New albums from the K-pop band BTS, Grimes and Best Coast are among our picks for this week's best new releases.
1. BTS — 'Map of the Soul: 7'
Featured Song: "On"
2. Grimes — 'Miss_Anthrop0cene)'
Featured Song: "You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around"
3. Best Coast — 'Always Tomorrow'
Featured Song: "Rollercoaster"
4. Royce da 5'9" — 'The Allegory'
Featured Songs: "Overcomer" and "Mr. Grace"
5. Katie Pruitt — 'Expectations'
Featured Song: "Normal"
6. Moses Sumney — 'græ: Part 1'
Featured Songs: "Conveyor" and "Gagarin"
7. Agnes Obel — 'Myopia'
Featured Song: "Camera's Rolling"
8. King Krule — 'Man Alive!'
Featured Song: "Stoned Again"
9. Klangstof — 'The Noise You Make is Silent'
Featured Song: "Blank Page"
Other notable releases for Feb. 21: Banoffee — Look at Us Now Dad; Greg Dulli — Random Desire; Guided by Voices — Surrender Your Poppy Field; MILCK: Into Gold; Ozzy Osbourne — Ordinary Man; Sarah Harmer — Are You Gone; Six Organs of Admittance — Companion Rises; Wilsen — Ruiner.
We premiere a new song from Roger and Brian Eno, plus the ambient sounds of Jon Hopkins, Skylar Gudasz and more artists who offer a soothing mix to slow the blood, calm the nerves and inspire the mind.
1. Jon Hopkins: "Scene Suspended" (Single)
2. Roger & Brian Eno: "Celeste" from Mixing Colours
3. Lambert: "Vienna" from True
4. Ian Urbina & Teen Daze: "Reel In (Sea Slavery)" from Pure Water
5. Niklas Paschburg: "Duvet" from Svalbard
6. Skylar Gudasz: "Actress" (Single)
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Tame Impala, the K-pop band Monsta X and a new solo album from Nathaniel Rateliff top our shortlist for this week's best new releases.
1. Tame Impala — 'The Slow Rush'
Featured Song: "Is It True?"
2. Monsta X — 'All About Luv'
Featured Song: "Someone's Someone"
3. The Ballroom Thieves — 'Unlovely'
Featured Song: "Unlovely"
4. Carly Pearce — 'Carly Pearce'
Featured Song: "Call Me"
5. The Heliocentrics — 'Infinity of Now'
Featured Song: "People Wake Up!"
6. Nathaniel Rateliff — 'And It's Still Alright'
Featured Song: "Mavis"
7. Moses Boyd — 'Dark Matter'
Featured Songs: "Dancing in the Dark" and "Shades of You"
8. Beach Bunny — Honeymoon
Featured Song: "Colorblind"
Other notable releases for Feb 14: Bambara — Stray; Cindy Lee — What's Tonight to Eternity?; DRAMA — Dance Without Me; EDEN — No Future; Habibi — Anywhere But Here; Huey Lewis and the News — Weather; Justin Bieber — Changes; Katie Gately — Loom; Noah Gundersen — A Raven and a Dove; Puss N Boots — Sister; Tami Neilson — Chickaboom!; Tennis — Swimmer; yMusic — Ecstatic Science.
As we barrel toward Valentine's Day, M. Ward, Phoebe Bridgers, Perfume Genius, Raveena and more musicians share the love songs they wish they'd written.
1. Torres' Pick: "Hounds of Love" by Kate Bush
2. Matt Berninger's Pick: "Don't Know How to Keep Loving You" by Julia Jacklin
3. Perfume Genius' Pick: "Consummation" by Nina Simone
4. Amelia Meath's Pick: "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits
5. Raveena's Pick: "Drunk" by Dijon
6. Phoebe Bridgers' Pick: "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes
7. Conor Oberst's Pick: "Lovesong" by The Cure
8. M. Ward's Pick: "Baby, I Love You" by The Ramones
9. Waxahatchee's: "Not Given Lightly" by Chris Knox
Our list of the best new albums out this week includes the "garage country" of Aubrie Sellers, former Belle and Sebastian singer Isobel Campbell's first solo album in 14 years, Frazey Ford and more.
1. Nada Surf — Never Not Together
Featured Song: "Come Get Me"
2. Aubrie Sellers — Far From Home
Featured Song: "Glad"
3. Elkhorn — The Storm Sessions
4. Envy — The Fallen Crimson
Featured Song: "Swaying Leaves and Scattering Breath"
5. Frazey Ford — U Kin Be The Sun
Featured Song: "Azad"
6. Hamerkop — Remote
Featured Song: "The Splendor That Was Rome"
7. Isobel Campbell — There is No Other
Featured Song: "Below Zero"
8. Steve Spacek — Houses
Featured Song: "Higher Place"
9. Spanish Love Songs — Brave Faces Everyone
Featured Song: "Routine Pain"
10. William Prince — Reliever
Featured Song: "Wasted"
Other notable releases for Febl 7: Antibalas — Fu Chronicles; Ásgeir --Bury the Moon; Boldy James and The Alchemist — The Price of Tea in China; Cheerleader — Almost Forever; The Cadillac Three — Country Fuzz; Christopher Paul Stelling — Best of Luck; Darling West — We'll Never Know Unless We Try; Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven — We're New Again; Green Day — Father of All; Iyla — Other Ways to Vent; Kat Edmonson — Dreamers Do; Khruangbin & Leon Bridges — Texas Sun; La Roux — Supervision; The Lone Bellow — Half Moon Light; Oh Wonder — No One Can Wear Your Crown; Sepultura — Quadra; Shopping — All or Nothing.
