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Bullseye from NPR is your curated guide to culture. Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture picks from our favorite critics and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney's, which called it "the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world." (Formerly known as The Sound of Young America.)
 
Geared towards Deadheads, Phishheads and the jam band community, The Sound Podcast is a music discovery interview style podcast, hosted by Ira Haberman. Featuring Jam Bands and more... much more. Rooted in Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Soul but mostly Jam Band music. New episodes of The Sound Podcast are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday (and more if we can). The Wednesday episode is exclusively a live music playlist called LIVEFIVE powered by nug ...
 
Welcome to Heidi's Word, Ever hear a song, artist, or sound that crept all up in your spirit that you instantly connected with? Ever want to know what those emotions, thoughts, expressions are unraveling from hearing that song? Join me as I speak on my take sharing insights, reflections, and connections on newly released songs, sounds, or music videos from today's top artists, as well as discovered, or up and coming artists on SoundCloud. I will speak on all types of music or sound because I ...
 
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Robert Glasper is a Grammy award-winning pianist, producer and songwriter. He's worked with some of the biggest names in hip-hop from Kanye West to Common. Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly features some of his outstanding keyboard work. To date, he's earned three Grammy awards and is up for another two this year – best R&B song for "Better Than…
 
This week we're revisiting our 2019 conversation with rapper Freddie Gibbs. Freddie joined us to talk about his childhood growing up in Gary, Indiana, carving out space for himself as a rapper from the Midwest, and how he always knew that one day he'd be famous. Plus, he tells us about how he met his MadGibbs collaborator, producer Madlib.…
 
We're joined by comedian and actor Michael Ian Black on an all-new Bullseye! He's a founding member of the comedy groups The State and Stella as well as a regular on the kind of talking head pop culture shows that were all the rage in the late aughts. When he's not busy making us laugh on stage and screen, Michael is a prolific author. His first bo…
 
We're back with our first new episode of the year! It's already one of our favorites in recent memory. Actor Glynn Turman talks with us about his extraordinary life. You might know him as Clarence Royce on The Wire, or Doctor Senator on the most recent season of Fargo. And he's had a number of iconic roles in films like in Gremlins and Cooley High,…
 
Featured Songs: 1. 00:38 - Joe Russo’s Almost Dead - 02-21-20 - Shakedown Street - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY 2. 13:18 - Widespread Panic - 03-02-20 - Pigeons - The Beacon Theatre - New York, NY 3. 22:40 - The Brothers - 03-10-20 - Revival - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY 4. 26:50 - Spafford - 05-24-20 - Salamander Song - At the D…
 
It's the most hilarious time of the year again! That's right, we're back for another End of Year Comedy special. This holiday season the staff at MaxFun HQ listened to countless hours of stand-up, considered thousands of punchlines, and subjected our funny bones to innumerable tickles so that we could deliver only the very best stand-up comedy of 2…
 
Featured Songs: 1. 00:38 - Billy Strings - 01-18-20 - Wharf Rat - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY 2. 08:37 - Dead & Company - 01-19-20 - Scarlet Begonias > Fire - Moon Palace - Cancun, MEX (Playing in the Sand) 3. 30:36 - Ghost Light - 01-19-20 - Joeline - The Warehouse - Fairfield, CT 4. 34:45 - Greensky Bluegrass (with Holly Bowling) - 02-…
 
Dick Van Dyke has been entertaining the public for over 70 years. He's a legend of stage and screen – The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie and so many more... and he's still performing today. He turned 95 this month. We're taking a moment to celebrate his career by revisiting our interview with him from 2015. Dick Van Dyke talked ab…
 
Featured Songs: 1. 00:38 - Umphrey’s McGee - 01-30-20 - Hey 19 - MGM Northfield Park - Northfield, OH (Steely Dan) 2. 11:16 - Pigeons Playing Ping Pong - 09-18-20 - Abracadabra - Champlain Valley Expo - Essex Junction, VT (Steve Miller Band) 3. 15:26 - Aqueous - 09-19-20 - Hungry Like The Wolf - Ardmore Music Hall - Philadelphia, PA (Duran Duran) 4…
 
It's here! Bullseye's Holiday Spectacular has finally arrived and it's a jam packed episode! This year features interviews with guests like musician and actor Andrew Bird, actor and musician, Anika Noni Rose, and hosts of the new MaxFun podcast Tiny Victories, Laura House and Annabelle Gurwitch. Plus, the McElroy brothers join Jesse to offer up som…
 
