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Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

First Listen: The Avett Brothers, 'True Sadness'

Monday, June 20, 2016

The band's sound has changed markedly over the years, but its songs remain rooted in a search for self-improvement, and in a kind of fundamental decency.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'O.J.: Made In America' And A Quiz

Friday, June 17, 2016

For the show's 300th episode, we look at a stunning new seven-and-a-half-hour documentary, take a TV-themed quiz and discuss What's Making Us Happy this week.

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First Watch: Haley Bonar, 'Kismet Kill'

Monday, June 13, 2016

Like Bonar's music, her new video pairs shimmery beauty and indelible imagery with an undercurrent of bleakness that can be almost suffocating.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pop Star' And Making Music Funny

Friday, June 10, 2016

The gang discusses The Lonely Island's new movie, then looks back at other films that find humor in the foibles of musicians. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

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First Listen: Laura Mvula, 'The Dreaming Room'

Thursday, June 09, 2016

On her second full-length album, the soulful and versatile U.K. pop singer tugs at the boundaries of her sound, while also letting in details from her life.

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First Listen: case/lang/veirs, 'case/lang/veirs'

Thursday, June 09, 2016

A worthy extension of three tremendous catalogs, in which three great singer-songwriters sound enhanced and invigorated by the challenge of living up to each other's legacies.

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Song Premiere, Lisa Hannigan, 'Prayer For The Dying'

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

This first taste of Hannigan's new album, At Swim, showcases her gift for slow-burning melancholy.

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Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, June 06, 2016

In what may have been the most comfortable day in the history of NPR Music, Iron & Wine's frontman performs three songs with the charming, inventive singer Jesca Hoop.

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Song Premiere: Blind Pilot, 'Umpqua Rushing'

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The first song from And Then Like Lions (out August 12) is a hazy, quiet beauty that builds slowly but persistently.

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First Listen: Fear Of Men, 'Fall Forever'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Jessica Weiss exudes ambivalence as a singer, but the arrangements around her billow and bloom. On Fear Of Men's second album, darkness and light fuse to form multifaceted gems.

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Song Premiere: The Monkees, 'Me & Magdalena'

Thursday, May 19, 2016

In honor of The Monkees' 50th anniversary, hear a song written for the band by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard. "Me & Magdalena" appears on a forthcoming reunion album called Good Times!

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First Listen: Beth Orton, 'Kidsticks'

Thursday, May 19, 2016

On her first album in nearly four years, the singer-songwriter returns to the beat-driven sound that made her name. The result functions as both a yearning journey and a well-earned victory lap.

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All Songs +1: This Week's Number One Song

Friday, May 13, 2016

The results of our entirely unscientific and not at all comprehensive poll are in: James Blake's "I Need A Forest Fire" is the most popular song right now with NPR Music listeners.

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First Listen: Seratones, 'Get Gone'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

On the Louisiana band's first album, blues, classic rock and gospel come together with concision, force and a punk-rock heart.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our 2016 Summer Movie Preview

Friday, April 22, 2016

The panel discusses its most anticipated summer blockbusters and makes some bold predictions. And, as always, we take a look at What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: Remembering Prince

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson discuss the way Prince changed music, supported other artists, defied creative constraints and challenged the notion of what it means for a pop singer to rebel.

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First Listen: The Jayhawks, 'Paging Mr. Proust'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The long-running roots-pop band's new music nicely re-creates a honeyed, harmony-rich sound while still expanding it in subtle, appealing ways.

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First Listen: Original Broadway Cast Recording, 'Bright Star'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin team up again, this time to compose a Broadway musical about star-crossed couples in North Carolina during the first half of the 20th century.

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First Listen: Rufus Wainwright, 'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets'

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wainwright and his many guests pile on the gravitas while still digging into the Bard's material with playful and provocative spirits.

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Palehound: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ellen Kempner and her band perform three tense and evocative songs from last year's Dry Food, set amid the pin-drop silence of a rapt crowd.

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