs: "Frontier Psyychiatrist" and "Two Hearts In 3/4 Time"4. Loraine James — ReflectionFeatured Song: "Simple Stuff"5. Japanese Breakfast — JubileeFeatured Song: "Savage Good Boy"6. Liz Phair — Soberish Featured Song: "Spanish Doors"7. Tristen — Aquatic FlowersFeatured Song: "Complex"8. Juana Molina — SegundoFeatured Song: "Martin Fierro"Other notable releases for June 4: August Fannon and Defcee — We Dressed The City With Our Names; Hailu Mergia and The Walias Band — Tezeta; Joy Oladokun — In Defense Of My Own Hapiness; Lil Baby and Lil Durk — The Voice Of The Heroes; Wolf Alice — Blue Weekend.
04/06/21·34m 47s

The Best Music Of May: NPR Staff Picks

In May, we swooned to Olivia Rodrigo's Sour, marveled at Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, went back to the '90s with The Zolas, bathed in the opulent luxury of Sinéad Harnett's voice, got lost in Bill Laurance's piano universe, and jazz group Sound Prints expanded its possibilities. Songs featured on this episode: • Olivia Rodrigo: "jealousy, jealousy" from Sour• Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen, "Like I Used To"• The Zolas: "Yung Dicaprio" from Come Back to Life • Sinéad Harnett: "Stay" from Ready is Always Too Late• Bill Laurance: "Cables Rewired" from Cables Rewired• Sound Prints: "The Flight" from Other WorldsFollow the Press Pause playlist for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
01/06/21·36m 25s

New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On May 28

NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by DMX, Bachelor, Mustafa, Natalia Lafourcade and more.Featured Albums:1. Bachelor — Doomin' SunFeatured Song: "Spin Out"2. DMX — ExodusFeatured Song: "Hold Me Down"3. Mustafa — When Smoke RisesFeatured Song: "Ali"4. Various Artists — Fire in Little AfricaFeatured Song: "City of Dreams"5. Mereba — AzebFeatured Song: "Rider"6. Natalia Lafourcade — Un Canto por México, Vol. 2Featured Song: "La Llorona"Notable releases for May 28: Black Midi — Cavalcade; GWAR — The Disc With No Name; k.d. lang — Makeover; Moby — Reprise; Porter Robinson — Nurture; Quivers — Golden Doubt; Lou Barlow — Reason to Live; Juanes — Origen; Scotch Rolex — Tewari
28/05/21·28m 20s

New Mix: Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen, Mdou Moctar, Angélique Kidjo, More

This weeks All Songs Considered features a striking collaboration between Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen. I also share a conversation and music with Angélique Kidjo, psych-guitar from Mdou Moctar and more.1. Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen: "Like I Used To" (Single)2. Aerial East: "The Things We Build," from Try Harder3. Saint Sister: "Manchester Air," from Where I Should End4. Sunny Jain: "Where is Home," from Phoenix Rise 5. Angélique Kidjo: "Africa, One Of A Kind (feat. Mr Eazi & Salif Keita)," from Mother Nature6. Mdou Moctar: "Afrique Victime," from Afrique Victime
25/05/21·45m 57s

New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On May 21

NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by Olivia Rodrigo, Allison Russell, Audrey Nuna and more.Featured Albums:1. Olivia Rodrigo — Sour Featured Song: "Brutal"2. Patrick Paige II — If I Fail, Are We Still Cool? Featured Song: "Curfew"3. Allison Russell — Outside ChildFeatured Song: "4th Day Prayer"4. Georgia Anne Muldrow — VWETO III Featured Song: "Old Jack Swing"5. Audrey Nuna — A Liquid Breakfast Featured Song: "Damn Right"6. Erika de Casier — Sensational Featured Song: "Polite"Notable releases for May 21: Twenty One Pilots — Scaled and Icy; Blake Shelton — Body Language; Counting Crows — Butter Miracle, Suite One; Mdou Moctar — Afrique Victime; CHAI — Wink; Lambchop, Showtunes; Lord Huron — Long Lost; Edmar Castañeda — Family; Sunny Jain — Phoenix Rise; Rising Appalachia — The Lost Mystique of Being in the Know; Claire George — The Land Beyond the Light; BLK JKS — Abantu: Before Humans
21/05/21·31m 27s

New Mix: Sleater-Kinney, Lowland Hum Reimagining Peter Gabriel, More

1. Sleater-Kinney: "Worry With You," from Path of Wellness2. Billie Marten: "Human Replacement," from Flora Fauna3. Sleepersound: "Silence Otherwise," from Idle Voices4. Green-House: "Peace Piece," from SC255. Lowland Hum: "In Your Eyes," from So Low6. Briars of North America: "Sala," from Supermoon
18/05/21·48m 50s

New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 14

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on May 14 include Jorja Smith's Be Right Back, St. Vincent's homage to early '70s rock, a staggering new project from saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and more.Featured Albums:1. Jorja Smith — Be Right BackFeatured Song: "Digging"2. St. Vincent — Daddy's HomeFeatured Song: "Melting of the Sun"3. Paris Texas — Boy AnonymousFeatured Song: "Force of Habit"4. Maxine Funke — SéanceFeatured Song: "Quiet Shore"5. Giant Claw — Mirror GuideFeatured Song: "Until Mirror"6. Shabaka Hutchings and Sons of Kemet — Black to the FutureFeatured Song: "Let The Circle Be Unbroken"7. Billy Bang — Lucky ManFeatured Song: "Jungle Lullaby" Other notable releases for May 14: The Black Keys — Delta Kream; Damien Jurado — The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania; Fatima Al Qadiri — Medieval Femme; Holly Macve — Not the Girl; Juliana Hatfield — Blood; Rodrigo y Gabriela — The Jazz EP; Sarah Neufeld — Detritus.
14/05/21·31m 20s

Tiny Desk Contest Family Hour

We brought together all six Tiny Desk Contest winners for some music and conversation. Hear the songs that earned them a ticket to the Tiny Desk, plus their advice for entering the Contest.
13/05/21·1h 17m

New Mix: Torres, The Laura Marling Project LUMP, Rodrigo Amarante And More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including "the most fun song" Torres has ever written, the latest from Laura Marling's project called LUMP and more.1. Torres: "Don't Go Puttin Wishes in My Head," from Thirstier2. LUMP: "Animal (feat. Laura Marling & Mike Lindsay)," from Animal3. Caveman: "Like Me," from Smash4. Rodrigo Amarante: "Maré," from Drama5. koleżanka: "7th st/ 7th ave," from Place Is6. Water From Your Eyes: ""Quotations"," from Structure
12/05/21·38m 13s

