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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.)

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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 Mar 2021

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

At the end of every month, the NPR Music team picks their favorite albums and songs. Their passions vary widely, from Atlanta rapper Deante' Hitchcock to Australian ambient artist Madeleine Cocolas.


1 Jun 2020

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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.


8 Mar 2021

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Artists We Love Cover Songs They Love

This week's new mix from All Songs Considered is all cover tunes, featuring musicians we love paying tribute to artists they love.1. Jay Som "Lucy" from Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series2. Soccer Mommy "I Think You're Alright" from Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series3. Margaret Glaspy "Mythological Beauty"4. Lucy Dacus "Tom Courtenay"5. Sharon Van Etten "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? [feat. Josh Homme]"6 Caroline Spence "The Middle"7. Palehound "Something On Your Mind"8. Joseph Shabason "Gymnopedia No. 1"Stay in touch with NPR Music for the latest on Tiny Desks, new music, interviews and more with our weekly newsletter. Sign up at www.npr.org/musicnewsletter


26 May 2020

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New Music Friday: June 12

From new jazz albums from Ambrose Akinmusire and Norah Jones to soothing works from Gia Margaret, Eighth Blackbird and Noveller, here are the best new albums out on June 12.Featured Albums:1. Ambrose Akinmusire — on the tender spot of every calloused moment Featured Song: "Tide of Hyacinth"2. Jehnny Beth — To Love Is To Live Featured Song: "Innocence"3. Gia Margaret — Mia Gargaret Featured Songs: "Body" and "Lesson"4. Chloe x Halle — Ungodly Hour Featured Song: "Baby Girl"5. Eighth Blackbird — Singing In The Dead Of Night Featured Songs: "These Broken Wings" and "Singing In The Dead Of Night"6. Naeem — Startisha Featured Songs: "Simulation" and "You And I"7. Norah Jones — Pick Me Up Off The Floor Featured Song: "Hurts To Be Alone"8. Noveller — Arrow Featured Song: "Pre-fabled"Notable releases for June 5: The Prison Music Project — Long Time Gone; Katie Malco — Failures; Groupe RTD — The Dancing Devils Of Djibouti; Hinds — The Prettiest Curse; Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker & Gerald Cleaver — Welcome Adventure Vol. 1 Notable releases for June 12: GoGo Penguin — GoGo Penguin; Coriky — Coriky; Sammy Brue — Crash Test Kid; Momma — Two Of Me


12 Jun 2020

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The Best New Artists Of 2020 (So Far)

There are way more new artists with stunning debuts this year than we could ever fit on a single show. But on this week's All Songs Considered, we share some of the standouts of 2020 (so far).Featured Artists And Songs:1. Coriky: "Clean Kill" from Coriky2. Rina Sawayama: "STFU!" from Sawayama3. Tenci: "Joy" from My Heart Is An Open Field4. THICK: "Mansplain" from 5 Years Behind 5. Katie Pruitt: "Grace Has a Gun" from Expectations 6. Buscabulla: "Vámono" from Regresa7. Asher Gamedze: "Siyabulela" from Dialectic Soul8. Christian Lee Hutson: "Atheist" from Beginners9. Eve Owen: "Bluebird" from Don't Let the Ink Dry10. Jonah Mutono: "The Low" from GERGKeep up with the latest from NPR Music by signing up for our newsletter at npr.org/musicnewsletter. We only send it out once a week and it's a great way to stay in touch.


23 Jun 2020

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