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Switched on Pop

A podcast all about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain... more

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Berlin's Hottest Club is Rico Nasty & Boys Noize

There are few artists pushing the boundaries of their respective genres like Maryland rapper Rico Nasty and German-Iraqi electronic producer... more

16 Apr 2024 · 44 minutes
Chasing old sounds: Djo's "End of Beginning" with Joe Keery

Joe Keery is best known for his acting roles, such as the reformed jock Steve Harrington in "Stranger Things" and... more

09 Apr 2024 · 39 minutes
Cowboy Carter: This Ain't Country

Beyoncé's Cowboy Carter is her foray into country music, but this isn't just dirt roads, blue jeans and whiskey. Her... more

02 Apr 2024 · 39 minutes
Hip-hop's Sea Change at Rolling Loud

Hip-hop is in a weird place right now. Research says that the genre, in both streaming and chart performance, has... more

26 Mar 2024 · 42 minutes
Rhapsody in Blue, Reimagined

What do Duke Ellington, United Airlines, and the K Pop group Red Velvet share in common? They've all covered George... more

22 Mar 2024 · 30 minutes
Eternal Sunshine of Ariana Grande's Mind

Sidestep the gossip and focus on the music in Ariana Grande’s latest album Eternal Sunshine. The music is an exercise... more

19 Mar 2024 · 44 minutes
How to DIY a Music Career (with Amelia Meath and David Gray at SXSW)

In a landscape where the music industry seems designed to stifle creativity and independence, Amelia Meath stands as a beacon... more

15 Mar 2024 · 37 minutes
Is Beyoncé's music #sponcon? And other mysteries LIVE in Brooklyn

Live from On-Air Fest in Brooklyn, Nate and Charlie investigate listeners’ burning musical mysteries, such as: Is Beyoncé’s reference to... more

12 Mar 2024 · 44 minutes
Jacob Collier unites the world

One of the most inventive and gifted musicians working today is none other than Jacob Collier. Maybe you know him... more

05 Mar 2024 · 1 hour,
Beyoncé's Country

Renaissance Act II truthers, your time has come: There’s new music from Beyoncé, and boy, is it country. Her two... more

27 Feb 2024 · 44 minutes
Adult Contemporary, but make it cool (with CHROMEO)

The Canadian Electro-Funk duo CHROMEO have made consistently funky, highly danceable music for twenty years. They’ve released five studios albums,... more

20 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
The Star Spangled Banger!

Who is the biggest Diva of them all? The U.S. National Anthem, which borrows its melody from a historic British... more

13 Feb 2024 · 53 minutes
Brittany Howard's Chaos Theory (with Brittany Howard)

When it comes to powerful artistry, few can match the intensity of Brittany Howard. Over the past decade, we’ve seen... more

06 Feb 2024 · 35 minutes
The b*tch of loving musical theater (with Bridger Winegar)

When it comes to musical theater, everyone has an opinion. And Bridger Winegar, host of the very funny podcast I... more

30 Jan 2024 · 45 minutes
Kali Uchis takes on the world

Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis has cemented herself as something of a vibe curator; her signature genre fusion has brought forward... more

23 Jan 2024 · 36 minutes
Soundalikes: Lil Nas X and Ariana Grande

We live in an age of musical nostalgia where artists wear influences on their sleaves. Case in point, two established... more

16 Jan 2024 · 38 minutes
The case of the missing vocals, and other listener questions

All throughout the year, Switched on Pop gets a litany of musical questions that need answering. To kick off 2024,... more

09 Jan 2024 · 46 minutes
Too Fast? We’re Curious: The sped-up remix phenomenon - ICYMI

In case you missed it, last January, we published this story on the rising trend of sped-up music. It seems... more

02 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Wham! Op. 84 “Last Christmas” with Chilly Gonzales - ICYMI

In case you missed it, Wham’s 1984 contribution to the holiday cannon, “Last Christmas,” has surprising staying power. When Grammy-winning... more