Dawn Richard Documents Her Mother's Dreams

WNXP's Jewly Hight shares a conversation with electronic dance artist Dawn Richard and her mom Debbie. Her new album, Second Line, grew out of Dawn's desire to better understand where her mom came from and what matters to her.
09/05/21·22m 47s

New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 7

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the intricately detailed pop of Dodie, a posthumous release from legendary drummer Tony Allen, a mind-blower from Daniel Bachman and more.Featured Albums:1. Dodie — Build A ProblemFeatured Song: "Special Girl"2. L'Orange & Namir Blade — Imaginary EverythingFeatured Song: "Nihilism"3. Daniel Bachman — AxacanFeatured Songs: "Blues in the Anthropocene" and "Year Of The Rat"4. Tony Allen — There Is No EndFeatured Song: "Stumbling Down"5. Sophia Kennedy — MonstersFeatured Song: "I'm Looking Up"6. James Brandon Lewis — Jesup WagonFeatured Song: "Lowlands of Sorrow"7. Nasimiyu — PotionsFeatured Song: "Parasite"Other notable releases for May 7: Angel Olsen — Song of the Lark and Other Far Memories; Iceage — Seek Shelter; Miranda Lambert — The Marfa Tapes (with Jack Ingram and John Randall); Squid — Bright Green Field; Sufjan Stevens — Convocations; Weezer — Van Weezer.
07/05/21·30m 29s

The Best Music Of April: NPR Staff Picks

In April, we adored biting and beautiful indie rock from Pom Pom Squad and Flock of Dimes, witnessed Zao's metallic brutality, were transported by Catalan multi-instrumentalist Rita Payés and kora player Toumani Diabaté, and were reminded why we love ILOVEMAKONNEN. Songs featured on this episode: • Pom Pom Squad: "Head Cheerleader" from Death of a Cheerleader• Flock of Dimes: "Awake for the Sunrise" from Head of Roses• Zao: "Creator/Destroyer" from The Crimson Corridor • Rita Payés: "Nunca vas a comprender" from Como La Piel• Toumani Diabaté & London Symphony Orchestra: "Elyne Road" from Kôrôlén • ILOVEMAKONNEN: "So Saucy" from My Parade Follow the Press Pause playlist for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
03/05/21·36m 26s

New Music Friday: April 30

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include girl in red's long-awaited debut, the Flying Lotus soundtrack for Yasuke and more.Featured Albums:1. girl in red — If I Could Make It Go QuietFeatured Song: "Serotonin"2. Dawn Richard — Second LineFeatured Song: "Bussifame"3. Ashley Monroe — RosegoldFeatured Song: "Siren"4. Shelley FKA Dram — S/TFeatured Song: "Rich And Famous"5. Amy Shark — Cry ForeverFeatured Songs: "The Wolves" and "Amy Shark"6. Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy — SuperwolvesFeatured Song: "Make Worry For Me"7. Flying Lotus — YasukeFeatured Song: "African Samurai"Other notable releases for April 30: Amy Speace & The Orphan Brigade — There Used To Be Horses; Gojira — Fortitude; Julia Stone — Sixty Summers; Manchester Orchestra — The Million Masks of God; Marianne Faithful & Warren Ellis — She Walks In Beauty; Rosie Tucker — Sucker Supreme; Teenage Fanclub — Endless Arcade; Tōth — You And Me And Everything.
30/04/21·30m 7s

New Mix: Manchester Orchestra, Ballaké Sissoko, Faye Webster, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including the calming sounds of Ballaké Sissoko, the plainspoken wisdom of singer Faye Webster and more.Featured Songs:1. No-No Boy: "The Best God Damn Band in Wyoming," from 19752. Faye Webster: "Cheers," from I Know I'm Funny haha3. Tōth: "Guitars Are Better Than Synthesizers for Writing Through Hard Times," from You And Me And Everything4. Ballaké Sissoko: "Kadidja," from Djourou5. Lau Noah: "Las Siete Lágrimas," 36. Manchester Orchestra: "Telepath," from The Million Masks of God
27/04/21·31m 46s

New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On April 23

NPR Music's shortlist for the best albums out on April 23 includes Nashville singer and rapper Houston Kendrick's technicolor pop, Malian Kora player Toumani Diabaté, Dinosaur Jr. and more.1. Houston Kendrick — Small InfinityFeatured Song: "Ugly Vybes"2. Hannah Jadagu — What Is Going On?Featured Song: "Sundown"3. Dinosaur Jr. — Sweep It Into SpaceFeatured Song: "And Me"4. Arooj Aftab — Vulture PrinceFeatured Songs: "Suroor" and "Baghon Main"5. Toumani Diabaté and The London Symphony Orchestra — KorolenFeatured Songs: "Elyne Road" and "Cantelowes"6. Hasaan Ibn Ali — Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic AlbumFeatured Song: "El Hasaan"Other notable releases for April 23: Alfa Mist — Bring Backs; Ethel Cain — Inbred; Jupiter Okwess — Na Kozonga
23/04/21·27m 5s

New Mix: Lucy Dacus, Producer George Martin's Secret 'Ray Cathode' Project, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes of the week including a "Hot and Heavy" track from Lucy Dacus, and Beatles producer George Martin's little-known side project, Ray Cathode. 1. Lucy Dacus: "Hot & Heavy," from Home Video2. Uwade: "The Man Who Sees Tomorrow" (Single)3. Field Music: "When You Last Heard From Linda," from Flat White Moon4. Ray Cathode (George Martin and Maddalena Fagandini): "Time Beat" (Single)5. Ray Cathode (George Martin and Maddalena Fagandini): "Waltz In Orbit" (Single)6. Rosie Tucker: "Barbara Ann," from Sucker Supreme7. Smoothboi Ezra: "Stuck" from Stuck EP
20/04/21·31m 24s

New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On April 16

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on April 16 include the latest from UK rapper AJ Tracey, Norah Jones' first-ever live album, a feast of sonic wonders from Son Lux and more.Featured Albums:1. AJ Tracey — Flu GameFeatured Song: "Anxious"2. Norah Jones — Til We Meet AgainFeatured Song: "Cold, Cold Heart"3. Masabumi Kikuchi — HanamichiFeatured Song: "Ramona"4. London Grammar — Californian SoilFeatured Song: "America"5. Sharon Van Etten - Epic 10Featured Songs: "Don't Do It" and "Peace Signs"6. Son Lux — Tomorrows IIIFeatured Songs: "Come Recover" and "Unbind"Other notable releases for April 16: The Armed — ULTRAPOP; Conway the Machine — La Maquina; David Wax Museum — Euphoric Ouroboric.
16/04/21·26m 46s

