Best Music podcasts (Updated May 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.
 
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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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.
 
From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.
 
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.
 
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
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.
 
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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
 
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..
 
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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
 
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.)
 
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.
 
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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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
 
#1 Syndicate Caribbean Radio Show Worldwide! Official Worldwide Dancehall Hot 20 Countdown
 
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.
 
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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 ...
 
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
Monthly+
 
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!
 
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@nwcworld.com. Listen and subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, and Spotify.
 
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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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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!
 
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.
 
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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The former Pavement frontman sits down with host Brian Hiatt to talk about his new album, '90s indie feuds, the possible future of Pavement and much moreBy Rolling Stone.
 
Today we’re joined on the show by Mark Cawley, a hit U.S. songwriter whose songs have been hits for artists like Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Diana Ross and even The Spice Girls. With over 16 million records to his name, Mark now provides online coaching to songwriters at all stages through his website iDoCoach.com, and has recently released a book ...…
 
From the 2019 self-titled album on ATO RecordsBy KEXP.
 
Vampire Weekend returned this month with their first record in six years, "Father of the Bride". And long before it sat on top of the Billboard album chart, the band's leader, Ezra Koenig and producer Ariel Rechtshaid stopped by Shangri La Sutdios in Malibu to talk with Malcolm and Rick. Ezra explained how he and Ariel have been laboring over t ...…
 
In the 13th century, St. Thomas Aquinas penned a Latin hymn in praise of the holy sacrament of the last supper in which bread and wine are mystically changed into the body and blood of Christ. Aquinas’s text begins, “Pange lingua, gloriosi” or “Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s Glory.” Aquinas’s words have been set to a melody much older than his t ...…
 
Nostalgia, mix tapes and loneliness. In this episode of Inspired, Pip Brown aka Ladyhawke takes you through the whirlwind session that created her breakthrough hit ‘My Delirium’.
 
On this week's episode of #TheMusicMentorPodcast I address those of you who have always wanted to be a musician or be part of the music business but feel that you are either too old or that maybe you are way too late to make a living in the business. Curious to know what you think and if you're going through something similar.…
 
Apple’s wireless earbuds have led to questions about personal tech as environmental scourge and punch line. Guests: The New York Times's Brian X. Chen and Motherboard's Caroline Haskins.
 
Watch members of the New York-based group give the world premiere video performances of two recent pieces by Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood.By NPR.
 
Dominique Xavier Taplin: Excellent choice, Toto Dominique Xavier Taplin may be a young musician, but his immense talent has led him to some amazing gigs with Ghost-Note, Prince, and most recently he's taken David Paich's place on the road with Toto. However, he doesn't take these experiences for granted. He fully understands the magnitude of th ...…
 
Welcome to the first interview from The Great Escape festival in May. This interview was with Ruth Patterson, the lead singer of Holy Moly & The Crackers, but as well as being a front woman to her band, she is also a speaker about disabled artists in the industry. We sit down with Ruth and talk about the charity Attitude is Everything that she ...…
 
Endless Boundaries Jam Radio episode 994 remembers the life of Chris Cornell, takes you to Domefest 2019, celebrates a live Phish anniversary, debuts new music from The New Mastersounds and Magic Beans, and more.By Endless Boundaries.
 
Visiting from the United Kingdom, Pena Hughes-John joined us with two of her original songs. We talked about: Steampunk as a culture, fashion statement, and musical style Writing songs on the ukulele How many chords is too many? Collaborating with others Writing a song from a writing prompt Using time signature changes to introduce tension Our ...…
 
The songs on Yola's debut full-length solo album, 'Walk Through Fire', ring out with the triumphant air of someone who has withstood the flames and the heat en route to achieving their dreams. The title is a metaphor for some of the tribulations Yola has faced – including experiencing homelessness in London, and enduring an emotionally abusive ...…
 
Writers Block is not a real thing. It's a cruel myth. It has crippled quality writers for centuries, and the sad part is that it never had to. Because it doesn't exist... well... it may exist in your mind. But, YOU can conquer it's cruelty once and for all! One of the best ways for you to ensure you never deal with the Writers Block myth ever a ...…
 
From the 2019 album V on Daptone RecordsBy KEXP.
 