25 Dec 2023 · 48 minutes
"Did I mention that it's Christmas in this club?" (w Matt Rogers)

Holiday album releases sometimes have a sense of pandering to them. "I'm a pop star. Here's me singing the nineteen-millionth... more

19 Dec 2023 · 32 minutes
Nicki Minaj's Roman Empire

Nicki Minaj is one of the most unique rappers of all time. She’s given us numerous iconic guest verses from... more

12 Dec 2023 · 50 minutes
Hear the Year: The music we loved in 2023

Sign up for the Switched On Pop Newsletter When you make a weekly podcast about pop music, there’s some things that,... more

05 Dec 2023 · 44 minutes
Behind the Scenes of Switched on Pop on Harman Audio Talks

Nate and Charlie were recently featured on Harman Audio Talks. While our team takes the week off, we wanted to... more

28 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
Noah Kahan’s Folk Pop Revival

Noah Kahan is having a banner year. Between his Best New Artist nomination at the Grammys, his debut SNL performance,... more

21 Nov 2023 · 39 minutes
Why Country Music Dominated 2023's Charts

Country music's had a massive year. Seriously, not since 1958 have we seen so many country tunes topping the Hot... more

14 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
The Beatles: "Now and Then" and Forever

When Paul McCartney announced that he and Ringo Starr had produced a new Beatles song with the aid of AI,... more

07 Nov 2023 · 30 minutes
Rerecording Taylor Swift's 1989s, Dark Side of the Moon, and Demi Lovato

Three big artists have rerecorded their most hallowed musical material. Taylor Swift, Roger Water and Demi Lovato each have different... more

28 Oct 2023 · 42 minutes
Chartbreakers: Mitski tops the TikTok chart

It’s time for another edition of our series Chartbreakers, where we take a look at the trends and shakeups happening... more

24 Oct 2023 · 43 minutes
How Talking Heads reinvented the concert film (with Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz)

Talking Head's concert film Stop Making Sense first came out forty years ago, and it’s just been rereleased in theaters... more

17 Oct 2023 · 50 minutes
Feeling Fine with Faye Webster

The past two episodes of the show have been in Atlanta, and this week, we’re staying there with a look... more

11 Oct 2023 · 41 minutes
Metro Boomin Wants Some More

Few producers have had such a demonstrated impact on the the last decade of music as Metro Boomin. Described by... more

06 Oct 2023 · 39 minutes
In Defense of Crunk

Twenty years ago, the song "Get Low" by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz and Ying Yang Twins was... more

03 Oct 2023 · 41 minutes
Made In America: Jay-Z & Toby Keith ICYMI

In case you missed it rerun from 2016. Back in 2011, two pop songs dropped with the same patriotic title:... more

28 Sep 2023 · 46 minutes
The Art of Flow (with DJ Jazzy Jeff) ICYMI

In hip-hop, what draws us to an artist is not just the content of their lyrics but how they deliver... more

26 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes
Doja Cat’s Satanic Suite

For the first time in 2023, a rap song is at number one on Billboard's Hot 100: Doja Cat's “Paint... more

19 Sep 2023 · 39 minutes
Jimmy Buffett: Next Year in Margaritaville

When Jimmy Buffett died on the first day of September, 2023, musicians from Paul McCartney to Pitbull mourned the death... more

12 Sep 2023 · 36 minutes
Beyoncé's 'Renaissance' Era ICYMI

In case you missed it, Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance is one of her most ambitious albums yet. On this week’s... more

05 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Olivia Rodrigo’s Good Ideas

Everyone seems to be getting Olivia Rodrigo wrong. She's one of the few pop stars who has made it big... more

29 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Wonders: "Stacy's Mom" and Adam Schlesinger

In 2003, amidst a bunch of bleak alternative rock bangers like “Numb” by Linkin Park and “Bring Me To Life”... more

22 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
The mid-career crises of Travis Scott and Post Malone

Right now, the two biggest records in the country come to us from two of hip-hop’s biggest superstars: Travis Scott... more

15 Aug 2023 · 36 minutes
Song Camp 2: Electric Boogaloo! (with Alex Tumay, Wolftyla, Nicholas Petricca, Grace VanderWaal)

Part two of the secret world of song camps looks at the different roles in a songwriting session. There are... more

11 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
The secret world of songwriting camps

Beginning in the nineties, pop songwriters have traveled to a 13th-century castle in the south of France for what’s come... more

08 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
Your cursive singing is tearing this family apart!

