All Songs Considered

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton spin new music from emerging bands and musical icons.

New Music Friday: June 22 (6/2018)

On this week's episode of New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton chats with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael, along with jazz critic Nate Chinen from WBGO about the most exciting new releases for June 22. Albums include the intense, industrial rock of Nine Inch Nails, the new joint project of Lecrae & Zaytoven and the wildly ambitious, shape-shifting jazz of Kamasi Washington. Featured Albums: Nine Inch Nails: Bad Witch, Birdtalker: One, Lecrae & Zaytoven: Let The Trap Say Amen, Priscilla Renea: Coloured, Kamasi Washington: Heaven And Earth, Death Grips: Year Of The Snitch. Other notable releases for June 22: Arp, Zebra; Bebe Rexha, Expectations; Dawes, Passwords; Khemmis, Desolation; Gang Gang Dance, Kazuashita; Jack River, Sugar Mountain; Panic! At The Disco, Pray For the Wicked.

Roséwave: This Summer, Think Pink (6/2018)

Last June, NPR Music's Lars Gotrich tweeted just one word: "roséwave." Then, a follow-up that was more like a challenge: "Y'all can already list 5 bands for which roséwave rings true, c'mon." He wasn't exactly describing a genre — more a lifestyle that deserved (or, perhaps, inherently contained within it) its own soundtrack.Rosé wine, the pink varietal that was once a punchline, has become ubiquitous in the summer months. Roséwave defies easy definition; it's meant to be felt, not understood. "It's unapologetic enjoyment for something maybe a little basic, but makes you feel good," one enthusiast offered.Last year, when we published the first official roséwave playlist, its patron saints were HAIM, Lorde and Migos. When we re-launched roséwave this summer, that title went to artists like Kacey Musgraves, J Balvin and Dua Lipa, who have all given us summer-ready tracks that pair perfectly with pink drinks.Of course, that's just the beginning. Just as many varieties of grapes can make rosé, many genres of music fall within the loving embrace of this style. In this special episode of All Songs Considered, NPR Music's official roséwave correspondents — Lars Gotrich, Lyndsey McKenna and Marissa Lorusso — fill you in on how to shade your summer pink with this new soundtrack.

Your Favorite New Artists Of The Year (So Far) (6/2018)

On this week's show we share your picks for the best new artists so far in 2018, along with a couple of our own: Robin's is MILCK, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter who writes empowering, cathartic ballads, while Bob chose Niklas Paschburg, an innovative young German composer and pianist whose music was inspired by the Baltic Sea. Full playlist: 1. Sudan Archive: "Nont For Sale," 2. serpentwithfeet: "Whisper," 3. Shame: "Concrete," 4. Thunderpussy: "Thunderpussy," 5. Jorja Smith: "Tomorrow," 6. Haley Heynderickx: "The Bug Collector," 7. MILCK: "Black Sheep," 8. Niklas Paschburg: "Spark," 9. Snail Mail: "Pristine," 10. Superorganism: "It's All Good"

New Music Friday: June 15 (6/2018)

On this week's New Music Friday, All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Rodney Carmichael, and Stephen Thompson for a quick run through the best new releases for June 15. Highlights include Christina Aguilera's Liberation, a monument to self-empowerment with contributions from Kanye West and Anderson .Paak; the trippy, futuristic debut of pop producer SOPHIE; and a deeply emotional solo project from Lincoln Park co-founder Mike Shinoda. Featured albums: 1. Christina Aguilera: Liberation, 2. Arthur Buck: Arthur Buck, 3. Jay Rock: Redemption, 4. SOPHIE: Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides, 5. Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive And Well, 6. Mike Shinoda: Post Traumatic. Other Notable Albums For June 15: Chromeo, Head Over Heels; Culture Abuse, Bay Dream; Marissa Anderson, Cloud Corner; Johnny Marr: Call The Comet; Olivia Chaney, Shelter; Welles, Red Trees and White Trashes; Yuno, Moodie

Ben Gibbard Talks About Death Cab For Cutie's New Album And First Single, 'Gold Rush' (6/2018)

