Premiere: “Shadowboxes and Porcelain Faces” by Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones

A glimpse at the darkness afoot in our digital lives

At 22 years old, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stone‘s front-woman has already performed more than 2,500 times. It’s a staggering number for a musician of any age, but Wicklund not only got an early start (at age eight), but also continues to sign on for extended stints on the road—including a 30-stop tour right now. Wisdom gained from these travels infuses her exquisite vocal …

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A dreamy tune from Girlpool, Yoko Ono's new take on "Imagine," genre-spanning Phony Ppl and more in this week's musical round-up

Phony Ppl: somethinG about your love.

From their new album mō’zā-ik. (available to stream in its entirety on NPR today), Phony Ppl‘s “somethinG about your love.” is a sunny tune that—like all of the BK-based band’s music—bounces between several genres. The entire album spans neo-soul, hip-hop, funk, bossa nova, pop and just about everything between, in a delightfully satisfying and infectious manner. While the five-piece has gone through a few line-up changes since 2015’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow, the music remains unfettered and playful without feeling hollow.

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“Lyrics to Life” Pop-Up Exhibition, LA

Inspired by iconic song lyrics, a show that's extremely photogenic

by Kyle Ryamond Fitzpatrick Featuring artwork by Aminé, Devin Troy, Peggy Noland, Typoe and more, Genius and Dropbox joined forces for a pop-up exhibition inspired by song lyrics. Opening today and running through the weekend, “Lyrics to Life” is a playful, ultimately photogenic show. Genius CEO and Co-Founder Tom Lehman tells us, “Every time you listen to a song, the same lyric in people’s head …