Recently while scrolling twitter we saw a clip from American Idol of judge Katy Perry admonishing an auditioner on the... more

01 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Barbie and the plasticity of pop

This past week, the film Barbie opened nationwide to massive success – and with it came a soundtrack, executive produced... more

25 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
How Louis Armstrong invented the modern pop star

In 1964, Louis Armstrong knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts with his recording of “Hello, Dolly!” becoming,... more

18 Jul 2023 · 33 minutes
Speak Now (about Taylor's versions)

Taylor Swift is currently the most streamed artist in the world as she’s commandeered the media as she embarks on... more

11 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
My Beyoncé Ticket Cost $4,000: Why the Touring Industry Might Be Broken – Into It with Sam Sanders

Us at Switched On Pop are off on vacation, but don't fret – this week we're still bringing you an... more

04 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
What makes a gay anthem?

Vulture might have killed the song of the summer back in 2016, but if you’re a member of the LGBTQ+... more

27 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
Switches Brew: blink-182, Kate Bush, BewhY, The Pointer Sisters, Saint Levant

Another installment of Switches Brew the show where you get to hear from the larger team Switched On Pop team... more

20 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Chartbreakers: Mexican regional y más

As summer comes upon us, it’s time for some Billboard shake ups. On this week’s edition of Chartbreakers, we’re looking... more

13 Jun 2023 · 44 minutes
Listening 2 Daft Punk: Random Access Memories

In the song "Touch" from Daft Punk's final studio album, 2013's Random Access Memories, featured artist Paul Williams sings a... more

06 Jun 2023 · 36 minutes
Listening 2 Daft Punk: Human After All / Alive 2007

Throughout their legendary career, Daft Punk continued to prove that the more robotic their music became, the more human they... more

30 May 2023 · 39 minutes
Listening 2 Daft Punk: Discovery

Daft Punk’s first album laid the groundwork for their robot personas, with four to the floor beats, programmed drum machines,... more

23 May 2023 · 36 minutes
Listening 2 Daft Punk: Homework

Ten years ago, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories gave life back to music. The world-beating smash “Get Lucky” broke streaming... more

16 May 2023 · 37 minutes
The Jonas Brothers' Yacht Rock Revival

After nearly two decades as a band the Jonas Brothers are staking their claim to a magnum opus by calling... more

09 May 2023 · 39 minutes
From Westeros-techno to trance metal: Eurovision 2023

It’s May, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for the Eurovision Song Contest. This year’s edition of... more

02 May 2023 · 28 minutes
Who killed the key change in pop music?

When trouble strikes in music town, there’s one guy who gets the call. That’s me, Joe Treble, forensic musicologist. This... more

25 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes
A.I. Drake has put music in a tailspin

We have an emergency podcast drop because the biggest and fastest moving story on the internet right now is about... more

21 Apr 2023 · 37 minutes
BTS goes solo together

The South Korean idol group BTS is one of the biggest musical sensations in history. They're constantly breaking records and... more

18 Apr 2023 · 49 minutes
This Generation's Caroline Polachek

From the first seconds of her latest album Desire, I Want to Turn Into You, Caroline Polachek asserts that she is... more

11 Apr 2023 · 43 minutes
The Shakira Conspiracy

Shakira is back on the Billboard Hot 100 – thanks to the help of Argentinian producer Bizarrap. Together, their song... more

04 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Reinventing Bach

If you’ve ever learned classical piano, you probably tried to play one of Bach’s Inventions. The composer wrote fifteen pieces... more

28 Mar 2023 · 40 minutes
100 gecs and the new sound of hyperpop

Everyone will describe the music of 100 gecs differently. To some, Dylan Brady and Laura Les make deeply satisfying earworms,... more

