JR JR has been making catchy indie pop music for the better part of the decade. But where did this hook-laden infectious music come from? Listen in as the band members recount how their experiences with live shows by The Grateful Dead, a mysterious glow at a Tonic concert, a case of Led Zeppelin misidentification, the love of Mars Volta noise and playing jazz at a nursing home helped the band find their musical selves. It all wraps up with Josh, Daniel, Bryan and Mike having a moment talking about the real reasons they make music. Protip — listen all the way to the end. It’s worth it.
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Matt the Electrician describes how seeing Michael Penn’s video for “No Myth” changed his life and gave him the permission he needed to pursue a life in music
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When a young Michael Winningham (of Palo Duro) got into the back of a Land Rover going to the Gourds show he had no idea the song he was about to hear would change his life. The song, “A Mihna Menina” by Os Mutantes, blew his mind open to a whole world of new influences and showed him that when you’re making music, you can do whatever you want.
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The Strumbellas aren’t afraid to make music that pulls from folk, rock, pop and country. Hear singer Simon Ward, guitar player Jon Hembrey and drummer Jeremy Drury explain how a Ryan Adams’ song, an Offspring record and a sped up version of Twisted Sisters’ “Burn in Hell” led to the band’s creation and sound.
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Conor Oberst is having a hard time reconciling his conflicting emotions about America. Luckily his friends and frequent collaborators the Felice Brothers make music that helps him cope. Listen as he tells you why he thinks the Felices are “the best American sounding band” out there and explains how their song “Jack at the Asylum” soothes him during these troubled times.
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