Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead performs at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood talks about his classical music featured on NPR Music's Tiny Desk, his love for the recorder and his composer heroes such as Steve Reich and Krzysztof Penderecki.
May 20, 2019
A Conversation With Jonny Greenwood, On Chaos And The Element Of Surprise
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Joe Talbot, frontman for the British punk group IDLES, talks about May 14, 2019 Joy as an Act of Resistance, how Van Morrison's Astral Weeks changed his life and his tips for driving across Kansas while on tour.
Guest DJ: IDLES Frontman Joe Talbot
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The singer reveals the stories behind his new album, April 23, 2019 Oh My God and shares some of the songs by other artists that inspired him to take his sound in a refreshing direction.
Kevin Morby Takes A Hard Look At God In America
Miss Universe, the debut album from Nilufer Yanya, is out March 22 on ATO.
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The singer shares songs she loves by other artists and talks about her debut full-length release, February 25, 2019 Miss Universe, an album filled with melodies that won't let go.
Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers, and Julien Baker played a Tiny Desk Concert together as boygenius.
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The trio of Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers share the songs they love most and talk about the ways they inspire each other in their new band, boygenius.
November 19, 2018
Adrianne Lenker's new record,
abysskiss, is out now on Saddle Creek.
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In the last two years, Big Thief has released two stunning records. Now, the band's singer and songwriter Adrianne Lenker has a new album of her own that is hushed, introspective and potent.
October 9, 2018
Andrew Hozier-Byrne joins NPR Music's Bob Boilen in the studio to discuss the music that informed his 2018 EP,
Nina Cried Power.
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Irish singer/songwriter Hozier sits down with NPR Music's Bob Boilen to discuss the lifetime of listening that led to his new EP, October 2, 2018 Nina Cried Power, and what American blues means to him.
Guest DJ: Hozier On Why Music From The Civil Rights Movement Still Resonates
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Stephen Malkmus shares the songs that have shaped his life and love of music over the years, and talks about his new album with The Jicks, May 22, 2018 Sparkle Hard.
Guest DJ: Stephen Malkmus
Vide Noir comes out April 20 via Whispering Pines/Republic Records.
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The band Lord Huron is known for its cinematic story songs. Ben Schneider, creator of the project, talks about some of the music by other artists that informed the tales on his latest album.
April 19, 2018
Guest DJ: Lord Huron On The Songs That Shaped The Cinematic 'Vide Noir'
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
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Rateliff and Night Sweats band member Mark Shusterman take us on a tour of their favorite music and the historical standouts that influenced them.
March 9, 2018
Guest DJ: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Hop Across An Eclectic Playlist
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The two Swedish sisters who make up First Aid Kit sing along with pop songs from their homeland – and it's amazing.
February 15, 2018
A drawing of Melina Duterte and Michelle Zauner by Margo Hurst (
@margoshmargo). Jay Som and Japanese Breakfast are touring the West Coast from Feb. 15 to Feb. 24.
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Just in time for Valentine's Day, Jay Som's Melina Duterte and Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner share some of their favorite love-themed music.
February 12, 2018
Guest DJ: Love Songs With Jay Som And Japanese Breakfast
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile's
Lotta Sea Lice is out now via Matador Records.
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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile just released an intercontinental collaboration that's full of humor and guitar picking. Now Kurt and Courtney pick the songs they love in a Guest DJ conversation.
November 13, 2017
Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Beck's latest and 11th full-length album is
Colors, out now on Capitol Records.
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In this Guest DJ session with November 9, 2017 All Songs co-host Robin Hilton, Beck digs into his latest album, Colors, discusses its euphoric themes and shares some of the songs by other artists that informed it.
Beck On Healing Through Music, The Deep Art Of Pop And His New Album, 'Colors'
Wide Open is out now.
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The infectious Toronto band can bring to mind Bruce Springsteen or seminal punk acts from the early '80s.
November 1, 2017
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, both veteran musicians, are the stars of the IFC comedy series
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The stars of the IFC comedy series discuss the music they grew up with, the sounds of Portland and how spooky Glenn Danzig's house is.
August 18, 2017
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The Australian singer and guitarist talks about the music she heard growing up in Sydney, her love of the bands Talking Heads, Wilco and more in this interview, originally recorded in 2015.
August 17, 2017
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Our week of guest DJs continues with Björk. In this 2009 conversation the Icelandic singer spoke about her love of Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, fellow Icelandic artist Ólöf Arnalds and more.
August 16, 2017
Randy Newman, performing at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
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In this 2008 interview Randy Newman talks about his musical family, how Ray Charles has influenced his work over the years and what it was like hearing The Beatles for the first time.
August 15, 2017
The bassist, singer and songwriter behind some of the 20th century's most iconic music goes deep into race, civil rights, prison reform, the troubled music industry and more.
August 14, 2017
Aldous Harding released her debut
Party, produced by John Parish, this May on 4AD.
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Aldous Harding, whose second album June 21, 2017 Party has drawn raves from around the world, sat down to talk about the music she loved growing up and its influence on her work.
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Guitarist Laurent Brancowitz and singer Thomas Mars talk about how the band was able to make uplifting music at a time when their native Paris has seen horrific terror attacks.
June 9, 2017
Guest DJ: How The Band Phoenix Made A Joyful Record In Chaotic Times
The trio joins host Bob Boilen to share some of the songs they love by other artists, including music from Radiohead, Metronomy and Death Grips.
June 6, 2017
Jessi Colter and Lenny Kaye
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Lenny Kaye is an elemental force in music and a spiritually attuned diviner of sounds. On this episode, he walks us through his process and his inspirations.
March 24, 2017
How Lenny Kaye, The Godfather Of Garage Rock, Illuminated 'The Psalms'