Best Music podcasts (Updated February 2018; image)
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Song Exploder
Monthly+
 
Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.
 
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All Songs Considered
Weekly+
 
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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KZradio הקצה
Daily+
 
An independent radio station from Tel Aviv. For music lovers by music lovers.
 
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Tiny Desk Concerts - Audio
Weekly+
 
Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR Music feature your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR office. Hear Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx and many more. This is the audio version of the podcast. A video version is also available.
 
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Live In Concert from NPR's All Songs Considered
 
Hear live shows from Spiritualized, Andrew Bird, Wilco, Bon Iver, Alabama Shakes, Beirut and many more. Recorded by NPR Music at venues and festivals across the country. Find more at npr.org/music.
 
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Soul Music
Rare
 
Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact
 
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Popcast
Weekly
 
The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends and news.
 
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Pop Shop Podcast
Weekly+
 
Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson offer weekly Billboard chart breakdowns, discuss the hottest music news and cover the year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans, chart junkies and everyone in between are invited to this weekly half-hour discussion.
 
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Next Music Online
Weekly
 
Next is a new music show with a simple goal: Find you a new favorite song. I firmly believe that good people listen to good people. Please check out the website http://allthingsnext.com. Enjoy it all, stay sexy and if you love someone hug them right now.
 
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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN
 
WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians
 
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Songlines Podcast
Rare
 
Songlines magazine covers the world's most exciting music from traditional and popular to contemporary and fusion, featuring artists from all around the globe. Songlines is packed full of the latest CD reviews, artist interviews, guides to particular world music traditions, concert-listings, travel stories and every issue comes with an exclusive compilation CD
 
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NPR's Mountain Stage
Monthly+
 
Mountain Stage Podcast
 
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The Watt From Pedro Show
Monthly+
 
Mike Watt (solo artist, Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Iggy Pop and The Stooges) playing some tunes and doing some spiel. Assisted by brother matt and coming to you from the wild kingdom at the pleasure point, in San Pedro California!
 
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The Guardian's Music Podcast
Monthly
 
The Guardian's Music podcast is our irregular but ever excellent look at music culture. The latest in this series is the Brasil Music Exchange - bringing you the freshest music from Brazil emerging artists. Plus the podcast version of our live radio shows on NTS, The Guardian Radio Hour. Each week a special guest joined the Guardian’s Kate Hutchinson to discuss a musical theme, from Neneh Cherry on her journey from jazz to punk, to Stewart Lee’s survey of music and stand-up comedy. It’s very ...
 
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Travels in Music
Weekly
 
A Podcast That Shares Stories About Music From Around The World
 
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Endless Boundaries Jam Radio
Monthly+
 
Your site for the best in Jam Band Radio! Catch EB live Saturday nights 6-10pmEST on Z88.9 FM.
 
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Defected Radio
Weekly+
 
Podcast from Defected Records
 
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KEXP Song of the Day
Daily
 
KEXP's Song of the Day podcast features exclusive in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent musicians that KEXP thinks listeners should hear along with songs from more well-known artists.
 
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Rolling Stone Music Now
Weekly
 
The writers and editors of Rolling Stone take you inside the biggest stories in music. Featuring interviews with our favorite artists; what's playing in the office; expert insight on the week's biggest music news; and much more.
 
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This Song F***ing Sucks!
Monthly+
 
In this podcast host Jeff Kalmbach is joined every other week by a guest to discuss songs deemed truly horrible and discuss what makes them so.
 
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Music Biz Podcast
Monthly+
 
We cover the topics that matter most to music industry professionals.
 
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Country Fried Rock
Monthly+
 
Country Fried Rock’s podcast
 
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KPFA - Over the Edge presents
Monthly+
 
Themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air from a variety of formats and equipment. There is a plan and there is no plan. The mix consists of found sound of many kinds and from many sources, old and new, put together on the run as the continuous audio collage continues. OTE sometimes employs “Receptacle Programming,” which means you.
 
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Reasonably Sound
Monthly
 
A podcast about sound by Mike Rugnetta
 
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KEXP Live Performances Podcast
Weekly+
 
Every week KEXP hosts live performances from our studios and now you can take them with you. With roughly 200 performances each year, KEXP boasts an impressive line-up of guests. Go to KEXP.ORG for a list of upcoming performances.
 
