Best Music podcasts (Updated January 2019; image)
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People say that music is the world's universal language through which artists express different emotions and relay powerful messages to listeners. Listening to podcasts enables you to follow your favorite music shows on your way home, at work, while walking in the park, even in the farthest breathtaking regions deprived of Internet connectivity. The podcasts listed in this catalog cover all genres, ranging from classic to rock, from blues to pop. Some of the podcasts listed in the catalog discuss about the latest charts, the hottest music news and cover musical events as well as new music discoveries and conversations with emerging artists, icons. Also, there are shows where musicians dissect their songs and analyse them verse by verse, telling the story behind how they were made as well as the ideas that went through their minds in the process of writing and recording. Other podcasts reveal genuine chunks of the personal lives of authors, told by their associates or themselves.
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Song Exploder
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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.
 
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
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An independent radio station from Tel Aviv. For music lovers by music lovers.
 
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.
 
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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Popcast
Weekly
 
The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.
 
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Soul Music
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Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact
 
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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.
 
WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians
 
From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam, liner notes for the digital age. Digressions, arguments, back-stories, and random things to disagree with about music.
 
Mountain Stage Podcast
 
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
 
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.
 
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 ...
 
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! TWFPS www.twfps.com
 
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Defected Radio
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Podcast from Defected Records
 
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Travels in Music
Monthly
 
Stories About Music From Around The World
 
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. 628142
 
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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. Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free. Go to stitcher.com/premium and use promo code EARWOLF for 1 month free (and $5 off the annual plan!).
 
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. 628142
 
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..
 
An hour of fresh new tunes from BBC Music Introducing handpicked by Tom Robinson each week in the early hours of Monday morning.
 
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Reasonably Sound
Rare
 
A podcast about sound by Mike Rugnetta
 
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Country Fried Rock
Monthly
 
Country Fried Rock’s podcast
 
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Music Biz Podcast
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We cover the topics that matter most to music industry professionals.
 
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.
 
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.
 
A Conversational Music 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.
 
#1 Syndicate Caribbean Radio Show Worldwide! Official Worldwide Dancehall Hot 20 Countdown
 
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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 ...
 
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 ...
 
Sodajerker On Songwriting is a programme devoted to the art and craft of songwriting. The show, created and hosted by the UK songwriting team Sodajerker, features interviews with some of the most successful songwriters and musicians in the world.
 
an interesting podcast from your old pal, Wil wheaton
 
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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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Home Studio Corner
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Tips, Tricks, and Advice for the Home Recording Studio Owner
 
B.o.B Unsigned is one of the fastest growing music shows in the world played on over 80 FM stations in 16 countries.** Also available on iTunes: http://apple.co/1clvR9g **
 
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.
 
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!
 
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.
 
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 ...
 
Hosts Andrew King and Mike Raine bring you the latest insider look at the Canadian music industry. Listen to in-depth 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. Listen and subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, and Spotify.
 
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The Music Scout
Weekly
 
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!
 
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.
 
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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How To Write A Tune
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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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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.
 
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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“Many years ago the Lord spoke to me and he said, ‘Just be yourself.’ When God opens the door and puts me on the platform I do a lot better if I walk in my own anointing and who God made me to be. I can’t be as hip and cool as others, but they can’t be me.” - Don Moen This week on the Song Revolution Podcast, we celebrate our 100th episode with ...…
 
When boomers wax nostalgic about the Kennedy Administration, it’s Lerner & Loewe’s musical “Camelot” they start to hum. After all, “Camelot” opened in 1960 just a month after John F. Kennedy was elected, and, a week after his assassination in 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy told historian Theodore H. White that they owned the original cast album and l ...…
 
The Melbourne songwriter talks envy, gender and where she finds her strength.
 
The duo from North Carolina and who mix technology with nostalgia and are making sure to keep it imperfect.
 
From British punk-rap to 1970s-influenced country to morbid electronic pop, a guide to new artists to watch. Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles.
 
What would it ACTUALLY take to replace your income with music? Is it possible to leverage your musical skill-set in such a way that you end up working less and making MORE? that’s what we discuss in this weeks episode of TechMuze. Using myself as a case study we crunch the numbers and explore exactly how I managed to gradually shift more and mo ...…
 
Reading books is a great habit to get into. Some of the mostsuccessful people in the world are voracious readers. In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, I sharewhat I was reading in 2018. I highlight one book specifically that I readmultiple times and had the biggest impact on me. Podcast Highlights: 00:34– Cultivating the reading h ...…
 
Hear an acoustic performance of songs from Mumford and Sons' latest album Delta and Talia Schlanger's conversation with lead singer Marcus Mumford and keyboard player Ben Lovett. They discuss how the band keeps their shows intimate even when they play arenas, and Marcus shares the story of a life-changing trip to Mosul, Iraq where he sat with a ...…
 
Welcome to a brand-new season of New Music Friday! After a few quiet weeks, the flood gates are opening and we've got a whole bunch of essential albums dropping on Jan. 18 to tell you about. This includes the smart, sparkling pop of singer Maggie Rogers, swooning love songs from James Blake, deep introspection from Pedro The Lion's first new al ...…
 
Red Ribbon - Your Car - from the 2018 album Dark Party on Union Zero.
 
