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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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NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Sep. 18 include a long-awaited, self-titled release from Alicia Keys, PC Music's A.G. Cook, a rediscovered Thelonious Monk recording and more.Featured Albums:1. Alicia Keys — ALICIAFeatured Song: "Me x 7"2. A.G. Cook — AppleFeatured Song: "Airhead"3. Anjimile — Giver TakerFeatured Song: "To Meet You There"4. Butcher Brown — #kingbutchFeatured Song: "Cabbage"5. Thelonious Monk — Palo AltoFeatured Song: "Blue Monk"6. Jealous of the Birds — PeninsulaFeatured Song: "Pendulum"7. Sly5thAve — What It IsFeatured Song: "What It Is"8. Fenne Lily — BreachFeatured Song: "Elliott"9. Steve Arrington — Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul SessionsFeatured Songs: "Make A Difference" and "Soulful I Need That In My Life"Other notable releases for Sept. 18: Ava Max — Heaven & Hell; Body Double — Milk Fed; Cults — Host; Daniel Romano — How Ill Thy World Is Ordered; Deradoorian — Find the Sun; Dig Nitty — Reverse of Mastery; Eastwood — It Never Gets Easy; Eivør — Segl; Elderbrook — Why Do We Shake in the Cold?; Gracie & Rachel — Hello, Weakness, You Make Me Strong; Handsome Ghost — Some Still Morning; Joan Osborne — Trouble and Strife; Johann Johannsson — Retrospective II; Nate Rocket Wonder & Roman GianArthur – Antebellum (Soundtrack); Sarah Davachi — Cantus, Descant; Saunder Jurriaans — Beasts; Semisonic — You're Not Alone; Yusuf Cat Stevens — Tea for the Tillerman; Ziggy Marley — More Family Time.
This week's new mix from All Songs Considered includes solo work from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, recorded with his sons, a stunning track from Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker, a song for the times from Cautious Clay and more.Featured Tracks:1. Kevin Morby "Campfire" from Sundowner2. Adrianne Lenker "anything" from songs3. Maple Glider "As Tradition" 4. Jeff Tweedy "Love Is The King" from Love Is The King5. BONZIE "Alone" 6. Cautious Clay "Agreeable" from Agreeable
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by The Flaming Lips, Rita Indiana, Waylon Payne and more.
On this week's All Songs Considered, hear new music from great unknowns and old favorites, including The Front Bottoms and Asaf Avidan.1. Joe Wong: "Dreams Wash Away" from Nite Creatures2. Frances Cone: "'93 Or '94" (single)3. The Front Bottoms: "montgomery forever" from In Sickness & In Flames4. Spacemoth: "Asking For You" (single)5. Asaf Avidan: "Lost Horse" from Anagnorisis6. Afel Bocoum: "Dakamana" from Lindé7. Joe Wong: "Dreams Wash Away (Instrumental)" from Nite Creatures
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new albums by Big Sean, Tricky, Lomelda, Bill Callahan and more. Click here to see all of our featured albums for the week of Sept. 4.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music released in August 2020, featuring everything from the genre-busting indie rock of Bartees Strange and Victoria Monét's layered R&B to the return of Bright Eyes.
NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including unadorned records from Angel Olsen and The Avett Brothers, the genre-bending Georgia Anne Muldrow and more.
Fifteen years ago this week, All Songs Considered launched its first ever podcast episode. Hear how it sounded.
NPR Music's shortlist for the best new albums out this week includes the first full-length from Bright Eyes in nearly a decade, the rapper Lecrae, U.K. jazz wonder Nubya Garcia and more.Featured Albums:1. The Killers — Imploding the MirageFeatured Song: "Dying Breed"2. The Mavericks — En EspañolFeatured Song: "Recuerdos"3. Nubya Garcia — SourceFeatured Song: "Before Us In Demerara & Caura"4. Cidny Bullens — Walking Through This WorldFeatured Song: "The Gender Line"5. Bright Eyes — Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once WasFeatured Songs: "Dance and Sing" and "Pageturner's Rag"6. Lecrae — RestorationFeatured Song: "Set Me Free"7. L.A. Witch — Play With FireFeatured Song: "Dark Horse"8. Roomful of Teeth — The Ascendant & Just Constellations Featured Songs: "The Beginning And..." and "The Magic Constellation - Winter"Other notable releases for Aug. 21: Nas — King's Disease; Alex the Astronaut — The Theory of Absolutely Nothing; Bully — Sugaregg; Chuck Prophet — The Land That Time Forgot; Logan Farmer — Still No Mother; Matmos — The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form; The Front Bottoms — In Sickness & In Flames.
On this week's All Songs Considered, The Swedish duo First Aid Kit covers Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again," reminding host Bob Boilen of how long it's been since he's seen a live show (159 days).1. First Aid Kit: "On The Road Again"2. Blu DeTiger: "Figure It Out" 3. Pillow Queens: "Holy Show" from In Waiting4. Anjimile: "Baby No More" from Giver Taker 5. AMAARA: "Desert Storm" from Heartspeak6. Ólafur Arnalds: "Back to the Sky" 7. Sonny Singh: "Mitar Pyare Nu"
NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include the latest from Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy, Fantastic Negrito, Jacob Collier, the queer country of Orville Peck and more.Featured Albums: 1. Burna Boy — Twice As TallFeatured Song: "Monsters You Made"2. Jacob Collier — Djesse Vol. 3Featured Song: "In My Bones"3. Fantastic Negrito — Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?Featured Song: "I'm So Happy I Cry"4. Whitney — CandidFeatured Song: "Strange Overtones"5. Son Lux — TomorrowsFeatured Song: "Plans We Made"6. Kathleen Edwards — Total FreedomFeatured Song: "Birds on a Feeder"7. Orville Peck — Show PonyFeatured Song: "No Glory In The West"8. Ashley Ray — PaulineFeatured Song: "Pauline"9. Gloria Estefan — Brazil305Featured Song: "Samba"Other notable releases for August 14: Poppy — I Disagree (More); Eleven7four — What's the 1174; Biffy Clyro — A Celebration of Endings; Caylee Hammack — If It Wasn't For You; Emma Swift — Blonde on the Tracks; Young Jesus — Welcome to Conceptual Beach.
