One of the unexpected side benefits of being forced to spend the better part of six hours (and counting) shoveling snow was getting to catch up on NPR Music's excellent All Songs Considered podcast.
Hosted by DC music veteran Bob Boilen (who's Tiny Desk Unit was the very first band to play at the old 9:30 Club) and Robin Hilton, All Songs is a reliably diverse (if alt-skewing) survey of new music. Their first effort of 2016 featured Glen Hansard covering David Bowie, new music from W&M's own Thao Nguyen and her band, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Lucius, and Ray LaMontagne, among others.
The latter two feature new sounds, a bit harder than the music that made their names. Quality stuff, both. Check out the podcast here:
And if you just want a little taste, here's Thao & the Get Down Stay Down with 'Astonished Man':
I'll be back with more after my next shoveling session.