New Mix: Sufjan Stevens, Phish's Page McConnell, Squirrel Flower, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new songs of the week including an ambient track from Sufjan Stevens, solo work from Phish's Page McConnell, Squirrell Flower and more. 1. Charlotte Jacobs: "Where You Want Me To," from The Shape of Wandering EP2. Damien Jurado: "Tom," from The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania3. Squirrel Flower: "Hurt A Fly," from Planet (i)4. Jess Locke: "Tell Me I'm Okay," from Don't Ask Yourself Why5. Mabe Fratti: "Hacia el Vacío," from Será Que Ahora Podremos Entendernos6. Sufjan Stevens: "Meditation V," from Convocations 7. Page McConnell: "Radio Silence," from Maybe We're The Visitors
14/04/21·39m 44s

New Music Friday: April 9

A deeply personal and revealing record from Brockhampton, Dutch artist Benny Sings, breakout rapper Lakeyah, the Vijay Iyer Trio and more make NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Apr. 9.Featured Albums:1. Benny Sings — MusicFeatured Song: "Nobody's Fault"2. Brockhampton — Roadrunner: New Light, New MachineFeatured Song: "The Light"3. Lakeyah — In Due TimeFeatured Song: "Look At Me"4. claire rousay — A Softer FocusFeatured Song: "Peak Chroma"5. Mon Laferte — SeisFeatured Song: "Se Me Va Quemar El Corazon"6. Matthew E. White & Lonnie Holley — Broken Mirror: A Selfie ReflectionFeatured Song: "Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection"7. Sheep, Dog & Wolf — Two MindsFeatured Song: "Two Minds"8. Cehryl — Time MachineFeatured Song: "Outside the Party, Inside the Dream"9. The Vijay Iyer Trio — UneasyFeatured Song: "Children of Flint"Other notable releases for April 9: Ballaké Sissoko — Djouro; Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble — Now; Max Richter — Voices 2; Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turissi — They're Calling Me Home; Taylor Swift — Fearless (Taylor's Version); Yaya Bey — The Things I Can't Take With Me.
09/04/21·36m 42s

New Mix: Rhiannon Giddens, A Jay Som-Palehound Collaboration, First Aid Kit, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week, including a Leonard Cohen cover from First Aid Kit, reflections on the comforts of home from Rhiannon Giddens and more. 1. Bachelor, (Jay Som & Palehound): "Stay in the Car," from Doomin' Sun2. Wallice: "Hey Michael," from Off The Rails EP3. Major Murphy: "Real," from Access4. Iceage: "Shelter Song," from Seek Shelter5. Rhiannon Giddens (feat. Francesco Turrisi): "Avalon," from They're Calling Me Home6. First Aid Kit: "Famous Blue Raincoat/Anthem," from Who By Fire7. Skullcrusher: "Song for Nick Drake," from Storm In Summer EP
06/04/21·48m 25s

New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On April 2

NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new albums by Leslie Jordan, Flock of Dimes, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and more.1. Nasty Cherry — The Movie EP Featured Song: "Six Six Six"2. Mello Music Group — Bushido Featured Song: "One of the Last (feat. Marlowe)"3. Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Gary Bartz — Jazz Is Dead 6Featured Song: "Spiritual Ideation"4. Leslie Jordan — Company's Comin' Featured Song: "Working on a Building (feat. Ashley McBryde & Charlie Worsham)"5. Flock of Dimes — Head of Roses Featured Song: "Price of Blue"6. Dry Cleaning — New Long Leg Featured Song: "Scratchcard Lanyard"7. Godspeed You! Black Emperor — G_d's Pee (AT STATE'S END) Featured Song: "OUR SIDE HAS TO WIN (for D.H.)"
02/04/21·37m 20s

The Best Music Of March: NPR Staff Picks

In March, we indulged R&B pleasures from Joyce Wrice and Solomon Fox, we missed our friends with a sweet song by Joel Young, dreamed of summer with Hirsch, bum-rushed IKOQWE's razor-edged boom-bap, and discovered the cosmic secrets of Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders. Songs featured on this episode: • IKOQWE: "Pele" from The Beginning, The Mediums, The End and The Infinite • Joyce Wrice: "Losing" from Overgrown • Solomon Fox: "Rockaways" from Solomon• Hirsch: "Reaction" from Denihilism • Joel Young, "Friend"• Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders: "Movement 5" from PromisesFollow the Press Pause playlist for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
31/03/21·29m 28s

Sara Watkins Reimagines Childhood Music On Beautiful New Album

The singer and fiddler shares the stories and inspiration behind her sweetly affecting record, Under The Pepper Tree in this conversation with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
29/03/21·33m 43s

New Music Friday: March 26

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Mar. 26 include the relentlessly infectious songs of AJR, Israeli rapper and singer Noga Erez, Tune-Yards, jazz legend Dr. Lonnie Smith and more.Featured Albums:1. AJR — OK ORCHESTRAFeatured Song: "Joe"2. Noga Erez — KIDSFeatured Song: "End of the Road"3. Clark — Playground In A LakeFeatured Songs: "Lambent Rag," "Forever Chemicals," "Earth Systems"4. Miko Marks — Our CountryFeatured Song: "Ancestors"5. Tune-Yards — SketchyFeatured Song: "Make It Right"6. Dr. Lonnie Smith — BreatheFeatured Song: "Track 9"7. serpentwithfeet — DeaconFeatured Song: "Sailor's Superstition"Other notable releases for Mar. 26: Armand Hammer & The Alchemist — HARAM; Dntel — The Seas Trees See; El Michels Affair — Yeti Season; First Aid Kit — Who By Fire; Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders/London Symphony Orchestra — Promises; Rod Wave — Soulfly.
26/03/21·34m 17s

The Animated Craft Of Julien Baker

"Somebody's like, 'Beeps are the new cowbell,' and I agree!" Julien Baker unpacks the experimentation of her new album, Little Oblivions, with Torres' Mackenzie Scott.
24/03/21·25m 58s

New Mix: Kishi Bashi, Toumani Diabaté, Madi Diaz, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including an uplifting piece from Kishi Bashi, the Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté, the return of Gem Club and more. Featured Artists And Songs:1. Kishi Bashi: "Wait for Springtime," from Emigrant EP2. Gem Club: "Spirit & Decline" (Single)3. Red Ribbon: "Renegade," from Planet X4. Madi Diaz: "New Person, Old Place" (Single)5. Montparnasse Musique: "Panter," from Montparnasse Musique6. Toumani Diabaté & The London Symphony Orchestra: "Mamadou Kanda Keita," from Kôrôlén7. Witch Camp (Ghana): "Left To Live Like an Animal," from I've Forgotten Now Who I Used To Be
23/03/21·42m 53s