21 Mar 2023 · 39 minutes
Switches Brew

Every week the Switched On Pop team gets together and everybody shares one song they’re loving right now. It is... more

17 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
Modern Classics: Seal - Kiss From a Rose

“Kiss From a Rose” is one of the most unusual number one hits of all time. Seal’s song can’t decide... more

14 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
How John Denver got huge in Asia

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” is a song about West Virginia, but its message of homecoming has resonance far beyond... more

07 Mar 2023 · 33 minutes
Chartbreakers: Jersey Club, Complicated Country, and 50s Crooners

Currently on Billboard’s hot 100 there is an unexpected UK Garage / Jersey House mashup, a disgraced country star making... more

28 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
Five years later, the legacy of Nipsey Hussle's "Victory Lap"

Five years ago, Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle released Victory Lap, his only full length album. It was the high... more

22 Feb 2023 · 35 minutes
“Flowers” and the art of the response song

“Flowers” by Miley Cyrus is spending another week on top of the Billboard 100 – quite fitting for Valentine’s Day. The... more

14 Feb 2023 · 39 minutes
Rihanna Party! ICYMI

In case you missed it, “Rihanna Is The 21st Century’s Most Influential Musician” according to NPR. Millions and millions of... more

12 Feb 2023 · 54 minutes
The L.A. guitar shop that reinvented indie folk

In 2010, a photographer named Reuben Cox moved to Los Angeles to start Old Style Guitar Shop. In the years... more

07 Feb 2023 · 36 minutes
A History of Whammies at the Grammys - Into It with Sam Sanders

It's Grammys weekend and Sam Sanders, host of Vulture's Into It podcast, is ready for disappointment! Sam is joined by Switched... more

02 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
Wonders: Bobby McFerrin

In 1988, Bobby McFerrin recorded a song a cappella with a simple message: not to worry, and just enjoy life.... more

31 Jan 2023 · 34 minutes
The New Wave of Paramore

Six years after their last record, Paramore is back with new music, and their upcoming record seems to have an... more

24 Jan 2023 · 34 minutes
Taylor Swift and the music industry's next $20

Streaming feels like it's both at its height and on a precipice. Musicians are fed up at getting paid fractions... more

20 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
SZA's Endless Melody

Why does SZA's latest album SOS hit different? It's the way her melodies don't repeat where you expect them to,... more

18 Jan 2023 · 29 minutes
Too Fast? We’re Curious: The sped-up remix phenomenon

Over the past few months, you may have heard your favorite song pop up on the Internet – just slightly... more

10 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
ICYMI 90s Music Canon

Matt Daniels, editor of the publication The Pudding, wanted to find out what songs from his youth would last into... more

03 Jan 2023 · 38 minutes
ICYMI: We *do* talk about Bruno

The number one song on the charts is a bit of a mystery. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is the... more

27 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Anitta & Rosalía on the borders of Latin pop

When it comes to distinguishing what exactly Latin music is, what makes the cut? To some, it’s simply music from... more

20 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
How Bad Bunny won 2022

For Switched On Pop’s end of year coverage, we just have one superlative: who won 2022? The answer, of course,... more

13 Dec 2022 · 34 minutes
The soft sounds of Kali Uchis (live from Vulture Fest)

Through crafting a unique, cross-cultural sound, Kali Uchis has emerged as one of indie music’s most promising talents. From playing... more

06 Dec 2022 · 32 minutes
Why do new Christmas songs fail?

In case you missed it last year: why are there no new Christmas songs? One one hand, there's more holiday... more

29 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
The Art of Flow

In hip-hop, what draws us to an artist is not just the content of their lyrics but how they deliver... more

22 Nov 2022 · 36 minutes
Willow Smith rocks harder

Coping Mechanism, Willow's new album, is her heaviest music yet. Charlie and Willow chat about the making of the new... more

15 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
The Sound of Sapphism

Tegan & Sara and King Princess have found themselves placed under the banner, "sapphic pop," a term recently coined referring... more

08 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
Scary Pockets funkify pop classics (with Lizzy McAlpine)

