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So, What'd You Think of Our #WhyListen First Listen Music Party?


If you’re reading this right now, chances are you made it out to last Thursday’s #WhyListen First Listen Music Party at The Grove @ Secret Sandwich Society. If you did, we have a new music playlist waiting for you.

But first things first: Thanks so much for coming out and talking music with me, Mountain Stage‘s Larry Groce and Fayetteville’s Andrew Adkins! Your support makes cool #wvpublic events like this happen.

If you walked away with a new favorite song and want to see more of these #WhyListen events around the state, become a member of West Virginia Public Broadcasting during our Spring Friend-Raising campaign. A gift of $10 or more helps us keep these events free and helps promote new #WVmusic from bands like The Parachute Brigade, The Kind Thieves and more. If you become a member by 9pm Monday, April 11, you’ll even be entered in a drawing for a $500 Amazon Gift Card. (That’s a lot of new music!)

And considering we’re still in the infant stages of our NPR Generation Listen collaboration, we want to hear from you about how Thursday’s shindig went. What did we absolutely nail? What could we have done better? Click here to give us your feedback.

Now, on to music: here is last week’s #WhyListen new music playlist, including a handy-dandy Spotify playlist with most of the night’s music (where available). Happy listening!


1. Lake Street Dive- “Side Pony”

2. Aurora- “Conquerer”

3. Bombino- “Timidiwa (Friendship)”

4. Andrew Bird- “Capsized”

5. Margo Price- “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)”

6. The Company Stores- “So Good”

7. Violent Femmes- “Memory”

8. Charles Bradley- “Things You Do for Love”

9. My Bubba- “Big Bad Good”

10. The Parachute Brigade- “Till I See Stars”

11. Mitski- “Your Best American Girl”

12. Anderson .Paak- “The Bird”

13. Cha Wa- “Ooh Na Nay”

14. Matt Mullins- “Charlie”

15. Black Mountain- “Cemetery Breeding”

16. Mark Cline Bates- “Am I Getting Warmer Now”

17. Frankie Cosmos- “Young”

18. Radical Face- “The Ship in the Port”

19. The Kind Thieves- “Roanoke Shallow Grave”

20. Tacocat- “Talk”

21. Hayes Carll- “The Love That We Need”

22. Larry Groce- “Live Forever”