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Number One Popstar: I Hate Running Number One Popstar (aka director, photographer and recording artist Kate Jean Hollowell) offers up a clever, comedic takedown of fitness expectations with her irreverent single, “I Hate Running.” Hollowell directs the official music video, where she stars as an aerobics guru and author who presents her book Work on Yourself, Loser! to an oddball group of color-coordinated attendees. Humor aside, the track itself …

Jimbo Mathus + Andrew Bird: Sweet Oblivion (Live)

Friends for 25 years (and former Squirrel Nut Zippers bandmates), Jimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird returned to collaboration in 2018 after years pursuing independent musical endeavors. Shared musical fragments grew into their forthcoming album, These 13 (out 5 March), and its first single, “Sweet Oblivion.” “It’s been my dream for years now to make this record with Jimbo. Just guitar, fiddle and our very different …

Andrew Bird + Matt Berninger: Perfect Day (Lou Reed Cover)

From his stunning home performance series “Live From the Great Room,” the multi-talented Andrew Bird partnered with The National’s Matt Berninger for a cover of the Lou Reed classic “Perfect Day.” Between the powerful shared vocals and Bird’s signature whistle and pizzicato violin, the duo lend the track a refreshing sonic recalibration but stay true to the original’s emotional relevance. To be frank: it’s magnificent.