Welcome to NHPR Music!
At NHPR, we believe that through trustworthy journalism, we enrich lives and build stronger communities, in New Hampshire and beyond. We also believe it’s possible to learn about the world around us through music– and that carving out time in our lives to enjoy our local arts communities and discovering new music from near and far is integral to maintaining a rich and balanced lifestyle.
Ready, set, record! The Tiny Desk Contest — NPR Music's annual search for a talented, undiscovered musician to play a Tiny Desk Concert - is now accepting entries. And hurry! Your deadline is February 21st!
Send us a video of you playing one song behind a desk of your choosing. If you win, you'll get to play your very own Tiny Desk concert, go on tour with NPR Music — and more.
NHPR Music programs:
Live from the Word Barn -
Fridays @ 8PM & Sundays @ 6PM - Hosted by NHPR’s Rick Ganley, Live from the Word Barn was created to promote the sharing and cultivation of the arts in an open and welcoming setting and contribute to an already existing and thriving arts community. NHPR and The Word Barn in Exeter, NH, have teamed up to record live music performances, so we can bring this art directly into your car, kitchen, or headphones on a weekly basis.
The Folk Show
Sundays LIVE @ 7PM & Fridays @ 9PM - Each week host Kate McNally brings local audiences great folk music, from the classics of days gone by to new artists reinvigorating the genre. For over 25 years NHPR’s The Folk Show has been a staple for in-studio performances, in-depth interviews, and has served as a place for people to gather around the radio for a bit of calm and community.
Saturdays @ 6PM - is hosted and produced by Raina Douris and serves as a space to come and discover talent borne from a wide spectrum of musical genres, including indie rock, folk, hard rock, singer-songwriter, alt-country, and world music.
Saturdays @ 8PM- is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical.
Saturdays @ 10PM - has been the home of live music on public radio since 1983, and features live performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues, and country; to indie rock, synth pop, world music, alternative, and beyond.
Live from Studio D
NHPR's Live from Studio D is your backstage pass experience to live performances from local artists as well as nationally recognized musical talent passing through New Hampshire. Each month during Morning Edition, host Rick Ganley brings you live in-studio acoustic sets by talented folk, indie, Americana and blues artists, along with intimate interviews, and the stories behind the music.
Featured Playlist: February
Emily Quirk, Program Director: NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest is back for its 10th anniversary.Before entering your own submission, take listen back to past winners.
"I learned how to play guitar watching Tiny Desk concerts," lead singer Karly Hartzman says. The Asheville rock band translates its noisy, country-influenced sound to a quieter setting.
The Cuban jazz artist says she's never felt welcome in Latin pop. That is, until she came to Puerto Rico to record her new album, Alkemi, which expands her sound into R&B, bossa nova and neo-soul.
At a time when jazz was not widely seen in higher education, the alto saxophonist brought the wisdom learned on the bandstand to the classroom.
Jacob Collier's latest record is the culmination of a four-album project he calls Djesse. NPR's Ari Shapiro chats with Collier about the power of the human voice and the growth of a prodigy.
The New Orleans singer-songwriter makes a striking debut, with an assist from The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.
The rap mogul has been accused of sexual misconduct in five different civil suits since November 2023, dating back to the beginning of one of hip-hop's most influential careers.
A fictional tale of the real-life Jewish community in Shanghai during World War II — with a cross-cultural love story at its heart — is premiering at the New York Philharmonic on Thursday.
High school students in Alexandria, Va., honor Black history with art, dance and theater.
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, about their 1989 hit "Closer to Fine" being featured prominently in the Barbie movie, which is up for eight Oscars.
Start your St. Patrick's Day celebrations early with Shamrock Fest at The Park Theatre.
The 2020 death of Riley Gale, the thrash metal outfit's captivating frontman, left his community shocked and grieving. Four years later, the band is finding catharsis in a familiar place.
The Richmond, Va. band brings its signature hot and funky "solar music" to the Desk.