Bob Boilen http://whqr.org en Guess Monday's Mystery Song Premiere http://whqr.org/post/guess-mondays-mystery-song-premiere On Monday at noon we're premiering a brand-new song from an artist we love. Until then, we're leaving you this puzzle to ponder: Who is Monday's Mystery Musician? <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=Guess+Monday%27s+Mystery+Song+Premiere&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 57272 at http://whqr.org Guess Monday's Mystery Song Premiere Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band http://whqr.org/post/song-premiere-robert-plants-bold-new-band <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3L0EUbRJGk</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:09:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 56957 at http://whqr.org Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band Song Premiere: alt-J, 'Hunger Of The Pine' http://whqr.org/post/song-premiere-alt-j-hunger-pine In 2012, alt-J made its debut with <em>An Awesome Wave, </em>and every one of those 13 songs would slay me.<em> </em>Now the band has returned<em> </em>with another shifting and intrepid sonic adventure, "Hunger of the Pine," which will appear on alt-J's second album, <em>This Is All Yours</em>, out on Sept. 22.<p>Fans of alt-J, including myself, were curious how the band would sound as a trio now that bassist Gwil Sainsbury left. It was a friendly departure. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:47:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 56708 at http://whqr.org Song Premiere: alt-J, 'Hunger Of The Pine' Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert http://whqr.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 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 56509 at http://whqr.org Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert Hear A Song From 'Fuego,' The First New Phish Album In 5 Years http://whqr.org/post/hear-song-fuego-first-new-phish-album-five-years <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmxHvGCo2wQ</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:02:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 54891 at http://whqr.org Hear A Song From 'Fuego,' The First New Phish Album In 5 Years Bob Dylan Covers A Classic Tune http://whqr.org/post/bob-dylan-covers-classic-tune A new Bob Dylan recording popped up on <a href="http://www.bobdylan.com/us/home" target="_blank">his site</a> just now. You have to go there to hear it — it's a version of the classic 1945 song, "Full Moon and Empty Arms." The tune is written by Buddy Kaye — known for writing hits for Sinatra, Ella and Elvis — and Ted Mossman, and based on Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.<p>All this hints at a new record, perhaps a covers record of classic tunes. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 54834 at http://whqr.org Bob Dylan Covers A Classic Tune Hear Neil Young Explain His Pono Music Player At SXSW http://whqr.org/post/hear-neil-young-explain-his-pono-music-player-sxsw <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young" target="_blank">Neil Young</a> wants to start a revolution against the MP3, against the CD, poorly made vinyl and poor audio quality in general. He wants people to hear the music the way it was made.<p>So at SXSW yesterday (and on Kickstarter, which I'll get to in a moment), Young introduced Pono. In Hawaiian, the word means righteous or goodness. For the world of sound it's an audio player that Young says he's been working on for 2 1/2 years, one that's capable of playing music at the same quality at which it was recorded. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:44:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 51715 at http://whqr.org Hear Neil Young Explain His Pono Music Player At SXSW The Five Best Things About This Year's Mountain Oasis Festival http://whqr.org/post/five-best-things-about-years-mountain-oasis-festival Late last month I witnessed the most creative music festival I know, and I'm back with some astonishing new music discoveries. The first annual Mountain Oasis festival took place in a number of venues in Asheville, N.C. the weekend before Halloween. Asheville's a city that, much like Austin, Texas or Portland, Ore., lives up to that often-used slogan "Keep (insert city name here) Weird." As music pours into the streets, you'll see people dressed up as gnomes in illuminated hats, traveling in packs along with jellyfish, various monsters or even giant butterflies. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:36:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 45861 at http://whqr.org The Five Best Things About This Year's Mountain Oasis Festival Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert http://whqr.org/post/maya-beiser-tiny-desk-concert Maya Beiser's Twitter handle — <a href="https://twitter.com/cellogoddess">@CelloGoddess</a> — says it all. She's a brilliant cellist with a stunning command of her instrument, and she's tightly tied to technology. Beiser takes the sound of her cello and runs it through loop pedals, effects and other electronics to make her instrument shimmer, drone and groove. Then there's her magnificent sense of melody.<p>It's not unusual to want to run in the other direction when you hear the words "experimental music," but Beiser's is an experiment that works. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:20:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 38977 at http://whqr.org Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert Olafur Arnalds, Live In Concert http://whqr.org/post/lafur-arnalds-live-concert How can music be happy and sad at the same time? Listen to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94291760">Olafur Arnalds</a> and you'll hear it. Depending on your mood, the tone changes, and a song that may have been uplifting one day sounds like an elegy the next. It's spacious, undeniably beautiful work. Much of the music performed in this concert, recorded on April 18 at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, is drawn from the Icelandic musician's recent album <em>For Now I Am Winter. Tue, 07 May 2013 14:41:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 35994 at http://whqr.org Olafur Arnalds, Live In Concert