Scary Pockets is the musical collective that has been transforming pop classics into funk anthems for over half a decade.... more

01 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
Up late with Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’

A Taylor Swift album is just not a collection of new music, it’s an exploration of a theme. For the... more

24 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
Steve Lacy brings bedroom pop to the Billboard top

It’s the song that launched a thousand TikTok videos – or over 500,000 to be exact: Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit.”  The... more

18 Oct 2022 · 34 minutes
Why it hurts to release a record (with Sylvan Esso)

Earlier this year, the members of Sylvan Esso took a gamble, making their "most free and wild and strange" album... more

11 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
Santigold sings Spirituals

After a four-year hiatus – and a name drop on a Beyoncé remix – musical polymath Santigold is back with... more

04 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
The future of music pt I

In part 1 of our Vergecast: Future of Music series, Alex Cranz talks with Switched on Pop's Charlie Harding about... more

27 Sep 2022 · 33 minutes
Lady Gaga & The Pequeños Monstruos

After an enlightening experience at Lady Gaga's Chromatica Ball, producer Reanna Cruz takes a look at the connection between Gaga's... more

20 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes
Invasion of the Vibe Snatchers

Why do so many songs sound familiar? Because the number of chart topping interpolations — songs built off of old... more

13 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Into It: Song of Summer 2022

Who had the song of the summer? Sam Sanders chats with Switched on Pop's Charlie Harding and Reanna Cruz about... more

06 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
Learning to love the Killers (maybe)

Are you like Nate? Is there one artist that, every time you hear them, you can't help it—you start to... more

30 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
K-Pop Chartbreakers: BLACKPINK, Girls’ Generation, NewJeans, IVE

A lot has happened in the world of Kpop this summer, from Girls’ Generation sugar coated banger “Forever 1” marking... more

23 Aug 2022 · 34 minutes
Demi Lovato Searches for "Substance" In Pop-Punk Perfection

Demi Lovato has found herself in many avenues over the past few years – from releasing a tell-all documentary to... more

16 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
Beyoncé's ‘Renaissance’ Era

Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance is one of her most ambitious albums yet. On this week’s episode of Switched On Pop,... more

09 Aug 2022 · 31 minutes
Into It: The Business of Beyoncé

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05 Aug 2022 · 39 minutes
"It's About Damn Time" for Another Lizzo #1

In the middle of a long, hot summer 2022, the people have spoken, and the people want to dance. Lizzo's... more

02 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
Elvis, Big Mama Thornton, Doja Cat, and the Long Legacy of “Hound Dog”

Baz Luhrmann’s hit box office hit biopic Elvis has spurred new interest in the music of The King. Elvis Presley’s... more

26 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
We Won’t Go Back: Pop Music and the Fight For Reproductive Rights (w MILCK and Ann Powers)

On June 24th 2022 the Supreme Court decided Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v Wade and asserting... more

19 Jul 2022 · 30 minutes
Harry Styles and the Sledgehammer Horns

As we hit the dog days of summer, the artist that’s started to soundtrack pool parties across the country is... more

12 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
ICYMI: The 90s’ Most Unlikely Hit (with Baz Luhrmann)

In 1999 filmmaker Baz Luhrmann released the song “Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen,” a 7-minute-long graduation speech set to downtempo... more

05 Jul 2022 · 53 minutes
Beyoncé's House

The world stops with a Beyoncé drop. On Monday, June 20th, our prayers were answered with “Break My Soul,” the lead... more

28 Jun 2022 · 32 minutes
Robert Glasper on jazz, basketball, and his score for "Winning Time"

Robert Glasper is the only artist to have an album debut in the top 10 of 4 different Billboard charts.... more

21 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
Scoring Stranger Things with Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

We recently deconstructed how Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” has found itself at the center of culture... more

16 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Kate Bush, Stranger Things, and a hit song four decades in the making

Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” enters the latest season of Stranger Things during a brooding high-school hallway scene right out of... more

14 Jun 2022 · 31 minutes
So your song went viral on TikTok. What’s next?

On TikTok, pop stars — Halsey, FKA Twigs, and Florence Welch among them — have been complaining a lot lately... more

