Aural roadmaps

NPR’s Song of the Day

If you think mainstream-radio programming pretty much stinks and want to find a roadmap to broaden your musical horizons, then do what I did: Check out the NPR Song of the Day feature. Every weekday NPR provides a link to one new, notable or reissued sonic selection from a sort of lottery jar of mixed genres. Then, in just a click of a mouse, you’re transported to a brief essay review on the artist and an opportunity to listen to a diverse acts such as Here We Go Magic and the Dodos (indie rock), Mickey Murray (1970s soul), Vijay Iyer (pictured, jazz), and Midtown Dickens (folk, bluegrass). Catch up to the rest of the world, one song at a time.