Stephen Thompson appears in the following:
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Surveying a year of concerts that took place behind a desk in NPR Music's offices, we offer up highlights from T-Pain to the Pixies to a 12-piece Balkan brass extravaganza.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
In terms of pop hits, the shadow of 2013 fell over most of 2014. But for NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, there were plenty of winners this year as well.
Monday, December 08, 2014
After a quiet opening passage, "Parasites" gets jarringly loud and frenetic, like several songs laid atop one another.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Benatar and Giraldo run through three of their classic songs: 1979's "We Live For Love," 1984's "We Belong" and, after a long and satisfying windup, 1981's "Promises In The Dark."
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward cover pop standards with the timeless impeccability for which they're known. Once again, Ward hovers mostly in the background, leaving Deschanel to steal the playful show.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Thoughts on whether superior technique actually detracts from music's quality.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Before James Mercer became famous in The Shins, he sang in a like-minded band called Flake Music. Its newly remixed, remastered and reissued 1997 debut contains many ideas he would later revisit.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Not everyone wants to watch football or parades. Can a whole family agree on one holiday playlist?
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Thompson gathers many branches of a formidable family tree that includes Richard, Linda, Teddy, Kami and several musicians not named Thompson.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
A reader is self-conscious about being one of the oldest fans at concerts. Should she be?
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
In the wake of news about One Direction erotic fiction, Stephen Thompson sits down with our resident fan-fiction enthusiast, Petra Mayer, to discuss fan-driven writing and the future of publishing.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Whether it's because of their size, demographic make-up, or the unique role they play, these places will have an outsized role in state — and possibly national — politics this year.
Monday, November 03, 2014
NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Jacob Ganz discuss one of the year's biggest pop records — its sound, its roll-out, its lyrics and its place in Taylor Swift's catalog.
Sunday, November 02, 2014
After an eight-year break from recording, Rice gives his bold, dreamy, impeccably rendered music plenty of room to breathe and seethe over the course of more than 50 minutes.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
A dad can't wait to share songs with his newborn son. But are there right and wrong ways to do it?
Friday, October 31, 2014
The panel discusses a new film about black campus life, engages in a wide-ranging discussion of animated TV shows, and expounds on What's Making Us Happy this week.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
On record, Banks is at the center of lavish productions, each suitable for throbbing remixes and banks of swirling lights. Here, though, she serves notice as a powerful singer in her own right.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The song is about this fantasy that the singer Markus Acher had had about a superhero coming in and saving his house from a flood. And if you listen closely you can pick up little hints of that story.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Young recorded all of Storytone's 10 songs with either a 92-piece orchestra or an elaborate big band, but wisely includes beautifully stripped-down acoustic versions, too.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Christmas yields dozens of holiday albums each year. But, "Monster Mash" aside, what of Halloween?