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Elizabeth McQueen dives into what makes 'This Song' worth talking about.

Elizabeth McQueen dives into what makes 'This Song' worth talking about.
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Elizabeth McQueen dives into what makes 'This Song' worth talking about.




Angel Olsen

Singer and Songwriter Angel Olsen's latest record "Phases" is a collection of B-sides and rarities that chronicles her musical journey. Listen as she describes how the The Velvet Underground influenced her on that journey, and how Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby" is helping her in the current moment.

Duration: 00:17:48

Hamilton Leithauser

Hamilton Leithauser is the former lead singer of the Walkmen and as well as a talented solo artist. Last year, he teamed up with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam for I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, and he also just released a duet with Angel Olsen called "Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)." Listen as Leithauser talks about how Fleet Foxes' "Ragged Wood" helped shake him out of a creative rut.

Duration: 00:12:41

Gregory Porter

On"Nat King Cole and Me," Grammy winning jazz vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter pays tribute to one of the greatest jazz artists of the 20th century. Listen as he describes the profound effect that Nat King Cole's music had on him as a young child, and how his relationship to that music has inspired him throughout his career.

Duration: 00:16:15

A Giant Dog — ReRun

Austin’s A Giant Dog just released their third record Toy on Merge records. Listen as Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen, the songwriting duo behind the band, talk about the power of Iggy Pop and the origins of their partnership. A Giant Dog is on tour on the West Coast! Check out their tour dates here. Check out […]

Duration: 00:25:19

Vickie Howell — Rerun

Vickie Howell just released her new web series “The Knit Show with Vickie Howell.” The project, which Howell conceived and developed, was funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign. Hear how the So-Cal punk scene inspired her life as a DIY entrepreneur, and how she’s working to inspire us all to “DIY your dreams.” Subscribe via […]

Duration: 00:17:59

Benjamin Booker — Re-Run

In this This Song rerun from 2016, you’ll hear Benjamin Booker in the time between his first self titled record and his new album Witness. The artists explains the profound influence William Onyeabor’s “Why Go to War” had on him, and why he’s ready to weave politics into his work. Photo: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX Subscribe via the Podcasts […]

Duration: 00:13:57

Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes have just released their third full length record, “Crack Up,” after a six year break. Listen to lead singer and songwriter Robin Pecknold as he explores the effect Glen Campbell’s recording of Brian Wilson penned “Guess I’m Dumb” had on his songwriting. And you’re definitely going to dig his theory as to why music is such an effective emotion […]

Duration: 00:23:40

Iron and Wine

Sam Beam, aka Iron and Wine, has been testing the boundaries of folk music since the early 2000's. Hear how Big Star's "Take Care" helped him to evolve his ideas of what he could do with musical arrangements.

Duration: 00:18:32

Suzanna Choffel

Austin singer-songwriter Suzanna Choffel describes the vibe behind Reggae music and shares how Bob Marley exposed her to the magic of chasing suffering with love.

Duration: 00:24:12

This Song’s 100th Episode! Elizabeth and Lisel McQueen

It's This Song's 100th Episode!!!! Host Elizabeth McQueen gets interviewed by her 8 year old daughter Lisel about how Rebecca Sugar's "Here Comes a Thought" from Steven Universe expanded her idea of what songs can do. Then Lisel explains to Elizabeth how "Peace and Love on the Planet Earth," also from Steven Universe, blows her mind and is helping her process big ideas like, Peace, War, Death and Birth.

Duration: 00:25:34

Ty Segall

Psychedelic garage-rocker Ty Segall tells KUTX host Taylor Wallace how The Band’s “The Weight” inspired the name of his new puppy, how much he loves The Grateful Dead, and how both bands helped him wrap his head around lyrical storytelling. Subscribe via the Podcasts App, iTunes or Stitcher to get the new episodes of This […]

Duration: 00:16:00

Middle Kids

Hannah Joy, lead singer and songwriter of the Australian trio Middle Kids, talks about how Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac inspires her as a female artist and describes why she decided to transition from a solo piano based artist to a guitar playing leader of a band.

Duration: 00:18:42

Hear how Leonard Cohen’s measured and thoughtful poetry, the stream of consciousness lyrical prowess of Bob Dylan, and the rollicking tunes found on The Basement Tapes caused Nathaniel Rateliff and his longtime friend Joseph Pope III to find the balance between sharing songs of meaning and significance and just having a good time with friends.

Duration: 00:17:47


Karl Alvarez, bassist for the legendary punk rock band Descendents, describes how the Beach Boys "Help Me Rhonda" and L.A. Power Pop band The Last guided the band's early sound, and continues to influence them on their latest record "Hypercaffium Spazzinate."

Duration: 00:11:35

Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet has been crafting pop gems since the 90's and his new record "Tomorrow Forever" is no exception. Listen as he explains how John Lennon's songwriting showed the kind of deeply personal yet expansive and experimental artist that he would later strive to be.

Duration: 00:22:24

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

There’s no denying that St. Paul and the Broken Bones have tons of soul. In this episode you get a little taste of where it came from. The Alabama-based band’s depth of spirit is influenced by everything from a cappella versions of “Amazing Grace” to Otis Redding to Miles Davis. All this music led the band to an […]

Duration: 00:23:48

The Mastersons

Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore spend most of their lives on the road, both as members of Steve Earle’s band, The Dukes, and as the husband and wife duo, The Mastersons. Their discussion with Elizabeth touches on Daniel Lanios’ late night landscapes; the harmonies of Emmylou Harris, The Louvin Brothers and The Jayhawks and how one […]

Duration: 00:23:25

Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen describes the first time he heard Joni Mitchell's "All I Want" and explains how it revealed the kind of artist he would later strive to be.

Duration: 00:19:35


Shinyrib's Kevin Russell describes how "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas got him into soul music as a kid and explains his musical mission -- to dance and get the world to dance with him.

Duration: 00:20:22


Tycho's Scott Hansen describes how Boards of Canada's "ROYGBIV" helped him understand that his most effective form of expression was instrumental electronic music.

Duration: 00:21:09

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