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From her third LP Jubilee and bestselling memoir Crying in H Mart, to her work on the score for the video game Sable, Japanese Breakfast frontperson Michelle Zauner has been generating so much buzz that it's no wonder she's been selling out shows across the country. Zauner's homecoming to Philadelphia is no different, extending her stop to five nights at Union Transfer.

The First 100 Videos Played On MTV

Jul 30, 2021

"Ladies and gentlemen, rock 'n' roll."

Those were the words spoken by Warner Cable executive John Lack on Aug. 1, 1981, at 12:01 am when MTV — Music Television — went on air for the very first time. It was accompanied by the image of an astronaut, modeled after Neil Armstrong, and an MTV flag planted on the moon's surface. Comparing the station to the moon landing may have come off as hubristic at the time, but MTV would go on to change pop music and its impact on popular culture forever.

On 'Outside Child,' Allison Russell Confronts Trauma With Compassion

Jul 19, 2021

Music heals. Allison Russell is a great example of that.

Shirley Manson On Garbage's Journey To 'No Gods No Masters'

Jul 16, 2021

Garbage is a band that opened my eyes and shifted my perspective. When I first heard their music, I was a 10-year-old kid in a house where classic rock was everything. It was a lot of guys with guitars. My mind was blown by "Queer," from Garbage's 1995 debut album, a track I discovered from a mix CD.

The new Counting Crows album — the band's first in seven years — is not your typical release. As the title suggests, Butter Miracle Suite One is a record more accurately described as a suite.

Shungudzo Knows What She Wants To Change In The World

Jul 7, 2021

Shungudzo's life is like a movie, with twists and turns. Born in the United States, the singer spent her early years in Zimbabwe where she became the first Black woman to represent Zimbabwe as a gymnast at the All-Africa Games. She then moved back to attend Stanford University, where she got involved in charity work. She was also featured on a reality show, all the while making music.

No Sophomore Slump: A Playlist Of Songs From Great Second Albums

Jul 1, 2021

In this episode, we're talking about the "sophomore slump" — or rather, the lack of one.

That case could easily be made for Nirvana, whose first album Bleach would pale in comparison to its follow-up, Nevermind. It sold over 30 million copies, made grunge a household name and turned Kurt Cobain into the planet's biggest rock star.

Crowded House Reunites On 'Dreamers Are Waiting'

Jun 23, 2021

Neil Finn was onstage with Fleetwood Mac when he was struck with the feeling of missing his own band, Crowded House. It had been over a decade since it last released an album, but that didn't stop Finn from pursuing a new project with bassist Nick Seymour and keyboardist Mitchell Froom.

Like so many musicians during the pandemic, bluesman Black Joe Lewis asked himself, "What now?"

Growing weary of the industry, and having faced the challenges of touring during the beginning of the pandemic, Lewis and his band, The Honeybears, returned to his hometown of Austin amidst a slew of cancellation calls.

Through Music And Poetry, Valerie June Writes For Dreamers

Jun 9, 2021

When Valerie June enters a room, the air transforms. When she sings, her voice hits like an ocean wave and carries the listener along with it. With power and restraint, she uses her voice to its full effect.

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