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And the winner is...

Feb 12, 2015

Fantastic Negrito - also known as Xavier Dphrepaulezz - has won NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest.

23 band members (cheerleaders included) squeeze onto Bob Boilen's tiny desk (and cabinets and step-stools) with this live, completely celebratory performance by Chicago's Mucca Pazza.

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It's here! The new album by José González - is streaming live at NPR Music through next Tuesday.

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What's your go-to song for romance? All Songs Considered is collecting suggestions: Tell us what song and/or artist makes YOUR most romantic music, the kind of song that puts you in the mood or the tune that runs through your head while you pine for a distant lover. (People still pine, right?)

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If you missed this story on Weekend Edition last Saturday, you'll want to take a listen:

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What's spinning on public radio? Check out the latest from Panda Bear, Father John Misty, Tuxedo, Pond, Eyelids and Fine Print...

The City of Portland, Oregon declared January 20, 2015 as "The Decemberists Day." The band has a new album out, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, and recently performed some of their new songs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic

Rubblebucket's confetti cannon request was nixed, but their Tiny Desk Concert will still infuse a festive atmosphere into your Monday.

Songs We Love

Jan 22, 2015
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Handpicked by NPR Music and public radio hosts across the country...crank up the speakers and enjoy!

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Over the past few years we’ve seen reunions (most of them fruitful) of bands including Outkast, The Afghan Whigs, Mazzy Star, Soundgarden, Pixies, The Replacements and Slowdive. It’s been a popular trend in music, and continues today as one of rock’s most influential all-female groups, Sleater-Kinney, releases their eighth album, No Cities to Love.

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Did you know that NPR's Bob Boilen used to be in an experimental new wave band called Tiny Desk Unit? And that he wrote a performance piece that imagined the history of sound in 20 minutes?

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Last weekend, some of the most remarkable global musicians converged in New York City for the annual globalFEST, one unforgettable night of rapturous dancing, musical meditation and kinship. NPR Music brings you some of the highlights and favorite discoveries from this year's globalFEST.

Big Wild Wings is gearing up to play live this morning on RadioWest. Listen at 11 a.m. Mountain, or check out the archived show later today.

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We ring in 2015 with a story about James Brown, two drummers and a whole lotta funk. Keep your ears peeled to Morning Edition this week - David Greene will be talking about drums and drummers as part of "Beat Week."

A lucky musician or band will play at the most famous desk in music this spring. Check out the latest submissions and spread the word!

Fa la la! NPR Music has bundled their favorite songs of the past year into a massive, party-starting player. The complete list features more than 300 new releases from 2014. Hosting a holiday party? Press play and bask in the coolness!

I discovered Shakey Graves recently and can't get enough! Check out their live performance for WXPN's World Cafe. Bookmark WXPN's YouTube channel - some great live sets by artists including Justin Townes Earle, Tweedy, Spoon and Of Monsters and Men.

NPR Music and member station partners bring you their favorite albums of 2014. Did your go-to albums make the cut?

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As the year comes to a close, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton join NPR Music editors Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson to reflect on the best music of 2014.

Have you daydreamed about rocking out at Bob Boilen's Tiny Desk at NPR Headquarters? NPR Music is helping to make your dreams come true with the Tiny Desk Concert Contest.

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The new album by She & Him, Classics, is the perfect soundtrack to bird/tofurky stuffing and holiday decorating. Happy Thanksgiving!

Cardio for the Brain

Nov 21, 2014

Ted-Ed makes the case to dust off that accordion!

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The office of KUER's General Manager, John Greene, is adjacent to KUER's admin space. Often times we'll be in the middle of a meeting and we'll hear what sounds like a pod of sickly whales or an orchestra of rusted space ships emanating from his office. "WFMU?" A grin and a nod.

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If you love James Mercer and The Shins like I do, you'll want to stream Flake Music's When You Land Here, It's Time To Return (thanks, NPR Music!) - this newly remastered, remixed and reissued album is essential listening for those who love The Shins' early sound. Monday's looking up!

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Filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the new album by the London-based band The Heliocentrics. The Last Transmission features poetry by Van Peebles - a trippy intergalactic story about an astronaut sending out messages while exploring deep, deep space.

What happens when classic punk meets traditional West African music? Check out JuJu’s “Nightwalk," the latest track in The World's Global Hit series of hand-selected songs from Real World Records' 25th anniversary box set.

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The perfect soundtrack for a cold, grey day - stream Bryan Ferry's new album, Avonmore, before it comes out next week on November 17.

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I'm loving Oil Boom's song, "The Sneak Tip" - it's been stuck in my head ever since I heard it on Morning Edition earlier this week. Check out some other songs on heavy rotation at public radio stations across the country, including new music by Damien Rice, Lost Midas and Snake Rattle Rattle Snake.

Never heard of a Yaybahar? I hadn't either until I stumbled across this video on Studio 360's Facebook page. Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound.

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Michel Martin speaks with Carlos Santana about his new memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light. The book is dedicated to his mother, Josefina. "I think she probably prayed for me more than anyone to keep me from getting lost," he says. "I dedicated it to her because she deserves to know that her prayers worked. I am a good man."