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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)

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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)

    Radiohead's Ed O'Brien Talks About His New Album, 'Earth'

    Radiohead's Ed O'Brien Talks About His New Album, 'Earth'

    In a conversation with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen, Ed O'Brien reveals how he made Earth, an album that's both boldly colorful and intimate.

    Earth is an album that feels both boldly colorful and intimate — one that reflects the two landscapes that underlie this record: Brazil and Wales.

    Mark Ellis, who works under the name Flood, largely produced this album. He has not only a long history of working on big productions from U2 to PJ Harvey, but also has a child in the same school as Ed O'Brien's and so the two have become close friends.

    That friendship accounts for the warmth on this record. There are also some extraordinary players, including Radiohead bandmate Colin Greenwood, guitarist Adrian Utley from what Ed calls the other "head" band, Portishead, drums from Omar Hakim and Wilco's Glenn Kotche, bassist Nathan East, singer and guitarist Laura Marling and the list goes on.

    On March 23, Ed O'Brien posted on social media that he most likely had the coronavirus but was expecting a full recovery. Our conversation on April 2 begins with an update on his health.

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    New Music Friday: April 3

    New Music Friday: April 3

    Our picks for this week's best new albums include the latest from Thundercat, M. Ward, country singers Ashley McBryde and Sam Hunt, ambient cello tunes from Clarice Jensen and more.

    Featured Albums:
    1. M. Ward — Migration Stories
    Featured Song: "Unreal City"
    2. Ashley McBryde — Never Will
    Featured Song: "Martha Divine"
    3. NNAMDÏ — BRAT
    Featured Song: "Salut"
    4. Wilma Archer — A Western Circular
    Featured Songs: "Last Sniff" and "Killing Crab"
    5. Thundercat — It Is What It Is
    Featured Song: "Fair Chance"
    6. Clarice Jensen — The Experience of Repetition as Death
    Featured Song: "Day Tonight:
    7. Anna Burch — If You're Dreaming
    Featured Song: "Can't Sleep"
    8. Sam Hunt — Southside
    Featured Song: "Hard to Forget"

    Other notable albums out on April 3: All Time Low — Wake Up Sunshine; Born Ruffians — JUICE; Caleb Caudle — Better Hurry Up; Ellis — Born Again; The Lovely Eggs — I Am Moron; Nina Simone — Fodder On My Wings; Peel Dream Magazine — Agitprop Alterna; Purity Ring — Womb; Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn — Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn; Yves Tumor — Heaven to a Tortured Mind.

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    Old Songs, New Meanings

    Old Songs, New Meanings

    Listening to music during this pandemic has cast new light on old familiar tunes. Here's a listener-curated mix-tape of songs whose lyrics have an eerie — or comforting — connection to our current crisis.

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    New Music Friday: March 27

    New Music Friday: March 27

    It's another super-packed release week, with stellar new albums from Pearl Jam, Sufjan Stevens, the producer Knxwledge, Little Dragon and more.

    Featured Albums:
    1. Pearl Jam — Gigaton
    Featured Song: "Quick Escape"
    2. Clem Snide — Forever Just Beyond
    Featured Song: "Roger Ebert"
    3. Little Dragon — New Me, Same Us
    Featured Song: "Are You Feeling Sad?"
    4. Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams — Aporia
    Featured Songs: "Ousia," "Agathon" and "Misology"
    5. Somni — Home
    Featured Song: "Home"
    6. Lilly Hiatt — Walking Proof
    Featured Song: "P-Town"
    7. Knxwledge — 1988
    Featured Song: "Don't Be Afraid"
    8. Orion Sun — Hold Space for Me
    Featured Song: "Grim Reaper"
    9. Jacaszek — Music for Film
    Featured Song: "The Iron Bridge"

    Other notable releases for March 27: 5 Seconds of Summer — Calm; Basia Bulat — Are You In Love?; Bon Iver — Blood Bank 10th Anniversary Edition; Brian Fallon — Local Honey; Brooklyn Rider — Healing Modes; Cable Ties — Far Enough; Catholic Action — Celebrated by Strangers; Gold Cage — Social Crutch; Half Waif — The Caretaker; In this Moment — Mother; Jim Lauderdale — When Carolina Comes Home Again; Jessie Reyez — Before Love Came to Kill Us; Joyner Lucas — ADHD, Lakecia Benjamin — Pursuance: The Coltranes; Margaret Glaspy — Devotion; The Orb — Abolition of the Royal Familia; San Fermin — The Cormorant I & II; Vanessa Carlton — Love is an Art; Vikingur Olafsson — Debussy - Rameau; Waxahatchee — Saint Cloud.

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    Roger And Brian Eno Reveal How They Made Their Tranquil New Album Together

    Roger And Brian Eno Reveal How They Made Their Tranquil New Album Together

    The two brothers describe their first-ever album together as a kind of art project — Roger composed the music and Brian added all the color. "Roger is a landscape painter," says Brian, "and I'm an abstract expressionist."

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    New Music Friday: March 20

    New Music Friday: March 20

    Finally, some good news! J Balvin's Colores is here, along with The Weeknd's mysterious After Hours, dance therapy from TOKiMONSTA and more, all on our shortlist of the week's best new albums.

    Featured Albums:
    1. J Balvin — Colores
    Featured Song: "Amarillo"
    2. The Weeknd — After Hours
    Featured Song: "After Hours"
    3. TOKiMONSTA — Oasis Nocturno
    Featured Song: "Get Me Some"
    4. Ian William Craig — Red Sun Through Smoke
    Featured Songs: "Weight" and "Condx QRN"
    5. Becca Stevens — Wonderbloom
    Featured Song: "I Wish"
    6. Yael Naim — nightsongs
    7. Kelsea Ballerini — Kelsea
    Featured Song: "Half of my Hometown"

    Other notable releases for March 20: Adam Lambert — Velvet; Brian and Roger Eno — Mixing Colours; Conan Gray — Kid Krow; Delta Rae — The Light; Gordon Lightfoot — SOLO; The Legendary Ingramettes — Take a Look in the Book; Låpsley — Through Water; Mapache — From Liberty Street; Moaning -- Uneasy Laughter; Sea Wolf — Through a Dark Wood; Tower of Power — Step Up.

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