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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend reading, watching and listening

Friday, August 11, 2023

Each week, guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy: This week, Burn It Down, Seed&Spark, Brandy Clark, and the musical episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.


On its debut album, Meet Me @ The Altar carries a pop-punk legacy into the future

Friday, March 10, 2023

For many fans, MM@TA has become the face of a new, more inclusive era for pop-punk. But Past // Present // Future also proves the Florida-based band is deeply tied to the genre's history.


Miss Grit, 'Syncing'

Thursday, March 02, 2023

Built on a lullaby-sweet hum, a person — not merely a cyborg — comes to life.


King Tuff, 'Rock River'

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Sometimes you're looking for corny in your life; King Tuff makes it sound like summer sun in a song.


On 'Hideous Bastard,' Oliver Sim mines horror tropes to embrace queer identity

Saturday, September 17, 2022

On his debut solo album, Sim — best known as a member of The xx — takes inspiration from horror movie villains on songs that look for humanity in the aspects of our identity that society rejects.


On 'No Rules Sandy,' Sylvan Esso finds freedom outside the formula

Thursday, August 11, 2022

The duo's fourth album is marked by experimentation and a focus on living in the present moment. Relaxed and unselfconscious, it's a testament to the ease of collaboration between longtime partners.


What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing

Friday, July 29, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Stray, Joni Mitchell, and more.


On 'Harry's House,' Styles faces the perils of pastiche

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

On his third solo album, Styles relies on a proficient but unadventurous process of combining his influences. His habit of paying homage to his idols too often conceals his own creative vision.


Barlow & Bear bring musical theater into the TikTok era

Friday, March 18, 2022

It started with a TikTok post riffing on the the lush drama series. Now, Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear have received a Grammy nomination for their project, The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical.


Jimmie Allen put his own spin on country music — and is now reaping the rewards

Thursday, March 17, 2022

For Jimmie Allen, what makes a country artist isn't how many fiddles and mandolins they have in a song. It's something more natural than that.


Saweetie draws on her roots to make rap that's more personal and intentional

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The 28-year-old rapper opens up about her two Grammy nominations, and how meditation helps her stay centered amid an increasingly busy career.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.