Lyndsey McKenna

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F***** Up works in world-building.

The roséwave lifestyle may be loose and laid back, it's not lethargic. After all, it takes stamina to keep up your social calendar in the summer months. You need endurance to power through fall marathon training and never-ending rooftop happy hours.

Note: This episode originally ran in July, 2018.


It all started with a tweet. (Doesn't it always?)

If you've written off women's wrestling, you're missing out.

Patience is tricky: there's power in being slow to anger until you're perceived as a pushover. Illuminati Hotties, the self-described "tenderpunk" project of L.A. producer-engineer Sarah Tudzin, recognizes the predicament. "Often I have wished that I was a little less patient and a little more aggressive about being heard," Tudzin tells NPR Music.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Lee Ann Womack occupies rare terrain in country music. Though massively popular singles led to commercial success and widespread recognition, these days, she's working on the fringes of the genre. Her 2017 record, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, evokes the country music of Womack's Texas upbringing as the daughter of a country radio DJ, name-checking Hank Williams and covering George Jones.

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Yes, that's Taylor Swift taking shots with Ed Sheeran and riding shotgun with Future.

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