This week's mix of essential new songs includes sonic adventures from the Dutch artists Sevdaliza and The Homesick, the folk singer Tré Burt, hazy, loud guitars from Deserta and more.
1. Sevdaliza: "Oh My God" (Single)
2. Down Time: "Not a Complicated Person" (Single)
3. Deserta: "Hide" from 'Black Aura My Sun'
4. Tré Burt: "Real You" from 'Caught It from the Rye'
5. Disq: "Daily Routine" from 'Collector'
6. The Homesick: "Male Bonding" from 'The Big Exercise'
7. Gang of Four: "At Home He's A Tourist" from 'Entertainment!'
Torres, Kesha, Drive-By Truckers, the British folk singer Sam Lee and more make our shortlist for this week's best new albums.
1. Drive-By Truckers — The Unraveling
Featured Songs: "Armageddon's Back In Town" and "21st Century USA"
2. Kesha — High Road
Featured Song: "The Potato Song (Cuz I Want To)"
3. Torres — Silver Tongue
Featured Songs: "Good Grief" and "Last Forrest"
4. Frances Quinlan — LIkewise
Featured Song: "A Secret"
5. Rafiq Bhatia — Standars Vol. 1
Featured Song: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
6. Poliça — When We Stay Alive
Featured Song: "Fold Up"
7. Sam Lee — Old Wow
Featured Song: "Lay This Body Down"
8. Son Little — Aloha
Featured Song: "O Clever One"
9. Squirrel Flower — I Was Born Swimming
Featured Song: "Streetlight Blues"
10. Walter Martin — The World At Night
Featured Song: "Hey Joe"
Other notable releases for Jan. 31: Andras — Joyful; Ben Watt — Storm Damage; Dan Deacon — Mystic Familiar; Destroyer — Have We Met?; Freddie Gibbs and Madlib — Bandana Beats; Jose Feliciano — Behind This Guitar; Lil Wayne — Funeral; Meghan Trainor — Treat Myself; Neneh Cherry — Raw Like Sushi (30th Anniversary Edition); Squarepusher — Be Up A Hello; Tall Tall Trees — A Wave Of Golden Things; Tre Burt — Caught it From the Rye.
The 2017 winners of the Tiny Desk Contest travel to Havana with NOLA's The Soul Rebels to connect with Cimafunk, Cuban musicians and history.
This week's mix of essential songs includes the bouncy "Night Terrors" from Diet Cig, an examination of regret and forgiveness from Waxahatchee, Jamaican reggae singer Koffee and more.
1. Koffee: "Raggamuffin" from 'Rapture'
2. Waxahatchee: "Fire" from 'Saint Cloud'
3. Diet Cig: "Night Terrors" (Single)
4. Midwife: "Anyone Can Play Guitar" from 'Forever'
5. Half Waif: "Ordinary Talk" from 'The Caretaker'
6. Snarls: "Marbles" from 'Burst'
Our sprint through the best new albums out this week includes a debut from the rapper Hook, the sinister storytelling of Andy Shauf, a solo release from Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and more.
1. Black Lips — Sing in a Wold That's Falling Apart
Featured Song: "Angola Rodeo"
2. Ethan Gruska — En Garde
Featured Songs: "On the Outside" and "Haiku 4 U"
3. Hook — Crashed My Car
Featured song: "Yes Man"
4. Andy Shauf — The Neon Skyline
Featured Song: "Things I Do"
5. Khushi — Strange Seasons
Featured Song: "This Is"
6. Jeff Parker — Suite for Max Brown
Featured Songs: "Build a Nest" and "Fusion Swirl"
7. Yorkston/Thorne/Khan — Navarasa: Nine Emotions
Featured Songs: "The Shearings Not For You" and "Sukhe Phool"
8. Bonny Light Horseman — Bonny Light Horseman
Featured Song: "The Roving"
Other notable releases out on Jan. 24: Lola Marsh — Someday Tomorrow Maybe; October Drift — Forever Whatever; Okay Kaya — Watch This Liquid Pour Itself; Pet Shop Boys — Hotspot; Sarah Mary Chadwick — Please Daddy; Wire — Mind Hive; Wolf Parade — Thin Mind.
The Pinegrove singer talks about the band's latest album and how fans have interpreted the new songs, using chord tablature the band provided for fans online.
This week's mix of essential new songs includes a surprising collaboration between Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, Dan Deacon without the vocal effects, M. Ward and more.
A posthumous release from Mac Miller, Halsey's Manic and Little Big Town's Nightfall top our shortlist for the best new albums out this week.
