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Hear Dirty Projectors' First New Song Since 2012

npr.org — Dirty Projectors' early career opened a virtual fire hydrant of ideas: albums overstuffed with sound and chaos, reined in by real artistry, released in rapid succession. But as bandleader David Longstreth honed his vision, the hydrant's flow has given way to a trickle.

Hear Dirty Projectors' First New Song Since 2012

npr.org — Dirty Projectors' early career opened a virtual fire hydrant of ideas: albums overstuffed with sound and chaos, reined in by real artistry, released in rapid succession. But as bandleader David Longstreth honed his vision, the hydrant's flow has given way to a trickle.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Emmys, Comedy And Your Spooky Grandpa

npr.org — Enlarge this image [In case you haven't heard, Pop Culture Happy Hour is embarking on a West Coast tour! San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles are sold out - though we recently added an appearance (with !) at the Now Hear This podcast festival in Anaheim on Oct.

First Listen: Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, ‘I Had A Dream That You Were Mine’

bandwidth.wamu.org — "I use the same voice I always have," Hamilton Leithauser sings in the chorus of "Sick As A Dog," and he's got a point: The former Walkmen frontman is instantly identifiable, whether he's singing with his old band, working as a solo artist or, in this case, working with Vampire Weekend 's Rostam Batmanglij under the name Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam.

First Listen: Flock Of Dimes, ‘If You See Me, Say Yes’

bandwidth.wamu.org — There's not resting on your laurels, and then there's trying on new creative identities as soon as the old ones have begun to pay dividends. Jenn Wasner, best known as the singer and lead guitarist for Wye Oak, could have simply coasted through a long and fruitful career as one of rock's most gripping bandleaders, a shredder whose slurred and alluring vocals articulate a world of worry and self-discovery.

First Listen: Beach Slang, ‘A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings’

bandwidth.wamu.org — Sometimes album titles really do say it all: A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings, the second full-length album by the Philly rock band Beach Slang, pulls off exactly what it promises.

Gordi Blurs Reality In A Video For 'So Here We Are' : NPR

npr.org — Gordi (a.k.a. Sydney's Sophie Payten) isn't the first singer to dramatically manipulate her voice with a vocoder: The sound Imogen Heap helped popularize with 2005's " Hide And Seek" has become a go-to trick for everyone from James Blake and Bon Iver to Kanye West.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Documentary Now!' And Life Onscreen

npr.org — Enlarge this image [In case you haven't heard, Pop Culture Happy Hour is embarking on a West Coast tour! San Francisco and Los Angeles are already sold out - though we've just added an appearance (with Guy Branum!) at the Now Hear This podcast festival in Anaheim on Oct.

First Listen: Flock Of Dimes, 'If You See Me, Say Yes'

npr.org — Enlarge this image There's not resting on your laurels, and then there's trying on new creative identities as soon as the old ones have begun to pay dividends. Jenn Wasner, best known as the singer and lead guitarist for Wye Oak, could have simply coasted through a long and fruitful career as one of rock's most gripping bandleaders, a shredder whose slurred and alluring vocals articulate a world of worry and self-discovery.

First Listen: Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, 'I Had A Dream That You Were Mine'

npr.org — Enlarge this image "I use the same voice I always have," Hamilton Leithauser sings in the chorus of "Sick As A Dog," and he's got a point: The former Walkmen frontman is instantly identifiable, whether he's singing with his old band, working as a solo artist or, in this case, recording with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij under the name Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam.
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Sep 22, 2016

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Sep 22, 2016

@mhefflin You are the actual greatest -- thank you so much!

Sep 22, 2016

@jorgiecakes I actually am! Unlike everyone they've cast, I've never heard of a Gen-Xer acting as if they're the new Greatest Generation.

Sep 21, 2016

Three of PCHH's four West Coast shows are sold out. So, uh, I've got a favor to ask Portland on Oct. 19... Tickets:  http://bit.ly/2cDwdKL 

Sep 21, 2016

"This is Survivor: Millennials Vs. Generation X. We have no idea what either of those terms mean, literally or figuratively." #survivor

Sep 20, 2016

Portland: Make your favorite son proud, or at least not embarrassed, or whatever! Tickets for PCHH Live on Oct. 19: https://t.co/DP2i4Qc0v1 https://t.co/yBry14jjWC

Sep 19, 2016

Seattle, San Francisco, L.A.: SOLD OUT. Portland: You got this! Pop Culture Happy Hour Live with @npraudie, Oct. 19:  http://bit.ly/2cDwdKL 

Sep 18, 2016

Turned away from a grim nail-biter to see Rami Malek and Tatiana Maslany win. Never thought I'd say it, but awards > sports, just this once.

Sep 18, 2016

Looking at these stacked #Emmys categories, it's small wonder some of them have six and seven nominees. They'll need 10 next year. #PeakTV


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