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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.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: SXSW And Hometown Cliches

npr.org — If you've listened to Pop Culture Happy Hour in the last, say, 12 weeks, you've probably heard me moan about some element of my pre-SXSW workload. So it seemed only fair to indulge in a little discussion of what this year's festival was actually like, complete with scads of music recommendations.

Stromae, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

npr.org — All over SXSW, kiosks were plastered with posters that posed a provocative question: "Who the hell is Stromae?" It's a question you wouldn't ask in many places outside North America. The impeccably groomed Belgian singer is a massive global superstar, which created a funny juxtaposition at NPR Music's SXSW showcase, held at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas.

First Listen: Death Cab For Cutie, 'Kintsugi'

npr.org — If Death Cab For Cutie's 17-year career has focused on a single overarching theme, it's the process of growing up: fumbling for connection, finding oneself, feeling out the ways human beings do and don't settle into their own skin.

First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell'

npr.org — Sufjan Stevens' career has covered vast swaths of thematic ground: To say nothing of his ballet score, his electronic concept record about the Chinese zodiac or his album-length instrumental tribute to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, 2005's Illinois and 2003's Michigan synthesized lessons in state history and geography with finely detailed, tenderly emotional treatises on love, faith, grace, alienation, want and death.

Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

wnyc.org — Courtney Barnett made her name with 2013's "Avant Gardener," a deadpan, loosely rambling account of a severe anaphylactic attack. The song, like its counterparts on her early EPs, was many things - wordy, funny, surprising, wittily crafted - but it wasn't forceful.

Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

npr.org — Courtney Barnett made her name with 2013's "Avant Gardener," a deadpan, loosely rambling account of a severe anaphylactic attack. The song, like its counterparts on her early EPs, was many things - wordy, funny, surprising, wittily crafted - but it wasn't forceful.

First Listen: Laura Marling, 'Short Movie'

npr.org — It's hard to believe Laura Marling is only 25 - not just because Short Movie is her fifth album, and not just because she's been singing with wise, almost impatiently weary authority since she was 16. What's especially striking is the way she's allowed her recordings and persona to evolve through so many decisively rendered, fully formed phases.

The Good Listener: How can I experience SXSW without actually going?

scpr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside laminates containing SXSW's most coveted VIP party passes, all of which are set to arrive the day after we leave for Austin, is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on SXSW envy.

The Good Listener: How Can I Experience SXSW Without Actually Going?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside laminates containing SXSW's most coveted VIP party passes, all of which are set to arrive the day after we leave for Austin, is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives - and, this week, thoughts on SXSW envy.

The Austin 100: A SXSW 2015 Mix

kut.org — There's a lot of music on this page - 100 songs, to be exact, each from an artist worth discovering at this year's SXSW Music Festival. It's more than six genre-defying hours of music. Still, we started out with far more to choose from.
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Mar 28, 2015

@nprmonkeysee Well, there's still the matter of a teeny-tiny roadblock in the Badgers' next round...

Mar 28, 2015

How many Os are in WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO wait looks like there are more than 140 never mind. #onwisconsin #finalfour

Mar 27, 2015

New Pop Culture Happy Hour, with @loveismaroon, on recommendations from SXSW and hometown cliches: npr.org/blogs/monkeyse… #PCHH

Mar 26, 2015

RT @NPRpchh: New Small Batch! Comedian/actor/X-Files podcaster @kumailn chats with Linda about the return of Mulder and Scully: n.pr/1NgM6PP

Mar 26, 2015

I Went To An Office Party And A PowerPoint Presentation Broke Out: One Man's Story Of Survival #nprlife

Mar 25, 2015

A new episode of @allsongs, in which Bob, @nprobin, and I discuss a few of the many highlights from #SXSW: npr.org/blogs/allsongs… #NPRsxsw

Mar 24, 2015

Just a reminder that we shot these five gorgeous late-night SXSW lullabies last week, and that they're all wonderful: npr.org/blogs/allsongs…

Mar 24, 2015

Autocorrect really needs a setting that reads, "I don't need help with contractions or putting things in all caps. Also, I swear a lot."

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