Soccer Mommy

In this session, we're joined by Soccer Mommy – that's the performing name of artist Sophie Allison. Despite her youthfulness, when you talk to Allison, it's immediately clear that she's an artist who is in control. Allison has a keen understanding of how music works – not just the technical intricacies, but how it all fits together, too. And above all else, she's unafraid to share her very personal vision.

There's an old writing exercise that involves describing a color without naming it; it challenges the writer to evoke the emotional primacy of a concept we often take for granted.

It's the week of March 3, 2020 and here's the new music being played on The Spy. This week includes the newest album from Mt. Joy, new singles from Skating Polly, the sophomore studio release by Soccer Mommy, and so much more.

NPR Music's Top 20 Songs Of January

Jan 31, 2020

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It's the week of January 14, 2020 and here's the new music being played on The Spy. This week includes new singles from Soccer Mommy and Nada Surf,  the latest album from Field Music, and so much more.

NPR Music's Top 15 Songs Of November

Dec 2, 2019

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There's still some fight in 2019 left. Some of November's best songs come from late-year album contenders, some are stand-alone singles and still more point to what's ahead in 2020. We say, "Bring it on!"

Every Tuesday, The Spy adds new music to its rotation. Here are the adds for the week of September 24, 2019. This week's playlist includes material from Liam Gallagher's newest release, a single by M83, and a song from Tom Petty-mentored band, The Shelters, and so much more.

Warning: The opening cut on this week's show, by Fran got stuck in my head and kept me wide awake at four in the morning. But a song from Soccer Mommy about dealing with temptation and the devil, Ruby Duff's "rainbow of emotions," Chastity Belt's first new music since 2017 and (Sandy) Alex G's devastating song titled "Hope" will help when taken at a hefty volume.


Sophie Allison of Soccer Mommy has never shied away from gloomier moods in her music.

Norman Music Festival starts on Thursday and it's time to start planning your schedule for each day of the fest! Every day of this free festival has so many great artists I'm sure you want to see them all like we do. Unfortunately it's not possible to see every single act, but here are our opinions on the ten acts that are absolute must-sees at Norman Music Festival this year.