On this edition of All Songs Considered, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood joins us to talk about two of his classical compositions we've just premiered on our Tiny Desk series. He also shares some of the music that's inspired him over the years by other artists and explains how he came to love such a rich and diverse tapestry of sounds.…
 
On this edition of All Songs Considered, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood joins us to talk about two of his classical compositions we've just premiered on our Tiny Desk series. He also shares some of the music that's inspired him over the years by other artists and explains how he came to love such a rich and diverse tapestry of sounds.…
 
It's our May #SaladBowl ep - thanks for the genre, Biddy!Got a favorite thing? Tell the World Monuments Fund to save it! Better yet, rap at them about itWriting partners Shannon & Scott tempt the salad spinner of fate as they write a short song about a random topic in a random style of music. Follow us on Twitter @songsaladcast, check out our w ...…
 
It was the fashion in the late 19th century to decorate concert halls with the names of famous composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Of course, over time some composers once very popular fell out of favor, and many old concert hall walls included names like Cherubini and Meyerbeer, composers who nowadays are performed only on rare occasio ...…
 
Chloe Nagle earned her stripes as a sound engineer in Fred Zepplins and Cork’s legendary Lobby Bar. She's since gone on to take control of the desk in The Royal Albert Hall, and is resident engineer for Other Voices. Chloe has toured the world mixing a host of acts and teaches on the Music, Management and Sound Course at CSN College of Further ...…
 
MAKJ goes into the mix for 60 minutes playing bootlegs and remixes of The Weekend, Jennifer Lopez, Billie Ellish, Nirvana, Eric Prydz & Tom Novy. Don’t forget to rate & review the show, give it 5 stars like an Uber. Post your comments on Twitter #openformatradio on Instagram @MAKJBy MAKJ.
 
An hour of top tunes from JODIE ABACUS, BLANKFICTION, REVENGE OF CALCULON, HANNAH SCOTT, THE SILVER LINES, ALFREEDAH, LOUISE AUBRIE, KING IBEX, THE HANNAH BARBERAS, BAD MILK, SHOW BOY, DEA MATRONA, LD MOSES, ASTRAL CLOUD ASHES, JEREMY TUPLIN, RUTH ORHIUNU and SKINNYBOY TUNES handpicked by Tom Robinson from the BBC Introducing Uploader.…
 
Al Anderson was handed a guitar session that turned into a career with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and more. Today he tours with The Original Wailers and shares his stories as an eye witness to Reggae history. If you like records, just starting a collection or are an uber-nerd with a house-full of vinyl, this is the podcast for you. Nate Goyer is Th ...…
 
NB – Contains spoilers! It’s been Eurovision Christmas with the final and here’s our Boxing Day equivalent debrief! What. A. Show. We’ll whizz you through our personal highlights and moments of the four hour epic and who we predicted we would win against what actually happened. We chat to Rylan after his turn as representative of the British Ju ...…
 
Cathal Coughlan of Fatima Mansions and Microdisney on his life in music and interpreting the songs of composer Gustav Mahler.By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention talks to Dave in advance of their gigs in Ireland.By RTÉ:Ireland.
 
Anton Savage with Stories of the weekBy RTÉ:Ireland.
 
A conversation with Mariah Carey - interview from the past with Dave ahead of her gig in 3Arena on TuesdayBy RTÉ:Ireland.
 
Tonight's show comes after a bitterly disappointing Federal election, touted as the climate election, in which fear, greed and racism won out over hope and progress. Many arguments can be made about how it came to pass, but ultimately we have to keep moving forward and making a difference. All I can really do is bring you wonderful music from a ...…
 
highlights:* on-air guests danielle de picciotto from berlin, germany via skype* spiel from watt in between tunes he plays from his and his guests' collections
 
Australian composer Jodie Blackshaw is passionate about music for wind band and is fond of quoting her famous compatriot composer Percy Grainger on the subject: “Why this cold-shouldering of the wind band?” asked Grainger. “Is the wind band – with its varied assortments of reeds (so much richer that the reeds of the symphony orchestra), its com ...…
 
A fusion of griot tradition and blues.By ABC Radio National.
 
Clave, timba and son at the piano courtesy of Omar SosaBy ABC Radio National.
 
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