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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.)

Latest Episodes

All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2019

ELizzo, 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. Sharon Van Etten reflected on motherhood, Amanda Palmer shared stories of survival and David Bazan, back as Pedro the Lion for the first time in 15 years, returned to his childhood, making the personal universal. Brittany Howard wrote songs of healing on an album she named after and dedicated to her sister who died at the age of 13, while the members of the Rwandan group The Good Ones sang songs of forgiveness in the wake of unspeakable genocide. For other artists, 2019 was a year of renewal. Angel O...

78 MIN4 d ago
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All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2019

Interview: Raphael Saadiq

EThe 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.

17 MIN1 w ago
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Interview: Raphael Saadiq

Interview: Sheryl Crow

ESheryl 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 band then led a rousing singalong of her 2008 song "Out of Our Heads," whose chorus sends an urgent plea to the online news junkies and social media warriors of today: "If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads, and into our hearts...."

22 MIN1 w ago
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Interview: Sheryl Crow

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 synthesizers. ELO became a big band with a giant sound. The first ELO record was released precisely 48 years ago, on December 3, 1971. Nowadays, Jeff Lynne is ELO. Except for a few helping hands, Jeff Lynne writes, records, sings, plays and arranges everything on his new album, From Out of Nowhere, on his own. And he loves doing it.

32 MIN1 w ago
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A Conversation With Jeff Lynne Of ELO

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

EAll 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 Iver2. Robyn: "Dancing On My Own" from Body Talk Pt. 13. Sufjan Stevens: "Fourth of July" from Carrie & Lowell4. Lorde: "Royals" from Pure Heroine5. Kanye West: "Runaway" from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy6. Beyoncé: "Formation" from Lemonade7. M83: "Midnight City" from Hurry Up, We're Dreaming8. LCD Soundsystem: "Dance Yrself Clean" from This is Happening9. Kendrick Lamar: "Alright" from To Pimp a Butterfly10. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars: "Uptown Funk" from Uptown Special11. Childish Gambino: "This is America" (Single)12. Adele: "Rolling in the Deep" from 2113. Taylor Swift: "All Too Well" from Red14. Lucy Dacus: "Night Shift" from Historian15. Carly Rae Jepsen: "Run Away with Me" from E.MO.TION16. Mitski: "Your Best American Girl" from Puberty 217. Frank Ocean: "Self Control" from Blonde18. Hozier: "Take Me to Ch...

39 MIN2 w ago
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The 2010s: NPR Listeners Pick Their Top Songs Of The Decade

The 2010s: A Music-Making Evolution And Revolution

EOur 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 recording engineer at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, so technology and music-making are second nature to the 21-year old. King Princess sheds light on how musicians take complex sounds from the studio and make them possible in a live setting.Later, we look at the role of computers in the creative process, both as an effects processor and a compositional tool. One artist who is already making music and stretching the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence is Holly Herndon, who has an AI voice assistan...

40 MIN2 w ago
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The 2010s: A Music-Making Evolution And Revolution

New Music Friday: Nov. 22

EOur 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 — HyperspaceFeatured Song: "Dark Places"2. Anne Müller — HeliopauseFeatured Songs: "Solo? Repeat!" and "Drifting Circles"3. 03 Greedo & Kenny Beats — Netflix and DealFeatured Song: "Aye Twin"4. Coldplay — Everyday Life Featured Songs: "Orphans," "Trouble in Town," "BrokEn," "When I Need A Friend" and "WOTW/POTP"5. Hannah Diamond — Reflections Featured Song: "Make Believe"6. Leonard Cohen — Thanks for the DanceFeatured Song: "Happens to the Heart"Other Notable Releases For Nov. 22: Animal Collective — Ballet Slippers; Harry Nilsson — Losst and Founnd; Jason Aldean — 9; Luke Lalonde — The Perpetual Optimist; Pernice Brothers — Spread the Feelings; Omar Souleyman — Shlon; Twain — Adventure; William Patrick Corgan — Cotillions.

26 MIN3 w ago
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New Music Friday: Nov. 22

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. Wished Bone: "Hold Me" (Single)7. Jesca Hoop: "Song for a Bygone Era" from 'Afterbirth'8. Esmé Patterson: "Light in Your Window" (Single)

38 MIN3 w ago
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New Mix: Jesca Hoop, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Esmé Patterson, More

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 MoonFeatured Songs: "Oh Mama" and "Eden's House"2. Brainstory - BuckFeatured Song: "Sorry"3. Lady Antebellum - OceanFeatured Song: "The Thing That Wrecks You"4. Arthur Russell - Iowa DreamFeatured Song: "Everybody Everybody"5. Lil Peep - Everybody's EverythingFeatured Song: "Princess"6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I Made A PlaceFeatured Song: "Dream A While"7. Odessa - All ThingsFeatured Song: "All Things"8. Mary Lambert - Grief CreatureFeatured Songs: "Write You A Song" and "Me Museum"9. Joe Henry - The Gospel According to WaterFeatured Song: "Famine Walk"10. Benoît Pioulard - SylvaFeatured Songs: "Raze II" and "Keep"Other Notable Releases Out Nov. 15: Celine Dion — Courage; DJ Shadow — Our Pathetic Age; Fran — A Private Picture; Hammock — Silencia;...

31 MINNOV 15
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New Music Friday: Nov. 15

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

E"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 the culmination of a decade-long rise of sociological and musical forces that eventually birthed and cemented a style now called "Latin Urban." Spanish-language artists from just about every corner of Latin America and Spain took reggaeton and ran with it, adding elements of hip-hop, R&B and soul.Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras joins Bob Boilen to look back at the decade and play some music samples from a period of profound transition in Latinx music.

