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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.)

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.)
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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.)






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All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2019

Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X dominated the headlines this year, but 2019 was much more than that. We look back at the music we'll remember most and the marks it left on our cultural landscape. As we listened back to the past year in music we heard a lot of the cultural and political angst you'd expect in a turbulent (and relentless) news cycle. But the albums that seemed to resonate the most in 2019 were more personal and inward looking, overflowing with love and defiant optimism....


Interview: Raphael Saadiq

The soul musician behind one of the year's best albums, the heartwrenching Jimmy Lee, spoke with NPR music critic Rodney Carmichael as part of NPR's Tiny Desk Fest, a special four-night series of Tiny Desk concerts at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Saadiq shared stories about his brothers' battle with addiction, the origins of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," and what it's like to play two Tiny Desk concerts 10 years apart.


Interview: Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow had a lot to say in this Tiny Desk Fest interview with NPR pop critic Ann Powers. Every day, Sheryl Crow said at NPR's Tiny Desk Fest, she thinks about compassion. "In 2005, I got to hear the Dalai Lama speak — I was his opening act — and it was cool. It was the year he was talking about compassion, and he said if every person in every business in every walk of life made every decision based on compassion, the world would look like a completely different place." Crow and her...


A Conversation With Jeff Lynne Of ELO

The longtime leader of ELO talks with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about his creative process, working with his heroes, like Roy Orbison, and his latest album, From Out of Nowhere. Jeff Lynne has been crafting classic rock songs for more than 50 years. Many first heard him as part of The Move, a Beatle-esque British band in the late '60s. That creative outfit morphed into Electric Light Orchestra, taking their guitar, piano, and drum-based pop music and adding strings and...


The 2010s: NPR Listeners Pick Their Top Songs Of The Decade

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton countdown NPR listeners' favorite songs of the 2010s. The Top 25 Listener Picks: 1. Bon Iver: "Holocene" from Bon Iver 2. Robyn: "Dancing On My Own" from Body Talk Pt. 1 3. Sufjan Stevens: "Fourth of July" from Carrie & Lowell 4. Lorde: "Royals" from Pure Heroine 5. Kanye West: "Runaway" from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 6. Beyoncé: "Formation" from Lemonade 7. M83: "Midnight City" from Hurry Up, We're Dreaming 8. LCD...


The 2010s: A Music-Making Evolution And Revolution

Our review of the past decade in music continues with a look at the ways music production has changed and how technology has revolutionized sound both onstage and in the studio. We begin with the role of computers in live performance. Laptops are often used to playback sounds that can't easily be created in a live setting. So, host Bob Boilen went to the 9:30 club before soundcheck to meet the artist known as King Princess. She grew up around recording gear. Her father, Oliver Strauss is a...


New Music Friday: Nov. 22

Our final New Music Friday of 2019 ends with some heavy hitters, from Beck's moody-groovy Hyperspace and Coldplay's most ambitious album yet, to a batch of all-new songs from the late Leonard Cohen. Featured Albums And Songs: 1. Beck — Hyperspace Featured Song: "Dark Places" 2. Anne Müller — Heliopause Featured Songs: "Solo? Repeat!" and "Drifting Circles" 3. 03 Greedo & Kenny Beats — Netflix and Deal Featured Song: "Aye Twin" 4. Coldplay — Everyday Life Featured Songs: "Orphans,"...


New Mix: Jesca Hoop, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Esmé Patterson, More

This week's essential mix of new songs includes a Brian Eno remix of a Lee "Scratch" Perry tune, Red Baraat percussionist Sunny Jain, singer Jesca Hoop and more. Featured Artists And Songs: 1. Lee "Scratch" Perry: "Here Come the Warm Dreads" from 'Heavy Rain' 2. Sunny Jain: "Immigrant Warrior" from 'Wild Wild East' 3. Ethan Gruska: "Event Horizon" from 'EN GARDE' 4. Tadzio: "Defiance" from 'The Sick Room' 5. Madison Cunningham: "Something to Believe in" from 'Who Are You Now' 6....


New Music Friday: Nov. 15

Our sprint through the best new albums out this week includes a posthumous release from rapper Lil Peep, gorgeous reflections from Bonnie "Prince" Billy, singer Mary Lambert and more. Featured Albums And Songs: 1. Milky Chance - Mind the Moon Featured Songs: "Oh Mama" and "Eden's House" 2. Brainstory - Buck Featured Song: "Sorry" 3. Lady Antebellum - Ocean Featured Song: "The Thing That Wrecks You" 4. Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream Featured Song: "Everybody Everybody" 5. Lil Peep -...


