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Silver Spring, MD
Music Editor — NPR
As seen in:  NPR, KPCC, WNYC, Tampa Tribune

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: Why Do People Hate Nickelback So Much? — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside flyers that assume we have the means to acquire luxury items is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: thoughts on the intensity of online backlash. Andy S.

The Good Listener: How Much Should I Tip A Street Musician? — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside bales of deep-discounted Easter candy is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on buskers, tipping and etiquette. Holly R.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Daredevil' And Credulity — Last Friday, Netflix dropped its latest 13-episode bundle of original programming: the grim and occasionally grisly superhero drama Daredevil, based on the Marvel Comics mainstay of the same name.

Watch Shamir Perform Songs From 'Ratchet' At NPR Music's SXSW Showcase : NPR — Shamir is best known for his buoyant, elastic electro-pop-rap song "On The Regular," but his live shows careen in altogether different directions. For one, the 20-year-old Las Vegas native sings far more often than he raps, with a high but rich voice versatile enough to accommodate Sylvester-esque disco, sleekly modern pop and robust funk.

First Listen: San Fermin, 'Jackrabbit' — San Fermin's 2013 debut brims over with ideas: The brainchild of one guy, classically trained Brooklyn composer and multi-instrumentalist Ellis Ludwig-Leone, it's a nearly hourlong feast of gorgeous chamber-pop storytelling. Ludwig-Leone doesn't sing on San Fermin - those duties are turned over to Allen Tate, whose voice often recalls that of Bill Callahan, and to the women of Lucius - but that album's vision is one entirely of his making.

Small Batch Edition: Remembering Stan Freberg — Stan Freberg, who died Tuesday at 88, was a pioneer in music, comedy and advertising. His resume is peppered with firsts and lasts: He was the last radio-only network variety-show host, the first pop-music satirist (Spike Jones had made song parodies, but Freberg's works commented on the performance styles and the culture surrounding them), and a visionary in the art of incorporating humor into TV and radio commercials.

Stan Freberg · Interview · The A.V. Club — Satirist and comedian Stan Freberg's career has spanned more than 50 years. During that time, he's changed the face of radio and television advertising, perfecting the art of the humorous soft sell and saving and/or sustaining many of his clients' businesses.

First Listen: Villagers, 'Darling Arithmetic' — Villagers began as a lush one-man band with 2010's Becoming A Jackal, then morphed into an even more complex collaborative effort in time for 2013's {Awayland}, as Dublin singer-songwriter Conor O'Brien learned to work with a team he'd assembled.

The Good Listener: Have All The Good Songs Been Written? — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside an assortment of expensive cat sedatives is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on whether all the great song ideas have been used up.

TV On The Radio, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015 — Some concerts build gradually, tentatively, until they reach an encore full of rousing classics. Others open at full blast and somehow find ways to open the throttle from there. As TV On The Radio began closing out NPR Music's SXSW showcase, held at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, it was clear that no time would be wasted on slow-footing or throat-clearing.
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Apr 25, 2015

RT @ghweldon: REMINDER SEATTLE! F and I are gonna be at @ArtusiBar in Capitol Hill (1535 14th Ave) at 5:00 TODAY, when it opens. Be there AND be square!

Apr 25, 2015

New Good Listener column for the @allsongs blog, answering a burning question: Why Do People Hate Nickelback So Much?…

Apr 24, 2015

@ghweldon My brain, just now: "Holy crap, that dude looks EXACTLY like me! How is that wait that is exactly me because I was there."

Apr 24, 2015

In Denver? In about an hour, come join @allsongs and me for a meet-up at Illegal Pete's, 270 S. Broadway, 4-6:30 p.m. Would love to see you!

Apr 24, 2015

In Denver this afternoon? Come join @allsongs and me for a rare Mountain Time meet-up! At Illegal Pete's, 270 South Broadway, 4-6:30 p.m.

Apr 23, 2015

I'm no longer surprised by the kindness of Pop Culture Happy Hour listeners, but I'm still awed by it. Can't wait to return to Boston. #PCHH

Apr 23, 2015

RT @nprmusic: For our followers in #Boston: Join @allsongs and @idislikestephen for a meetup TONIGHT at Sunset Cantina, 916 Commonwealth Ave., 7-9 p.m.

Apr 23, 2015

RT @allsongs: NPR Music Q&A in Boston w/ Bob Boilen & Stephen Thompson today 1-2pm Steve Heck Room (1st floor 1140 Boylston St. Berklee bui…

Apr 23, 2015

Then, tomorrow/Friday: another meetup with @allsongs and me, this time in Denver! At Illegal Pete's, 270 South Broadway, 4-6:30 p.m.

Apr 23, 2015

One last reminder: Tonight in Boston, join @allsongs and me for a meetup at Sunset Cantina, 916 Commonwealth Ave., 7-9 p.m. All are welcome!

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