Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live On Halloween, With Fred Armisen

Friday, November 13, 2015

Recorded live at Washington, D.C.'s Howard Theatre, Audie Cornish and a special guest join the show for a discussion of scary things, a quiz and What's Making Us Happy this week.


The Giant Foam Finger: What's Your Walk-Up Music?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Four teams remain in the battle to crown a World Series champion. So it's a natural time for Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby to discuss the songs you hear when different players get up to bat.


The Good Listener: What's The Matter With Canada?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Why do so many of Canada's most successful musicians shy away from acknowledging their home country?


First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'Sermon On The Rocks'

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

On his eighth album, Ritter delves into what he calls "messianic oracular honky-tonk." Fortunately, it's an approach that brings out some of the singer's slipperiest, nimblest wordplay.


The Good Listener: How Do We Pick 'Our Song'?

Saturday, October 03, 2015

She listens to lyrics; he prefers rhythms. How do they decide on the first dance at their wedding?


First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Such Things'

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Ohio band spends its new album shoehorning deep, dark ideas into pocket-sized pop-rock anthems. Every word and sound feels thoughtfully wrought, but Such Things also exudes freewheeling joy.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Stephen Colbert's Return And Great Talk-Show Guests

Friday, September 18, 2015

The gang discusses CBS's Late Show With Stephen Colbert and describes what makes a great talk-show guest. And, as always, we run through What's Making Us Happy this week.


The Giant Foam Finger: If Serena Williams Loses, Is It Still The U.S. Open?

Monday, September 14, 2015

On Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss this weekend's U.S. Open final between two women not named Serena.


The Good Listener: How Can Parents Make Time For Music?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

When life gets in the way of a music obsession, how do parents rediscover the mindset to dig deeper?


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Labor Pains And Inspirations

Friday, September 11, 2015

Thoughts on childbirth and pregnancy in pop culture, plus memories of the ways movies, TV shows, musicals and other moments have shaped our long-term interests. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.


First Listen: Glen Hansard, 'Didn't He Ramble'

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

A veteran of The Frames and The Swell Season, Hansard possesses a worn but wonderfully flexible voice. Throughout his second solo album, his voice conveys kindness and warmth.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Mr. Robot' And Title Sequences

Friday, September 04, 2015

The gang offers up its thoughts on a much-loved USA Network series and the way movies' opening credits can set the tone for what's to come. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.


First Listen: Low, 'Ones And Sixes'

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Intimacy, unease and aggression coexist in bracing, beautiful ways throughout Ones And Sixes, which feels as intimate as a whisper over pillows and as obtuse as transmissions from a faraway satellite.


Small Batch: The VMAs, From Speeches To Singing To Squads

Monday, August 31, 2015

Even if you didn't watch Sunday night's telecast โ€” especially if you didn't watch โ€” we've got good conversation about Kanye's speech, Miley's hosting, and even who won the awards at the awards show.


The Good Listener: Should Fans Fear Side Projects?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Popular bands like The National, The Black Keys, Wilco and Bon Iver have spawned spin-offs in recent years. Should their fans be nervous, or should they embrace the change of pace?


First Listen: Lou Barlow, 'Brace The Wave'

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Brace The Wave keeps the Sebadoh singer's sound stripped to its barren bones, an approach suited to the pleas and confessions therein.


The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

On Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the recent controversy over an athlete's decision to return his children's participation trophies.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Straight Outta Compton' And Too Much TV

Friday, August 21, 2015

Audie Cornish and Gene Demby join the show to discuss a new N.W.A biopic and the idea that there are more TV shows than the public could ever watch. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.


First Listen: Beach House, 'Depression Cherry'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

On its fifth album, the Baltimore duo still finds a way to settle jangled nerves and transport listeners to a warmer, softer, easier place.


Kacey Musgraves: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 17, 2015

Before closing with the go-your-own-way anthem "Follow Your Arrow," the country singer showcases four songs from her terrific second album, Pageant Material.