Robin Hilton

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.

In addition to his work on All Songs, Hilton produces NPR Music live concerts and festival coverage across the country, including live broadcasts and webcasts from the Bonnaroo and Sasquatch festivals, South by Southwest and the Newport Folk Festival.

Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Hilton co-founded Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA.

Hilton lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students.

From 1989 to 1996, Hilton worked for NPR member stations KANU and WUGA as a senior producer and assistant news director and was a long-time contributing reporter to NPR's daily news programs All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

Hilton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His original scores have appeared in work from National Geographic, Center Stage and, most recently, in the documentary film Open Secret. You can hear some of his music here.

Along the way, Hilton worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.

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All Songs Considered
3:46 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

First Watch: Keaton Henson, 'You'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 12:17 pm

The Keaton Henson who appears on the new album Birthdays is an avowed hermit with a profoundly broken heart. He also has one of the most beautiful voices I've heard. The 24 year-old singer from London, who says he rarely leaves his bedroom, bares his wrecked emotional remains in an arresting new video for the song "You."

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All Songs Considered
2:27 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Is The Perfect Pair Of Headphones?

An American zoo tried experiments of playing music to animals to see if it subdued them.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 1:17 pm

I've been buying headphones for 30 years now, have owned more they I can possibly remember and still haven't found the perfect pair. I must chew through one or two sets a year in a never-ending, desperate (and futile) search to find the right acoustics, feel and functionality. I've tried in-ear buds, over-the-ear hooks, full-sized cans and wireless. Some sound great but fit horribly. Or the fit is perfect but the sound too tinny, or the controls don't quite work. The truth is, I hate headphones, especially because I hate being tethered to my stereo. It's like wearing a leash.

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First Listen
11:56 am
Mon March 25, 2013

First Listen: 'The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver'

The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver comes out April 2.
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Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 6:57 am

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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All Songs Considered
5:37 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Our SXSW Plans: Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Youth Lagoon, More

Mito Habe-Evans NPR Music

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 12:03 pm

Get some earplugs and a case of your favorite caffeinated beverage ready: The annual sensory-overload-joy-fest known as South by Southwest is almost here. Bob Boilen, Ann Powers, Stephen Thompson and I, along with a small army of other NPR Music peeps, will be there next week for the whole thing. Whether you'll be in Austin for the festival, or watching and listening on our website, we hope you'll join us for these events:


WEDNESDAY, March 13

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Live in Concert
12:10 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Foxygen In Concert

Foxygen performs live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Lizzie Chen NPR Music

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:39 am

The trippy pop group Foxygen gave a thrilling, sometimes chaotic live performance at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night, channeling everyone from The Velvet Underground to The Rolling Stones and Ramones.

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All Songs Considered
10:48 am
Wed February 27, 2013

First Watch: The Zolas, 'Escape Artist'

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Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 2:39 pm

In "Escape Artist," the new video from Canadian pop duo The Zolas, the band plays around with audience expectations about race, culture and sexuality. As frontman Zach Gray sings about his mysterious alter ego, a group of kids kick around their neighborhood, playing basketball, chatting up girls and passing the hours. One of them clearly feels like an outsider.

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Live in Concert
8:59 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Unknown Mortal Orchestra In Concert

Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Lizzie Chen NPR Music

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:49 am

The psych-rock trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra doused a sold-out Washington, D.C., crowd in an epic wash of guitar noise during an hour-long performance at the Rock and Roll Hotel, recorded and webcast live on Feb. 27.

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All Songs Considered
4:34 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

It's Your Favorite Song: Did You Get It From A Movie?

Promotional poster for the 1999 film Rushmore.
Courtesy of the Touchstone Pictures

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 1:31 pm

I knew I had a rare gem of a song when even Bob Boilen couldn't place it, especially since it was by The Kinks, one of his favorite bands. The cut was "Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl" and I'd discovered it in the soundtrack to one of my favorite movies, Rushmore.

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First Listen
4:25 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

First Listen: Youth Lagoon, 'Wondrous Bughouse'

Youth Lagoon's new album, Wondrous Bughouse, comes out March 5.
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Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 1:31 pm

Youth Lagoon's second album, Wondrous Bughouse, is one of the most arresting headphone records you'll hear this year. Trevor Powers, the band's sole member, layers strange but alluring synth textures under quirky melodies and simple pop beats, in the process creating an expansive and endlessly engrossing world of sonic curiosities.

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All Songs Considered
2:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

First Watch: Field Report, 'I Am Not Waiting Anymore'

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Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 1:32 pm

Guitarist and singer Chris Porterfield has done a lot of soul searching since his previous band, DeYarmond Edison, broke up in 2006. Other guys in the group went on to start their own projects — Justin Vernon formed Bon Iver, while some of the other members formed Megafaun. Porterfield, meanwhile, hung back in his native Milwaukee and took a job as a student union administrator at Marquette Univeristy.

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