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Song Exploder

By Lakshmi Hutchinson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fascinating behind-the-music pod; some mature content.

Podcast Music Hrishikesh Hirway 2014
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This is a fantastic podcast for people who appreciate music and songwriting, or for those who may enjoy hearing interesting stories told by the artists themselves. Song Exploder really stands out for its diversity. You'll hear from artists of different backgrounds, cultures, ages, and genders. Some speak about how their identity comes through in their music. Janelle Monáe discusses how being a queer Black woman in America has shaped her outlook and songwriting.

There's a diversity of musical genres represented, including hip-hop, classic rock, Afrobeats, and film scores. In one episode the members of Swedish indie band Peter Bjorn and John tell the hilarious story of their song "Young Folks," and how the famous whistling was just supposed to be a placeholder. Even if you don't know the artist or genre, once you hear the backstory you'll be excited to hear the song by the end of the episode.

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