Kurt Trowbridge


Kurt Trowbridge is a web developer and freelance contributor to Billboard.com. He is the founder of Crownnote.com and the host of the Crowncast.

On these episodes:

Episode 39 – Pop Unmuted’s 2016 Holiday Party

On Episode 39 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge throw a Pop Unmuted Office Holiday Party. They talk to guests about some of their favorite music of 2016, enjoy some non-alcoholic punch, and marvel at the paper snowflakes Kurt made.

Episode 38 – “Love On The Weekend”

On Episode 38 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge talk about the new single from John Mayer’s upcoming 7th studio album “Love On The Weekend.” They are joined by music journalist Kira Grunenberg and founder of The Shotgun SeatAnnie Dineen to talk about the song and John Mayer’s return to pop music.

Episode 37 – The Weeknd’s “Starboy”

On Episode 37 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge discuss the latest single from The Weeknd, “Starboy ft. Daft Punk.” They also squabble over Scandinavian pronunciations and talk about the appropriate time to start listening to Christmas Music.

Episode 36 – “But I’m In A Cool Boy Band”

On Episode 36 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge discuss Scott’s Master’s Thesis “‘But I’m In A Cool Boy Band’: Anxiety and Masculinity in the Music of One Direction.”

Episode 35 – Debuting Crownnote

On Episode 35 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge discuss Kurt’s new music charts website, Crownnote, with pop blogger and music consultant Adam Soybel, introduce the Crowncast podcast, and share what’s on their personal charts.

Episode 34 – The Chilean Pop Scene

On Episode 34 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge talk with Argentinian writer Juana Giaimo about the current scene in Chilean pop music.

Episode 33 – Remembering Juan Gabriel

On Episode 33 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Leonel Manzanares to discuss the music and legacy of late Mexican singer and songwriter Juan Gabriel.

Episode 32 – E·MO·TION Side B

On Episode 32 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge embrace their love of Carly Rae Jepsen. With music writer and Maura Magazine managing editor Brad Nelson, writer and photographer Zan McQuade, and host of ALL CAPS with Kate and Bri Bri Mattia, they discuss Carly Slay Jepsen’s latest release E·mo·tion Side B

Episode 31 – Are OneRepublic Cool “Kids”?

On Episode 31 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Business Development Coordinator at Songkick Adam Raza to talk about “Kids,” the latest single from OneRepublic and why some artists are perceived as “cool” while others aren’t.

Episode 30 – Where Have All The Bangerz Gone?

On Episode 30 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge discuss this Summer’s lack of “bangerz.” With Katy Perry’s “Rise” and Britney Spears’s “Make Me,” it seems as if the era of battling for the Song Of The Summer is over. Guess you win, Justin Timberlake’s Troll song.

Episode 29 – Timbre & 80s Synthpop

On Episode 29 of Pop Unmuted Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Music Theory Ph.D. student Megan Lavengood, who is writing her dissertation on timbre and the Yamaha Dx7 synthesizer. They talk about the role timbre and sound plays in defining genre and why so much music released in the 2010s is called “80s inspired.”

Episode 28 – Pop Unmuted Turns Two

To celebrate two years of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge look at songs from two years ago and then songs from those same artists that have come out this year. Kurt discusses Sia’s “Chandelier” and “Cheap Thrills” while Scott recommends Mitski’s “First Love / Late Spring” and “Your Best American Girl.”

Episode 27 – Being A Fan with ALL CAPS

On Episode 27 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by the hosts of the ALL CAPS podcast, Kate McGarry and Bri Mattia, to discuss being a fan and the role fandom plays in our lives.

Episode 26 – “Into You” by Ariana Grande

On Episode 26 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge talk about their latest musical obsession and the inevitable Song Of The Summer, Ariana Grande’s “Into You.” They discuss the song’s interesting rhythms, queer subtext, and intertextual connections to Elvis and Mariah Carey.

Episode 25 – “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys

For Episode 25 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge continue their discussion of The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds by breaking down the musical structure of one of the album’s best-known songs, “God Only Knows,” and exploring the surprisingly difficult question of what key it is in.

Episode 24 – Pet Sounds At 50

On Episode 24 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Missy Kyzer to celebrate and discuss the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boy’s seminal album Pet Sounds.

Episode 23 – Take It To The Chorus!