The singer and author chats with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about Jollett's incredible new memoir, Hollywood Park. It's also the title of his latest album with The Airborne Toxic Event.
NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums include the latest from Portland rapper Aminé, Mary Chapin Carpenter, a posthumous release from Jason Molina, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and more.Featured Albums:1. Aminé — LimboFeatured Song: "Can't Decide"2. Mary Chapin Carpenter — The Dirt and the StarsFeatured Song: "All Broken Hearts Break Differently"3. Jordan Lehning — Little IdolsFeatured Song: "Oolaloom"4. Loyal Lobos — EverlastingFeatured Song: "Whatever it Is"5. Carmen Canedo — Know It AllFeatured Song: "Morrow"6. Jason Molina — Eight GatesFeatured Song: "She Says"7. The Microphones — Microphones in 2020Featured Song: "Microphones in 2020"8. Immanuel Wilkins — OMEGAFeatured Song: "Ferguson — An American Tradition"Stay in touch with the NPR Music newsletter. Sign up here.
The musical tastes of the NPR Music crew are a delightful jumble. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we pick our favorite music from July 2020, featuring Madeline Kenney, Nubya Garcia and Taylor Swift.
NPR Music's picks for the week's best new releases include Brandy's first new album in eight years, a stunning debut from rapper and singer Dominic Fike, retro-country from Charley Crockett and more.Featured Albums:1. Brandy — B7Featured Song: "Say Something"2. Alanis Morissette — Such Pretty Forks in the RoadFeatured Song: "Smiling"3. Charley Crockett — Welcome to Hard TimesFeatured Song: "Welcome to Hard Times"4. Dominic Fike — What Could Possibly Go WrongFeatured Song: "Joe Blazey"5. Max Richter — VoicesFeatured Songs: "Murmuration," "All Human Beings" and "Mercy"6. Land of Talk — Indistinct ConversationsFeatured Songs: "Look to You (Intro)" and "Look to You"7. Mirah — You Think It's Like This, But Really It's Like This (20 Year Anniversary)Featured Songs: "100 Knives" and "Of Pressure" performed by Mount Eerie8. Thanya Iyer — KindFeatured Song: "My Mind Keeps Running"9. Charles Tolliver — ConnectFeatured Song: "Blue Soul"Other notable releases for July 31: Fontaines D.C. — A Hero's Death; Madeline Kenney — Sucker's Luch; Makaya McCraven — Universal Beings E&F Sides; Trevor Powers — Capricorn; The Psychedelic Furs — Made of Rain.Keep up with the latest from NPR Music with our weekly newsletter at
This week's All Songs Considered features Angel Olsen's first album made without a backing band in eight years, 85-year old British folk legend Shirley Collins and a bunch of wonderful new discoveries.1. Angel Olsen: "Whole New Mess" from Whole New Mess2. Chrissy Stewart: "House of Christina" from House of Christina3. Le Ren: "The Day I Lose My Mind" from Morning & Melancholia4. Saadi: "Pearl" from Saadi5. Shirley Collins: "Barbara Allen" from Heart's Ease6. Cinder Well: "Our Lady's" from No Summer
Taylor Swift's surprise new album, Folklore tops our list of the week's best releases, along with new ones from Lupe Fiasco, a 50th anniversary edition of Roberta Flack's debut album and more.Featured Albums:1. Taylor Swift — FolkloreFeatured Song: "Seven"2. Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis — HouseFeatured Song: "Shoes"3. Lord Finesse — Motown State of MindFeatured Song: "I Wanna Be Where You Are"4. Roberta Flack — First Take (50th Anniversary Edition)Featured Song: "Trade Winds"5. Sparkle Division — To Feel EmbracedFeatured Song: "You Go Girl!"6. Jaguar Sun — This Empty TownFeatured Song: "Red"7. Jess Cornelius — DistanceFeatured Song: "Banging My Head"8. Courtney Marie Andrews — Old FlowersFeatured Song: "Together or Alone"9. Kamaal Williams — Wu Hen Featured Song: "Mr. Wu"10. Maria Schneider — Data LordsFeatured Songs: "Data Lords" and "Bluebird"Other notable releases for July 24: Katie Dey — Mydata; Liza Anne — Bad Vacation; Logic — No Pressure; Lori McKenna — The Balladeer; The Naked And The Famous — Recover; PJ Harvey — Dry Demos; Shirley Collins — Heart's Ease; Thin Lear — Wooden Cave; Thomas Bartlett — Shelter.Keep up with the latest from NPR Music with our weekly newsletter.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, Sylvan Esso share and talk about their new song "Ferris Wheel," plus the first new album from The Psychedelic Furs in 29 years and more.1. TRISHES: "Gaslight"2. The Psychedelic Furs: "Come All Ye Faithful" from Made Of Rain3. Gordon Koang: "South Sudan" from Unity4. Madeline Kenney: "Picture Of You" from Sucker's Lunch5. Sylvan Esso: "Ferris Wheel" from Free Love6. Barker: "Paradise Engineering" from Utility
The week's best new albums include old-school hip-hop from Blu & Exile, a transformative record from singer Lianne La Havas, the existential rock of Protomartyr, pop singer Ellie Goulding and more.Featured Albums:1. The Chicks — GaslighterFeatured Song: "Sleep at Night"2. Lianne La Havas — Lianne La HavasFeatured Song: "Seven Times"3. Blu & Exile — Miles: From an Interlude Called LifeFeatured Song: "True and Livin'"4. JARV IS — Beyond the PaleFeatured Song: "Sometimes I Am Pharaoh"5. Protomartyr — Ultimate Success TodayFeatured Song: "Processed by the Boys"6. Ellie Goulding — Brightest BlueFeatured Song: "How Deep is Too Deep?"7. Zara McFarlane — Songs of An Unknown TongueFeatured Song: "State of Mind"8. KLLO — Maybe We CouldFeatured Song: "Still Here"Other notable released for July 17: Alice Ivy — Don't Sleep; Bing & Ruth — Species; Christian Sands — Be Water; Crickets — Crickets; David Ramirez — My Love Is A Hurricane; Dehd — Flower of Devotion; Illuminati Hotties — Free IH: This is Not the One You've Been Waiting For; Laraaji — Sun Piano; Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards — Bitter Better; Nicolas Jaar — Telas; S.G. Goodman — Old Time Feeling
This week's All Songs Considered mix features the extraordinary voice of Golda May, the cello music of Diana Burgess, the soul-filled sounds of Snoh Aalegra and more.1. Golda May: "Hear Me Out" 2. Lomelda: "Wonder" from Hannah 3. Knot: "Foam" from Knot 4. Diana Burgess: "You Run" from You Run 5. Snoh Aalegra: "Dying 4 Your Love" 6. MXXWLL: "Light Turn Green" from Sheeesh
Comments (89)


