New Mix: boygenius, The National, Baaba Maal, more : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including the return of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus as boygenius, The National and more.

Featured Songs and Artists:
1. boygenius: "$20," from the record
2. The National: "Tropic Morning News," from First Two Pages of Frankenstein
3. Niklas Paschburg & lùisa: "Darkside of the Hill," from Panta Rhei
4. Miss Grit: "Lain (phone clone)," from Follow the Cyborg
5. Baaba Maal: "Agreement," from Being
6. The Hackles: "Damn the word," from What a beautiful thing I have made

New Mix: boygenius, The National, Baaba Maal, more

New Mix: boygenius, The National, Baaba Maal, more

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On this edition of All Songs Considered, boygenius is here to playfully talk about the origins of one of the band's new songs, "$20." So whose bright idea was this? Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers or Lucy Dacus? I'll let them tell you. I'll also play new music from The National, and frontman Matt Berninger gives us insight into the mysterious song titled "Tropic Morning News," from the band's ninth album, First Two Pages of Frankenstein.

The German pianist Niklas Paschburg, known for his cinematic piano compositions, has teamed-up with singer lùisa for a more pop-centric tune called "Dark Side Of The Hill," from his new album Panta Rhei. The Korean-American singer Miss Gritt has a song, "Lain (phone clone)" based on an anime, imaging a character that has not only a life in our dimension, but is simultaneously quite alive in the digital world.

The Senegalese singer Baaba Maal has his first new music in seven years called "Agreement," and The Hackles, a band comprised of Kati Claborn and Luke Ydstie from Blind Pilot and Halli Anderson from River Whyless and Horse Feathers, have a sweet, infectious banjo tune to end this week's show.

Featured Songs and Artists:

1. boygenius: "$20," from the record

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2. The National: "Tropic Morning News," from First Two Pages of Frankenstein

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3. Niklas Paschburg & lùisa: "Darkside of the Hill," from Panta Rhei

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4. Miss Grit: "Lain (phone clone)," from Follow the Cyborg

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5. Baaba Maal: "Agreement," from Being

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6. The Hackles: "Damn the word," from What a beautiful thing I have made

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