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Caroline Polachek: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Haters may say it's AutoTune, but when Caroline Polachek sings live, it's clear that the impressive range and control you're hearing is all her.


Le Tigre's feminist rage has always been fun

Friday, August 04, 2023

The synth-pop band just finished its first tour in nearly 20 years. After a recent show in Brooklyn, two longtime fans reflect on why this music still hasn't lost its power.


Highlight tracks from Palehound's new album

Sunday, July 16, 2023

NPR music contributor Marissa Lorusso reviews Eye on the Bat, the latest album from indie band Palehound.


You can feel Palehound's songs in your gut

Thursday, July 13, 2023

El Kempner turns the force of their wiry indie rock toward collapse, yet the visceral palette of Eye on the Bat has an unexpectedly joyful quality.


On 'Time Ain't Accidental,' Jess Williamson is heartbroken, but open to love

Thursday, June 22, 2023

On the record's 11 songs of vividly detailed, windswept alt-country, Williamson's reeling from the aftermath of a breakup, driving on country highways and finding new love.


Three songs for the perfect summer road trip playlist

Monday, June 19, 2023

Pop Culture Happy Hour host Stephen Thompson and NPR Music contributor Marissa Lorusso suggest three songs to make your summer road trip playlist perfect.


On the easy-going 'Joy'all,' Jenny Lewis defiantly preaches the pursuit of happiness

Thursday, June 08, 2023

With a new home in Nashville, the singer-songwriter's fifth solo album is a laid-back affair full of zen-like wisdom that lands as guidance for a generation.


The eternal paradox, and 'Quantum Criminals,' of Steely Dan

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

What does it mean to illustrate the world of Steely Dan? NPR Music contributor Marissa Lorusso spoke with the Danfans behind the new book Quantum Criminals.


On 'the record,' boygenius honors how friendship shapes our very sense of self

Friday, March 31, 2023

The friendship shared by Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus isn't just the backdrop for their album as boygenius: It's the subject of many of these songs, built into their very structures.


Fever Ray's 'Radical Romantics' explores love in all of its freaky, complicated forms

Friday, March 10, 2023

The experimental pop artist's new album is interested in love not as a destination but as an ongoing process, in all of its bravado, vulnerability and experimentation.


boygenius, '$20'

Friday, January 20, 2023

The magic of boygenius is the way its songs don't force the three songwriters to conform to a single vision, but synthesizes their strengths.


Wednesday, 'Chosen to Deserve'

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The band channels a country-rock sound that lends a wistful sweetness to Karly Hartzman's admissions of youthful recklessness.


NPR Music 2022 Staff Picks: Marissa Lorusso

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

The NPR Music editor shares her favorite albums and songs of 2022.


Alex G: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

The cult-beloved Philly singer-songwriter plays a handful of stripped-down songs from across his vast discography, including songs from this year's God Save The Animals.


The Spark: 6 socially conscious musicians on the women who inspire them

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

In times of crisis, we're grateful for music that speaks to the current moment. So we asked a handful of visionary artists: Who taught you that music could be a vehicle for political expression?


Pile, 'Loops'

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Pile has spent the past couple years in a reflective state, but the rock band's new single is no less ferocious.


feeble little horse, 'Chores'

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

The Pittsburgh band makes noisy, catchy pop songs filled with crunchy textures and delightful little moments of tension.


They Are Gutting a Body of Water, 'Delta P'

Friday, October 21, 2022

The experimental shoegaze band submerges Douglas Dulgarian's vocals under a Jenga tower of noise that threatens to topple.


Knifeplay, 'Nobody'

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Philadelphia's Knifeplay mixes twangy confessionals, bruising shoegaze and sprawling slowcore in its intricate and majestic sound.


Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson tell their truth plainly

Friday, October 14, 2022

Plains' I Walked With You A Ways, the collaborative debut from the Waxahatchee singer-songwriter and Williamson, combines wry wisdom with a classic country sound.