New Music Friday: March 19

Hear monumental new music from Jon Batiste, country legend Loretta Lynn, the rapper Benny the Butcher and more on NPR Music's list of the best new albums out this week.Featured Albums:1. Jon Batiste — We AreFeatured Song: "We Are"2. Loretta Lynn — Still Woman EnoughFeatured Song: "You Ain't Woman Enough"3. Melissa Carper — Daddy's Country GoldFeatured Song: "Makin' Memories"4. Vegyn — Like A Good Old FriendFeatured Song: "I See You Sometimes"5. Benny The Butcher — The Plugs I Met 2Featured Song: "Live By It"6. Middle Kids — Today We're The GreatestFeatured Song: "R U 4 Me"7. Colin Miller — HookFeatured Song: "From the Other Room"8. Maria DeHart — QuarantunesFeatured Song: "In My Head"9. New Pagans — The Seed, The Vessel, Roots And AllFeatured Song: "Christian Boys"Other notable releases for March 19: Alex Somers — Siblings and Siblings 2; A.A. Williams — Songs From Isolation; Lana Del Rey — Chemtrails Over The Country Club; Landlady — Landlady; Pink Siifu and Fly Anakin — $mokebreak.
19/03/21·36m 20s

New Mix: Lucy Dacus, Ben Howard, Cautious Clay, Kelli Scarr & More

Host Bob Boilen shares more songs about finding both light and darkness in life on this week's All Songs Considered, including a devastating new single from Lucy Dacus. 1. Ben Howard: "Far Out," from Collections From The Whiteout2. Lucy Dacus: "Thumbs" (Single)3. Sour Widows: "Crossing Over," from Crossing Over EP4. Kelli Scarr: "Eve of Spring" (Single)5. Cautious Clay: "Roots" (Single)6. Lightning Bug: "The Right Thing Is Hard To Do," from A Color of the Sky
17/03/21·38m 37s

New Music Friday: March 12

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on March 12 include Valerie June's magical meditations, a Blake Mills and Pino Palladino collaboration, Selena Gomez's first Spanish language record and more.Featured Albums:1. Valerie June — The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For DreamersFeatured Songs: "You And I" and "Starlight Ethereal Silence"2. Selena Gomez — RevelaciónFeatured Song: "Adios"3. Pino Palladino and Blake Mills — Notes With AttachmentsFeatured Song: "Soundwalk"4. Lushlife — RedamancyFeatured Song: "Depaysement"5. LOUISAHHH — The Practice of FreedomFeatured Song: "Love Is A Punk"6. Graham Lambkin — SolosFeatured Songs: "Ginkamix" Other notable releases for March 12: Allie Crow Buckley — Moonlit and Devious; DJ Muggs — Dies Occidendum; Lake Street Dive — Obviously; Leanne Betasamosake Simpson — Theory of Ice.
12/03/21·28m 37s

SXSW 2021 Preview

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson listened to the nearly 300 artists performing at this year's online edition of SXSW and share their most exciting discoveries. This includes the Korean electro-pop duo HAEPAARY, the South African folksinger Bongeziwe Mabandla, the gentle Australian pianist Sophie Hutchings and the occasional detour into Welsh indie-rock, danceable hip-hop and more.
10/03/21·59m 59s

Peter Stampfel's Mammoth '20th Century In 100 Songs'

An absolute eccentric, Peter Stampfel picked one favorite song for every year of the 20th century, then performed and recorded them all for an enormous collection.
08/03/21·21m 48s

New Music Friday: March 5

Our picks for the best new albums out on March 5 include an ambitious remix from Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats, the surreal hip-hop of Genesis Owusu, flickering dance pop from Jane Weaver and more.Featured Albums:1. Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats — Unlocked 1.5Featured Song: "Cosmic"2. Ian Sweet — Show Me How You DisappearFeatured Song: "My Favorite Cloud"3. Adult Mom — DriverFeatured Song: "Wisconsin"4. Hafez Modirzadeh — FacetsFeatured Song: "Facet 33 Tides"5. Genesis Owusu — Smiling With No TeethFeatured Songs: "Centrefold," "Drown," "Smiling With No Teeth," and "On The Move!"6. Jane Weaver — FlockFeatured Song: "The Revolution of Super Visions"7. Elizabeth and the Catapult — Sincerely, eFeatured Song: "Together Alone"Other notable releases for March 5: Arab Strap — As Days Get Dark; Fruit Bats — The Pet Parade; Jesswar — TROPIXX; Jimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird — These 13; Kings of Leon — When You See Yourself; Tigers Jaw — I Won't Care How You Remember Me.
05/03/21·30m 26s

The Best Music Of February: NPR Staff Picks

In February, new albums by Aaron Lee Tasjan, Wild Pink and Black Country, New Road had us yearning for live music; VanJess sang matters of the heart; and Will Liverman devoted an entire album to Black composers. Songs featured on this episode: • Aaron Lee Tasjan: "Computer of Love" from Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!• Wild Pink: "Oversharers Anonymous" from A Billion Little Lights• Black Country, New Road: "Science Fair" from For the First Time• VanJess: "Slow Down" from Homegrown• Maxine Funke: "Lucky Penny" from Seance• Will Liverman: Three Dream Portraits: No. 2, Dream Variation from Dreams of a New DayFollow the Press Pause playlist for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
02/03/21·33m 27s

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Feb. 26

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include Julian Baker's Little Oblivions, the warped pop of Jimmy Edgar, stirring protest songs from Chris Pierce, a debut from Sam Dew and more.Featured Albums:1. Julien Baker — Little Oblivions Featured Song: "Highlight Reel"2. Karima Walker — Waking The Dreaming BodyFeatured Song: "Window I"3. Chris Pierce — American SilenceFeatured Song: "Sound All The Bells"4. Don Cherry — Cherry JamFeatured Song: "You Took Advantage Of Me"5. Jimmy Edgar — Cheetah BendFeatured Song: "Cheetah"6. Sam Dew — Moonlit FoolsFeatured Song: "Rap Shit"7. Adrian Younge — The American NegroFeatured Song: "James Mincey Jr."8. A Winged Victory For The Sullen — Invisible CitiesFeatured Songs: "The Merchant Of Seven Nations" and "The Celestial City"Other notable releases for Feb. 26: Blanck Mass — In Ferneaux; Cloud Nothings — The Shadow I Remember; Glitterer — Life Is Not A Lesson; Lucy Spraggan — Choices; Nick Hakim — Will This Make Me Good (Remixes)
26/02/21·37m 21s