07 Jun 2022 · 34 minutes
The 1980s jam that gave Latto and Mariah Carey Big D*** Energy

If you've heard Latto's swaggering track "Big Energy"—and after 30 weeks on the Hot 100, you probably have—you may have... more

31 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Kendrick Lamar and the big samples

It’s been five years since Kendrick Lamar released his Pulitzer winning album DAMN. Having established himself as a modern rap... more

24 May 2022 · 31 minutes
Modern Classics: PJ Morton made Nas’s Stevie Wonder dream come true

On all of his projects — Grammy-winning albums, playing keys with Maroon 5, fronting a full string section in his NPR Tiny... more

17 May 2022 · 29 minutes
Will Ukraine win Eurovision 2022?

Greece, Spain, UK, Sweden, Italy and Ukraine are the frontrunners in the 2022 Eurovision competition. Switched On Pop analyzes the... more

10 May 2022 · 28 minutes
Belle and Sebastian on the value of staying "young and stupid"

Belle and Sebastian released the first album Tigermilk in 1996, and they’ve released eight more since—a catalog that helped define... more

03 May 2022 · 28 minutes
The New Alternative

Last month, Nirvana entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time in nearly two decades — only their... more

26 Apr 2022 · 31 minutes
Jump-starting the creative process with Allison Ponthier

Allison Ponthier knows the hardest part of making anything is getting started. When she was young, she “always wanted to... more

19 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
A Higher Power Ballad

The recorded version of Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” opens with a full-blast chorus alongside driving percussion and ringing guitars. But when... more

12 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
How sound becomes hearing

We love listening to music at a ridiculous level of detail. But the other day we heard a podcast that... more

05 Apr 2022 · 41 minutes
Listening 2 Britney: Gimme More

There’s no more iconic Britney lyric than the opening of “Gimme More.” It's 2007, four years since her last album... more

29 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
Listening 2 Britney: Toxic

In 2003 Britney Spears released “Toxic,” a song that would make converts out of pop skeptics, be named one of... more

22 Mar 2022 · 28 minutes
Listening 2 Britney: I'm a Slave 4 U

In the first three years of Britney Spears’ pop music career, she released annual, consecutive albums. In 1999 we got... more

15 Mar 2022 · 29 minutes
Listening 2 Britney: ...Baby One More Time

On a crisp Autumn morning in 1998, the world was introduced to the voice of Britney Spears, and pop would... more

08 Mar 2022 · 29 minutes
Chartbreakers (ft. Megan Thee Stallion and the Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Presenting Chartbreakers, in which Nate and Charlie listen to the Billboard Hot 100 chart from top to bottom and discover... more

01 Mar 2022 · 35 minutes
Leon Bridges and Khruangbin Sing a Song of Texas

Leon Bridges is the soul singer hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, who burst onto the music scene in 2015 with... more

15 Feb 2022 · 34 minutes
Shaking Out the Numb with Sylvan Esso

The last proper, blowout concert Charlie attended was devastatingly long ago, back in the winter of 2019. Bringing some funk... more

08 Feb 2022 · 30 minutes
We *do* talk about Bruno

The number one song on the charts is a bit of a mystery. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is the... more

01 Feb 2022 · 26 minutes
32 Albums in, Elvis Costello is Just Getting Started

Elvis Costello burst onto the music scene in 1977 with the album My Aim Is True. Songs like “Alison” established... more

25 Jan 2022 · 34 minutes
Accidental Kpop star Eric Nam risks it all to go his own way

Eric Nam is an accidental K-pop star. Growing up in Atlanta, and graduating from college in Boston, he did not... more

19 Jan 2022 · 37 minutes
The Weeknd drives through purgatory (with a little help from Jim Carrey)

Dawn FM is The Weeknd’s most narratively compelling album yet. More than just a collection of eighties-nostalgia single bait, Dawn... more

11 Jan 2022 · 37 minutes
Why do new Christmas songs fail?

Why are there no new Christmas songs? One one hand, there's more holiday songs than we’ll ever need. Every year... more

