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First Listen: Low, 'Ones And Sixes'

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Intimacy, unease and aggression coexist in bracing, beautiful ways throughout Ones And Sixes, which feels as intimate as a whisper over pillows and as obtuse as transmissions from a faraway satellite.


Small Batch: The VMAs, From Speeches To Singing To Squads

Monday, August 31, 2015

Even if you didn't watch Sunday night's telecast — especially if you didn't watch — we've got good conversation about Kanye's speech, Miley's hosting, and even who won the awards at the awards show.


The Good Listener: Should Fans Fear Side Projects?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Popular bands like The National, The Black Keys, Wilco and Bon Iver have spawned spin-offs in recent years. Should their fans be nervous, or should they embrace the change of pace?


First Listen: Lou Barlow, 'Brace The Wave'

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Brace The Wave keeps the Sebadoh singer's sound stripped to its barren bones, an approach suited to the pleas and confessions therein.


The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

On Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the recent controversy over an athlete's decision to return his children's participation trophies.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Straight Outta Compton' And Too Much TV

Friday, August 21, 2015

Audie Cornish and Gene Demby join the show to discuss a new N.W.A biopic and the idea that there are more TV shows than the public could ever watch. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.


First Listen: Beach House, 'Depression Cherry'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

On its fifth album, the Baltimore duo still finds a way to settle jangled nerves and transport listeners to a warmer, softer, easier place.


Kacey Musgraves: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 17, 2015

Before closing with the go-your-own-way anthem "Follow Your Arrow," the country singer showcases four songs from her terrific second album, Pageant Material.


The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre

Monday, August 17, 2015

In Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby tackle the many metaphors at the heart of the retired quarterback's public persona.


The Good Listener: Are Tall People Obligated To Stand In The Back At Concerts?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A reader stands behind a gigantically tall dude with a cereal-box-shaped head. Has she been wronged?


All Songs +1: Marking The Demise Of 'The Spotify Of The '80s'

Friday, August 14, 2015

For this week's +1, members of NPR Music use the closure of mail-order music company Columbia House as an excuse for some '80s and '90s music nostalgia.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Difficult People' And Amusement Parks

Friday, August 14, 2015

The gang tackles a new Hulu comedy starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner, as well as outdoor entertainment: theme parks, water parks, you name it. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.


Song Premiere: David Wax Museum, 'Guesthouse'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The first single from the duo's new album is a gregarious, wonderfully ingratiating ode to charm and the generosity it inspires.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Wet Hot American Summer' And Impossible Missions

Friday, August 07, 2015

The gang gathers to discuss an unlikely Netflix prequel and a far-more-likely Tom Cruise action movie. And, as always, we summarize What's Making Us Happy this week.


The National's Matt Berninger Has A New Band

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Hear EL VY's dark and driving "Return To The Moon," in which Berninger teams up with Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls.


The Good Listener: How Do I Play DJ Without Embarrassing Myself?

Saturday, August 01, 2015

You're in the passenger seat. The driver asks you to pick the music. What's an insecure DJ to do?


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Music, Movies And Music In Movies

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ari Shapiro and Bob Mondello join the gang to discuss soundtracks and other cinematic songs. And, as always, we discuss what's making us happy this week.


The Giant Foam Finger: Sports Hatred

Monday, July 27, 2015

In Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the athletes people hate — and try to get at why.


From Ballads To Romps, Ashley Monroe's 'The Blade' Is Timeless

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers of NPR Music talk about the new album from Ashley Monroe called The Blade.


The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Lullabies?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tips for finding lullabies that aren't cloying, annoying, or lullaby-themed covers of pop songs.