Best Music podcasts (Updated August 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
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.)
KZradio הקצה
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.
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.
Pop Shop Podcast
Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and 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.
Soul Music
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.
Next Music Online
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 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.
Defected Radio
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
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 ...
Travels in Music
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 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..
Reasonably Sound
A podcast about sound by Mike Rugnetta
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.
Country Fried Rock
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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)
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.
Punch Up The Jam
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.)
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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 for more information about individual tracks and artists.
A Conversational Music Podcast
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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.
The Music Life
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
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: **
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 - For more information contact us at 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: 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.
Live From Music City
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 ...
The Music Scout
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.
Beyond Synth
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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On the new episode of Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast (listen below), we discuss the Ariana to Rihanna Spectrum when it comes to the pace of our biggest pop divas. We not only discuss how Rihanna remains in the public eye in the absence of new music and how Ariana keeps up musical demand without watering down her brand, but also where other pop st ...…
THIS WEEKOlympia's second album has been a big hit across Rough Trade Shops, infectious, melodic pop we've become a tad obsessed with. She chats to Emily in this week's show. Sam drops in from Nottingham and George delivers the essential NYC roundup.MUSIC PLAYEDBodega - Shiny New Model Shura - Brooklyn London King Gizzard - Organ Farmer Orville ...…
Singer, Actor, Dancer, Princeton Perez talks the motivation behind his conceptual EP and alter ego, "Papi Chulo". He breaks down the process of recording his single as well as his history as a dancer and singer in the boy band Mindless Behavior and why he decided to break out on his own after the group called it quits. Follow Princeton Perez on ...…
As the season winds down, Conor O'Brien aka Villagers says: "Summer's Song is the closest I'll ever get to writing a pure pop song. I just had to roll with it and I'm glad I did; it was really just an excuse to make the horns sound like sunbeams. Boy it's fun to play live. I can't quite believe we managed to get the magical touch of Dave Fridma ...…
Khruangbin - Four of Five - from the 2019 album Hasta El Cielo on Dead Oceans. Support the show.By KEXP.
Dave and Joel are a bit aimless this week. They’re like ships without rudders; explorers with no map; chefs with no recipe, but that doesn’t seem to stop them from from sailing the seas of rock, climbing the musical mountains and cooking up a delectable dish of dumb songs! “I Got Them Prison Blues” by Steve “Lil Shanky” Vaistein“Took a Dook in ...…
Two concert overtures —one very famous and one not so famous — had their premiere performances on today's date. In 1956, this music by British composer Sir Arthur Bliss provided a festive opening to that year's Edinburgh Festival of Music and Drama. The Edinburgh Festival Overture is a salute to Scotland's premiere arts festival, presented annu ...…
Chloe lives in an African village in one of the driest spots on the planet and must search for water for her family every day before she goes to school. Her great-grandmother had to do the same when she was a little girl. But then Chloe has a brilliant idea: to get a new well for the village. This series encourages little listeners to explore t ...…
Hiss Golden Messenger - I Need A TeacherBy Minnesota Public Radio.
The Cooties (Ethan Edenburg, Eric Jackowitz, Jacob Jeffries) joins Jess and Zach for an all new musical packed with musical campers, the legacy dance, and more! With songs like “I Can’t Wait To See What Bunk I’m Gonna Be”, “That’s Your Legacy”, and “We Need All Of Your Butt”, it’s the best soundtrack for your next camping trip! This episode is ...…
The Adam Deitch Quartet is a side project for one of the busiest drummers on the go. Aside from his work in Lettuce and Break Science, Deitch is always matching up with other players, and in fact producing music. We get into some of those details during our conversation, but suffice it to say, this dude is talented beyond measure. Perhaps the o ...…
The sixteen-time Grammy nominee and three-time winner joins us to talk about his remarkably varied body of songwriting from country to to rock to political songs to Americana and contemporary folk. EPISODE DETAILS: PART ONE Scott and Paul tell you how you can hear their wild story about getting ready for the Steve Earle interview, and they expl ...…
On this episode of Inspired, French producer Alan Braxe shares the story behind making Stardust's ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ with singer Benjamin Diamond and Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter.
