Bob Boilen http://wwno.org en Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert http://wwno.org/post/rodney-crowell-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14957279/rodney-crowell">Rodney Crowell</a> performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways. He carries his songs the way he carries his old guitar: out in the open, no case, almost as an extension of his body.<p>The man from Crosby, Texas, has been writing country songs for much of his life. At 22, he moved to Nashville and honed his craft with country greats Jerry Reed and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=guy+clark&dateId=0&programId=0">Guy Clark</a>. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:27:39 +0000 Bob Boilen 64803 at http://wwno.org Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert http://wwno.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. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:38:37 +0000 Bob Boilen 64778 at http://wwno.org Marian McLaughlin: Tiny Desk Concert http://wwno.org/post/marian-mclaughlin-tiny-desk-concert Marian McLaughlin is a unique musician based in the Washington/Baltimore area, and because she's lived in D.C., I've had a chance to watch her grow. She's an artist on her own path, making music like few others.<p>The closest comparisons might be <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15329982/joanna-newsom">Joanna Newsom</a> or <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=diane+cluck">Diane Cluck</a>, both of whom I admire; both are of their own place and time, and the music they make connects on a personal level. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:59:49 +0000 Bob Boilen 64546 at http://wwno.org After Learning To Loosen Up, Spoon Readies Its Return: The All Songs Interview http://wwno.org/post/after-learning-loosen-spoon-readies-its-return-all-songs-interview <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15189629/spoon">Spoon</a>'s first album in four years is called <em>They Want My Soul.</em> It won't be released until Aug. 5, but frontman Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno recently joined <em>All Songs Considered</em> hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to play some of the record and share the stories behind it. You can hear the full interview using the link above, or <a href="#interview">read edited highlights below</a>.<p>The members of Spoon have been hitting it hard for more than 20 years now. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:21:17 +0000 Bob Boilen 63877 at http://wwno.org Juana Molina: Tiny Desk Concert http://wwno.org/post/juana-molina-tiny-desk-concert No one else makes music that sounds like this. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15182395/juana-molina">Juana Molina</a> takes familiar elements — guitars, drums, keyboards, voice — and manipulates them into bewildering, attractive, polished jewels. Her songs don't fall into beat patterns we're used to, but we can dance to them. The guitar doesn't make sounds you'd expect, but we can relate to them. It's as if she'd been raised by wolves and discovered the world of music on her own.<p>The truth, however, is that Juana Molina is a creative soul. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:42:22 +0000 Bob Boilen 63384 at http://wwno.org Hozier: Tiny Desk Concert http://wwno.org/post/hozier-tiny-desk-concert Andrew Hozier-Byrne's voice is so rich, so vital and so soulful, I'm certain I'll follow his music for a long time to come. The 24-year-old Irishman, who performs under the name Hozier, opens this set with the brilliant and instantly grabby song "Take Me to Church," about passion, sex and religion.<p>Hozier's music is based in the blues, and you'll hear the singer-guitarist's love for Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker during the second song he performs here. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:58:20 +0000 Bob Boilen 63264 at http://wwno.org Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview http://wwno.org/post/jack-whites-lazaretto-all-songs-interview <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRbnAxrS3EM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYF0LtfUvJs</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:03:08 +0000 Bob Boilen 62651 at http://wwno.org Bob Dylan Covers A Classic Tune http://wwno.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. Sun, 25 May 2014 18:21:07 +0000 Bob Boilen 61351 at http://wwno.org Chvrches: Tiny Desk Concert http://wwno.org/post/chvrches-tiny-desk-concert For a brief moment, I imagined hearing <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=chvrches">Chvrches</a> perform "Recover" or "Gun" with a couple of acoustic guitars and perhaps a shaker or two. And, though these songs would surely stand up well when broken down and bared, I'm thrilled that Chvrches came with a small arsenal of synthesizers to perform a few highlights from last year's album <em>The Bones of What You Believe. Sun, 25 May 2014 17:50:40 +0000 Bob Boilen 61337 at http://wwno.org Bob's Rainbows: May 10, 2014 http://wwno.org/post/bobs-rainbows-may-10-2014 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHShNJbnpcU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZZUY32iCzU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDIBWaRRQks</p> Sat, 17 May 2014 23:10:35 +0000 Bob Boilen 60908 at http://wwno.org