Best Music podcasts (Updated September 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
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.
 
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.
 
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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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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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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Soul Music
Rare
 
Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact
 
From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.
 
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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
 
Mountain Stage Podcast
 
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.
 
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, 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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Defected Radio
Weekly+
 
Podcast from Defected Records
 
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
 
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
Daily+
 
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.
 
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
 
An hour of fresh new tunes from BBC Music Introducing handpicked by Tom Robinson each week in the early hours of Monday morning.
 
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..
 
What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more. Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.
 
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Reasonably Sound
Rare
 
A podcast about sound by Mike Rugnetta
 
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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Country Fried Rock
Monthly
 
Country Fried Rock’s podcast
 
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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Punch Up The Jam
Weekly
 
Every week, comedians/best friends Miel Bredouw and Demi Adejuyigbe attempt to fix a popular song despite absolutely no qualifications. PUNCH UP THE JAM is a show cataloging their descent into madness as they review, rewrite, and remix all the hits you love to hate, or just love (until they ruin it for 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.
 
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.
 
A Conversational Music Podcast
 
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.
 
#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 ...
 
The Music Business Worldwide Podcast profiles some of the brightest sparks – and most successful executives – working in the global music industry today.
 
an interesting podcast from your old pal, Wil wheaton
 
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.
 
Tips, Tricks, and Advice for the Home Recording Studio Owner
 
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Dissect
Monthly+
 
The anatomy of an album. Named “Best Podcast of 2018” by The New York Times. Each season host Cole Cuchna examines a single album, forensically dissecting the music and lyrics of one song per episode.Currently dissecting Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator (Season 4).Past seasons:S3 - Blonde by Frank OceanS2 - MBDTF by Kanye WestS1 - To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick LamarMS1 - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
 
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.
 
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.
 
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!
 
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.
 
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 cmpodcast@nwcworld.com. Listen and subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
 
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.
 
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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The Music Scout
Monthly+
 
The Music Scout is the podcast for the best new music around broken up into 30 minute bite-size episodes for you to enjoy. From alternative to blues to folk and indie, the genre style knows no boundaries on this podcast.
 
Colin Murray gathers together four music obsessives to debate and argue their favourite tracks.
 
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Beyond Synth
Weekly+
 
The podcast about people who make cool music! BEYOND SYNTH is the best synth music chat show there is. Featuring artists and producers who make synthwave/new-retro/electronic music and much more!!We talk Music, games, movies, the 80s, and lots more while I play samples of the guests music.
 
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"Heyday: The Mic Christopher Story" is a new film that looks at the life of the singer/songwriter Mic Christopher who passed away at the age of just 32. Director Alan Leonard and producer Níall Carver join Dave to talk about the piece and the interviews included.By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
On the news that he will be featured on the Fifa 2020 soundtrack, Dave spoke to JYellowL about opportunities, studying and youtube fans!By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
Autumn is in full swing and it’s not unimaginable that you’ve already visited a holiday website to get just two more weeks out of summer 2019! Luckily Sarah Slattery of TheTravelExpert.ie has the best deals and directions!By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
A man who faked his death to prove his wife had a hit out on him, Frogs a courting and eidetic memory scams! It's Anton's stories of the week!By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
On June 29th 2020 The RDS will be taken over by some of the most Iconic 90’s bands of Pop Punk Rock!... Greenday, Weezer and Fall Out Boy! Music Journalist, Simon Maher reminds us why the Pop Punk era reigned supreme for the noughties!By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
It's FBi's supporter drive all this week, so head along to fbiradio.com and sign up for a small monthly fee to help run this station! I have a selection of tunes running from jungle breaks and experimental electronics through granular and additive synthesis to folk and experimental classical of a sort... LISTEN AGAIN because that's what FBi's a ...…
 
hour one:"I'll wait and pray" (alternate take) john coltrane"swangin'" (demo) solid bronze"the invisible man" (demo) solid bronze"midnight survival odyssey" (live) many birthdays"war and peace double machine" can can heads"fluestermelodie" (rough mix) kinbom brandenburg"perpetual slaughter" only now"product killer" tijuana knife fight"mojata ma ...…
 
NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 Provisional with probable permanent brain upgrade. Provisional Spirits - The Best Radio You Have Never Heard Vol. 371 1. Spirits In The Material World (live) - The Police Buy From iTunes* 2. Oh! Darling (early) - The Beatles Buy From iTunes 3. Life On Mars / Five Years (rehearsal) - David Bowie 4. Amoreena (live) - El ...…
 
When Magnus swaps his old toy robot for a bigger, flashier one on Mack’s toy stall, he quickly regrets his decision. But is it too late to get his old one back? #CBeebiesRadioBy CBeebies Radio.
 
If you’ve ever witnessed a spectacular display of the Northern Lights, you’ll know the feeling: jaw-dropping wonder at the powerful forces unleashed in the vast spaces of the night sky.The American composer Henry Brant experienced something like that in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1982 during a visit, and later translated the experience into his “N ...…
 
Dubways with AFX on RJ!Ahmet Kilic - We Still Alive (DJ Tarkan Remix) Nina Simone - Feeling Good (Nikko Culture Remix)Sylvain Armand - Silence Dkuul - Keep Us Apart (Radio Edit) Lo Air - Bad Girl Manuel Riva - What Mama Said (Ft Misha Miller) (Nesco Remix) Pascal Junior - My Way (Extended Mix) Burak Cilt - Easy Come Easy Go (The Distance & Igi ...…
 
Jimi Hendrix was the 'da Vinci' of electric guitar, and was a hero for Sydney-based guitarist Zane Banks who shows us how and why Hendrix was the greatest.By ABC Radio National.
 