22 MINNOV 14
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The 2010s: Latinx Music Before And After 'Despacito'

Latest Episodes

All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2019

ELizzo, 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. Sharon Van Etten reflected on motherhood, Amanda Palmer shared stories of survival and David Bazan, back as Pedro the Lion for the first time in 15 years, returned to his childhood, making the personal universal. Brittany Howard wrote songs of healing on an album she named after and dedicated to her sister who died at the age of 13, while the members of the Rwandan group The Good Ones sang songs of forgiveness in the wake of unspeakable genocide. For other artists, 2019 was a year of renewal. Angel O...

78 MIN4 d ago
Comments
All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2019

Interview: Raphael Saadiq

EThe 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.

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Interview: Raphael Saadiq

Interview: Sheryl Crow

ESheryl 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 band then led a rousing singalong of her 2008 song "Out of Our Heads," whose chorus sends an urgent plea to the online news junkies and social media warriors of today: "If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads, and into our hearts...."

22 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Interview: Sheryl Crow

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 synthesizers. ELO became a big band with a giant sound. The first ELO record was released precisely 48 years ago, on December 3, 1971. Nowadays, Jeff Lynne is ELO. Except for a few helping hands, Jeff Lynne writes, records, sings, plays and arranges everything on his new album, From Out of Nowhere, on his own. And he loves doing it.

32 MIN1 w ago
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A Conversation With Jeff Lynne Of ELO

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

EAll 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 Iver2. Robyn: "Dancing On My Own" from Body Talk Pt. 13. Sufjan Stevens: "Fourth of July" from Carrie & Lowell4. Lorde: "Royals" from Pure Heroine5. Kanye West: "Runaway" from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy6. Beyoncé: "Formation" from Lemonade7. M83: "Midnight City" from Hurry Up, We're Dreaming8. LCD Soundsystem: "Dance Yrself Clean" from This is Happening9. Kendrick Lamar: "Alright" from To Pimp a Butterfly10. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars: "Uptown Funk" from Uptown Special11. Childish Gambino: "This is America" (Single)12. Adele: "Rolling in the Deep" from 2113. Taylor Swift: "All Too Well" from Red14. Lucy Dacus: "Night Shift" from Historian15. Carly Rae Jepsen: "Run Away with Me" from E.MO.TION16. Mitski: "Your Best American Girl" from Puberty 217. Frank Ocean: "Self Control" from Blonde18. Hozier: "Take Me to Ch...

39 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The 2010s: NPR Listeners Pick Their Top Songs Of The Decade

The 2010s: A Music-Making Evolution And Revolution

EOur 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 recording engineer at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, so technology and music-making are second nature to the 21-year old. King Princess sheds light on how musicians take complex sounds from the studio and make them possible in a live setting.Later, we look at the role of computers in the creative process, both as an effects processor and a compositional tool. One artist who is already making music and stretching the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence is Holly Herndon, who has an AI voice assistan...

40 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The 2010s: A Music-Making Evolution And Revolution

New Music Friday: Nov. 22

EOur 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 — HyperspaceFeatured Song: "Dark Places"2. Anne Müller — HeliopauseFeatured Songs: "Solo? Repeat!" and "Drifting Circles"3. 03 Greedo & Kenny Beats — Netflix and DealFeatured Song: "Aye Twin"4. Coldplay — Everyday Life Featured Songs: "Orphans," "Trouble in Town," "BrokEn," "When I Need A Friend" and "WOTW/POTP"5. Hannah Diamond — Reflections Featured Song: "Make Believe"6. Leonard Cohen — Thanks for the DanceFeatured Song: "Happens to the Heart"Other Notable Releases For Nov. 22: Animal Collective — Ballet Slippers; Harry Nilsson — Losst and Founnd; Jason Aldean — 9; Luke Lalonde — The Perpetual Optimist; Pernice Brothers — Spread the Feelings; Omar Souleyman — Shlon; Twain — Adventure; William Patrick Corgan — Cotillions.

26 MIN3 w ago
Comments
New Music Friday: Nov. 22

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. Wished Bone: "Hold Me" (Single)7. Jesca Hoop: "Song for a Bygone Era" from 'Afterbirth'8. Esmé Patterson: "Light in Your Window" (Single)

38 MIN3 w ago
Comments
New Mix: Jesca Hoop, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Esmé Patterson, More

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 MoonFeatured Songs: "Oh Mama" and "Eden's House"2. Brainstory - BuckFeatured Song: "Sorry"3. Lady Antebellum - OceanFeatured Song: "The Thing That Wrecks You"4. Arthur Russell - Iowa DreamFeatured Song: "Everybody Everybody"5. Lil Peep - Everybody's EverythingFeatured Song: "Princess"6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I Made A PlaceFeatured Song: "Dream A While"7. Odessa - All ThingsFeatured Song: "All Things"8. Mary Lambert - Grief CreatureFeatured Songs: "Write You A Song" and "Me Museum"9. Joe Henry - The Gospel According to WaterFeatured Song: "Famine Walk"10. Benoît Pioulard - SylvaFeatured Songs: "Raze II" and "Keep"Other Notable Releases Out Nov. 15: Celine Dion — Courage; DJ Shadow — Our Pathetic Age; Fran — A Private Picture; Hammock — Silencia;...

31 MINNOV 15
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New Music Friday: Nov. 15

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

E"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 the culmination of a decade-long rise of sociological and musical forces that eventually birthed and cemented a style now called "Latin Urban." Spanish-language artists from just about every corner of Latin America and Spain took reggaeton and ran with it, adding elements of hip-hop, R&B and soul.Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras joins Bob Boilen to look back at the decade and play some music samples from a period of profound transition in Latinx music.

22 MINNOV 14
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The 2010s: Latinx Music Before And After 'Despacito'
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