Lady Lamb: Compelling Songs, Crackling With Distorted Power

Lady Lamb's album After is out March 3 via Ba Da Bing! Records. (Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist)
Lady Lamb’s album After is out March 3 via Ba Da Bing! Records. (Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist)

I first came across Lady Lamb The Beekeeper in 2011, in an opening set for Sharon Van Etten at the now-gone Red Palace in Washington D.C. And I’m pretty sure a majority of the people in that small room was being introduced to her songs for the first time that night as well. But as sometimes goes with opening acts, there was a moment when the jittery murmur of the crowd there to see another musician soon died down and eyes turned to the stage where an artist they didn’t know became a new discovery. That night, with just an electric guitar Lady Lamb — a.k.a. songwriter and guitarist Aly Spaltro — put on a compelling short set — and maybe for some, became a name to keep an ear out for.

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First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, ‘The Race For Space’

Public Service Broadcasting's new album, The Race For Space, comes out Feb. 23. (Courtesy of the artist)
Public Service Broadcasting’s new album, The Race For Space, comes out Feb. 23. (Courtesy of the artist)

Wrote a long essay about Public Service Broadcasting’s ambitious space-themed concept album, The Race For Space for NPR Music’s First Listen series.

NPR Heavy Rotation: Courtney Barnett, ‘Pedestrian At Best’: Witty And All-Too-Uncomfortably Real

Courtney Barnett's new album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit', is out March 24 via Mom + Pop.
Courtney Barnett’s new album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’, is out March 24 via Mom + Pop. (Leslie Kirchhoff/Courtesy of the artist)

I wrote a short piece for NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation series on Courtney Barnett’s fantastically wordy new song “Pedestrian At Best” from her new album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. You can read that over here.

Below, you can read the fuller version.

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