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Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kate Pierson (The B-52's) Interview, Plus Joey Badass & More

We were lucky to get a very special guest on this week's Must-Hear Music podcast: Kate Pierson of (one of my favorite bands!) The B-52's.

Pierson's solo debut, Guitars and Microphones, comes out Feb. 17, and she stopped by to explain how the album came together with help from pop master Sia and the Strokes' Nick Valensi.

The first track, "Throw Down the Roses," Pierson describes as "a Sleater-Kinney, Ting-Tings riot grrrl neo-punk song" on the podcast. "It came about when I started co-writing with Sia at Dallas Austin's studio in L.A. He started playing the bass line on keyboard and we started jamming."

Pierson also discusses how she linked up with Sia and how different the notoriously reclusive singer is behind the scenes --- "she has a laugh that fills your head," Pierson says. If you want to skip to the Kate Pierson interview, click to the 27:00 mark in the SoundCloud below.

Elsewhere, Jason Lipshutz and Chris Payne stop by to discuss killer tracks from Joey Bada$$ and Years & Years. We all agree the latter might breakout a la Disclosure a year from now.

We discuss conflicting takes on Zac Brown Band's "Homegrown" as well as rock jams from Screaming Females and Drenge, who were just on The Alt in Our Stars podcast. Plus, be sure to hear the gorgeous indie pop of The Dø (pronounced "the dough").

Download the Must-Hear Music podcast on iTunes or listen to it below. Beneath that, check out the songs we're talking about.

Joey Bada$$, "No. 99" Zac Brown Band, "Homegrown" Years & Years, "King" Screaming Females, "Empty Head" Drenge, "We Can Do What We Want" The Dø, "Trustful Hands"

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