21 Dec 2021 · 26 minutes
Tai Verdes TikTok-ed his way to a breakout hit

Whether you’re a TikTok fanatic, or the app’s K-hole-inducing stream of content has forced you to delete it from your... more

14 Dec 2021 · 31 minutes
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raise The Roof

Robert Plant is in his own words “cold” and “prickly” while speaking about his new album with Alison Krauss, Raise The... more

07 Dec 2021 · 31 minutes
The Beatles get back to their roots

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ final album, Let it Be. To commemorate the occasion,... more

30 Nov 2021 · 40 minutes
Taylor, Adele & Silk Sonic’s broken hearts club

This week we are having a blast feeling really sad. Guest Brittany Luse, cohost of the acclaimed podcast For Colored... more

23 Nov 2021 · 41 minutes
Snotty Nose Rez Kids on hip hop and Indigenous protest

Merging hip hop and Indigenous culture, rap duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids are creating a sound that goes hard for... more

16 Nov 2021 · 26 minutes
The State of the Pop Union

From time to time, it is our constitutional duty to provide an update to the people on the current state... more

09 Nov 2021 · 35 minutes
Why ABBA songs just hit different

Swedish supergroup ABBA is releasing their first album in forty years, making this the perfect time for Nate and Charlie... more

02 Nov 2021 · 34 minutes
The Healing Power of Pop with Esperanza Spalding

It. Has. Been. A. Year. We’ve felt it; you’ve felt it. Sometimes, it’s comforting to consider how universal that overwhelming... more

26 Oct 2021 · 35 minutes
Janet Jackson's Legacy After 'Control' from It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders

Sam Sanders is one of our favorite friends of the podcast. His NPR show, It's Been A Minute, has released... more

22 Oct 2021 · 46 minutes
James Bond and the Sound of Spycraft

The latest installment of the James Bond franchise, No Time To Die, closes the book on the Daniel Craig era... more

19 Oct 2021 · 34 minutes
James Blake & The Return of Harmony

For a decade James Blake has crafted an idiosyncratic sound. His early work as a minimalist electronic producer fused lush... more

12 Oct 2021 · 39 minutes
Sparkle spoke out against R Kelly. It cost her her career.

On this week’s episode we're sharing a story fromThe Cut where senior writer Angelina Chapin and co-host Jazmín Aguilera talk... more

07 Oct 2021 · 31 minutes
The Mystery of Montero AKA Lil Nas X (feat. Take A Daytrip)

Lil Nas X has a talent for creating productive controversy. First with “Old Town Road,” he challenged expectations about blackness... more

28 Sep 2021 · 35 minutes
Deja Vu: Why Olivia Rodrigo keeps giving up songwriting credits

In the last few years music copyright claims have skyrocketed. More and more artists are giving songwriting credits away. Frequently,... more

21 Sep 2021 · 1 hour,
CHVRCHES and the sound of 80s horror

CHVRCHES is well-known for their comprehensive use of synthesizers and their updated take on “synthpop”, a subgenre of pop we... more

14 Sep 2021 · 33 minutes
From Taylor Swift to Bon Iver, Aaron Dessner Finds Meaning in Musical Community

On August 27th Big Red Machine, the joint musical project of Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner - artists known for... more

07 Sep 2021 · 27 minutes
Modern Classics: Carina del Valle Schorske on Cat Power's "Manhattan"

Recently the hosts of Switched on Pop kept seeing the same byline next to their favorite pieces of music writing.... more

31 Aug 2021 · 29 minutes
The Joy of Music Festivals

For the past two weeks, our series on summer music festivals has uncovered the interplay of festival fashion and music... more

24 Aug 2021 · 27 minutes
The Beauty and Horror of Insane Clown Posse's Summer Festival

The Gathering of the Juggalos is the music festival centered around the rap duo Insane Clown Posse. Their songs are... more

17 Aug 2021 · 35 minutes
Switched on Pop
The Joy of Music Festivals
Switched on Pop

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For the past two weeks, our series on summer music festivals has uncovered the interplay of festival fashion and music and examined... more