This week, All Songs Considered goes big with massive, heart-thumping new music from the gloriously exuberant, sprawling pop group The Polyphonic Spree, and the brilliantly experimental folk-rock band Akron Family. We also check out a gritty album from a Swedish group known as Goat, whose music is part prog-rock, part Afro-pop and undeniably awesome.
It's generally understood that something about MTV was revolutionary. Perhaps it was the music video, perhaps it was the short attention span, perhaps it was The Real World, but something about MTV had enough cultural permanency that it made for a fine oral history from Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum, called I Want My MTV, in late 2011.
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Heavy Rotation is a special online series hosted NPR Music. Each month, NPR Music asks public radio DJs from across the country to share their favorite new songs. In this installment of Heavy Rotation — we'll hear more of public radio's new favorite songs, including a pick from our very own Maggie Brennan!