The Good Listener
Aug 9, 2014 — You want to help a band cover costs, but you don't want to get gouged, either. How much is too much?
Aug 1, 2014 — Folk-rock bands posing on hay bales. Metal bands in alleys with burning trash cans. Why are there so many tropes in press shots — and what are some of the secrets to getting them right?
Jul 24, 2014 — With festival season underway, NPR Music's weekly advice column examines a vexing etiquette issue. At outdoor festivals, is it okay to hold your place near the stage by merely plunking down a towel?
Jul 12, 2014 — Indie rock, as a genre, often includes music that's found mainstream success, music with major distribution, and music that doesn't rock. So what does the term mean at this point? Anything?
Jul 4, 2014 — When praising a new band to friends, should you warn them about salty language for their kids' sake?
Jun 27, 2014 — Quiet Riot tours with no original members. Is there a point where staying together is just silly?
Jun 21, 2014 — When do we know what the song of summer will be? Have we already heard this year's song? If not, when do we typically start to hear it? Why do the other seasons lack their own song?
Jun 13, 2014 — If we skip certain songs on an album every time, do they automatically qualify as "filler"?
Jun 6, 2014 — With enough exposure, today's can't-get-enough pop smash can be tomorrow's invasive irritant.
May 23, 2014 — Hard-drive space is virtually unlimited, but there comes a time when the music you have can obstruct the music you want.