1. Bombay Bicycle Club — Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
Featured Song: "Is It Real?"
2. The Innocence Mission — See You Tomorrow
Featured Song: "The Brothers Williams Said"
3. Halsey — Manic
Featured Song: "You Should Be Sad"
4. Little Big Town — Nightfall
Featured Song: "Sugar Coat"
5. Mac Miller — Circles
Featured Songs: "Blue World" and "That's On Me"
6. Mura Masa — R.Y.C.
Featured Song: "Teenage Headache Dream"
7. 070 Shake — Modus Vivendi
Featured Song: "Divorce"
8. Alice Boman — Dream On
Featured Song: "Who Knows?"
9. Bill Fay — Countless Branches
Featured Song: "Filled With Wonder Again"
Other notable albums out on Jan. 17: A Girl Called Eddy — Been Around; Algiers — There Is No Year; And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead — X: The Godless Void and Other Stories; David Dondero — The Filter Bubble Blues; Della Mae — Headlight; Holy F*** — Deleter; The Marcus King Band — El Dorado; Of Montreal — UR FUN; Pinegrove — Marigold; Theophilus London — Bebey; Whyte Horses — Hard Times
The annual festival in New York gathers a dozen bands from around the world to shake up your listening habits.
On this edition of All Songs Considered you'll hear extraordinary music from South Korea's Ak Dan Gwang Chil, the sweet voice of Senegalese Cheikh Lō, the husky sounds of Algerian rai music from Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, wild distorted Kurdish wedding music from the Tufan Derince Trio, powerful vocals from France and the band San Salvador, and La Chica's swooning, arty electronica via France and Venezuela.
Taking us on this musical journey to give context and insight is NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas, Afropop Worldwide's Banning Eyre and WFMU's Rob Weisburg, host of "Transpacific Sound Paradise." Together, we share our favorite discoveries from globalFEST 2019.
Our sprint through the week's best new albums returns with music from the genre-bending artist known as Poppy, Irish singer-songwriter David Keenan, Echosmith, Field Music and more.
1. Poppy - I Disagree
Featured Song: "Fill the Crown"
2. Alexandra Savior - The Archer
Featured Song: "Saving Grace"
3. David Keenan - A Beginner's Guide to Bravery
Featured Song: "Unholy Ghost"
4. Georgia - Seeking Thrills
Featured Song: "24 Hours"
5. Echosmith - Lonely Generation
Featured Song: "Lonely Generation"
6. Craven Faults - Erratics and Unconformities
Featured Song: "Slack Sley & Temple"
7. Field Music - Making A New World
Featured Song: "Money is A Memory"
Other notable releases for Jan. 10: Apocalyptica — CELL-O; Beach Slang — The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City; Hawktail — Formations; Josephine — Music is Easy; Mick Jenkins — The Circus; Selena Gomez — Rare
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton look back at the first year of the program, which turns 20 years old this month.
On January 3, 2000, All Songs Considered became National Public Radio's first online-only program. The show's origins came from the interest of those little music snippets played between news stories. As director of All Things Considered at the time, choosing those music "buttons" was Bob Boilen's job. The amount of mail that came his way inquiring about those buttons was astonishing. It just seemed our audience was starved for new and exciting music, and so began our journey.
On this episode of All Songs Considered, we listen back to some of the early music we played on the program. We'll paint a picture of what it was like to connect to the internet in the year 2000, how we choked people's bandwidth by producing a multimedia show filled with not only music but photographs and text. We'll also look at what it meant for NPR to take a chance on doing "a music show for your computer" in the days before iPods, iTunes and YouTube. At the time, when it came to music, the internet was mostly used to download songs illegally so you could burn a CD.
NPR Music's Lars Gotrich recounts 2019 with psychedelic noise-rock from Brazil, icy minimalism from Sweden, bonkers punk from Boston and anthemic heavy metal from Fresno.
Taylor Swift, Jenny Lewis, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Lucy Dacus and more special guests join hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for their annual holiday party. What could possibly go wrong?
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down the top 20 albums of the year as selected by NPR listeners in our annual poll. The clear message in 2019? Love rules.
Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X dominated the headlines this year, but 2019 was much more than that. We look back at the music we'll remember most and the marks it left on our cultural landscape.
As we listened back to the past year in music we heard a lot of the cultural and political angst you'd expect in a turbulent (and relentless) news cycle. But the albums that seemed to resonate the most in 2019 were more personal and inward looking, overflowing with love and defiant optimism. Sharon Van Etten reflected on motherhood, Amanda Palmer shared stories of survival and David Bazan, back as Pedro the Lion for the first time in 15 years, returned to his childhood, making the personal universal. Brittany Howard wrote songs of healing on an album she named after and dedicated to her sister who died at the age of 13, while the members of the Rwandan group The Good Ones sang songs of forgiveness in the wake of unspeakable genocide.
For other artists, 2019 was a year of renewal. Angel Olsen, Michael Kiwanuka, Sleater-Kinney, Raphael Saadiq and more all reinvented their sound, pushing themselves in dramatic new directions as a testament to the resilience and restlessness of the creative spirit.