Very biased show which usually fails to mention many new releases, even in their show notes list. And most of the music they like is very boring stuff. No thanks.

Jul 20th

Derrick Thibeau


Jul 15th

HMS Jon Hamm

Oh yeah, Boris. 🤟

Jul 5th

Vanessa Kirby

🙏 Smoke

Jul 3rd

Vanessa Kirby


Jun 12th


you should check out Yellow Days if you haven't already heard his music.

Apr 4th

Richard Ottley

awesome new music this Friday 🙌😊

Mar 21st

Hyun soo Lee

Feb 23rd

Chat Series

happy valentine's to you all

Feb 14th

Joey Fioti

"be dumb" "go by emotion" -people in 2019, and pretty much all middle aged women who vote for democrats..

Dec 4th

Joey Fioti


Dec 4th
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Thelma Smith

can't be left off Parker Millsap

Nov 27th
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Kin Keung Lai

Not intersting

Sep 3rd

Julie Welch

Ok. 5 years later. My ex of ten years (whom I love dearly) would gladly gouge his eyes out rather than play Brown Eyed Girl. Again and again. But he does because it pays. #whiteweddings

Sep 3rd

Kristin Chong

Are there any good indie music podcasts?

Aug 16th

Brooke Ignatowski

I love the fun the hosts had in this episode and feel vindicated that Africa showed up. I hate that song and am considering banishing Weezer from my life for remaking it.

Aug 13th
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Joe Weyek

These songs are almost as annoying as the hosts of All Songs Considered.

Aug 11th

Joe Weyek

the songs are usually good. the commentators are usually annoying.

Aug 7th
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Ramon S

All Songs A game

Jul 14th

Joe Weyek

I like the one about "I'm so in wout too; I'm so in wout too, etc.". At least that one has the vocal front and center instead of smudged in with other instruments.

Jul 10th
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