December 4, 2012 The super-sized band is on a holiday music tour to perform seasonal songs, including a beautiful version of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." In this video, the song is set to animated watercolor paintings by artist Gala Bent.
December 3, 2012 When you think of the music you loved and listened to the most in 2012, you might find they're not the same thing. Using the "Play" count in iTunes it's easy to get a reality check and see just how many times you actually listened to "Gangnam Style."
November 29, 2012 The new video from the Cleveland-based experimental rock duo Mr. Gnome is designed to look like a graphic novel — a dark and stylish fantasy about an epic battle to save the world from an evil queen.
November 28, 2012 All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton answers listener questions about the hazards of overplayed music, the perfect songs for massage therapists, and the best way to start listening to the music of one of his favorite bands, Telekinesis.
November 16, 2012 The Zolas' latest music video, for the song "Knot In My Heart," was crafted using stop-motion and live actors, a time-intensive process that the video's director and members of the band call "grueling" and "excruciating."
November 14, 2012 On this edition of All Songs Considered hear a song from the album that helped convince host Bob Boilen to lift a 34 year-old ban on arena rock shows. We've also got some great new discoveries, including the ambient rock group IO Echo, and the mesmerizing singer Angel Olsen.
November 9, 2012 This week's All Songs Considered debate is all about the bands that keep us waiting — and waiting — for new records. My Bloody Valentine is finally promising a followup to the band's truly amazing Loveless album, more than 20 years later. What other bands really ought to have a new record out by now?
November 7, 2012 Many bands — from the early '70s rock group Mott the Hoople to the more recent prog-jam band Umphrey's McGee — have cringe-worthy names but make music that's so good, you can forgive them. What are some of your favorite bands with not-so-favorite names?
November 5, 2012 Lytle's deeply affecting story-songs offer listeners moments of fantastical escape or quiet reflection, while examining the mundane hopes and failed dreams of oddball characters. Watch him perform solo acoustic versions of songs from his latest record, plus one classic Grandaddy tune.
October 29, 2012 These aren't sad cases of completely unknown bands. They may even have the respect of critics and a decent fan base. But for whatever reason haven't made it to the majors. Weigh-in on the latest nerd debate at our office.
October 25, 2012 The insanely infectious, utterly charming Thao And The Get Down Stay Down is giving fans a taste of the band's forthcoming album with a new cut released today on the band's website. The song, "Holy Roller," is from We the Common, due out Feb. 5.
October 24, 2012 Former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle and Sea of Bees singer-songwriter Julie Ann Bee fell for each other's work and decided to put out a single together. The special 7" will drop on Black Friday (a.k.a. Record Store Day) in November.
October 19, 2012 This week's drum-fill quiz was selected by Murph, longtime drummer for the band Dinosaur Jr. A couple of these are pretty easy, but this is otherwise one of the most challenging quizzes we've done. See what you think.