All Songs Considered

by NPR

Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)


Latest Episodes

NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of June

From the foreboding final track of Run The Jewels' RTJ4 to pianist Jenny Lin's heart-soothing Philip Glass performance to SAULT's timely Untitled (Black Is), hear the voices of the NPR Music staff share their picks.

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Posted on 1 July 2020 | 9:00 am

New Music Friday: June 26

This week's "best new albums" shortlist includes the genre-defying sounds of Arca, Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's transporting improvisations, HAIM, sacred soul and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Bad Moves — Untenable
Featured Song: "Local Radio"
2. Arca — KiCk i
Featured Song: "Riquiqui"
3. Becca Mancari — The Greatest Part
Featured Song: "The First Time"
4. Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson — Chicago Waves
Featured Song: "Part VI-Into Eternity"
5. HAIM — Women in Music Pt. III
Featured Songs: "Los Angeles" and "Man From the Magazine"
6. Dedicated Men of Zion — Can't Turn Me Around
Featured Song: "Down Here Lord"
7. Khruangbin — Mordechai
Featured Song: "Time (You and I)"
8. Derrick Hodge — Color of Noize
Featured Song: "You Could Have Stayed"

Other notable releases for June 26: Angela Muñoz & Adrian Younge — Introspection; BOYO — Where Have All My Friends Gone?; Brian McKnight — Exodus; Gabriel Olafs — Piano Works; Gordi — Our Two Skins; HUM — Inlet; Japandroids — Massey F****** Hall; Jessie Ware — What's Your Pleasure?; Maceo Parker — Soul Food Cooking With Maceo; Nana Grizol — South Somewhere Else; Ray LaMontagne — Monovision; Tenille Townes — The Lemonade Stand.

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Posted on 26 June 2020 | 9:00 am

The Best New Artists Of 2020 (So Far)

There are way more new artists with stunning debuts this year than we could ever fit on a single show. But on this week's All Songs Considered, we share some of the standouts of 2020 (so far).

Featured Artists And Songs:

1. Coriky: "Clean Kill" from Coriky
2. Rina Sawayama: "STFU!" from Sawayama
3. Tenci: "Joy" from My Heart Is An Open Field
4. THICK: "Mansplain" from 5 Years Behind
5. Katie Pruitt: "Grace Has a Gun" from Expectations
6. Buscabulla: "Vámono" from Regresa
7. Asher Gamedze: "Siyabulela" from Dialectic Soul
8. Christian Lee Hutson: "Atheist" from Beginners
9. Eve Owen: "Bluebird" from Don't Let the Ink Dry
10. Jonah Mutono: "The Low" from GERG

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Posted on 23 June 2020 | 9:00 am

New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On June 19

Our shortlist of the week's best new albums includes a celebration of love from John Legend, a stunning release from Phoebe Bridgers, a long-lost Neil Young record, the Malian singer Oumou Sangaré and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Phantom Planet — Devastator
Featured Song: "Time Moves On"
2. John Legend — Bigger Love
Featured Song: "Ooh Laa"
3. Phoebe Bridgers — Punisher
Featured Songs: "Punisher" and "I Know The End"
4. Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad - JID 002
5. Bob Dylan — Rough and Rowdy Ways
Featured Song: "Goodbye Jimmy Reed"
6. Neil Young — Homegrown
Featured Song: "Separate Ways"
7. Oumou Sangaré — Acoustic
Featured Song: "Diaraby Nene"

Other notable releases for June 19: Braids — Shadow Offering; Don Bryant — You Make Me Feel; Gabby Bryant — GOLDMINE; Owen — The Avalanche; Sault — Untitled; Teyana Taylor — The Album; Wire — 10:20; Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile — Not Our First Goat Rodeo

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Posted on 19 June 2020 | 9:00 am

New Mix: H.E.R., Shamir, Gracie And Rachel, More

This week's must-hear mix from All Songs Considered includes music inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a quarantine anthem, a track that draws on field recordings of bats and more.

Featured Tracks:
1. Shamir "On My Own" (Single)
2. H.E.R. "I Can't Breathe" (Single)
3. A.O. Gerber "Old Blue" from Another Place to Need
4. Gracie and Rachel "Ideas" (Single)
5. Hania Rani "Buka" from Home
6. Eluvium "Dusk Tempi" from Field Works: Ultrasonic

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Posted on 17 June 2020 | 9:00 am

New Music Friday: June 12

From new jazz albums from Ambrose Akinmusire and Norah Jones to soothing works from Gia Margaret, Eighth Blackbird and Noveller, here are the best new albums out on June 12.

Featured Albums:
1. Ambrose Akinmusire — on the tender spot of every calloused moment
Featured Song: "Tide of Hyacinth"
2. Jehnny Beth — To Love Is To Live
Featured Song: "Innocence"
3. Gia Margaret — Mia Gargaret
Featured Songs: "Body" and "Lesson"
4. Chloe x Halle — Ungodly Hour
Featured Song: "Baby Girl"
5. Eighth Blackbird — Singing In The Dead Of Night
Featured Songs: "These Broken Wings" and "Singing In The Dead Of Night"
6. Naeem — Startisha
Featured Songs: "Simulation" and "You And I"
7. Norah Jones — Pick Me Up Off The Floor
Featured Song: "Hurts To Be Alone"
8. Noveller — Arrow
Featured Song: "Pre-fabled"

Notable releases for June 5: The Prison Music Project — Long Time Gone; Katie Malco — Failures; Groupe RTD — The Dancing Devils Of Djibouti; Hinds — The Prettiest Curse; Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker & Gerald Cleaver — Welcome Adventure Vol. 1

Notable releases for June 12: GoGo Penguin — GoGo Penguin; Coriky — Coriky; Sammy Brue — Crash Test Kid; Momma — Two Of Me

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Posted on 12 June 2020 | 9:00 am

Music For Right Now

On this week's All Songs Considered, we listen as thoughtful musicians express their utter frustrations and fears in the aftermath of George Floyd's death at the hands of the Minneapolis police.

1. Gary Clark Jr. and The Roots, "This Land (Remix)" (feat. Black Thought)
2. Chloë Nixon, "I Can't Breathe"
3. Fantastic Negrito, "How Long?"
4. Leon Bridges, "Sweeter" (feat. Terrace Martin)
5. Mickey Guyton, "Black Like Me"

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Posted on 10 June 2020 | 9:00 am

New Music Friday: Run The Jewels

We break format on this week's show for a deeper discussion of RTJ4, an album that speaks directly to both current and historic racism in America, police violence and systemic oppression.

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Posted on 5 June 2020 | 9:00 am

NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of May

At the end of every month, the NPR Music team picks their favorite albums and songs. Their passions vary widely, from Atlanta rapper Deante' Hitchcock to Australian ambient artist Madeleine Cocolas.

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Posted on 1 June 2020 | 9:00 am