All Songs Considered
New Mix: Six Musical Discoveries You Can't Miss05/27/15
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...
Nine Creative Musicians You Should Know
This week on All Songs Considered, we grapple with the alchemy of creation — the myriad ways a musician gets from blank page and empty studio to a full sound and lyrics that ring true. The seven songs on the show (one is a collaboration between a...
All Songs +1: 'Baltimore'
When we asked listeners to tell us about a song they turned to this week — one that spoke in some way to weighty events unfolding around the world and how they felt — we weren't sure what we'd get. Would it be mostly songs of solace? Songs of grief,...
An All Songs Listening Party: Boston-Berklee
Why do we like falsetto so much? Why is melody the single most important part of a song? And why does country music move (or repel) us? These are just a few of the questions that popped up during our All Songs Considered listening party in Boston with...
+1: Why We Like The Music We Like
On this week's mini podcast: Is some music too simple — or too complicated — to enjoy?
Hear Brand New My Morning Jacket, Sharon Van Etten, Conor...
On today's All Songs Considered, we're hitting you with several premieres, beginning a heavy cut from My Morning Jacket's latest studio album, The Waterfall. On "Believe (Nobody Knows)," front man Jim James seeks meaning and truth in an uncertain...
+1: Our Record Store Day Must-Haves
On this week's Plus One (our new, mini podcast), hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Ben "Super Fan" Kessler to talk about the vinyl Record Store Day releases they're most excited to get.
New Mix: Built To Spill, The Milk Carton Kids, Brown Bird,...
All Songs Considered hosts Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen bring you this week's essential listening, including new music from Built to Spill, The Milk Carton Kids, Brown Bird, Protomartyr and more.
Your Song Of The Week: Kendrick Lamar's 'King Kunta'
Bob Boilen and I thought we'd try something new this week: a second All Songs Considered, a mini-podcast. We start with a ten-minute conversation about a song our listeners say they couldn't stop playing this week: Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta," a...
Passion Pit, Franz Ferdinand with Sparks, MNDR with Killer...
On this week's All Songs Considered we talk about the secrets to being happy and how they relate to a euphoric new track from the electro-pop group Passion Pit. We'll hear the first song from Franz Ferdinand's collaboration with one of Bob Boilen's...
Ryan Adams, Jamie xx, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, More
All Songs Considered hosts Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen play this week's essential new songs, including Jamie xx and Joy Williams of the band The Civil Wars, and a classic by Ryan Adams.
SXSW 2015 Wrap-Up: Our Favorite Discoveries And Memorable...
After a week of 16-hour days and little-to-no sleep, the All Songs Considered gang is back from Austin with a slew of musical discoveries from the 2015 South by Southwest music festival. On this week's show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are...
SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Saturday
Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson, Ann Powers and Katie Davis wrap up our final day at SXSW 2015, discuss our highlights and are lulled by the music of Torres. Our final South by Lullaby
SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Friday
Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stephen Thompson and Katie Presley discuss the rainy day wrap up of bands here in Austin incuding Juce, The Family Crest, Howard, Torres, Natalie Prass, Cristina Valentina, Summer Cannibals, and some Japanese electro-pop.
SXSW 2015 Nightly Dispatches: Thursday
Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Stepehen Thompsona and Katie Presley talk about their discoveries from Thursday's SXSW including Soak, Girl Band, Ibeyi, Count This Penny and more. We also present another South x Lullaby with Mynabirds
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