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About Slingshot, Public Radio's Emerging Artist Spotlight

Public radio music stations have always broken new bands, but never quite like this.
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NPR member stations are uniquely tapped into local music scenes around the country. DJs share up-and-coming bands with listeners by playing their music on the radio, interviewing them on-air and writing articles and blog posts.

But most of that content rarely travels outside of the station's city, and a listener in Philadelphia might not know what new music a Chicago-based DJ has just discovered.

Until now.

In the fall of 2017, NPR Music and VuHaus' public radio network kicked off Slingshot, a collective effort among taste-making music stations to elevate exceptional emerging artists.

The inaugural class included Big Thief, and . As the three artists traveled around the country, public radio stations produced videos, conducted interviews and recorded live performances, both on-air and on .

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