New Mix: José González, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney, Charlie Hickey, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite tracks of the week, including Charlie Hickey's collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers, José González's first song in Spanish and more.Featured Songs And Artists:1. Charile Hickey: "Ten Feet Tall," from Count The Stairs2. Francis of Delirium: "Let It All Go," from Wading3. Floatie: "Catch a Good Worm," from Voyage Out4. Matt Sweeney and Bonnie "Prince" Billy w/ Mdou Moctar: "Hall of Death," from Superwolves5. José González: "El Invento" (Single)6. Ethel Cain: "Michelle Pfeiffer," from Inbred7. Mint Julep: "Pulse," from In A Deep And Dreamless Sleep
23/02/21·35m 31s

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Feb. 19

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Feb. 19 include the disco euphoria of SG Lewis, soaring, instrumental rock from Mogwai, the Somali supergroup 4 Mars, Tash Sultana and more.Featured Artists And Albums:1. SG Lewis — timesFeatured Song: "Back to Earth"2. Pauline Anna Strom: Angel Tears In SunlightFeatured Song: "Temple Gardens At Midnight"3. Mogwai — As The Love ContinuesFeatured Song: "F*** Off Money" 4. Tash Sultana — Terra FirmaFeatured Song: "Crop Circles"5. Lava La Rue — Butter-FlyFeatured Song: "Magpie"6. 4 Mars — Super Somali Sounds From The Gulf Of TadjouraFeatured Song: "Dhulka Hooyo"7. Cassandra Jenkins — An Overview On Phenomenal NatureFeatured Song: "Crosshairs"8. The Hold Steady — Open Door PolicyFeatured Song: "Unpleasant Breakfast"Other notable releases for Feb. 19: Animal Collective — Crestone; Another Michael — New Music And Big Pop; David Gray — Skellig; Hand Habits — Dirt; Indigo Sparke — Echo; Katy Kirby — Cool, Dry Place; Wild Pink — A Billion Little Lights.
19/02/21·32m 49s

New Mix: Tune-Yards, Tōth, Buzzy Lee, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares thrilling new music from Tune-Yards, Tōth's tale of playing the trumpet — and fainting — during a funeral, the stunning voice of a singer named mehro and more.Featured Songs: 1. mehro: "Chance With You," from SKY ON FIRE 2. Tōth: "Turnaround (Cocaine Song)," from You And Me And Everything 3. Buzzy Lee: "Strange Town," from Spoiled Love 4. Johanna Samuels: "Nature's Way," from Excelsior! 5. Moontype: "About You," from Bodies of Water 6. Tune-Yards: "hold yourself," from sketchy.
17/02/21·35m 54s

New Music Friday: Feb. 12

NPR Music's shortlist for the best albums out this week includes new ones from the English rapper slowthai, R&B singer Pink Sweat$, the jazz super group R+R=Now, His Name Is Alive and more.Featured Albums:1. slowthai — TyronFeatured Songs: "45 Smoke," "Push" and "ADHD"2. Pink Sweat$ — Pink PlanetFeatured Song: "Pink Money"3. R+R=Now — R+R=Now LiveFeatured Song: "Change of Tone"4. Jakob Bro — Uma ElmoFeatured Song: "Beautiful Day"5. Various — Cuba: Music And RevolutionFeatured Song: "Chequere Son"6. Dominique Fils-Aimé — Three Little WordsFeatured Song: "While We Wait"7. Anika Pyle — Wild RiverFeatured Songs: "Failure II" and "June"8. His Name Is Alive — Hope Is A CandleFeatured Songs: "Still" and "Halo"Other notable releases for Feb. 12: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — New Fragility; Claud — Super Monster; Death by Unga Bunga — Heavy Male Insecurity; Django Django — Glowing in the Dark; Jillette Johnson — It's A Beautiful Day And I Love You; Pale Waves — Who Am I?; Sports — Get A Good Look Pt. 1; Various — Judas and the Black Messiah OST
12/02/21·36m 48s

New Mix: Julien Baker, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, BONZIE And More

On this week's show, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares a mix of old favorites and new discoveries, including Julien Baker, the return of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, BONZIE and more.1. Julien Baker: "Favor," from Little Oblivions2. BONZIE: "Caves," from Reincarnation3. The Sea The Sea "Stumbling Home" from Stumbling Home4. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: "CYHSY 2005," from New Fragility5. Eve Adams: "Blues Look The Same," from Metal Bird6. Suss: "Drift," from Promise
09/02/21·35m 2s

New Music Friday: Feb. 5

NPR Music's roundup of the week's best new albums includes a surprise solo release from Paramore's Hayley Williams, the 20th anniversary edition of J Dilla's Welcome 2 Detroit, Foo Fighters and more.Featured Albums:1. Foo Fighters — Medicine at MidnightFeatured Song: "Shame Shame"2. Odette — HeraldFeatured Song: "Trial By Fire"3. Black Coffee — SubconsciouslySong: "Wish You Were Here"4. John Carpenter — Lost Themes IIIFeatured song: "Alive After Death"5. The Staves — Good WomanFeatured Song: "Careful Kid"6. Editrix — Tell Me I'm BadFeatured Song: "Tell Me I'm Bad"7. Hayley Williams — Flowers for Vases - descanosFeatured Songs: "Just A Lover" and "How You Doin?"8. J Dilla — Welcome 2 Detroit (20th Anniversary Edition)Featured Song: "Think Twice" and "Give it Up (acapella version)"9. Femi and Made Kuti — Legacy +Featured Songs: "As We Struggle Every Day" and "Hymn"10. Archie Shepp & Jason Moran — Let My People GoFeatured Song: "Wise One"Other notable releases for Feb. 5: Aaron Lee Tasjan — Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!; Black Country, New Road — For the First Time; Jane Birkin — Oh! Pardo Tu Dormais; Miss Grit — Impostor; Psychedelic Porn Crumpets — Shyga! The Sunlight Mound; Puma Blu — In Praise of Shadows; Sun June — Somewhere; The Weather Station — Ignorance.
05/02/21·37m 26s

The Best Music Of January: NPR Staff Picks

In January, we saw ourselves in FKA twigs and Jazmine Sullivan, drank from Ian Sweet's astral pop, shuffled Cassandra Jenkins' Tarot deck and got lost in William Parker's tone worlds. Songs featured on this episode: • FKA twigs (feat. Headie One, Fred again..), "Don't Judge Me"• Jazmine Sullivan: "Girl Like Me (feat. H.E.R.)" from Heaux Tales• Ian Sweet: "Drink the Lake" from Show Me How You Disappear• Cassandra Jenkins: "Hard Drive" from An Overview on Phenomenal Nature • William Parker: "The Golden Light (Hymn)" and "A Great Day to be Dead" from Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone WorldFollow the Press Pause playlist for the NPR Music staff's favorite new songs.
01/02/21·37m 28s