Adrian Tomine is a cartoonist. Along with graphic novels like Killing and Drying and Shortcomings, he created the series Optic Nerve, which began publication in 1991. He's also made several classic covers for The New Yorker. His latest book is an illustrated memoir called The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist. Adrian joins Bullseye guest h…
 
Featured Songs: 1. 00:38 - Billy Strings - 01-23-20 - All Time Low - Mars Music Hall - Huntsville, AB (Widespread Panic) 2. 06:15 - Infamous Stringdusters - 02-07-20 - Mister Charlie - Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL (Grateful Dead) 3. 16:07 - Spafford - 02-09-20 - Eyes of the World - Brooklyn Bowl - New York, NY (Grateful Dead) 4. 25:35 - moe. - 03-08-2…
 
Roman Mars hosts the radio show and podcast 99% Invisible. It's a show about the little known stories behind everyday design and architecture. Prefabricated homes. Trash can design. Even those little ramps you see on sidewalk corners: how and why did stuff like that come to be? He just released a new book based on the podcast – it's called the 99 P…
 
This week we're revisiting our 2017 conversation with musician Phil Elverum. Phil is a singer-songwriter best known for the music he records as the bands the Microphones and Mount Eerie. Earlier this year he released a new album titled Microphones in 2020. He joined Jesse to talk about grieving the loss of his first wife, cartoonist Geneviève Castr…
 
Describing the aesthetic that is Lespecial isn’t the easiest of tasks. On the surface, they are a power trio, who add samples, synths and several other elements to their sonic landscape. Digging deeper, you figure out there music is quite complex and while extremely progressive, has definitive improvisational qualities, which make them quite approp…
 
Featured Songs: 1. 00:38 - moe. - 10-23-20 - Happy Hour Hero - Yarmouth Drive In - Cape Cod, MA 2. 09:41 - Goose - 11-07-20 - Wysteria Lane - South Farms - Morris, CT 3. 27:51 - Warren Haynes - 11-08-20 - End Of The Line - South Farms - Morris, CT 4. 35:28 - Pigeons Playing Ping Pong - 11-21-20 - Ghostbusters > Su Casa > Ghostbusters - Flockbuster …
 
Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco has been making music since she was a teenager. For decades now, she's recorded and released her music on her own label, Righteous Babe Records. Her music is both autobiographical and political, with influences from funk, rock, jazz and punk. She's released over 20 albums so far and her latest, "Revolutionary Love," w…
 
Carrie Coon is an actor best known for her roles on TV. You've seen her as Nora on HBO's The Leftovers. No one was as fearless and bold as Nora. She was angry and kind of tightly wound, traumatized by the loss of her entire family. In Season 3 of Fargo, Carrie played Police Chief Gloria Burgle: brave in the face of danger, but also baffled at human…
 
Pluto Gang is a 6 piece band from Charlotte, North Carolina and they have a super interesting story, one that probably would have been told very differently if not for COVID-19, the pandemic and the lockdowns. In fact, the irony is that the pandemic may have sped things along for the band, in terms of putting out music, and beginning their rise wit…
 
Featured Songs: 1. 00:38 - Aqueous - 09-19-20 - Hungry Like The Wolf - Ardmore Music Hall - Philadelphia, PA 2. 12:41 - Leftover Salmon - 10-24-20 - Tangled Up In Blue - Surf Hotel - Buena Vista, CO 3. 19:30 - Goose - 11-06-20 - Honeybee - South Farms - Morris, CT 4. 27:10 - Big Something - 11-07-20 - Keep On Keeping On - Thompson Farm - Conway, SC…
 
Actor and comedian David Cross is our guest! While you may know him best for his stand-up comedy and roles on shows like Arrested Development and Mr. Show, David joins Jesse to talk about his newest endeavor - a dramatic role in the new film The Dark Divide. He talks about the mental and physical challenges of playing that role, growing up in Georg…
 
Rising stars Goose got on the COVID-19, pandemic, isolation train pretty quickly back in the spring, and created a virtual summer event called "Bingo Tour" that consisted of four shows and six additional days of activities for their community and fans all live streamed for a fee in late June.. Those shows and indeed the entire programming for "Bing…
 
I’ve been a fan of Aqueous for quite some time and have always been impressed with Mike Gantzer’s approach to the band’s evolution. With the Covid-19 pandemic still in our midst, bands like Aqueous are short on options to play live and make a living. So with the release of the Ardmore concert, I decided to catch up with Mike Gantzer and find out wh…
 
