Tiny Desk Concerts
11:38 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert

Conor Oberst performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:23 am

Conor Oberst's new album has fast become my favorite of the Bright Eyes singer's solo projects, so having him come to NPR and perform a few of these songs at the Tiny Desk was especially exciting. The new music on Upside Down Mountain contains the sort of personal songwriting that got me loving him in the first place.

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All Songs Considered
8:09 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band

Robert Plant and his new band The Sensational Space Shifters.
Frank Melfi Courtesy of the artist

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

First Listen: OOIOO, 'Gamel'

OOIOO's new album, Gamel, comes out July 1.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 8:47 am

You may be unfamiliar with OOIOO, but you've likely heard of the woman behind all those vowels: Yoshimi, drummer in the raucous Japanese band Boredoms and muse behind The Flaming Lips' famous Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. For the past 17 years, she's commandeered OOIOO, a genre-pushing collective that breaks down the barriers between pop and experimental music.

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Music Interviews
1:09 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

How Does A Jam Band Write Songs? We Asked Phish

Phish's new album is Fuego.
Peter Yang Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 2:25 pm

The world of rock 'n' roll once thought it would never again see the cult-like devotion of Grateful Dead fans. Then came Phish.

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All Songs Considered
1:20 am
Sat June 21, 2014

The Good Listener: What Makes A Summer Song?

Summer is a season of simplicity.

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside that one CD which appears to have been pulverized by a steamroller is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on what transforms a mere hit single into the agreed-upon song of the summer.

Kemper writes via Facebook: "When do we know what the song of summer will be? Have we already heard this year's song? If not, when do we typically start to hear it? Why do the other seasons lack their own song?"

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