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triple j Like A Version
Weekly
 
Like A Version is a segment on Australian radio station triple j. Every Friday morning a musician or band comes into the studio to play one of their own songs and a cover of a song they love..
 
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Dissect - A Serialized Music Podcast
 
Dissect is a serialized music podcast that breaks long form music analysis into short, digestible episodes. Each season we pick one album and examine one song per episode, dissecting measure-by-measure, word-by-word until we gain a complete understanding of some the finest works of contemporary art. Season 2: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West. Season 1: To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar.
 
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Album by Album Podcast
Daily+
 
UPDATE: We moved over to simplecast https://albumbyalbum.simplecast.fm/Album by Album is a weekly conversation about music and the way it changes our lives.
 
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The Listening Party Podcast
Monthly+
 
A Conversational Music Podcast
 
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Nikki Z Hot 20 Countdown
Rare
 
#1 Syndicate Caribbean Radio Show Worldwide! Official Worldwide Dancehall Hot 20 Countdown
 
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Free Music Archive Song of the Day Podcast
 
The Free Music Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free and legal MP3 downloads. Our Song of the Day podcast features handpicked tracks including live in-studio recordings and Creative Commons releases. Every MP3 you discover is pre-cleared for certain types of use that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws, ranging from downloads to use in videos and remixes. Visit freemusicarchive.org for more information about individual tracks and artists.
 
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Off Book: The Improvised Musical
 
It takes years for a Broadway musical to hit the stage, but on OFF BOOK: The Improvised Musical, you get a brand new original musical every week! Each episode, Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino and a special guest create a new musical on the spot.
 
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The Music Life
Daily+
 
The Music Life is an exploration of what it means to be a contemporary maker of music during what could be considered 'the wild west' era of the music industry. This exploration is done through conversations with a diverse array of working music artists, producers, and industry professionals. There are many questions to be asked and stories to be told.The podcast is hosted and produced by two working musicians and record producers, Louis Abramson & Joey Secchiaroli. Both have spent the bette ...
 
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The Sub Pop Podcast
Monthly
 
This is the Sub Pop Podcast, a product of Sub Pop Records, the Seattle-based record label since 1988. Hear stories from inside, outside, and adjacent to Sub Pop, straight from the horse's mouth. Season 3 begins May 23, 2017 with a new episode out every other Tuesday. Absolutely nothing sounds better.
 
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Music Business Worldwide
Rare
 
Music Business Worldwide (MBW) is a free, in-depth news, insight and analysis platform for the international music industry.As a UK-based site with a global outlook, we’re lucky to have access to some of the world’s most exciting professional music businesses on our doorstep.But our remit also extends much further afield, uniting a worldwide community of industry thought-leaders.Whether it’s the colossal US, UK and EU markets, the growing power of Asia-Pacific, Russia and Latin America or th ...
 
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Best of British Unsigned
Weekly
 
B.o.B Unsigned is one of the fastest growing music shows in the world. Ranked number 1 on Google for 'Unsigned Music' it 's played across in 16 countries.
 
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Home Studio Corner
Monthly+
 
Tips, Tricks, and Advice for the Home Recording Studio Owner
 
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PRI's The World: Global Hit
Weekly
 
A daily spotlight on international musical artists and trends. Created by host Marco Werman, the Global Hit features interviews with musicians, critics and deejays around the globe.
 
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Tell Me About Your Song
Monthly
 
In each episode of Tell Me About Your Song, host Jacob Haller talks to a different songwriter about a song they wrote. Concisely edited, with a variety of guests, this show is recommended for anyone who wants to take a deep dive into the creative process!
 
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Live From Music City
Monthly
 
Live From Music City is directed to singers/musicians who have achieved at least mid-level entry points in their careers. We try to help the artists define the steps they need to take to advance their careers.*We'll discuss a variety of topics through commentary and with guests to showcase their roles within the performing and recording industry. We'll also focus on the music business from the perspective of service to the artist, as well as how the artist can achieve the next levels of succ ...
 
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Music Business Facts- with Rodney Holder
 
Music Business Facts- Where successful music industry experts share their secrets, insights and strategies on how to establish a career and monetize your passion within the music business. Whether you're an aspiring performer, songwriter, manager, promoter, indie label, studio owner or music entrepreneur, every episode of music business facts will give you the industry truths on how best to succeed in the music industry.
 
