Bob Boilen http://tpr.org en Jenny Lewis Stands Out With 'Voyager' http://tpr.org/post/jenny-lewis-stands-out-voyager <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Jenny+Lewis+Stands+Out+With+%27Voyager%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 35540 at http://tpr.org Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert http://tpr.org/post/eliot-fisk-and-paco-pe-tiny-desk-concert Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">J.S. Bach</a> and partnering with the world's best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:13:30 +0000 Bob Boilen 33416 at http://tpr.org Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert Usman Riaz: Tiny Desk Concert http://tpr.org/post/usman-riaz-tiny-desk-concert This is simply astonishing. Watch twenty seconds and you'll be sucked into the world of Usman Riaz, an immensely talented 23-year-old Pakistani musician who will change your perception of how a guitar can sound and be played. What's more remarkable is that this Berklee College of Music whiz kid learned much of his dazzling guitar technique by watching YouTube videos at 16. He also learned what he calls "parlor tricks," like body percussion and harmonica. But the classically trained pianist also used the Internet to learn how to write and conduct orchestra pieces and make films. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:55:40 +0000 Bob Boilen 30333 at http://tpr.org Usman Riaz: Tiny Desk Concert Cate Le Bon: Tiny Desk Concert http://tpr.org/post/cate-le-bon-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15229570/the-beatles">The Beatles</a> may be an odd place to begin a <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=cate+le+bon">Cate Le Bon</a> conversation, but I remember being struck by the way four guys from Liverpool could sing without their English accents. That's true of most pop singers, whose words often come out sounding more American than anything else. But that's not true with Cate Le Bon. Her phrasing is completely tied to her Welsh dialect — in fact, her first record was in Welsh. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:23:25 +0000 Bob Boilen 26921 at http://tpr.org Cate Le Bon: Tiny Desk Concert First Listen: Midlake, 'Antiphon' http://tpr.org/post/first-listen-midlake-antiphon <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15398040/midlake">Midlake</a> does grand the way <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15221280/pink-floyd">Pink Floyd</a> did. The Denton, Texas, band's members have big ideas and a sound that feels like a massive orchestra, with arrangements that build and unfold. All of this is done with more rock and less folk, yet still a timeless style. It reaches back while feeling present.<p>With Midlake's latest album, <em>Antiphon</em>, fans of the band will notice not just a more upbeat group, but a new lead singer. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:50:01 +0000 Bob Boilen 20916 at http://tpr.org First Listen: Midlake, 'Antiphon' Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi: Tiny Desk Concert http://tpr.org/post/oliver-tuku-mtukudzi-tiny-desk-concert He seemed so casual — sitting on a bar stool behind the Tiny Desk, acoustic guitar in hand — but when you hear that husky voice, you'll know why he's a legend. Oliver Mtukudzi, or "Tuku" as his fans lovingly call him, plays spirited music, born from the soul of Zimbabwe. He's been recording since the late 1970s, with about as many albums as his age: 60.<p>But Mtukudzi's new record reveals a heavier heart than before: <em>Sarawoga</em> is his first recording since the loss of his son Sam. He and Sam — also a guitar player, as well as a saxophonist — had a special relationship touring together. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:41:57 +0000 Bob Boilen 19389 at http://tpr.org Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi: Tiny Desk Concert The Best Concert-Finding Mobile Apps http://tpr.org/post/best-concert-finding-mobile-apps A few months ago, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2013/03/29/175721670/how-to-never-miss-another-concert">I reviewed a handful of new apps</a> that show you which bands or artists are playing in your area. Some of those apps were hit-or-miss, and some have made some improvements since my initial review. This week <em>All Songs Considered</em> co-host Robin Hilton and I have pared the list of apps down to our two favorites. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:27:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 14438 at http://tpr.org The Best Concert-Finding Mobile Apps First Watch: Femi Kuti, 'The World Is Changing' http://tpr.org/post/first-watch-femi-kuti-world-changing "'<em><em>The World Is Changing'</em></em> is groove with a message." That quote, a pretty good summary of the music of Femi Kuti in just nine words, comes from Juan Gélas, the creative director of a new video for Kuti's new song. Femi Kuti is a saxophonist, trumpeter, keyboard player and singer and songwriter. The son of legendary afrobeat musician Fela Kuti, he carries on the tradition of mixing Nigerian beats along with jazz and a healthy dose of politics. Sat, 04 May 2013 00:52:20 +0000 Bob Boilen 10816 at http://tpr.org First Watch: Femi Kuti, 'The World Is Changing'