Amy Schriefer

Amy Schriefer manages product development, distribution and marketing for NPR Music. She also oversees NPR Music events, coordinating live broadcasts and original showcases, including NPR's popular showcases during CMJ and SXSW, and produces NPR Music's First Listen program, which streams anticipated new records before they are released.

She was part of the team that designed the NPR Music iPad app, which was honored as part of the 2013 Communication Arts Interactive Annual, and part of the team that developed the NPR Music multimedia and live streaming platform.

Prior to joining NPR in 2008, Schriefer was a project coordinator at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution. She launched the historic catalogue of folk, world and field recordings on iTunes and other digital retailers and also managed the launch of Smithsonian Global Sound, a digital store and online magazine for archives of traditional music.

Schriefer has an M.A. in Women's Studies and a graduate degree in Public Health from George Washington University. She is proudly from Erie, PA, and now resides proudly in New York City where she works at NPR's NY bureau.

Almost 10 years after "Take Me Out" helped the band break through commercially, win a Mercury Prize and craft a zeitgeist-defining sound — and two years after a rumored breakup — Franz Ferdinand returns with its first new album since 2009. It's the Glaswegian dance-rock ambassadors' best work since their 2004 arrival: Confident and freshly energized, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action captures the ease of pressure that comes with knowing that a decade-old band can't be co-opted as a cool new thing.

Hanni El Khatib and his band braved sharp desert succulents, chilly temperatures and an aggressive maraca for this performance of the appropriately titled "Save Me." The Los Angeles singer-songwriter, on a break from touring in support of his latest album In the Dirt, gamely stripped down his loud, bluesy garage-rock sound and let the stunning backdrop of Joshua Tree National Park provide the drama.