Streams

Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

Palehound, Live In Concert

Monday, February 01, 2016

Watch a full set by Ellen Kempner's indie band, which marries rock muscle to bedroom folk's wiry vulnerability.

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Leon Bridges, 'River'

Monday, February 01, 2016

The young star's music hearkens back to the soul of old, but his new video draws on current events.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: In Conversation With Fred Armisen And 'Welcome To Night Vale'

Friday, January 29, 2016

The gang's been snowed in, but there's still a new episode of the show, thanks to Linda Holmes' onstage discussions — one with Armisen and one with Night Vale creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.

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Playing SXSW 2016? Send Us Your Songs

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The festival doesn't start for nearly two months, but the NPR Music team is already preparing.

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First Listen: Elliott Smith, 'Heaven Adores You'

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The soundtrack to a new documentary inventories the periphery of the late singer's catalog: unheard early recordings, instrumentals, collaborations, live appearances and other illuminating footnotes.

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First Listen: Walter Martin, 'Arts & Leisure'

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The former Walkmen multi-instrumentalist has made a solo album marked by its playful, loosely ambling, front-porch friendliness.

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The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sometimes, sports fandom comes naturally: We grew up immersed in it, or we get swept up in local fervor. But there's more than one way to become a fan.

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Song Premiere: Eric Bachmann, 'Mercy'

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Reinventing himself once more, the former frontman of Archers Of Loaf and Crooked Fingers makes a clean break from his past.

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First Listen: Shearwater, 'Jet Plane And Oxbow'

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jonathan Meiburg sounds as focused and intense as ever on his band's ninth album, which is full of rock songs that churn and clatter with force, invention and mystery.

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Songs We Love: Jeff Buckley, 'Just Like A Woman'

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Recorded in early 1993, Buckley's Bob Dylan cover rambles swoonily for six and a half minutes, capturing both a gift for interpretation and a willingness to let songs unfurl slowly and delicately.

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Song Premiere: Chris Bathgate, 'Calvary'

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Hear the Michigan singer-songwriter's first new song in five years, from an EP called Old Factory.

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2015: Looking Back On A Year At The Tiny Desk

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

This year, NPR Music published 84 sessions from behind Bob Boilen's desk. From a 23-piece band to a lone guitarist to a massive dance party, here are 15 highlights.

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Song Premiere: Damien Jurado, 'Exit 353'

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The singer takes a bleary but evocative journey on the first single from Visions Of Us On The Land, an epic new album due out March 18.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: Frank Sinatra At 100

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sinatra was born 100 years ago this past Saturday, which at NPR could mean only one thing: an opportunity to talk to superfan Sonari Glinton about the singer's formidable legacy.

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Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

These 10 albums plumb emotional depths, deliver powerful messages and, just when you need them most, soothe worried minds in a year when a bit of calm is a priceless commodity.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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