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(You can find a full list of my clips for NPR here.)

Selected music features & interviews

Torres Explains The Fear And Desire Behind Her Most Self-Determined Record Yet
NPR Music | January 2020

How One Of Music’s Biggest Stars Almost Disappeared, And How Her Legacy Was Saved
NPR Music | September 2019

The Motherlode
NPR Music | July 2019

The Old Disappearing-Reappearing Band Trick (Or, How Millennials Rescued Duster’s Music From The Abyss)
NPR Music | March 2019

Women Are The Fabric Of 21st Century Pop
NPR Music | July 2018

Trixie Mattel: America’s Next Top Folk-Country Comedy Drag Artist
NPR Music |March 2018

Power In Everything: Priests’ Katie Alice Greer On Making Space For Art
NPR Music | December 2017

Taylor Swift Can’t Be The Victim And The Villain
NPR Music | August 2017

After A Detour, Land Of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell Finds A New Way Home
NPR Music | July 2017

Interview: Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak
She Shreds Issue #11 | Fall 2016

Bedroom Dream Band: Jay Som Talks About Producing Her New Album By Herself
Bitch Media | October 2016

Introducing: Oshwa
Bandcamp Daily | September 2016

Selected music criticism

Frances Quinlan Follows Her First Spark Of Creation
NPR Music | January 2020

On ‘What Chaos Is Imaginary,’ Girlpool Commits To Restless Growth
NPR Music | January 2019

On ‘Honey,’ Robyn Dances Towards Stillness
NPR Music | October 2018

On ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel,’ Humanity Is Courtney Barnett’s Superpower
NPR Music | May 2018

Hop Along’s Emotionally Resonant ‘Bark Your Head Off, Dog’ Is A Triumph
NPR Music |April 2018

Review: Soccer Mommy, ‘Clean’
NPR Music | February 2018

Review: Palm, ‘Rock Island’
NPR Music | February 2018

Review: Mitski, Puberty 2
Bitch Magazine # 72 |Fall 2016

Book reviews

In ‘Females,’ The State Is Less A Biological Condition Than An Existential One
NPR | October 2019

‘Revenge Of The She-Punks’ Sets Out To Rectify A Gender Imbalance
NPR | May 2019

Tiny Desk concerts, playlists, etc.

Carly Rae Jepsen: Tiny Desk concert
NPR Music | November 2019

5 Tiny Desk Concerts That Will Literally Make You Cry
NPR Music | October 2019

Foxing: Tiny Desk concert
NPR Music | June 2019

Camp Cope: Tiny Desk concert
NPR Music | August 2018

Broséwave: 21 Songs For Dudes Who Drink Pink
NPR Music | July 2018

Tiny Desk concert: Japanese Breakfast
NPR Music | October 2017


Perfume Genius Announces New Album, Shares First Single ‘Describe’
NPR Music | February 2020

Waxahatchee Announces New Album ‘Saint Cloud,’ Shares First Single ‘Fire’
NPR Music | January 2020

Watch This 9-Year-Old Girl Drum Her Heart Out To Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’
NPR Music | November 2019

Hear ‘Copernicus Crater,’ The First Single From Duster’s First Record In 20 Years
NPR Music | November 2019

King Princess And Fiona Apple Collaborate On New Version Of ‘I Know’
NPR Music | January 2019

Dolly Parton Announces Eight-Part Netflix Series Based On Her Music
NPR Music | June 2018

U2, Ed Sheeran Cancel St. Louis Concerts After Protests Over Police Acquittal
NPR Music | September 2017

Eskimeaux Changes Name To Ó Following Criticism From Inuk Singer Tanya Tagaq
NPR Music | April 2017

How’d International Women’s Day Go For Musicians?
NPR Music | March 2017

Why Does The GOP Still Support Dangerous Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’?
The Establishment | August 2016

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The Fine Brushstrokes Of ‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’
All my years of studying French led me to really try to pronounce Céline Sciamma’s name correctly.
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | February 2020

New Mix: Jay Som, Moon Hooch, Ada Lea, More
I co-hosted All Songs with Bob Boilen and our NPR Music intern, Emma Bowers.
NPR | All Songs Considered | February 2020

New Mix: Koffee, Diet Cig, Waxahatchee, Half Waif, More
I co-hosted All Songs with Bob Boilen to play some delightful new songs.
NPR | All Songs Considered | January 2020

