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It's not just Olivia Rodrigo – the angry teenage girl is fueling popular music

Sunday, January 02, 2022

Olivia Rodrigo topped the Billboard charts in 2021. Her success is part of a larger trend of young women and people of color leading a resurgence of angry pop-punk.

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What's making us happy: A guide for your weekend watching and listening

Friday, November 19, 2021

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: the new season of Locke & Key, The Untamed and more.

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You thought it wasn't possible: these songs make cleaning the bathroom even more fun

Thursday, October 21, 2021

As we enter the fall season, it doesn't hurt to spruce up and start afresh with a new playlist. Here are recommendations for three songs to play while dance-cleaning the bathroom.

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Nite Jewel, 'Anymore'

Friday, August 27, 2021

How do you recover from the life-shattering force of heartache? As Ramona Gonzalez sings on "Anymore," it leaves a person bereft of language.

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What's Making Us Happy: A Guide For Your Weekend Watching, Listening And Reading

Friday, August 20, 2021

Each week, the guests and hosts on Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. Today it's Reservation Dogs, Nine Perfect Strangers, and viral music videos from the band Little Big.

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Rodrigo Amarante And His Great Musical Tantrum

Friday, July 16, 2021

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to musician Rodrigo Amarante about his second solo album, Drama, which he says was inspired by a personal reckoning with his own understanding of manhood.

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Lucy Dacus Is Her Own Unreliable Narrator

Friday, June 25, 2021

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Richmond, Va., songwriter Lucy Dacus about the childhood memories — real and imagined — that populate her latest album, Home Video.

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Hear Mariah Carey Sample Lauryn Hill On Her New Song, 'Save The Day'

Friday, August 21, 2020

The previously unreleased track from her upcoming album, The Rarities, interpolates The Fugees' 1996 cover of "Killing Me Softly."

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A Different Kind Of Pride: Perspectives On 50 Years Of Celebration, Part 1

Monday, June 22, 2020

This year, Pride feels a little different. We asked music writers in the LGBTQ+ community to reflect on the changing relationship between celebration, protest, music and LGBTQ+ activism.

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Phoebe Bridgers On Her New Album 'Punisher,' Surprise Released A Day Early

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The LA singer-songwriter talks about her second solo album, which includes guest appearances from peers like Conor Oberst, copying ideas from her heroes and the way lyrical specificity mimics poetry.

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HAIM: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Although sisters Este, Danielle and Alana are self-quarantining in separate residences, their Tiny Desk set from home is a reminder that California is a state of mind.

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Our Daily Breather: Reading To Stay Present During The Pandemic

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

In Our Daily Breather, we ask writers and artists to recommend ways to find calm in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. NPR Music assistant editor Cyrena Touros has been re-reading a beloved book.

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Perfume Genius Expands Rock's Body Language

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Ahead of the release of Perfume Genius' fifth studio album, two NPR Music writers discuss how Mike Hadreas' career has helped set a new standard for the exploration of movement and identity in rock.

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Beyoncé Joins Megan Thee Stallion On The Delightfully Braggadocious 'Savage (Remix)'

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The remix comes two months after Megan fought her label for the right to release new music, which culminated in the surprise release of her third mixtape, Suga.

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Rihanna Returns With First Song In 3 Years On PARTYNEXTDOOR's 'BELIEVE IT'

Friday, March 27, 2020

It's the superstar's first song in three years, after releasing a string of collaborative singles in 2017 with artists like DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, Future and N.E.R.D.

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Hayley Williams Invites Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker And Phoebe Bridgers To Sing Backup

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Williams delayed the full release of Petals For Armor, but still shared a new track with guest vocals from Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers

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Soccer Mommy On 'Color Theory': 'I Want To Keep Growing Until I Hit The Ceiling'

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Ahead of the release of her new album Color Theory, Soccer Mommy's Sophie Allison spoke with NPR's Audie Cornish about her songwriting process, her '90s inspirations and her career ambitions.

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The Best 2020 Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Saw This Week: Volume 2

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Our favorite Tiny Desk Contest entries this week include a playful jazz track, a tender love song, an empathetic look at city life and more.

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Hear Phoebe Bridgers' First Solo Release In Almost Three Years, 'Garden Song'

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Bridgers has been busy, releasing the collaborative projects boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center. "Garden Song" is her first release since her 2017 debut, Stranger in the Alps.

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Christine And The Queens' New Single Lets Us Know: 'People, I've Been Sad'

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Chris catalogs the shades of melancholy in her gooey synth-pop single.

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