Brad Spiers

Brad Spiers is a Doctoral student at the University of Chicago in Musicology whose research focuses on the crossroads of music and mass culture: technology, mass media, economics, and cinema sound.

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Listening to the Internet and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”

On Episode 6 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by music journalist Kira Grunenberg and Doctoral student Brad Spiers to talk about online streaming, its affect on music consumption and the industry at large. Then we discuss the newest single from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk,” focusing on its postmodern pastiche of styles and the sociopolitical implications of the music industry’s retromania.

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