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Bob Boilen is the man behind NPR's All Songs Considered and the Tiny Desk concert series, which takes place at his desk. Needless to say, he's always in search of new music; last year alone, he saw more than 400 bands live.

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What has always charmed and endeared me to music is its distinctive ability to exceed its domain. It’s a robust art that has the power and the scale to make a wide array of expression: passionate or piercing, political or philosophical, to name a few. One of the greatest soul singers and songwriters of our time, Marvin Gaye, embraced that power with verve.

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Our friends at Kingsbury Hall are celebrating all things spring with a Creole-themed night of music showcasing artists from Brazil, Haiti and Jamaica on March 31, 2016. 

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All good things must come to an end. As a fan, this is what I tell myself in the wake of the second break-up of The Replacements after a three-year (2012-2015) reunion that spawned an EP (Songs for Slim) and a modest amount of celebrated live performances. I wasn’t old enough to follow the band during their ‘80’s romp, or listen to them dissolve in 1991. When The Replacements first broke-up in ’91, it was following an album that many feel was more of front-man Paul Westerberg’s first solo record than a finale by The Replacements.

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The band Beach House is rich with signification and connotation, and even explicit nods to dreams. For starters, their name is the most interesting sign — the pillar of “dreaminess” that floods as a motif throughout their catalog. It’d be noteworthy for anyone to hear the name Beach House and not conjure up images of a lovely, paradise-like, delightful withdrawal. For many of us, a beach house is a symbol of a retreat —  a vacation, an escape from the mundane and the regularity of everyday existence, a dream of sorts.

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It’s been nearly a month since David Bowie left this earth. In my 27 years of life, I haven’t seen such a day of grieving within the world of music since Michael Jackson passed away.

In 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield covered David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on board the International Space Station. Bowie called it "the most poignant version of the song ever created." Put on your red shoes and dance the blues. RIP David Bowie.

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You blink, and suddenly you realize that you've been plugging away for 16 years. Happy anniversary to NPR's All Songs Considered! To celebrate their sweet 16, the All Songs Considered gang is counting down their favorite songs from each year. The set includes music by Kanye West, Bjork, Wilco, Regina Spektor, Adele and Kendrick Lamar.

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Just in time for gift-giving season, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson to digest the entire year in music in about 90 minutes. Adele aside, some highlights include the reunion of Sleater-Kinney, a new single by Missy Elliott and Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly

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ICYMI - I caught this smile-inducing story last weekend on Snap JudgmentWhen indie superstar Thao Nguyen isn’t rocking the stage around the globe, she’s rocking the Snap. So we asked her to tell a tale about her sweet, lovely grandma -- who you definitely don’t want to mess with.

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A dose of sweet folk music to ease you into your Monday...My Bubba consists of Sweden's My, Iceland's Bubba, a whole lot of harmony, handclaps, a table harp and acoustic guitar. Enjoy!

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Sometimes being privy to what happens behind-the-scenes of any kind of creative project can detract from the the magic of the end result. But Bob Dylan's new bootleg release highlights an artist at work, and the delicate balance of bringing a song to life.

Super-Scary Mixtape

Oct 27, 2015
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When you need to sleep with the lights on tonight, thank NPR's Alt.Latino for providing the soundtrack!

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My last driveway moment happened earlier this week. Shad's interview (q, 8 pm to 9 pm weekdays) with Syrian composer and musician Malek Jandali had me in tears ... heartbreaking perspective about war and the inspiring capacity of the human spirit to create in the midst of so much darkness and chaos.

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Did you hear David Greene's interview with Chrissie Hynde on Morning Edition? It's all over social media today...take a listen and you'll understand why.

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RadioWest continues their local music series today with Provo-based band The National Parks. They'll be playing live in-studio at 11 am MT (rebroadcast at 7 pm MT on 90.1) - you can also catch them at the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City on November 14, 2015. 

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Nina Totenberg's intern, White House correspondent, All Things Considered host, occasional member of Pink Martini and now  DJ - - NPR's Ari Shapiro joins Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on All Songs Considered to discuss all things music.

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The Utah Symphony kicks off its 75th season tonight with a 2-week ode to Beethoven. Today on RadioWest, Doug Fabrizio talks with music scholar Thomas Forrest Kelly about the first performance of Beethoven's Fifth and why the composition is so relevant 200 years later.

The New Orleans trumpeter wasn't thinking about Eric Garner, Michael Brown or #blacklivesmatter when he first assembled this funky new band. But then it became a way to ward off despair. NPR Music brings us a live performance by Terence Blanchard Feat. The E-Collective. 

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Anas Maghrebi wanted to stay in Syria and make music for Syrians. But civil war overwhelmed his country.

"There was no place for music as much as for weapons and for war," he says.

So, like hundreds of thousands of Syrians, Maghrebi fled across the border to Lebanon. Darwish, his guitarist, eventually deserted the army and joined him, and they formed a new band.

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In the past year, the Seinfeld theme has been mashed up with songs by Limp Bizkit, Kendrick Lamar, ODB, Evanescence, and Radiohead. Jonathan Wolff is the Michael Jordan of TV theme songs - the opening music for Who's The Boss, The Hughleys, Caroline in the City, Will and Grace, and Seinfeld are all his creations.

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Listen as accordionist William Schimmel and Wynton Marsalis (on trumpet) cram Gustav Mahler's 90-minute Ninth Symphony into 6 1/2 minutes of squeezebox goodness!

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Aussie singer, songwriter and guitarist Courtney Barnett rocked out live at the Newport Folk Festival last weekend. Listen to the highlights, including "Avant Gardener," "Dead Fox" and "Nobody Really Cares if you Don't Go to the Party." 

Of all the artists I saw at SXSW this year, Tempest was the one I'll never forget. The London hip-hop artist, playwright and poet speaks with a clarity and honesty unencumbered by code or lingo, with stories that cut to the very heart of how we try to survive and embrace our time on Earth. At the Tiny Desk, she jumps straight into the fire with a spoken-word story of a soldier that looks at both the bravery and horror of conflict and war. She honesty left few eyes dry.

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Can you hear the difference between an uncompressed audio file and an MP3? There are several factors to consider - the quality of your headphones and speakers, the size and type of the room you're sitting in, your ears...test your sound quality skills with this quiz

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Did you catch q last night? Guest host Candy Palmater talked with filmmaker Danny Tedesco about his new documentary, The Wrecking Crew. He dives into the story of a collective of L.A.-based session musicians who worked behind-the-scenes on an impressive list of hits from the 1950s to the early '70s, including "California Dreamin'", "These Boots Are Made For Walking" and "Be My Baby."

Songs We Love <3

Jul 1, 2015

We've made it halfway through 2015, and there's a lot of new music to cover. NPR Music has compiled a mix of some of the best songs of the year so far, and a cool app to stream it all. Turn it up and enjoy!

This morning during my commute I caught this interview on Morning Edition with NPR's Michele Norris and filmmaker Liz Garbus. In her new documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, Garbus rounds out what we know about Nina Simone (typically her music) and what we don't know (about the woman who existed "between the white and the black keys of the piano").

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