On this week's episode of #TheMusicMentorPodcast I chat briefly about what the Jonas Brothers' Happiness Begins tour has been like.By Demian Arriaga.
Originally from our March 16 show: Our traveling correspondent Tom Papa visits St. Paul — a city in the midst of a sudden transition from brutal winter to muddy spring — meets a woman who’s running away from home, and eats breakfast at Mickey’s Diner. Find Tom’s tour dates at American Public Media.
Did you miss us? In this episode we talk Miami’s finest Rick Ross and his latest project Port of Miami 2. We give you updates on Jeffrey Epstein, ASAP Rocky, and Jay Z “buying in” to the NFL, and some LGBTQ+ news. We also touch on what Katy Perry has been touching.By Through The Crate.
If you’d like to support the show, please visit: Beyond Synth theme song is by OGRE: SYNTH ARTIST DATABASE: music for consideration: beyondsynth@gmail.comDon’t forget to check out the artists featured on this show:DONBOR - “Born Kill ...…
The Houston-based rapper's mindful words are like a life hack for anyone seeking guidance, with pleas to look past inherent hardships and evil and to stay focused on life's ultimate prizes.By NPR.
On flailing in the rising tides, as well as the ecological impact of vinyl records and digital music streaming.--Find full show notes, with research links, at to Kyle Devine, whos book Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music is out in October 2019. You can learn more here: https ...…
For our 100th episode we tackle the one song that has the most empirical, measurable evidence of how bad it is ever written. Along with this damning information Steve relates the story of the time Bieber abandoned his pet monkey at a German airport, Nick relates the story of his first love, and Mike gives his dad some dating tips. Check us out ...…
*song ends*Shannon: "Was that weird? Did I do a weird?"Scott: "No, you did... you did a right." Writing 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 website,, and visit our Patreon page, ...…
Nashville Christian Songwriters prides itself in covering the full spectrum of musical and songwriting styles, and today hard rock gets the spotlight. Random Hero has been slinging heavy rock since the early 2000's and are excited to announce the release of their new record "Tension" (out June 23, 2019). John Chisum sits down with the guys to t ...…
Electronic artist Merz was inspired by his relocation from Europe to Joshua Tree, as he relaxed his body and mind to create "Somewhere To Run." Dubbed "a kind of devotional music for the post-industrial age," Merz is joined by his friend and neighbor, Victoria Williams.By KCRW.
girl in red - i'll die anyway. - from the self-released 2019 EP Chapter 2. Support the show.By KEXP.
It's time to talk about transcription. This is the process of translating what you can hear to something you, or another musician, can read. In part one of this series, we will break down "Dewey and Dora", by Keith Andrews (one of our talented listeners). We will figure out the key, the meter and the tempo and chart it down, in "lead sheet" fas ...…
If you were in Washington, D.C. on today's date in 1957, and wanted to escape the summer heat, tickets for a new musical at the air-conditioned National Theater would run you between $1.10 and $5.50 — and you could boast for years afterwards that you attended the world premiere performance of Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story."Actually, the ...…
Imogen loves being part of a team and playing sport at school but having asthma can make running around and doing some sports not so much fun! This term her class are having swimming lessons and as a treat she gets to go to a big water park but will her asthma stop Imogen swimming and joining in the fun? Dr Ranj tells us Imogen’s story and give ...…
Drab Majesty - Long DivisionBy Minnesota Public Radio.