Death Cab For Cutie is back with some pretty great new music. The band has just announced that a new album is on the way called Thank You for Today. And in this special episode of All Songs Considered, singer Ben Gibbard shares and talks about the first single, "Gold Rush." "Gold Rush" is a song that looks at how neighborhoods change. For Ben, that's Capitol Hill in Seattle, where he's lived for the past 20 years. In our conversation, he talks about how and why he'd wanted to write this song for a while. "As I've gotten older," he says, "I've become acutely aware of how I connect my memories to my geography and [how] the landscape of the city changes. I'll walk down Broadway and walk past a location that used to be a bar I'd frequent with friends, or somewhere where I had a beautifully intense conversation with somebody that I once loved very much. The song is not a complaint about how things were better or anything like that. It's an observation, but more about coming to terms with the passage of time and losing the people and the moments in my life all over again as I walk down a street that is now so unfamiliar."

New Mix: M. Ward, David Bowie Saxophonist Donny McCaslin, Sad Baxter (6/2018)

This week's All Songs Considered begins with Robin's warm, buttery sugar cookie – Bob bets Robin will share the cookie as a reward for playing "What is the Body," the new exhilarating art-rock single from Donny McCaslin the acclaimed saxophonist whose band backed David Bowie's Blackstar. Robin followed with Sad Baxter's "Baby," a deceptively bouncy song off of the Nashville band's new EP So Happy. Full Playlist: 1. Donny McCaslin: "What About The Body," 2. Sad Baxter: "Baby," 3. M. Ward: "Bobby," 4. Sorry: "Twinkle," 5. Angelo De Augustine: "Carcassonne," 6. Culture Abuse: "Bee Kind To The Bugs"

New Music Friday: June 8 (6/2018)

All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Lyndsey McKenna, and Sidney Madden to talk about June 8's standout albums. Highlights include the candid, introspective rock of Snail Mail, the jazzy, laid-back R&B of British singer Jorja Smith, the sultry pop of Lykke Li, and more. Featured Albums: 1. River Whyless: Kindness, A Rebel 2. "Serpentwithfeet: Soil 3. Snail Mail: Lush 4. Dierks Bentley: The Mountain 5. Jorja Smith: Lost & Found 6. "Lykke Li: So Sad So Sexy. Other notable releases for June 8: Kanye West & Kid Cudi: Kids See Ghosts, Sugarland: Bigger, Angelique Kidjo: Remain In Light, Erin Rae: Putting On Airs, Lily Allen: No Shame, Ana Egge: White Tiger, Dave Matthews Band: Come Tomorrow, YOB: Our Raw Heart

New Mix: The 1975, Nothing, Laurie Anderson, More (6/2018)

Songs on this week's episode of All Songs Consideredgrapple with sweeping, thematically weighty subjects, from xenophobia and immigration to Hurricane Sandy and the inherent meaninglessness of life: 1. Audible: "Up, Up And Away," 2. Nothing: "Zero Day," 3. The 1975: "Give Yourself A Try," 4. IDLES: "Danny Nedelko," 5. Sam Evian: "Health Machine," 6. Laurie Anderson: "Dreams," 7. Liminal: "Sigur Rós - Untitled 6 (EBow) (Paul Corley Remix)"

New Music Friday: June 1 (6/2018)

All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the best new albums out on June 1, including the remarkable new Neko Case record Hell On and an emotional and revealing new album from Father John Misty. Featured Albums: Neko Case, Hell On, Father John Misty, God's Favorite Customer, Tancred, Nightstand, Natalie Prass, The Future and the Past, Albin Lee Meldau, About You, LUMP, LUMP. Other Notable Releases for June 1: American Aquarium, Things Change; Gabriella Cohen, Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love; Sam Evian, You, Forever; Maps & Atlases, Lightness is Nothing New.

Prepare Thy Body For The Summer Of Thou (5/2018)

For just over a decade, Thou has made music that is, at times, grueling in its pace and extreme in volume, but that can also be painfully beautiful — the Baton Rouge metal band has a penchant for pitting Bryan Funck's searing vocals against dense, majestic melodies. The group's shows are invariably deafening, rattling your clothes if they aren't already covered in sweat; sometimes, it feels like the whole room is heaving in time to Thou's slow-motion sludge. In this interview with NPR Music's Lars Gotrich, vocalist Bryan Funck and guitarist Andy Gibbs talk about the four new records coming from Thou this summer and their decision to explore grunge, acoustic and even drone music.