Station Breaks: The Best New Songs From NPR Music Stations
As part of NPR Slingshot, public radio's emerging artist spotlight series, we're kicking off Station Breaks, a monthly list that features a diverse selection of songs from new bands, all hand-picked by NPR's public radio network.
Songs from this month will be available to stream on the NPR Slingshot Spotify playlist, at the bottom of the page. Enjoy and discover these big songs by not-so-big bands.
Adam Wakefield, "Breaking Strings"
Bayonne, "Drastic Measures"
Austin, Tx. experimental musician Roger Sellers, a.k.a. Bayonne, is somewhat of an outlier in the local scene. In a city filled with pearl snaps, guitar licks, and love songs, Bayonne creates cavernous ambient soundscapes. On "Drastic Measures," Bayonne merged his classic pop-inspired sensibilities with a production approach closely focused on looping, layering and overdubbing. — Peter Babb, KUTX, Austin, TX
Black Camaro, "Out Of The Rain"
"Out of the Rain" is the first single from the Vegas-based indie rock band's new album Protocol of Dreams, due out Feb.14 on Running in Place Records. — Stacy Buchanan, WGBH - Boston, MA
Charles Wesley Godwin, "Coal Country"
"Coal Country" are two simple words that evoke a lot of imagery — especially when combined. This coal song reminds us that the commodity's impact reaches far beyond Appalachia, broadening what "Coal Country" means. — Adam Harris, Mountain Stage - Charleston, WV
E.B. The Younger, "Used To Be"
Girl In Red, "Watch You Sleep"
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, "Fake Buddha's Inner Child"
Leo Bud Welch, "I Come To Praise His Name"
Until he passed away in Dec. 2017, Leo "Bud" Welch blended the blues with gospel music. His music captures the tension between Saturday night and Sunday morning, where the only sanctity to be found is in the beat of the bassline. — Bruce Warren, WXPN - Philadelphia, PA
Maxo Kream, "Meet Again"
Nicola Cruz, "Arka"
Night Beats, "One Thing"
Indie vet Danny Lee Blackwell is Night Beats. Essence of '60s psyhc rock and R&B. Produced by Dan Auerbach, "One Thing" is about being abused or "being rolled up and smoked." — Willobee Carlan, NV89 - Reno, NV
Orville Peck, "Dead of Night"
The mystery that surrounds the persona of Orville Peck is only eclipsed by the entrancing vibe of his debut album Pony, led by the haunting single, "Dead of Night." — Russ Borris, WFUV - New York City, NY
SASAMI, "Not The Time"
Stream this month's Station Breaks picks on the NPR Slingshot Spotify or Apple Music playlist.
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