Sóley, Sin Fang, and Örvar Smárason (of múm) spent 2017 recording a track per month, resulting in Team Dreams, an album that captures the airy kinetics of all three musicians. The trio perform five songs from the record live from KEX Hostel during KEXP's broadcast from Iceland Airwaves 2018. Recorded 11/09/2018. 4 songs - Random Haiku Generator ...…
 
Composers—like anybody else—can be quite superstitious about numbers. Gustav Mahler, for example, was reluctant to assign the number “9” to his song cycle symphony, “Das Lied von der Erde,” fearing that work would turn out to be his last: after all, Beethoven and Bruckner had only completed nine symphonies. Ironically, Mahler did go on to compl ...…
 
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.
 
Setting theme words has becomea habit of mine in the last few years. I first read about it on Chris Brogan’sblog and decided to adopt the process as my own. As you begin to think aboutwhat you hope to accomplish in 2019, what do you want your year to look like?What intentions are you setting? In this episode of The NewMusic Industry Podcast, I ...…
 
Segment One: The Sound Of…Foo Fighters 7 to 1: (Time: 15:35) Dave Grohl turned 50 and our social media feeds went crazy. As for Anne and Steve it was an opportunity to select their personal Top 7 Favorite Foo Fighters songs of all-time. Segment Two: The Sound Of…Festival Season 19: (Time: 11:06) Most of the lineups for the 2019 festival season ...…
 
What if we were Romeo in podcast jeans? That's just one question in our look at Michael Penn's alt-rock classic "No Myth." We also deliver conspiracy theories about the VMAs, diverging ideas about what makes a good lyric, and fan fiction about Aimee Mann and Robin Wright. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Aimee Mann (with ...…
 
Kali Uchis perform her song 'Just A Stranger' before bringing Bjork's 'Venus As A Boy' to the Like A Version studio.By website@triplej.abc.net.au.
 
Andrea and Luke chat through the current happenings in music news and a surprise review of Matty Healy, and co?
 
The music was written by Charlie Chaplin in 1935 for the film 'Modern Times', but the lyrics were only added thirty years later. Chris Philips tells the story of how his grandfather was inspired to write the words when he left his father at boarding school; Gemma Lowery talks about how her son Bradley loved the song; writer Bryony Rheam describ ...…
 
Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen - from the 2019 album Remind Me Tomorrow on Jagjaguwar.
 
When TIME magazine chose Albert Einstein as its “Person of the Century” for their Millennium issue, their profile catalogued his achievements in physics and philosophy, but made no mention of Einstein’s interest in music—or music’s interest in him. That’s where we come in. In addition to being a brilliant thinker, Einstein was a talented amateu ...…
 
Whenever issues of copyright arise in the Canadian entertainment industries, Michael Geist is sure to enter the conversation - and he’s not one to hide his disagreements with some of the music industry’s big players. The Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa and a widely-respected expert on copyright l ...…
 
Nashville-based singer, songwriter, guitar player who was on this show way back on Episode 13, which was recorded in 2014, when we talked about the publishing deal she had just signed, the new album she was releasing, and the tour of Alaska she was about to go on, plus it was mentioned then that she had performed at CMA Fest. This time, around, ...…
 
THIS WEEKEmily is back with new releases, previews for early 2019 and more Ryan Adams hot sweats. PLUS we chat to the impeccably dressed Nick Waterhouse about his upcoming new album, looking to be his very best yet. Turn it on.MUSIC PLAYED Stella Donnely - Old Man You Tell Me - Water Cooler Fat White Family - Feet Durand Jones & The Indications ...…
 
2019 is officially here. Whathappened in 2018? Do you feel like you achieved a lot? Was it a difficult yearfor you? Regardless of what happened, it’simportant to close the chapter on the year past so you don’t drag it into theyear ahead. In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, I close thechapter on 2018 and explain how you can do the ...…
 
The multi-instrumentalist says he only wishes he had more limbs; but Wood still manages to simultaneously play a bass guitar, keys and drums, all while singing into a wearable microphone.
 
This week we continue to feature musicians who have been inspired by the music of their home region. We’ll hear songs from Ralph Stanley, Sheila Kay Adams, Stan Rogers, Guy Clark, Mud Morganfield and many more. You can go home again … this week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine.Episode #19-03: More Music from HomeHost: Tom DruckenmillerArtist/”So ...…
 
Grammy Award winner Mike Farris joins the Café to talk about his latest album, Silver and Stone, a love letter to his wife of many years. Farris also talks about writing a song about Mavis Staples, why he can't listen to U2 or Stevie Wonder when recording, and he performs live – including a dynamite Sam Cooke cover.…
 
Ibibio Sound Machine - Basquiat - a digital bonus track from the 2019 album Doko Mien on Merge Records.
 
Nashville, Tennessee's finest purveyors of mind-bending rock returned in fine form in 2018 with their fifth album, the self-referential and swirling ATW. Joining DJ Cheryl Waters at Avast! Recording Co., the band perform three songs from ATW and an old favorite. Recorded 11/16/2018. 4 songs - Diamond, Fishbelly 86 Onions, Workhorse, Blood And S ...…
 
Today marks the anniversary of the creation of a famous classical music nickname, “Les Six”—French for “The Six.” That’s what Parisian music critic Henri Collet dubbed six composers on this day in 1920, in a magazine article.Three of the composers Collet named included three still often heard today—Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger and Francis Po ...…
 
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