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Canadian Musician Radio
Weekly
 
Hosts Andrew King and Mike Raine, bring you the latest insider look at the Canadian music industry. Listen to interviews with music experts, industry professionals, musicians, songwriters, and producers. Produced by Canadian Musician Magazine - www.canadianmusician.com. For more information contact us at cmradio@nor.com.
 
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Barbican Contemporary Music
Monthly
 
The Barbican Centre in London features the world's greatest artists in jazz, folk, world, roots, soul, country, contemporary classical and the more experimental ends of rock, pop and electronica. Look out for new episodes every fortnight with exclusive interviews, lots of good music and backstage reports.
 
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1 Beer 1 Song
Monthly
 
Drink Up and Shut
 
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How To Write A Tune
Monthly+
 
Welcome to How To Write A Tune, the only podcast that looks into the hearts, minds and souls of musicians and try to find an answer to the age old question; How do you write a tune? To add this podcast to your Podcast app please paste the following link into your podcast manual feed: http://h2wat.libsyn.com/rss
 
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Sound Design Live - Career building interviews on live sound, theatre, AV, recording, and sound system tuning
 
Build your career as a sound engineer. The podcast for live audio professionals. Interviews with the leading innovators in concert, theatre, and corporate production. Submit your questions: http://buff.ly/Nwpsf0Nathan Lively is a Career Coach for Audio Professionals, Podcast Consultant for Small Businesses, and Author.
 
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Composers Datebook
Daily
 
Composers Datebook™ is a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Each program notes significant or intriguing musical events involving composers of the past and present, with appropriate and accessible music related to each.
 
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Complete Music Life Podcast: Musicianship - Business - Tech - Health - Inspiration
 
Guitarist, Songwriter, and Host of the Complete Music Life Podcast
 
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The Music Show - Program podcast
 
Hear the interview of the week from the Music Show, where composer Andrew Ford entertains and informs a wide audience each week, providing two hours of essential listening from the world of music.
 
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The Music Scout
Monthly+
 
The Music Scout showcases the best new music around in 30 minute bitesize episodes of all different genres and sounds. 7 artists each week picked by host Lewis Fisher with the intent to expand your musical brains!
 
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On this week's episode I share some of the things we can do when we are away from our instruments, in order to remain engaged and productive. It goes without saying that resting and time completely away from music is a must, but today I focus not on "disconnecting."
 
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Composers Datebook
 
On today’s date in 1923, the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius conducted the premiere performance of his Symphony No. 6 in Helsinki. He had begun work on it some five years earlier, and at that time described his vision for the symphony as follows: “The Sixth Symphony is wild and passionate in character. Gloomy with pastoral contrasts. Proba ...…
 
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Country Fried Rock
 
Caleb Caudle‘s new album, Crushed Coins, builds dreamy, ethereal landscapes. The newest Country Fried Rock podcast (below) features an in-depth conversation with Caudle about recording in Los Angeles and Nashville and expanding his sound. With familiar players from his previous albums, Caudle found new sounds by keeping the plan flexible. The p ...…
 
Some things are best left to the imagination—at least that’s what the French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz came to think regarding opera. Berlioz didn’t have the best of luck getting his operas staged during his lifetime, and, on the few occasions he did, the resulting performance fell far short of his ideal. Increasingly Berlioz turned to w ...…
 
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The Music Show - Program podcast
 
Two sides of some classic vinyl from Quincy Jones, featured on a new show on ABC Jazz.
 
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The Music Show - Program podcast
 
Wotan, Sarastro, Claggart, the Minotaur and more - he's done the great bass roles of opera.
 
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Composers Datebook
 
Today’s date marks the birthday of the American composer and pianist Lee Hoiby, who was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1926. Hoiby was just six when he made his debut as a composer in the parlor of his Madison home for his grandmother’s Daughters of Norway Club. He played a piano piece he wrote himself entitled “The Storm,” and insisted, before ...…
 
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By The Time You Hear This Podcast
 
Greg and Ben discuss Jermaine Dupri in the Songwriting HOF, Gucci Mane’s biopic, the charts, NOW! 65, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, and our Earworms of the Week!Smallpools - Killer WhalesSister Sledge - We Are FamilyDiana Ross - Upside DownDiana Ross - I’m Coming OutPower Station - Some Like It HotDuran Duran - NotoriousSam Smith, Disclosur ...…
 
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The Music Show - Program podcast
 
Remembering Grateful Dead lyricist and internet freedom fighter.
 