New Music Friday: Jan. 29

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include a Madlib-Four Tet collaboration, stunning debuts from Celeste and Arlo Parks, the Malian artist Nahawa Doumbia and more. Featured Albums: 1. Madlib & Four Tet — Sound AncestorsFeatured Song: "Hoprock"2. Celeste — Not Your MuseFeatured Song: "Tonight Tonight"3. Weezer — OK HumanFeatured Song: "All My Favorite Songs"4. Nahawa Doumbia — KanawaFeatured Song: "Didadi"5. Arlo Parks — Collapsed in SunbeamsFeatured Song: "Hope"6. Ani DiFranco — Revolutionary LoveFeatured Song: "Crocus"7. Shai Maestro — HumanFeatured Song: "Time"8. Yasmin Williams — Urban DriftwoodFeatured Song: "Juvenessence" and "Urban Driftwood"Other notable releases for Jan. 29: Anna B Savage — A Common Turn; The Besnard Lakes — The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings; The Body — I've Seen All I Need To See; Buke & Gase With So Percussion — A Record Of...; Goat Girl — On All Fours; The Notwist — Vertigo Days; PJ Harvey — Is This Desire - Demos; Steven Wilson — The Future Bites; Tribulation — Where The Gloom Becomes Sound.
29/01/21·35m 47s

New Mix: Margo Price, The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Hand Habits, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes and discoveries of the week, including a powerful song on addiction from Margo Price, a stirring violin concerto, and more surprises.1. Hand Habits: "4th of July," from dirt - EP2. Miss Grit: "Impostor," from Impostor - EP3. Margo Price: "Hey Child," from That's How Rumors Get Started4. Anna Fox Rochinski: "Cherry," from Cherry5. Anna B Savage: "Baby Grand," from A Common Turn6. Iceland Symphony Orchestra: "Violin Concerto by Daníel Bjarnason," from Occurrence
26/01/21·43m 57s

New Music Friday: Jan. 22

NPR Music's shortlist of the best albums out on Jan. 22 includes the country hip-hop of Willie Jones, electronic artist Yu Su, Atlanta rapper BRS Kash, Rhye and more. Featured Albums:1. Th1rt3en — A Magnificent Day For An ExorcismFeatured Song: "The Magician"2. Yu Su — Yellow River BlueFeatured Song: "Klein"3. BRS Kash — Kash OnlyFeatured Song: "Do It"4. Remy Banks — The Phantom Of ParadiseFeatured Song: "Tomorrow"5. Rhye — HomeFeatured Song: "Black Rain"6. Typhoon — Sympathetic MagicFeatured Song: "Empire Builder"7. Palberta — Palberta 5000Featured Song: "Fragile Place"8. Willie Jones — Right NowFeatured Song: "American Dream"Other notable releases for Jan. 22: Alina Kalancea — Impedance; Bicep — Isles; CARM — CARM; Elio — Can You Hear Me Now; Elori Saxl — The Blue of Distance; Erik the Architect — Future Proof; Groupie — Ephemeral; James Yorkston and the Second Hand Orchestra — The Wide River; Jeremiah Fraites — Piano Piano; Lande Hekt — Going to Hell; Logic1000 — You've Got The Whole Night To Go; Thee Conductor — Spirit of a Ghost; Widowspeak — Honeychurch.
22/01/21·34m 20s

New Mix: Steady Holiday, Nora Brown, Bernice And More Discoveries

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new musical discoveries, with messages of love, understanding and acceptance.1. Bernice: "It's Me, Robin" from Eau de Bonjourno2. Nana Yamato: "Do You Wanna" from Before Sunrise3. Darkside: "Liberty Bell" from Spiral4. Nora Brown: "East Virginia" from Cinnamon Tree5. Steady Holiday: "Love Me When I Go To Sleep" from Take The Corners Gently6. Steven Wilson: "King Ghost" from The Future Bites
19/01/21·32m 38s

New Music Friday: Jan. 15

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include the latest solo release from Zayn, the "bratty feminist" pop of Ashnikko, the Israeli jazz quartet Apifera and more.Featured Albums: 1. Ashnikko — DemidevilFeatured Song: "Toxic"2. Zayn — Nobody's ListeningFeatured Song: "Outside"3. Sexual Harrassment — I Need A FreakFeatured Song: "I Need A Freak"4. Kate Davis — Strange BoyFeatured Song: "I'll Do Anything But Break Dance For Ya, Darling"5. Pom Poko — CheaterFeatured Song: "Like A Lady"6. Apifera — OverstandFeatured Song: "Overstand"7. Midnight Sister — Painting the RosesFeatured Song: "Dearly Departed"8. Pearl Charles — Magic MirrorFeatured Song: "Take Your Time"Other notable releases for Jan. 15: Azure Ray — Azure Ray; Beach Bunny — Blame Game; Buck Meek — Two Saviors; Danielle Durack — No Place; Frank Iero and the Future Violents — Heaven is a Place, This is a Place; Jody Lo — I Will Not Break the Scale; Matthew Sweet — Catspaw; Samia — The Baby Reimagined; Shame — Drunk Tank Pink; You Me At Six — Suckapunch.
15/01/21·35m 23s

New Mix: Courtney Barnett And Vagabon, Shame, Buke And Gase, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares surprising collaborations between Vagabon and Courtney Barnett, Buke and Gase with So Percussion and more great discoveries.Featured Artists And Songs:1. Vagabon Feat. Courtney Barnett: "Reason to Believe" 2. Gia Margaret: "Solid Heart" 3. Shame: "Nigel Hitter" from Drunk Tank Pink4. Buke and Gase / So Percussion: "Hold It In" from A Record Of...5. awakebutstillinbed: "beauty" from stay who you are6. Another Sky: "It Keeps Coming" from Music For Winter Vol. 1
12/01/21·34m 31s

Viking's Choice 2020: The Year In Loud, Weird And Wonderful

Spanish punk, metal-sampling rap, Kenyan grindcore, Russian synth pop — this is how NPR Music's resident Viking coped, raged and soothed himself in 2020. Songs featured on this episode: • Accidente: "Lo que importa" from Canibal• Backxwash: "Spells" from God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It• Aisha Orazbayeva: "Oliver Leith: Blurry Wake Song" from Music for Violin Alone• Maral: "Bushehr" from Push• Moor Mother: "Circuit Break" from Circuit City• Стереополина: "Последнее свидание" from Институт культуры и отдыха• Claire Rousay: "Two Things" from Both• Meurtrieres: "Alienor" from MeurtrièresFor more, follow the Viking's Choice playlist and subscribe to the newsletter.
06/01/21·47m 14s

A Holiday Party For The Ages, From All Songs Considered

In 2012, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton rented a small cabin in the woods and invited some of their closest friends for what they were sure would be the party of the century.
25/12/20·1h 13m