Ghost Sonata is the opera where the mummy turns into a parrotBy ABC Radio National.
 
This week the narrative of the U.K. politics was sprinkled with Greek mythology. Leo Varadkar as Athena, Boris Johnson’s Hercules and Nigel Farage as the Brexit “Icarus". Dr Martin Brady from UCD School of Classics came in to explain some of the of equivalencies and more examples!By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
Blanchardstown native, Barry Ward, talks to Dave about his latest film. Starring alongside Maeve Higgins Barry features in the new Irish supernatural comedy Extra Ordinary, which was named the Best Irish Film at this year’s Galway Film FleadhBy RTÉ:Ireland.
 
She is nominated for the Booker Prize and releases her follow up novel to "The Handmaids Tale", Margaret Atwood is the name on everyone's lips. Broadcaster and founder of the self-titled book club, Rick O'Shea joins Dave to talk Margaret, Handmaids Tale and The Testaments.By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
The Big Irish Film release this week is Extra Ordinary with Meabh Higgins and Barry Ward! How will it fare against Paul?By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
Paul Huntly’s career as a wig maker and hair designer spans some thirty-five years! Paul tells Dave about creating the hair for Hollywood stars like Bette Davis and Mae West all the way to Jane Fonda, Glenn Close, and Jessica Lange.By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
It’s been over 50 years since Apollo 11 first landed on the moon, and now it’s the turn of the CBeebies Explorer crew! Join Justin, YolanDa, Astronaut Tumble and the Musical Astronauts as they explore the moon! Featuring music from the 2019 CBeebies Prom: Off to the Moon performed by the Chineke! Orchestra and conducted by Kwamê Ryan.…
 
Close encounters with friendly dinosaurs but a quick exit when a T-Rex roars.In this series join the Duke, with his delightful dog and best friend Delilah, on adventures about the wonders and mysteries of the world. #CBeebiesRadioBy CBeebies Radio.
 
Do you enjoy a good ghost story? The American novelist Henry James did, but liked to give the ones he wrote an extra twist – another “turn of the screw” you might say. In fact, one of his classic ghost stories from 1898 is titled just that: “The Turn of the Screw.”In it, a young British governess is entrusted with the care of two orphaned child ...…
 
Harmonica, blues harp, French harp or mouth organ; they're just a collection of reeds and holes but create a sound that punches well above its weight.By ABC Radio National.
 
PG-H made up stories about her life and music. A new biography tries to get at the truth.By ABC Radio National.
 
This month on Ear Snacks, we're talking about Pajamas and everything that comes with them. Rest, snuggles and coziness - and lullabies! Our awesome music pals Lucy Kalantari, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Christopher Tin, Tatiana DeMaria, Kaitlin McGaw share the sweet, soft and special songs they sing to their loved ones - and yours! This is a great ...…
 
We got excited and recorded another episode this week. It’s our first repeat artist as we discuss the seminal “King of Noise” album by Hijokaidan, which was recently reissued by Fantastique. Things get piercing and sharp as we celebrate this record. We also discuss the possibility of cooking a pizza on Greh’s speakers using the sounds Hijokaida ...…
 
Are you suffering from Writer’s Block, or do you simply waste a lot of time when starting a new song? Then learn how to write a song like a pro, with this new series! Hello revolutionary music makers, we are Kate Harmony and Ray Harmony (AKA Revolution Harmony), and welcome to Hack Music Theory. We help you make great music that stands out, so ...…
 
Twice a month, guitar amp guru Skip Simmons fields your questions on vintage tube amp buying, restoration and repair. Co-hosted by the Fretboard Journal’s Jason Verlinde. Submit your guitar amp questions to Skip here: podcast@fretboardjournal.com or by leaving us a voicemail or text at 509-557-0848. It's our most veer-filled episode to date, in ...…
 
Consequence of Sound and Sony have teamed up once again to bring you the fourth season of The Opus, a podcast that examines the evolving legacy of music’s most iconic albums. Beginning September 19th, the series will head South as it revisits one of country's most beloved albums, Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger, with new host Andy Bothwell, ...…
 
Welcome to this week’s show! We’re here with Reno poet laureate Pan Pantoja, former intern turned production assistant Ian, Nick, Rory, and Dogwater Dick, bringing you Nick’s Burning Man recap, fresh Pan news, and some old tunes from one of our favorites, the Lazy Universe! Press play! The Lazy Universe is Hudson Flanigan- Drums, Eric Shirazzi ...…
 
Bruce Hornsby has an appetite for the unusual that may surprise those who know him best for his 1986 smash hit "The Way It Is". His latest album, 'Absolute Zero', has a "bitonal pop song" where Hornsby plays in different keys with each hand. Another song is based on the sounds made by found objects in his studio. The album also features collabo ...…
 
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