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The Music Show - Program podcast
 
The National's Aaron Dessner on their new album and rethinking politics in the USA.
 
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The Music Show - Program podcast
 
With help from Gogol and Shostakovich.
 
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Free Music Archive Song of the Day Podcast
 
 
A conversation with a criminal lawyer about the racial politics of legal representation, the Meek Mill saga and the future prospects of incarcerated would-be stars.
 
The Afro-Venezuelan collective brings the boisterous parranda sound to the Tiny Desk.
 
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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN
 
From her collaborations with Stevie Nicks and the Weeknd on her latest album Lust for Life, to the advice she's gotten about fame from Eddie Vedder and Courtney Love, Lana Del Rey reflects on where she's at now. That includes her discomfort around singing the lyrics "he hit me and it felt like a kiss" from 2014's Ultraviolence and her thoughts ...…
 
Thanks for checking out the 226th episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! We are really excited about our guest for this episode! He is a veteran of the US Navy and has shared the stage with a who’s who of Texas music giants throughout his career. With 3 #1 Texas hits and multiple awards under his belt, Jack Nelson is an artist with whole lot of influen ...…
 
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All Songs Considered
 
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton runs through the essential new albums out on Feb. 16 with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael. Featured albums: 1. Rejjie Snow 'Dear Annie,' 2. Brandi Carlile 'By The Way, I Forgive You,' 3. Superchunk 'What A Time To Be Alive,' 4. Nipsey Hussle 'Victory Lap,' 5. Loma 'Loma,' 6. Marlon Williams 'Make ...…
 
Who better for the first "weird one" of Brian's new 3:1 ratio method for selecting records than "Weird Al" Yankovic? It's the first comedy album and first polka anything on the show. Al-Mails: volcanovinyl@gmail.com Weird Twitter: @volcanovinyl #vv146
 
The Moondoggies - Easy Coming - from the 2018 album A Love Sleeps Deep on Hardly Art.
 
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KEXP Live Performances Podcast
 
The Washington D.C.-via-Brooklyn artist Nick Hakim's spectral R&B is entrancing, a sublime mix of psychedelic tones and luscious vocals that shift around with glistening flair. Joining Cheryl Waters in the KEXP Live Room, Hakim discusses his introduction to music, shifting from visual art to music, and his journey to Green Twins. Recorded 10/24 ...…
 
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Composers Datebook
 
He was warned. He was given an explanation. Nevertheless, he persisted.That’s pretty much the story of how John Corigliano, Junior became a famous American composer.Corigliano’s father, John Corigliano, Senior, was the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic from 1943 to 1966, and when Junior said he wanted to become a composer, his dad trie ...…
 
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Sound Design Live - Career building interviews on live sound, theatre, AV, recording, and sound system tuning
 
Complete Show Notes: https://wp.me/p1sfi8-adXIn this episode of Sound Design Live, I'm joined by the world leader in marketing education for freelancers and consultants, Kai Davis. We discuss the biggest mistakes new freelancers make, how to start your first outreach campaign, a simple process to conduct market research, and the Outreach Bluepr ...…
 
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KPFA - Over the Edge presents
 
Themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air, consisting of found sound of many kinds and from many sources, old and new, put together on the run as the continuous audio collage continues.
 
Artists that create original music will make more money from on-demand streaming over the next five years. In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss two recent wins for songwriters in the world of... So what's it take to be Indie anywho? www.cdbabypodcast.com
 
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Free Music Archive Song of the Day Podcast
 
 
Welcome back to The Music Scout folks! Thanks for tuning into this weeks special edition for Valentines Day! I do realise this is going up a day later, but it's the thought that counts!! Anyway, this week we are taking things a little slower and bringing the vibes down as we descend into some really lovely acoustic tracks this week. It's all ch ...…
 
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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN
 
For over 70 years, Blind Boys of Alabama have put their stamp on gospel standards. But their latest album Almost Home is filled with songs that tell the personal tales of the two original surviving members Jimmy Carter and Clarence Fountain - stories about being sent to a school for the blind when they were kids, touring the segregated South in ...…
 
