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New Mix: Steve Earle, Big Thief's Buck Meek, Katy Kirby, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week including Steve Earle performing the work of his late son, Justin Townes Earle who died of an apparent drug overdose in August.Featured Tracks: 1. Steve Earle: "Harlem River Blues" from J.T.2. Buck Meek: "Pareidolia" from Two Saviors3. Horsegirl: "Ballroom Dance Scene" (Single)4. Painted Shield: "Ten Years From Now" from… → Read More

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Sylvan Esso Launch New Podcast, 'Shaking Out The Numb'

Hear the first episode of the podcast, created with Vermont Public Radio's Erica Heilman, as the band reveals how they made their latest album, Free Love.Erica Heilman spent hours talking with singer Amelia Meath and synthesist Nick Sanborn. We get a deep insight into how this couple works together — in this case, it began with Amelia's voice memo. It was just her singing, unaccompanied. And… → Read More

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Adrianne Lenker: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The leader of Big Thief performs five songs from a camper in Joshua Tree for our Tiny Desk quarantine series. → Read More

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Owen Pallett: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The talented Canadian composer and songwriter creates an ensemble in their bedroom for our Tiny Desk quarantine series. → Read More

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New Mix: Lavender Diamond, A Jay Som-Chastity Belt Collaboration, More

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite tunes of the week, including a captivating project with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and yMusic's CJ Camerieri.The Playlist:1. Routine: "Cady Road," from And Other Things2. CARM: "Land," from CARM3. lemin.: "One Brain," from Petey Passed Away4. Lavender Diamond: "In The Middle," from Now Is The Time5. Indigo Sparke: "Baby," from Echo6. Joy On… → Read More

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Shirley Collins: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

British folk singer Shirley Collins is a living legend. Watch her perform five songs for her Tiny Desk quarantine concert. → Read More

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The Passionate Calm Of Ólafur Arnalds

The Icelandic composer talks with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen about finding rebirth through making music, the growing pains of turning 30 and how Death Cab For Cutie changed his life. → Read More

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Hear Joni Mitchell's Previously Unreleased Early Recordings

A treasure trove of unheard Joni Mitchell recordings has just been released with more than a hundred tracks from the early 1960s, including almost 30 original songs she's never released before.On this special edition of All Songs Considered, NPR Music's Ann Powers and host Bob Boilen explore these early works of Joni Mitchell and play selections from the new box set from Rhino. This includes… → Read More

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Wayne Coyne On Drugs And The Flaming Lips' 'American Head'

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen talks with The Flaming Lips frontman about drugs, the tragic loss of friends, the impact on families and how it all informs the band's latest album, American Head. → Read More

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Leo Kottke And Mike Gordon: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Phish bassist Mike Gordon and guitarist Leo Kottke perform a magical Tiny Desk quarantine show, with a little help from Phish drummer Jon Fishman. → Read More

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New Mix: MILCK, The Weather Station, Mary Lattimore, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a powerful anthem for racial justice from MILCK, Debussy's "Clair de Lune" played on a theremin and more.Featured Songs:1. Steady Holiday: "Living Life" from Take The Corners Gently2. The Weather Station: "Robber" (Single)3. Kacy & Clayton And Marlon Williams: "I Wonder Why" from Plastic Bouquet 4. MILCK:… → Read More

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Gracie And Rachel: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The pop-meet-classical duo perform a quarantine concert from their New York City apartment. → Read More

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New Mix: Luluc, The Antlers, Squirrel Flower, More

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and NPR Music's Otis Hart share their favorite songs of the week, including the return of The Antlers, the folk duo Luluc, Tuareg rock artist Mdou Moctar and more.1. Luluc: "Emerald City" from DREAMBOAT2. Danielle Durack: "Broken Wings" from No Place3. The Antlers: "Wheels Roll Home" (Single)4. Squirrel Flower: "Chicago" (Single)5. Mdou Moctar: "Chismiten"… → Read More

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The Flaming Lips: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Wayne Coyne has been preparing for this era of social distancing for 10 years. Watch The Flaming Lips perform in bubbles for our Tiny Desk quarantine series. → Read More

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Angel Olsen: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The singer-songwriter performs four songs on her porch in Asheville, N.C., for Tiny Desk's quarantine series. → Read More

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New Mix: Maren Morris, Sam Amidon, Palberta, Gulfer, More

NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Marissa Lorusso share songs that call for unity and self-reflection in turbulent times.Featured Tracks:1. Maren Morris: "Better Than We Found It"2. Palberta: "Before I Got Here" from Palberta 50003. Gulfer: "Nature Kids" from Gulfer4. Purple Witch of Culver: "Trig"5. Loudon Wainwright III: "You Rascal You" from I'd Rather Lead A Band6. Sam Amidon: "Time Has Made A… → Read More

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Jason Isbell And Amanda Shires: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Americana's most famous couple perform a Tiny Desk quarantine set in their barn, backed by gorgeous stain-glassed windows. → Read More

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The Good Ones: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Rwandan duo perform a concert from a hilltop farm for one of our tiniest Tiny Desks. → Read More

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New Mix: Fleet Foxes, Kurt Vile With John Prine, Shamir, Beabadoobee, More

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks, including a collaboration between Kurt Vile and John Prine, queer country from Shamir, the gorgeous harmonies of Fleet Foxes and more.1. Beabadoobee: "Worth It" from Fake It Flowers2. Fleet Foxes: "Going-to-the-Sun Road" from Shore3. Darlingside: "Green + Evergreen" from Fish Pond Fish4. Kurt Vile with John Prine: "How Lucky" from… → Read More

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Bright Eyes: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott perform songs from their latest album, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was, for our quarantine series. → Read More