On Episode 23 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge talk about choruses. They discuss the development of the modern pop chorus from the Tin Pan Alley AABA structure, look closer at some of our favorite choruses, and explore the baffling section labels of Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack.”

Episode 22 – Who Is Larry Stylinson?

On Episode 22 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge explore the popular conspiracy theory known as Larry Stylinson, which suggests that Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles from One Direction are in a romantic relationship, forced in the closet by their management. We talk to Helena Dare-Edwards, who recently received her Ph.D. in Media Studies and has written extensively about Larry and One Direction, Caitlin Foster who co-hosts the Talk Direction podcast, Jessica Leski, a documentary film-maker working on a film called I Used To Be Norma: A Boyband Fangirl Story”, and MaryClare, whose tumblr Louis and the Alien has a post exploring the mysterious gay teddy bear mascots of One Direction. Scott and Kurt also talk about the sensitive subject of questioning the validity of Louis’s recently born son.

Episode 21 – Five Years of “Friday”

On Episode 21 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge analyze 2011’s most viral video, “Friday” by Rebecca Black in celebration of its fifth anniversary.

Episode 20 – Free Kesha

Trigger Warning: Emotional and Sexual Abuse.

On Episode 20 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by MTV News writer Sasha Geffen to talk about the legal situation going on between Kesha and Dr. Luke. Then, previous guests of the show send in audio tributes to Kesha discussing her music and what she means to them.
Contributors include Kira Grunenberg, Megan Lavengood, and Taylor Myers.

Episode 19 – 58th GRAMMYs Recap

On Episode 19 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Ashley and Adam of the Swiftcast, “the #1 Taylor Swift Podcast,” to talk about the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards.

February 2016 Pop-Up: Let’s Talk About Love

On this Pop-Up episode of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge get in the mood for Valentine’s Day by discussing some of their favorite love songs. Scott shares his thoughts on two older hits, “Don’t Worry Baby” by The Beach Boys and Dolly Parton’s classic “I Will Always Love You” while Kurt goes with two lesser-known songs by contemporary artists in John Mayer’s “City Love” and Celine Dion’s French-language hit “Je t’aime Encore.” The two then preview next weeks’ 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards episode by predicting who will win the four major categories.

January 2016 Pop-Up: Double Choruses

On this pop-up episode of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge explore different types of choruses that deviate from the norm: songs with choruses and post-choruses, songs with long, multi-part choruses, and songs with two distinct choruses.

Favorite Songs Of 2015

On the last episode of 2015, Kurt Trowbridge and Scott Interrante are joined by Kira Grunenberg and Annie Dineen to discuss our favorite songs of the year. Kurt picks Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me,” Annie picks Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey,” Kira picks Little May’s “Home,” and Scott picks Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Let’s Get Lost.”

December 2015 Pop-Up: Christmas Music

On this Pop-Up episode of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge discuss four of their favorite Christmas songs and the phenomenon of holiday music.

Justin Bieber’s Purpose & One Direction’s Made In The A.M.

On Episode 17 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by MTV Staff Writer Patrick Hosken and Prtls Creative Director Tyler Andere to talk about Justin Bieber’s Purpose and One Direction’s Made in the A.M..

November 2015 Pop-Up: Adele’s “Hello”

On this Pop-Up episode of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge discuss thew new single from Adele’s upcoming 25, “Hello” along with the records it’s already set and the reasons behind the Adele phenomenon.

Talking About Pop

How do we communicate our thoughts and feelings on pop music? What is mainstream pop music’s cultural position and in what ways is that related to gender? On Episode 16 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by fellow pop music podcasters Ellen Mayer and Charlie Harding to talk about talking about pop.

October 2015 Pop-Up: One-Note Melodies

On this Pop-Up episode of Pop Unmuted, Kurt Trowbridge and Scott Interrante discuss a trend they’ve noticed popping up in recent pop songs: one note melodies. They discuss some recent and historic examples of the technique, why songwriters might employ it, and what it brings to the meaning of the music.

Fandom and Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?”

On Episode 15 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by fandom scholars Helena Dare-Edwards and Dr. Mark Duffett to discuss pop fandom, fan screaming, and the power of fan armies. The group then turns their attention to Justin Bieber’s come-back single, “What Do You Mean?”

August 2015 Pop-Up

On this Pop-Up episode of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge thank the contributors to the Pop Unmuted Kickstarter campaign. They then go into an extended edition of the regular Unmuted Pop Songs recommendation segment.