Talking, Laughing, Loving, Breathing: On The Return Of ‘The L Word’
I joined Pop Culture Happy Hour to talk about The L Word: Generation Q.
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | January 2020

One Big Breath And A Blazing Guitar: 2019’s Best Moments In Music
I spoke to All Things Considered with my coworker Tom Huizenga about my favorite musical moment of 2019.
NPR | All Things Considered | December 2019

New Mix: Torres, Julien Baker, Illuminati Hotties, More
I co-hosted this episode of All Songs with Bob Boilen and Lyndsey McKenna to play a distressing board game and play some great new tunes.
NPR | All Songs Considered | October 2019

The 2010s: Queer Goes Mainstream
To wrap up the 2010s, I talked to All Songs about the decade’s increase in visibility for queer pop artists and the complexities that come with mainstreaming.
NPR | All Songs Considered | October 2019

The 2019 MTV VMAs
I helped PCHH recap the 2019 VMAs. Lizzo! Missy Elliott! And somehow, inexplicably, Taylor Swift!
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | August 2019

Road-Testing the 2019 Songs of the Summer
Carly Rae Jepsen is the answer, and that’s my final answer.
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | July 2019

New Mix: Better Oblivion Community Center, Bellows, Duster & More
I co-hosted this episode of All Songs with Bob Boilen and talked about some of my favorite new music.
NPR | All Songs Considered | January 2019

Glaring Omissions: The Music We Missed in 2018
I tried to convince Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton that Camp Cope should have been on NPR Music’s year-end list.
NPR | All Songs Considered | December 2018

We Celebrate Our Favorite Christmas Songs
I was a guest on PCHH to talk about the forever dominance of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | December 2018

‘Women Are Not One Thing’: The 2018 Turning The Tables List Shines With Diversity
I spoke with NPR’s Ailsa Chang and my colleague Sidney Madden about the 2018 Turning the Tables list.
NPR |All Things Considered | July 2018

PCHH loves Alex Trebek’s mustache and so do I.
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | July 2018

Roséwave: This Summer, Think Pink
Lars Gotrich, Lyndsey McKenna and I invented a lifestyle-slash-genre. Then, we convinced All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen to listen to it.
NPR |All Songs Considered | July 2018

Road-Testing The Songs Of The Summer
In which I remind Pop Culture Happy Hour that #20GayTeen is Hayley Kiyoko’s year and we’re all just living in it.
NPR |Pop Culture Happy Hour | June 2018

Turning The Tables Listening Party: A Dynamic Sister Duo
A conversation with Ann Powers, Sidney Madden, Katie Presley and me about the artistic mastery of Beyoncé and Solange.
NPR | World Cafe | February 2018

‘The Disaster Artist’ Is A Very James Franco Production
As a longtime fan of The Room, I chatted with PCHH about James Franco’s The Disaster Artist.
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | December 2017

What Makes A Great Album Last?
I joined the ASC team to talk about being a teen who loved Bright Eyes.
NPR | All Songs Considered |November 2017

NPR Music 10th Anniversary Podcast: 2010
A conversation about Kanye, emo revival and streaming
NPR | All Songs Considered |November 2017

Kendrick Lamar Wins Big In The VMAs’ Jarring Jumble Of Moments
I brought some lukewarm takes about youth culture & Taylor Swift to PCHH
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | August 2017

Other All Songs Considered appearances:


Panelist/Presenter: “My Revenge is Death: Unpacking the Riot Grrrls’ Soundtrack to Killing Rapists” at MoPOP Pop Conference, April 2019

Panelist: “Turning The Tables: 21st Century Edition Live,” Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, July 2018

Panelist/Presenter: “Pop Personae and Fashioned Bodies: An Analysis of Pop Styles and Soft Masculinities” at MoPOP Pop Conference, April 2018

Organizer/Reader: “You Have to Read This!” reading series, May 2017

Panelist: The Ladycast Live at DC Podfest, November 2016

boundaries” (Keeper Zines #4)

“DIVULGE” (Keeper Zines #3)

“U G L Y” (Keeper Zines #2)

“GRRRLS IN CARS” (Keeper Zines #1)

I also provided editorial support to Reflections on the Burden of Men in 2017