The All Songs Considered Holiday Cruise

In 2018, Steve Martin, John Legend, William Shatner and more joined Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for All Songs Considered's annual holiday extravaganza, which unfolded like a bad high school play.
24/12/20·55m 39s

The All Songs Considered Journey To The North Pole

Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst and more special guests join All Songs hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on a steam engine to the North Pole.
23/12/20·1h 1m

Bob And Robin's Holiday In Space

Every year, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton go on a musical holiday adventure. This year, they take a rocket ride to outer space and are joined by a few special guests.
22/12/20·59m 46s

Bob And Robin's Excellent Holiday Adventure

Join hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton as they set out on a snowy road trip in search of the true spirit of the holiday season.
21/12/20·1h 1m

Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2020

Ann Powers joins All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen to discuss your favorite albums of the year.
18/12/20·1h 13m

Let's Celebrate Beethoven's 250th

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we celebrate the life of Beethoven and the lasting powers of his music in the 250 years since his birth.
15/12/20·46m 24s

The Top 5 Songs Of 2020

Originally recorded live on NPR Music's YouTube channel, host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR's Ann Powers and Sidney Madden, along with contributor Christina Lee to count down NPR Music's top five songs of the year.
11/12/20·40m 24s

The No. 1 Album Of 2020: SAULT's 'Untitled (Black Is)'

Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody leads a discussion on NPR Music's number one album pick and why it's one of 2020's most important and potent releases.In just over a year, Sault has released three albums with little warning and scant member information. If the group's previous albums, 5 and 7 brought the funk-soul party, then UNTITLED (Black Is) "funnels rage and sorrow into contemplative streams of thought, over equally brooding music meant to slow your heart rate," Marcus J. Moore wrote in his review for NPR Music. He further called the album "a robust collection of funk, soul, meditative spoken-word and protest chants meant to score the full spectrum of Blackness."This conversation about the Sault album originally ran live on NPR Music's YouTube channel shortly after the record was released in June.
08/12/20·23m 28s

The Camouflage Assassin: Mac Phipps

In this bonus feed drop we share an episode of NPR Music's new podcast Louder Than A Riot. Hosts Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden spent a year investigating the link between the rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. In this episode they look at the story of Mac Phipps, a rapper whose own lyrics were used against him in court.
01/12/20·1h 1m

The Best Music Of November 2020

We pick our favorite music released in November 2020, featuring Kali Uchis' heart-struck devotionals, Tierra Whack's playful pop, metal duo Jucifer's tribute to Arabic music and Salaam Remi's star-studded soundtrack of the Black experience. Songs featured: • Salaam Remi: "Live from Soul in the Horn" from Black on Purpose • Shameika, "Shameika Said (feat. Fiona Apple)" • Tierra Whack, "Peppers and Onions" • Ólafur Arnalds: "Spiral" from Some Kind of Peace• Kali Uchis: "la luna enamorada" from Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞ • Jucifer: "Mitochondria" from نظم (Nazm)
30/11/20·25m 40s

New Music Friday: Nov. 27

NPR Music's pick for the best new albums out this holiday week include an epic return for The Smashing Pumpkins, Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J, a previously unreleased Bill Evans concert and more.Featured Albums:1. The Smashing Pumpkins — CyrFeatured Song: "Save Your Tears"2. Juicy J — The Hustle ContinuesFeatured Song: "1995"3. Ane Brun — How Beauty Holds The Hand Of SorrowFeatured Song: "Trust"4. Sundae Crush — A Real SensationFeatured Song: "Good Boy"5. Bill Evans — Bill Evans Live At Ronnie Scott'sFeatured Song: "A Sleeping Bee"6. Various — Pop Ambient 2021Featured Song: "Mittsommer" Other notable albums out Nov. 27: Bad Bunny — El Último Tour del Mundo; Bille Joe Armstrong — No Fun Mondays; Bombino — Live in Amsterdam; JFDR — Dream On; Miley Cyrus — Plastic Hearts.
27/11/20·27m 50s

New Mix: Steve Earle, Big Thief's Buck Meek, Katy Kirby, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week including Steve Earle performing the work of his late son, Justin Townes Earle who died of an apparent drug overdose in August.Featured Tracks: 1. Steve Earle: "Harlem River Blues" from J.T.2. Buck Meek: "Pareidolia" from Two Saviors3. Horsegirl: "Ballroom Dance Scene" (Single)4. Painted Shield: "Ten Years From Now" from Painted Shield5. Miloe: "Change Your Mind" from Greenhouse6. Katy Kirby: "Traffic!" from Cool Dry Place
24/11/20·32m 22s

Sylvan Esso Launch New Podcast, 'Shaking Out The Numb'

Hear the first episode of the podcast, created with Vermont Public Radio's Erica Heilman, as the band reveals how they made their latest album, Free Love.Erica Heilman spent hours talking with singer Amelia Meath and synthesist Nick Sanborn. We get a deep insight into how this couple works together — in this case, it began with Amelia's voice memo. It was just her singing, unaccompanied. And though they've made music together for the past seven-plus years, Nick thought it might be the best thing she'd ever done. Give a listen to Shaking Out The Numb, and see how the song unfolds.
23/11/20·12m 55s

New Music Friday: Nov. 20

NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums includes the debut, studio full-length from rapper Megan Thee Stallion, the first all-Spanish album from Kali Uchis, U.K. dub artist The Bug and more.Featured Albums:1. Megan Thee Stallion — Good NewsFeatured Song: "Savage Remix"2. Mamalarky — MamalarkyFeatured Song: "Drug Store Model"3. The Bug (feat. Dis Fig) — In BlueFeatured Song: "Take"4. Kali Uchis — Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios)Featured Song: "La Luna" and "te pongo mal"5. Partner — Never Give UpFeatured Song: "Honey"6. Shygirl — ALIASFeatured Song: "Twelve"7. Grandaddy — The Sophtware Slump 20th Anniversary EditionFeatured Song: "Jed's Other Poem" (solo piano version)8. Visionaries — VFeatured Song: "Put It Together"Other notable releases for Nov. 20: 5 Billion In Diamonds — Divine Accidents; Anna McClellan – I Saw First Light; Ida Mae — Raining For You; Neil Young — Archives Vol. II (1972-1976); Ronn McFarlane and Carolyn Surrick — Fermi's Paradox; Tayla Parx — Coping Mechanisms; Tank and the Bangas — Friend Goals; War on Drugs — Drugs Live.
20/11/20·33m 9s

Stream New Music From Lavender Diamond, A Jay Som-Chastity Belt Collaboration, More