Lyrics and Kacey Musgraves’s ‘Pageant Material’

On Episode 14 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Annie Galvin, a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Virginia and Alice Bolin, a poet and essayist to talk about different aspects of pop lyrics. The panel then discusses the latest album from country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material.

July 2015 Pop-Up

The Pop Unmuted podcast will now be releasing mini “pop-up” episodes regularly between regular episodes of the show, so you can now look forward to two episodes a month. On the first pop-up, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge share and discuss some of their favorite recent songs

Pop Anniversaries and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face”

On Episode 13 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by music journalist Kira Grunenberg and Atlantic Records A&R consultant and music blogger Adam Soybel to celebrate the podcast’s 1 year anniversary by discussing pop anniversaries and pop nostalgia. The panel then talks about the latest single by The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face” and its relationship to Apple Music.

Resilience, Melancholy, and Rihanna’s “American Oxygen”

On Episode 12 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Robin James, to discuss her new book ‘Resilience and Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism’ and Rihanna’s “American Oxygen.”

Brian Wilson’s ‘No Pier Pressure’ and Veteran Pop Artists

On Episode 11 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by music blogger Bill Smith and undergraduate Music & Culture student at University of California, Riverside Missy Kyzer to talk about the latest album from Brian Wilson, No Pier Pressure, and the phenomenon of the aging pop star.

Max Martin and Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do”

On Episode 10 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Melbourne, Australia-based pop podcaster Daniel Gregg and Music Theory Ph.D. candidate Megan Lavengood to talk about legendary pop producer and songwriter Max Martin. We then delve deeper into his most recent hit, Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” and close with a special Max Martin themed Unmuted Pop Songs segment.

March 2015 Pop-Up: Global Release Day

In this special Pop Up episode of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by music journalist Kira Grunenberg and music blogger and A&R consultant at Atlantic Records Adam Soybel to talk about the recently announced change to an international music release day.

Signifiers of Korean Pop and 4Minute’s “Crazy”

On Episode 9 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by New York-based Korean artist and Columbia MFA student Bora Kim and Seoul-based American writer Jakob Dorof to talk about K-pop. We discuss what makes K-pop unique from Western pop and the potential CL of 2ne1 has in crossing over to an American audience. Then we shift our focus to the latest 4Minute single “Crazy.”

Chart To Chart and Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds”

For the first episode of 2015, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge discuss the importance and meaning of charts both Billboard and personal with fellow bloggers and chart makers Adam Soybel and Bill Smith. The group then discusses the recent out-of-left-field collaboration between Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds.”

Big Booties, Big Sales, and Feminism in 2014 Pop

For the final episode of Pop Unmuted in 2014, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by PhD Music Theory student Taylor Myers and Music Theory Master’s student Aurora Montgomery to talk about women in pop in 2014. We talk Beyonce, Booties, and Taylor Swift, along with some of our own personal favorite moments of women in pop.

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.

Melodic Design and Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)”

On Episode 5 of Pop Unmuted, Scott and Kurt are joined by composer/orchestrator Andrew Fox and video game composer/developer Blake Reynolds to discuss various approaches to melodic design in pop music. Then we tackle the quickly rising hit “Habits (Stay High)” by Swedish artist Tove Lo.

Summer Send Off/Fall Preview

On Episode 4 of Pop Unmuted, Kurt and Scott are joined by pop writers David Kenniston and Adam Soybel to discuss this Summer’s pop music and what we’re looking forward to in the Fall.

August 2014 Pop-Up: Taylor’s Shift

For this special Pop Up episode of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by music journalist Kira Grunenberg and music producer and Taylor Swift fan Mark Wudtke to discuss Swift’s new single “Shake It Off” and her new direction towards Pop.

Country Music and Girls In Your Country Song

On Episode 3 of Pop Unmuted, Scott and Kurt are joined by Adam Raza and Annie Dineen, co-founders of The Shotgun Seat, to talk about modern country music and the issues brought up by Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” and Maggie Rose’s “Girl In Your Truck Song.”

Boy Bands

On Episode 2 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante talks to Dr. Mark Duffett about boy bands, fandom, and fandom studies.

Music Theory in Popular Discourse and Ariana Grande’s “Problem”

On Episode 1 of Pop Unmuted, co-hosts Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by music journalist Kira Grunenberg and Music Theory Ph.D. student Taylor Myers to discuss the role of music theory in popular discourse as well as Ariana Grande’s latest single, “Problem.”

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