Aron Afshar - Gisoo Parishan Amirhosein Eftekhari - Mahe Mani Masoud Moradi - Delom RaftSatin - Zibaye ManiAlireza Talischi - SakhtgirEhsan Khaje Amiri - Yekio Daram 7 Band - Vaght B VaghtEhaam - Taabo TabDonya - Koo Ta BiadEpicure - Bia VasatAmirhossein Eftekhari - Eshghe DordanehSahar - DonafareDonya - Tala Sahar - Che Haliye (Remix )Alisa - ...…
On this week’s Open Format Radio, MAKJ plays music from Chris Brown, Tyga, DJ Snake, Kid Cudi, Benny Benassi, Henry Fong. Also, check out MAKJ’s new record with Deorro “Retumba” Don’t forget to rate & review the show, give it 5 stars like an Uber. Post your comments on Twitter #openformatradio on Instagram @MAKJ…
Trey Spruance of Secret Chiefs 3 and Mr Bungle shares stories of his early years, finding eclectic music around the world, the Mr Bungle cassette tapes, the recording of the Mr Bungle self titled album and much more. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. If you like records, just starting a collection or are an uber-nerd with a house-full of vinyl ...…
Drew Mayhills is a musician, producer, and Ableton Certified Trainer in Australia. He releases music as Mayhills. Drew creates visceral and emotive music, ranging from energetic and angry to soft and soothing. His work moves people on the dance floor and in yoga and meditation studios. Drew has committed himself to a new release every month. Dr ...…
This week we talked about songs which have no chorus. First, we had to be clear about what does make a chorus. Then we deep dove on three songs we think don’t have one. What do you think? Leave a comment with your pick for a song without a chorus.…By Song Talk Radio : Songwriting Folks.
It's the return of Public Speaking; the electronic solo project of Jason Anthony Harris. With his third appearance on TMT, Jason’s new album, Six Golden Tumors (Floordoor Records), is the brilliant reason for the occasion. The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and sound artist’s latest release is the outcome of his deep research into Old Testame ...…
RTE Reporter Phillip Boucher Hayes talks to Dave about his new podcast series on diving for ship wrecked treasure off the Irish coast.By RTÉ:Ireland.
Travel reporter Manchan McGann talks about discovering the new Ibiza with Dave.By RTÉ:Ireland.
Anton and Dave discuss some of the more intriguing stories from the week gone by.By RTÉ:Ireland.
Music journalist Simon Maher uncovers some the great debut albums.By RTÉ:Ireland.
Peter Strickland is the British auteur director of underground cult hits such as The Duke of Burgundy, Berberian Sound Studio and In Fabric, which this year premiered at Toronto International Film Festival. I got the pleasure of interviewing him while he was in Sydney for a Q&A at AFTRS. In this interview he talked about the struggles of post-p ...…
Today is the birthday of Antonio Salieri, one of the most unjustly maligned composers in history. The successful stage play and movie "Amadeus" have helped to repeat the notorious charge that the jealous 18th-century Italian composer Antonio Salieri was directly or indirectly responsible for Mozart's early death. Historians have acquitted Salie ...…
Bitz & Bob send Charlie, James and Grace to an ice cream factory in Cheshire to find out how ice cream is made. They join food scientist Sue in the factory as she explains how amazing inventions have made ice cream much cheaper and quicker to make. They also get to have a go at being food scientists and make their own flavour of ice cream! #CBe ...…
Composing piano music in the age of the streaming playlist.By ABC Radio National.
Korean pop music has become a global cultural export (and there are lots of reasons why).By ABC Radio National.
Graham Finlay of UCD discuses the Hong Kong Protests with Dave.By RTÉ:Ireland.
Dublin born tech entrepreneur Annie Slattery has just won a prestigious tech award in Australia and talks to Dave about the win.By RTÉ:Ireland.
Journalist Louise Walsh talks to Dave about a new exhibition on the Meath born Moores brothers who were huge stars in the early years of Hollywood.By RTÉ:Ireland.
Neuroscientist Shane O'Mara talks to Dave about his new book "In Praise Of Walking" which uncovers the many benefits of walking.By RTÉ:Ireland.
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