The season one finale of Netflix and Vox's great 'Explained' series was about music. It was narrated by Carly Rae Jepsen and featured interviews with TOKiMONSTA, who discussed recovering from the rare brain disease that made her lose her ability to comprehend music...
At NPR's Turning The Tables Live at Lincoln Center on Wednesday (8/1) night, the emphasis was on pop. Ann Powers moderated a song circle that included Carly Rae Jepsen, Mitski, Jamila Woods and Phoebe Bridgers with equal parts reverence and amusement.
They join Carly Rae Jepsen and Jamila Woods, and all four of them will ”come together for a song circle, performing stripped-down versions of their original music and discussing modern popular-music culture with moderator Ann Powers.”
”In my world, certain people look down their noses at pop music. I believe they consider it inauthentic, pandering, manufactured and lacking any intention other than being a ”hit.” Much of that is true, but of course there are many exceptions—great songs that speak to their times and also become hits.”
The annual San Francisco festival also includes Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Future, Jamie xx, Huey Lewis & the News, Mac DeMarco, Tycho, Father John Misty, Broken Social Scene, Perfume Genius, The Mountain Goats, Amen Dunes, and more.
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