was a 15-week new music series, airing on Thursdays during the Texas Standard's News Roundup and heard on NPR members stations in Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and in other cities across Texas. Amid scarcity of local music coverage on public radio news stations with arts reporters, the goal was to impose on the headlines short audio recommendation essays featuring artists from or tied to Texas. NPR urges member stations to "sound more like America," and this series was both a playful answer to that call and a way to employ surprise within the newsmagazine format. These artist-to-audience introductions took different forms: career retrospectives pegged to new releases, like this segment on Leanne Macomber (Young Ejecta, Neon Indian); features on songs that process experience relevant to locale and current social and political climate, like rapper Buffalo Black's take-back of patriotic symbols from anti-Black powers; and a documentation of places in the state, like this ender on Amarillo's Hayden Pedigo ahead of his live score at Dallas Video Fest.
on KERA 90.1, Dallas’ NPR station