Forrest Fang Interview and We Remember Johann Johannsson in Echoes Podcast. In this special edition of the Echoes Podcast we feature our interview with Forrest Fang as well as an archival interview with Jóhann Jóhannsson who died on February 10. FORREST FANG: For the last four decades Forrest Fang has been using western and eastern instruments ...…
 
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The New Music Industry Podcast | www.MusicEntrepreneurHQ.com | with David Andrew Wiebe
 
We all tend to consume a lot of information. But how much of that information sticks with you? Are you applying what you learn? In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, I talk to Ian Temple of Soundfly, who’s an expert on the topic of how people learn, and how we can learn more efficiently and retain more of the information we take in ...…
 
Things get experimental as we discuss "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters. We not only talk about this song's unusual history and the variety of mixed emotions that any Carpenters tune evokes, but ALSO take an improvised dip into Karen's solo work. As in, Sarah loads it into the sound board mid-discussion, and we just go wild! Our theme s ...…
 
Wolf Alice perform 'Don't Delete The Kisses' before covering Charli XCX's 'Boys' for Like A Version.By website@triplej.abc.net.au.
 
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Mainland - a 2018 single on Sub Pop Records/Ivy League Records.
 
Today we celebrate the birthday anniversaries of two notable baby boomers.The first is the American composer John Adams, born on this date in 1947 in Worcester, Massachusetts. After studies at Harvard, Adams moved to California in 1971, and taught at the San Francisco Conservatory. In 1978 he became new music advisor to the San Francisco Sympho ...…
 
And now, a conversation and sing-a-long with First Aid Kit!It's been just about six years since First Aid Kit knocked me out with the duo's performance at the Tiny Desk. The two Swedish sisters, Klara and Johanna Söderberg, make remarkable, American country-flavored music. Their latest songs can be found on their album Ruins. That record includ ...…
 
Hello music lovers. Thanks for listening. If you have shared NEXT with a music lover (or 2) then you are my favorite kind of new music lover. Enjoy it all Please support these bands…or we wouldn’t have bands like this around to support. Buy an album, or a ticket to a show, or a tee shirt, or…something from them. Thank you. If there are any band ...…
 
MeToo and #TimesUp are having a significant and, in many cases, encouraging impact on a number of professional circles, and the Canadian and global music industries are no different. This week, Mike once again catches up with Women in Music Canada Founder and Chairperson Samantha Slattery, who first appeared on the podcast last January. Since t ...…
 
Moses Sumney is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. His first album, Aromanticism, came out in September 2017, but before that, he’d already worked with an impressive and diverse list of collaborators, from Sufjan Stevens, to Solange, to Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to Skrillex. That spirit continues with the song Moses takes apart in ...…
 
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Now Hear This Entertainment
 
2018 Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Instrumental Album (his fourth Grammy nomination). He has recorded and/or toured with Ray Charles, Better Midler, Diana Krall, George Benson, David Sanborn, and many others. He played 200-plus nights a year throughout the course of his career. He was inducted in the inaugural class of the Hammond Organ Hall of ...…
 
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Tiny Desk Concerts - Audio
 
The music of Nick Hakim occupies a space and time that feels out of this world, with songs that explore the quietude of inner thoughts.
 
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Sing Out! Radio Magazine
 
This week, we begin series of shows focusing on vocal and instrumental trios. We’ll hear songs fro The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Nightingale, The Jeremiahs, The Malvinas, The Wailin’ Jennys and many more. The series continues in two weeks! It’s a party of threes … this week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine.Episode #18-07: Triple Decker Pt.1Host: ...…
 
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Rough Trade Radio
 
Emily chats with Robert Raths, founder of Erased Tapes to discuss the label turning 10 years old, opening their new sound gallery and the exciting releases coming up in 2018.Discover more - roughtrade.com/gb/label-focus-erased-tapes
 
The ETX ROCKS Show is proud to present "Songbirds & Troubadours™", a weekly episodic show featuring 2 songwriters and up to 60 minutes of original music! The songwriter is one of, if not the most unheralded arm of the music industry! Our aim is to showcase that craft! Billy Cody from Avinger, TX and Wade Skinner from Longview, TX are our featur ...…
 
Gerald Clayton's recent recording Tributary Tales isn't an album of tributes, but rather one inspired by rivers. The metaphor also works for this pianist in the natural flow of his life: the way he streams from one musical situation to another, whether it's with saxophonist Charles Lloyd, guitarist John Scofield or his own ensemble.…
 
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