Music

Winter driving can be unpleasant, dangerous and — for people who work to keep road conditions safe — time consuming.

The long hours that Justin Horak, a snow plow driver in Montana, passes behind the wheel recently gave him musical inspiration.

It's the week of January 28, 2020 and here's the new music being played on The Spy. This week includes Pearl Jam, the latest project from Wolf Parade, a song by Beach Bunny, and so much more.

Amy Rigby was a sheltered Catholic teen from the Pittsburgh suburbs when she moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design and fell in love with the '70s punk scene.

"Downtown seemed to be where I felt comfortable," she says. "It was grungy. It was dirty. It was dark. Everyone was smoking. It smelled of beer. And it felt like it was always really, really hot or really, really cold in New York back then."

Rigby spent years hanging out in the punk clubs before she found her calling as a singer-songwriter, playing first with Last Roundup and later The Shams.

On All Things Considered 40 years ago this month, here's how host Noah Adams introduced an iconic album:

"New music from a group said by some critics to be the best rock and roll band in the world: The band's name is The Clash, the record is London Calling."

London Calling stood out from the punk rock of its time: It was political, knowing and clever. Compact disks were still a few years away, so the album's 19 songs spilled over two vinyl disks.

"There will never be another one like him. Peace to his family and all of his fans around the world. Listen to Sean play his drums and hear his heart sing," Cynic's Paul Masvidal wrote in remembrance of his bandmate Sean Reinert, who died last Friday at the age of 48.

Morning Edition's series called One-Hit Wonders / Second-Best Songs focuses on musicians or bands whose careers in the United States are defined by a single monster hit, and explains why their catalogs have much more to offer.

In this installment, NPR Music's Stephen Thompson argues that we should know more about Harvey Danger. The band's 1997 song "Flagpole Sitta" was a staple on rock radio, but the group was never able to reach that sort of mainstream success again. Read Thompson in his own words below, and hear the radio version at the audio link.

Encore: Tanya Tucker Is Back

Jan 27, 2020

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Last night country legend Tanya Tucker won two Grammys, her first time winning in a nearly 50-year career.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

TANYA TUCKER: Fourteen nominations - this is the first win. And I...

(APPLAUSE)

TUCKER: ...Can't believe it.

SHAPIRO: Her album "While I'm Livin'" won Best Country Album, and she won Best Country Song for "Bring My Flowers Now."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BRING MY FLOWERS NOW")

TUCKER: (Singing) Bring my flowers now while I'm living. I won't need your love when I'm gone.

Enter below for a chance to win tickets to see Wolf Parade in concert on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City.

The contest closes at noon Monday, February 3, 2020. You can buy tickets to the concert here.

When you think of country music, what's the first thing that comes to mind? If contemporary country radio has you conjuring images of pickup trucks and red Solo cups, then that's exactly what Tyler Childers is not.

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Grammys were last night, and Billie Eilish was the big winner. She is the youngest artist to ever sweep all four of the top prizes. But as NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports, there was a lot happening between the lines during last night's ceremony.

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