Robin Hilton

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.

In addition to his work on All Songs, Hilton produces NPR Music live concerts and festival coverage across the country, including live broadcasts and webcasts from the Bonnaroo and Sasquatch festivals, South by Southwest and the Newport Folk Festival.

Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Hilton co-founded Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA.

Hilton lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students.

From 1989 to 1996, Hilton worked for NPR member stations KANU and WUGA as a senior producer and assistant news director and was a long-time contributing reporter to NPR's daily news programs All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

Hilton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His original scores have appeared in work from National Geographic, Center Stage and, most recently, in the documentary film Open Secret. You can hear some of his music here.

Along the way, Hilton worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Drum Fill Friday: Fourth Of July Edition

Bruce Springsteen belts out his hit song "Born in the USA" before a sellout crowd as he kicks off his 1985 US tour in Washington, DC.
Doug Mills Bettmann/CORBIS

This week we celebrate our nation's independence with drum fills (and one intro) from songs that say "America, we love you!" Some may be more blatantly patriotic than others, but all capture, in some way, the spirit of freedom that unites and binds us.

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All Songs TV
2:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Christina Vantzou, 'Strange Symptoms'

Musician Christina Vantzou, in a scene from her new video for the song "Strange Symptoms."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:05 pm

The new video from composer Christina Vantzou, for the moody ambient piece "Strange Symptoms," will take you away. Vantzou's nirvana-inducing sounds emerge, bloom and fade away in less than a minute-and-a-half, as a figure stands motionless behind a curtain of slowly cascading water, her face distorted by the sun-dappled ripples.

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All Songs TV
8:39 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Broken Twin: 'No Darkness'

Majke Voss Romme, who writes and records as Broken Twin, in a scene from her new video for the song "No Darkness."
Courtesy of the artist

It's hard to see the hope that glows dimly in the vaporous sounds of Broken Twin's music. But it's there, pulsing delicately in the beautifully spare arrangements and haunting voice of singer Majke Voss Romme.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Mike Kinsella Of Owls

This week's guest Quizmaster, drummer Mike Kinsella (Owls, Joan Of Arc, Owen, American Football)
Connor Feimster Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 8:35 am

This week's guest Quizmaster is Mike Kinsella, the drummer for the bands Owls, Joan Of Arc and Cap'n Jazz and a singer and guitarist in Owen and American Football. When I first took a stab at identifying the fills and intros he selected I was immediately reminded that sometimes this little game can turn me on to some pretty awesome music I hadn't heard before. Maybe that'll be true for you. Good luck, rock stars!

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Music
10:03 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Cold Beat, 'UV'

The members of Cold Beat, in a new video for their song "UV."
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Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:11 pm

San Francisco's frenetic rock group Cold Beat pummels the senses in this strobe-lit new video for the song "UV." Directed by frontwoman Hannah Lew, the candles, chains and band members flicker behind a throbbing, multi-colored strobe light as drummer Bianca Sparta, deadpan behind a pair of sunglasses, slingshots the band through a three-minute burst of post-punk fury.

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All Songs Considered
1:42 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For June 20

This week we're back to a mix of classic rock and pop, with a few (relatively) recent loves of mine thrown in. As always, if you have a drum fill (or intro) you think should be included in this weekly puzzler, let us know in the comments section, or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday.

Live in Concert
11:20 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Sylvan Esso, Live In Concert

Sylvan Esso, performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2014.
Zac Visco for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:52 pm

"It's the dreamiest of scenes," Sylvan Esso singer Amelia Meath sighed as she looked out over the sold-out crowd at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. Wearing six-inch platform tennis shoes and an all-black jumpsuit, Meath gyrated and pumped her fists, urging the crowd on. Meanwhile, the other half of Sylvan Esso, Nick Sanborn, tweaked the knobs on a small control panel plugged into a laptop.

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All Songs TV
7:03 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Sturgill Simpson, 'The Promise'

Sturgill Simpson, in a scene from his video for the song "The Promise."
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Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:06 am

All Songs TV
2:57 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Ages And Ages, 'Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)'

Members of a children's choir perform in the new video for Ages And Ages' "Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:06 am

"In a lot of ways, I feel like this is the way our music is intended to be: inclusive, communal, and all together," Ages And Ages front man Tim Perry tells us in an email about his band's new video for the song "Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)."

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All Songs TV
11:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Sean Rowe, 'Madman'

Sean Rowe, in a scene from his new video for the song "Madman."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 2:58 pm

Despite its name, "Madman" has more bounce to it than much of Rowe's earlier work. But it implies you'd have to be nuts to choose a life on the road.

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