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite tunes of the week, including a captivating project with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and yMusic's CJ Camerieri.The Playlist:1. Routine: "Cady Road," from And Other Things2. CARM: "Land," from CARM3. lemin.: "One Brain," from Petey Passed Away4. Lavender Diamond: "In The Middle," from Now Is The Time5. Indigo Sparke: "Baby," from Echo6. Joy On Fire: "Thunderdome," from Thunderdome
17/11/20·32m 12s

New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Nov. 13

NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums include the long-awaited So Help Me God from 2 Chainz, country singer Chris Stapleton, the Afrobeats of Davido, Gillian Welch rarities and more.Featured Albums:1. Chris Stapleton — Starting OverFeatured Song: "Starting Over"2. Davido — A Better TimeFeatured Song: "I Got A Friend"3. Quakers — II: The Next WaveFeatured Song: "Gun Control"4. Hachiku — I'll Probably Be AsleepFeatured Song: "I'll Probably Be Asleep"5. Gillan Welch and David Rawlings — Boots 2: The Lost Songs Vol. 3Featured Song: "What Can I Do?"6. 2 Chainz — So Help Me GodFeatured Song: "YRB"7. Katy J Pearson — ReturnFeatured Song: "Tonight"8. Aesop Rock — Spirit World Field GuideFeatured Song: "Holy Waterfall"9. Pink Siifu & Fly Anakin — FlySiffu'sFeatured Song: "Mind Right"10. Marika Hackman — CoversFeatured Song: "Between the Bars"Other notable releases for Nov. 13: AC/DC — Power Up; BENEE — Hey u x; Goodie Mob — Survival Kit; Gwenifer Raymond — Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain; Jesse Kivel — Inifite Jess; Jules Shear — Slower; Nané — Nané; Randall Bramblett — Pine Needle Fire; Meg Myers — Thank You For Taking Me To The Disco and I'd Like To Go Home Now; Told Slant — Point The Flashlight And Walk; TSHA — Flowers.
13/11/20·36m 22s

The Passionate Calm Of Ólafur Arnalds

The Icelandic composer talks with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen about finding rebirth through making music, the growing pains of turning 30 and how Death Cab For Cutie changed his life.
10/11/20·32m 11s

New Music Friday: Nov. 6

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include pure escapism from Kylie Minogue's Disco, the "destructive" pop-rap of Bree Runway, Argentinian bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi and more.Featured Albums:1. Kylie Minogue — DiscoFeatured Song: "Magic"2. Bree Runway — 2000AND4EVAFeatured Song: "ATM (feat. Missy Elliott)"3. Little Mix — ConfettiFeatured Song: "Sweet Melody"4. Fred Hersch — Songs From HomeFeatured Song: "All I Want"5. Dino Saluzzi — AlboresFeatured Song: "Adios Maestro Kancheli"6. Digawolf — High ArcticFeatured Song: "Cry Wolf"7. Birdy — Piano SketchesFeatured Song: "Open Your Heart"8. Krust — The Edge of EverythingFeatured Song: "Antigravity Love"9. Madison Cunningham — WednesdayFeatured Song: "Hold On"10. Pylon — Pylon BoxFeatured Songs: "Feast on My Heart" and "Cool"Other notable releases for Nov. 6: Christo Graham — Turnin'; David Bowie — Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World) 50th Anniversary Edition; Dave Brubeck — Lullabies; Donovan Woods — Without People; Enio Morricone — Morricone Segreto; Heather Trost — PETRICOR; Leslie Odom Jr. — The Christmas Album; Neil Young — Return to Greendale; Olafur Arnalds — Some Kind of Peace; Sangre de Muerdago — Xuntas; Tunng — Tunng Presents... Dead Club; Wilco — Summerteeth Deluxe Edition (21st anniversary).
06/11/20·39m 13s

Hear Joni Mitchell's Previously Unreleased Early Recordings

A treasure trove of unheard Joni Mitchell recordings has just been released with more than a hundred tracks from the early 1960s, including almost 30 original songs she's never released before.On this special edition of All Songs Considered, NPR Music's Ann Powers and host Bob Boilen explore these early works of Joni Mitchell and play selections from the new box set from Rhino. This includes some of Joni Mitchell's first-known recordings, like a radio studio recording made in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when she was just 19-years old. We also hear some live concert recordings, including one made at the Ann Arbor Canterbury House 53 years ago, and demos she made on a home reel-to-reel tape machine. This includes one she made for her mom in 1965. Over the course of this remarkable box set and nearly six hours of music, we hear Joni Mitchell grow from a singer of folk songs to a playful and sophisticated lyricist with a brilliant voice.
05/11/20·39m 53s

NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of October

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music released in October 2020, featuring South African jazz group SPAZA, Wendy Eisenberg's acrobatic guitar play, Jean Dawson's adventurous pop and Touché Amoré's desperate hardcore. Songs featured in this episode:* Jean Dawson: "Devilish" from Pixel Bath* Touché Amoré: "Reminders" from Lament* Wendy Eisenberg: "Futures" from Auto* Stephanie Lambring: "Joy of Jesus" from Autonomy* Xavier Omär: "Find Me" from If You Feel * SPAZA: "Bantu Education" from UPRIZE!* Bertrand Chamayou: "Dessner: Song for Octave" from Good Night!
02/11/20·31m 40s

New Music Friday: Oct. 30

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Oct. 30 include a surprise release from Common, the return of rapper Busta Rhymes, singer Sam Smith, the country artist Cam, Ane Brun and more.Featured Albums:1. Outkast — Stankonia 20th Anniversary EditionFeatured Songs: "So Fresh, So Clean" and "B.O.B. (A Cappella version)"2. Sam Smith — Love GoesFeatured Song: "Love Goes (feat. Labrinth"3. Busta Rhymes — Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of GodFeatured Song: "True Indeed"4. Ane Brun — After the Great StormFeatured Song: "After the Great Storm"5. Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou — May Our Chambers Be FullFeatured Song: "Ancestral Recall"6. Common — A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1Featured Song: "Fallin'"7. Nothing — The Great DismalFeatured Song: "Say Less"8. Elvis Costello — Hey ClockfaceFeatured Song: "We Are All Cowards Now"9. Cam — The OthersideFeatured Song: "The Otherside"10. Junk Magic — Compass ConfusionFeatured Song: "Laser Beaming Hearts"Other notable releases for Oct. 30: 38 Spesh — Interstate 38; Andrew Bird — Hark!; Creature Comfort — Home Team; Dizzee Rascal — E3 AF; Echo Collective — The See Within; Goo Goo Dolls — It's Christmas All Over; Grateful Dead — American Beauty 50th Anniversary Edition; Joni Mitchell — Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1 - The Early Years (1963-1967); King Khan — The Infinite Ones; LÉON — Apart; Marco Pavé — Crossroads; Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche — I Can Still Hear You; War on Women — Wonderful Hell.
30/10/20·38m 37s
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