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Music Editor — NPR
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NPR Music editor, writer, yakker; Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist; long-ago Onion A.V. Club editor; snack-eater; TV-watcher; dad and multicade owner; nap-taker.

The Good Listener: Where's all the great Halloween music?

scpr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the fake blood we ordered for our son's Andrew W.K. costume is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on Halloween music.

The Good Listener: Where's All The Great Halloween Music?

wnyc.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the fake blood we ordered for our son's Andrew W.K. costume is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on Halloween music.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Whiplash' And Carbon Dating

npr.org — About half a second after this episode taped, intrepid Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes commenced a long-awaited, much-ballyhooed vacation. I can't say for sure that her car wasn't warming up in the NPR parking garage the entire time, but I can confirm the presence of a Linda Holmes-shaped vapor trail following the words, "back here next week."

Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: Announcing Our Biggest Live Show Yet

npr.org — If you've followed the history of Pop Culture Happy Hour live shows, you know that they have a history of selling out quickly. Our last D.C. appearance, at NPR's Studio 1, sold out in two minutes, while our New York debut, at Brooklyn's Bell House, sold out in 10 seconds.

First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'

npr.org — It's hard to divine, on paper anyway, a formula for effectively covering The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety. It's not an album that had been crying out for improvement - to put it mildly - nor has it ever receded far enough toward the cultural margins to require rediscovery.

First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'

wnyc.org — It's hard to divine, on paper anyway, a formula for effectively covering The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety. It's not an album that had been crying out for improvement - to put it mildly - nor has it ever receded far enough toward the cultural margins to require rediscovery.

The Good Listener: How Can I Become A 'Music Person'?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the shoes our kids outgrew in the time it took to have them shipped is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on remedial music fandom. Michele K.

The Good Listener: How Can I Become A 'Music Person'?

wnyc.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the shoes our kids outgrew in the time it took to have them shipped is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on remedial music fandom. Michele K.

The Good Listener: When You Need To Concentrate, Which Music Is Best?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the promotional ghost peppers we unwittingly spilled on our pants is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, a request for music to fill your head with sound, but not distractions.

First Listen: Horse Feathers, 'So It Is With Us'

wnyc.org — Late in Horse Feathers' fifth album, So It Is With Us, singer-guitarist Justin Ringle unleashes a provocative little five-word phrase - "softly screaming, 'woe is me'" - that's summed up a lot of the band's music over the past decade. Ringle's songs generally set wearily fatalistic lyrics against a gentle backdrop of strings and banjos and other exquisitely appointed Americana.
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Oct 25, 2014

All right, last call (from me, anyway). Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide, private house party in Silver Spring. TONIGHT! undertowtickets.com/product/eef-ba…

Oct 25, 2014

I'm glad Wisconsin in the same conference as Maryland, but the least they could do is play all of their games within five miles of my house.

Oct 25, 2014

RT @eefbarzelay: Still some spots left for tonights living room show in DC! If we get enough folks the good vibes generated could... fb.me/3P5Fwbwby

Oct 25, 2014

@sweater_best It's not, I'm afraid -- I can give/arrange a ride to the Metro on the way home, though!

Oct 24, 2014

Yet another emotionally needy reminder, for tomorrow night: Come to Silver Spring and see this with meeeeeeeeeeeeeee! undertowtickets.com/product/eef-ba…

Oct 24, 2014

Hear a new Pop Culture Happy Hour with our pal @npraudie, as we talk Whiplash and Pop Culture Carbon Dating: npr.org/blogs/monkeyse… #PCHH

Oct 23, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch Edition: Did we mention we'll do a live show in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 9? npr.org/blogs/monkeyse… #PCHH

Oct 22, 2014

Our amazing @nprmusic CMJ showcase is about to begin! @CayetanaPhilly, @ellevarner, and more! Check it out live here: n.pr/10fOqpk

Oct 22, 2014

Oh, hi! Didn't see you there. Say, would you like to come see a live Pop Culture Happy Hour on December 9? sixthandi.org/event/pop-cult… #PCHH

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