1. This week, All Songs Considered goes big with massive, heart-thumping new music from the gloriously exuberant, sprawling pop group The Polyphonic Spree, and the brilliantly experimental folk-rock band Akron/Family. We also check out a gritty album from a Swedish group known as Goat, whose music is part prog-rock, part Afro-pop and undeniably awesome. Also on the show: New solo music from Eleanor Friedberger, formerly half of the duo Fiery Furnaces, and electronic music genius Jon Hopkins.

  2. The Polyphonic Spree is on a holiday music tour to perform seasonal songs, including a beautiful version of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” In a video, the song is set to animated watercolor paintings by artist Gala Bent.
Watch it now.
Photo: Steve Wrubel

    The Polyphonic Spree is on a holiday music tour to perform seasonal songs, including a beautiful version of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” In a video, the song is set to animated watercolor paintings by artist Gala Bent.

    Watch it now.

    Photo: Steve Wrubel