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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: If You Don't Like Music, Do You Have A Soul?

wnyc.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the tiara we ordered as the grand prize at our upcoming eating contest is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on people who simply don't enjoy music. Dave M.

The Good Listener: If You Don't Like Music, Do You Have A Soul?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the tiara we ordered as the grand prize at our upcoming eating contest is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on people who simply don't enjoy music. Dave M.

Playing SXSW 2015? Send Us Your Songs

npr.org — Every year around this time, many of us on the All Songs Considered team - including Bob Boilen, Robin Hilton, Ann Powers and me - each dredge through nearly 2,000 MP3s by bands playing the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. And every year, we wind up missing something.

'We Can't Just Settle': Broad City Meets Sleater-Kinney

wnyc.org — In a raucous and revealing panel discussion at New York City's Ace Hotel, the stars and creators of Comedy Central's interviewed all three members of the newly reunited rock band Sleater-Kinney Friday night.

'We Can't Just Settle': Broad City Meets Sleater-Kinney

npr.org — In a raucous and revealing panel discussion at New York City's Ace Hotel, the stars and creators of Comedy Central's interviewed all three members of the newly reunited rock band Sleater-Kinney Friday night.

First Listen: The Lone Bellow, 'Then Came The Morning'

npr.org — The Lone Bellow isn't the first modern band to traffic in grandiose folk-rock uplift, but it's already among the best.

Thievery Corporation: All Things Considered's In-House Band For A Day

npr.org — If you listen to NPR's newsmagazines, short bits of instrumental music often provide the connective tissue linking one story to the next. We call them buttons or breaks or deadrolls, and each is chosen by the show's director that day.

First Listen: Belle And Sebastian, 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance'

npr.org — Nine albums into a career spanning two decades, Belle And Sebastian resides at a tricky point in its career: Veteran musicians often shed fans rather than accumulating them, as tastes shift, the fickle lose interest and diehards succumb to distractions.

'Archer' And The Loud Comfort Of Rhythm

npr.org — This piece assumes you've seen the first five seasons of Archer, which contain quite the pileup of plot developments, so: beware.] Every character on Archer is a creep. The animated FX comedy, which begins its sixth season Thursday night, features a rogues' gallery of spies, bureaucrats, masterminds, hangers-on and double-dealers, and not one can be fully called sympathetic.

Dessa: Something Old And Something New, Suitable For Choir

wnyc.org — Dessa's list of credits includes work as a singer, poet, writer, speaker, rapper (both solo and with the Doomtree collective) and all-around entrepreneur. She constantly blurs the lines separating those roles, too, recasting her own work for new genres, settings and collaborators.
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Jan 31, 2015

We tweet about the show individually, but now Pop Culture Happy Hour has its very own Twitter feed if you care to follow it: @NPRpchh. #PCHH

Jan 30, 2015

New Pop Culture Happy Hour with @bhardymon! On Jane The Virgin and sexy thrillers about sexy sex-havers. npr.org/blogs/monkeyse… #PCHH

Jan 28, 2015

Okay, I've finally found a 2014 film that tops Boyhood: It's Boyhood, watched a second time, but with my teenaged son. Nothing comes close.

Jan 27, 2015

@MrsFridayNext @nprmonkeysee Everyone I like needs to move here already. I have it on good authority that all the cool kids are doing it!

Jan 23, 2015

@GeeDee215 You and I still have to make that "Gene & Stephen Talk About Brett Favre" podcast. The important thing is that *I* would listen.

Jan 23, 2015

New Pop Culture Happy Hour, with the stupendous @mrsfridaynext, on @broadcity and high-school reading lists: buff.ly/188eztD #PCHH

Jan 22, 2015

Yes, #SXSW is two months away. Preparations for The Austin 100 have already begun! Playing SXSW? Send us your songs: npr.org/blogs/allsongs…

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