One of the coolest online indie rock radio stations on the planet is run by NASA. Yes, them.

A few years back, I was rooting around for something I could play on the back patio for a BBQ featuring some snooty hipster indie rock fans. That’s when I stumbled upon something odd on TuneIn Radio: An online station called Third Rock Radio.

It’s…fascinating. Run by NASA–yes, them–it features a steady stream of cool indie rock stuff punctuated by announcer breaks about various scientific endeavors.

Indie rock and science? Cool. The YouTube promo for the station? Maybe not.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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