The 2010s: Latinx Music Before And After 'Despacito'

"Despacito" was more than a popular song. It was the culmination of a decade-long rise of sociological and musical forces that eventually birthed and cemented a style now called "Latin Urban." The song went on to practically break the Internet, with a record number of YouTube views from around the globe (currently hovering around six billion streams). But, as we discuss in this week's All Songs Considered/Alt.Latino collaboration, "Despacito" was more than a very popular it song. It was...


Serenity Now: Music And A Conversation With Joan Shelley

In this All Songs Considered guest DJ session, Joan Shelley talks about her latest album, Like the River Loves the Sea and shares songs by some of the other artists who've inspired her over the years.


New Music Friday: Nov. 8

This week's best new albums include a solo release from Leslie Odom Jr., aka Aaron Burr from Hamilton, the woozy world of FKA Twigs, country singer Luke Combs and more. Featured Albums: 1. Leslie Odom Jr. — Mr. 2. Bishop Briggs — Champion 3. FKA Twigs — Magdalene 4. Dessa & The Minnesota Orchestra — Sound the Bells: Recorded Live at Orchestra Hall 5. The Good Ones — Rwanda, You Should be Loved 6. Kate Davis — Trophy 7. Luke Combs — What You See Is What You Get 8. Mount Eerie & Julie...


Interview: Angel Olsen And John Congleton On How They Made 'All Mirrors'

Angel Olsen has reimagined her sound. On this edition of All Songs Considered, she and her co-producer, John Congleton reveal how they did it, with the help of a 14-piece string section. "What making this record was about," says Angel Olsen, "is erasing my own thoughts about where the song should be, letting go and being more open to other ideas." "I have this weird theory," adds John Congleton, "that the only thing a good producer really can do is know when a mistake is right." This...


The 2010s: A Jazz Revival In Black Music

Pianist and producer Robert Glasper is on a mission to reconnect jazz with black music. In the past decade he's helped transform the work of artists like Kendrick Lamar, Brittany Howard and more. Glasper ended the the 2000s with an album called Double Booked, which made a selling point out of his straddling of two worlds — acoustic jazz piano on one side, R&B/hip-hop groove on the other. The second of those involved a group called The Robert Glasper Experiment, and he felt it had a...


New Music Friday: Nov. 1

Our picks for the best albums out this week include Gang Starr's first new release in 16 years, humor and heart from country singer Miranda Lambert, the latest in Bob Dylan's Bootleg series and more. 1. Jeff Lynne's ELO — From Out of Nowhere 2. Bob Dylan — Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 3. Miranda Lambert — Wildcard 4. Gang Starr — One of the Best Yet 5. Michael Kiwanuka — KIWANUKA 6. Vetiver — Up on High 7. A Winged Victory for the Sullen — The Undivided...


The 2010s: The Globalization Of Music

Our look back at the past decade in music continues as we examine the ways musical borders have fallen and why global sounds are more prevalent and popular than ever. Over the past decade, the borders between different musical worlds have fallen. Producers, singers, songwriters and other artists from around the globe are collaborating in new ways, while genres have blended together so completely and seamlessly it's almost impossible to label a lot of popular music as any one thing. These...


Interview: Megan Thee Stallion

After her Tiny Desk performance, the rapper joined NPR's Sidney Madden for a live conversation on playing with a band for the first time, hanging onto her Texas roots and plans for her debut album.


New Mix: Torres, Julien Baker, Illuminati Hotties, More

This week's mix from All Songs Considered somehow took on a dog theme, beginning with a board game from the band PUP, where every move leads to failure and disappointment. But the music's still good! Artists and Songs on This Episode: 1. Illuminati Hotties: "ppl plz" 2. Frances Quinlan: "Rare Thing" 3. Lucy Dacus: "In the Air Tonight" 4. Julien Baker: "Tokyo" 5. Torres: "Good Scare" 6. Squirrel Flower: "Red Shoulder" 7. Trupa Trupa: "Dream About"


The 2010s: Queer Goes Mainstream

In the past decade, LGBTQ issues hit the mainstream in unprecedented ways, and music played a big part, with songs about queer love on the radio and anthems of allyship coming from all major genres. On this episode of All Songs Considered, we look back on the way queer issues moved towards the center of the conversation during the 2010s. We talk about how decades of activism led up to this moment and how social media has helped foster safe spaces and access to information for young people...


New Music Friday: Oct. 25

The fourth-quarter deluge continues this week with new releases from Rex Orange County, King Princess, Gallant and more, including the first new album in seven years from Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Featured Albums: 1. Mikal Cronin — Seeker 2. King Princess — Cheap Queen 3. Great Grandpa — Four of Arrows 4. Neil Young & Crazy Horse — Colorado 5. Rex Orange County — Pony 6. Anamanaguchi - [USA] 7. Gallant — Sweet Insomnia 8. Sunn O))) — Pyroclasts Other Notable Albums For Oct. 25:...