Featured Songs: 1. 00:38 - Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger - So Little Hits, Too Much Time - 08-13-20 - Mother - Big Room Studio - Chicago, IL 2. 06:40 - Aqueous - 09-18-20 - Good Days - Ardmore Music Hall - Ardmore, PA 3. 22:09 - moe. - 10-25-20 - West LA Fade Away - South Farms - Morris, CT 4. 27:24 - Twiddle - 11-01-20 - Syncopated Healing - …
 
If this pandemic, and the general malaise of 2020 has taught me anything, it is to be prepared for just about anything. So when word broke earlier this week that we would be getting some new music from Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, sooner rather than later, I was psyched to hook up with Adam Greuel of the band to talk about Miles in Blue, the band'…
 
Featured Songs: 1. 00:38 - Goose 10-17-20 - In Your Eyes - Smoky Mountain Drive In - Waynesville, NC 2. 09:20 - Twiddle - 10-24-20 - Slippin' In The Kitchen - Legend Valley - Thornville, OH 3. 18:26 - Leftover Salmon - 10-25-20 - Sunday - Surf Hotel - Buena Vista, CO 4. 23:08 - The Disco Biscuits - 10-31-20 - Little Betty Boop - Lafayette Apple Fes…
 
Rob Halford is a legend in the world of metal music. He is the lead vocalist of heavy metal group Judas Priest. He recently released an autobiography called Confess. In it, he shares some truly incredible stories: like the time he handcuffed himself to Andy Warhol or when he explained heavy-metal to Queen Elizabeth. We're revisiting our interview w…
 
Song List: 00:19 - Atomga - Which One Are You 06:25 - CBDB - Slow Foxes 18:55 - Larkin Poe - In The Air Tonight 22:30 - Lettuce - House of Lett - jackLNDN Remix 25:55 - Midnight North - One of Those Days - Live at StageOne, Fairfield, CT 12-08-2018 30:47 - Mojohand - Celebrate Tonight 35:00 - Spafford - Eyes of the World See omnystudio.com/listener…
 
Musician Laura Jane Grace joins Bullseye this week! She talks with Max Fun's Jordan, Jesse, GO! co-host, Jordan Morris about her new album, Stay Alive. Laura fronts the punk band Against Me! and super-fan Jordan chats with her about her early days playing shows in a laundromat, her love of Guns N' Roses, and what it's like to record and album while…
 
I had the chance to catch up with Holly Bowling yesterday ahead of her Wilderness show in Colorado, to talk about amongst other things her forthcoming record “Seeking All That’s Still Unsung” full of exclusively Grateful Dead songs and her piano interpretations of those songs and lots more. First Song: 00:14: St. Stephen Interview Begins: 11:11 Ext…
 
Featured Songs: 1. 00:38 - Railroad Earth - 10-03-20 - Till The Morning Comes - B Chord Brewing Company - Round Hill, VA 2. 05:23 - Twiddle - 10-10-20 - Lost In The Cold - Yarmouth Drive In - Cape Cod, MA 3. 11:24 - Umphrey’s McGee - 10-10-20 - The Triple Wide - Atlanta Motor Speedway - Hampton, GA 4. 22:38 - Yonder Mountain String Band - 10-11 -20…
 
These days it might seem like we're in a bit of a time-loop. Days feel like months. Months feel like an eternity. That's probably what makes Hulu's Palm Springs the perfect movie for this time. It's a romantic comedy about two people who are forced to repeat the same day. The film stars Andy Samberg as Nyles, and Cristin Milioti, as Sarah. It's a f…
 
Song List: 00:19 - KRIS- Mohan's Pharmaceuticals 10:20 - Blanc du Blanc - Traffic Signals Dub 14:02 - Benevento/Russo Duo - Becky 18:54 - Mandolin Orange - My Brother, My Keeper 22:01 - Widespread Panic - Sundown Betty 27:59 - Goose - Yeti 33:17 - Delvon Lamarr Trio - Fo Sho See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Grammy award winning Steep Canyon Rangers recently released their first album of 2020 Arm in Arm. I say that somewhat tongue and cheek, because this latest release follows two great releases in 2019 North Carolina Songbook and Be Still Moses. The album which was recorded over several days at the Southern Ground Studios in Nashville is filled with e…
 
Featured Songs: 1. 00:38 - Jimmy Buffett - 08-08-19 - Cheeseburger In Paradise - Jones Beach Amphitheatre - Wantagh, NY 2. 04:03 - Billy Strings - 09-26-20 - Mr.Charlie - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO 3. 07:09 - Goose - 10-02-20 - A Fifth of Beethoven - Champlain Valley Exposition - Essex Junction, VT 4. 14:16 - Twiddle - 10-10-20 - Rocky R…
 
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