All Songs Considered
Guest DJ: Leon Bridges07/28/15
Leon Bridges grew up listening to Usher, but his music suggests influences a generation removed. The Texas singer pairs irresistible pop charm with tightly-executed song structures. But his throwback act is no mere nostalgia trip. In fact, Bridges...
Jason Isbell: Newport Folk Festival 2015
Hear Jason Isbell perform at the Newport Folk Festival 2015 Jason Isbell, lead vocals & guitar Sadler Vaden, guitar Jimbo Hart, bass Derry DeBorja, keyboards Chad Gamble, drums Set List: 1. Palmetto Rose 2. Stockholm 3. Something More Than Free 4. 24...
All Songs +1: Josh Ritter Song Premiere/Interview
Josh Ritter tells the tale of a "risky teen" and a Bible school intervention in the lead single from his forthcoming album, Sermon On The Rocks.
New Music From Wilco, Night Beds, Lianne La Havas, More
We kick off this week's All Songs Considered with new music from Wilco. The band surprised fans by dropping a new album out of the blue late last week. It's called ... wait for it ... Star Wars, and Wilco is letting everyone download it for free from...
All Songs +1: What's The First Song A Newborn Should Hear?
Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton think about the first song you should play for a newborn.
Guest DJ: SOAK
Before We Forgot How to Dream is one of my favorite albums of 2015. It's by an artist you may not yet know, but I'm hoping you'll fall in love with her. Her name is Bridie Monds-Watson, better known as SOAK. Today SOAK plays dj on All Songs Considered...
All Songs Rewind: The Legacy Of The '90s
This retrospective charts the birth of grunge, the commercial rise of hip-hop, a batch of gutsy female songwriters and a few goofy one-hit wonders we'd mostly forgotten about. This episode is also Ann Powers' debut as a member of NPR Music, and she...
All Songs +1: Beach House Talks About Their New Song
There's a new album coming from Beach House, the dreamy Baltimore-based duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. That album, called Depression Cherry, comes out on Sub Pop on Aug. 28. Today we get to hear a first song from the album, called "Sparks,"...
Our Favorite New Artists Of 2015 (So Far)
This week marks the mid-point of 2015, and the All Songs Considered team is ready to take stock. On this week's show, we share our favorite music from debut albums released in the first half of this year. It's only June, but we picked the music we're...
Guest DJ: Courtney Barnett
Melbourne guitarist and singer Courtney Barnett has been an NPR Music favorite since I caught three of her performances at New York's CMJ Music Festival in 2013. Her blend of witty lyricism and deadpan delivery made for two excellent EPs, and this...
Guest DJ: Kate Tempest On The Power Of Words
London poet, playwright, and hip-hop artist Kate Tempest was Bob Boilen's favorite discovery from the SXSW festival this year. Her gripping performance style and obvious commitment to connecting deeply with her audience led Bob to her stunning 2014...
New Music from Dan Auerbach, Joan Shelley, Beauty Pill,...
On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, we've got an album announcement from a new band featuring Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and song premieres from Widowspeak and Joan Shelley. We've also got an incredible story, one that surrounds the...
All Songs +1: The Art Of Streaming
Much has been written about the technology behind music streaming services, and about how much they cost (or don't) for listeners and make (or don't) for artists. But what about the actual, daily experience of listening in the age of the stream? For...
New Mix: Six Songs For The Energy-Deficient
The amps on All Songs Considered this week never dip lower than 11. Bob is joined in the studio by a sleep-deprived Katie Presley, who just moved across the country in a packed truck and has the road trip anthem to prove it, along with NPR Music's...
New Mix: Six Musical Discoveries You Can't Miss
On this week's All Songs Considered, Bob is joined in the studio by NPR Music's Katie Presley and Jacob Ganz and the crew sets its sights on discovery. None of the musicians featured in this episode have ever been played on All Songs before — we set...
All Songs +1: Kimase Washington
Even if you don't know anything about jazz, it's quite possible you've heard the music of saxophonist Kamasi Washington: That's him on the latest albums by Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus. But that's only the very tip of his iceberg. His new album The...
The Songs That Make Us Cry
What song makes you cry? It could be "Adagio for Strings," but it could also be "Highway to Hell." As you'll learn on this week's All Songs Considered, the music that gets us weeping can have as much, or more, to do with association than with...
All Songs +1: How Music Can Really Save Your Life
While they're not splitting open a person's chest and massaging their heart back to life, musicians and the songs they make may actually be saving lives. At least that's the consensus we gathered from the thousands of stories and comments we've gotten...
All Songs Considered: From Perfect Pop Anthems To...
On our show this week, bigger is better. We start with a pop anthem and feature a set of artists all leaning into or newly discovering their boldest, most attention-grabbing music yet. Some, as in the case of a frontman gone solo and a bilingual...
All Songs +1: Songs That Remind You Of Mom
In honor of Mother's Day, we asked listeners to tell us about the songs that remind them of mom. We got thousands of stories and song suggestions, way more than we could ever publish here. So for this week's Plus One podcast we've also put together a...
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