Stephen Thompson appears in the following:
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Edmonton band mines the built-in tension between its many sources of effervescence and the darker shading in its words and backgrounds.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Compact and intense, the New Jersey band's songs channel the spirit of punk, but also the density of heavy rock that's had the fat cut out.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Thoughts on the collision of concert etiquette and first-date etiquette.
Sunday, February 08, 2015
The late icon presided over some of the most crucial music of the 20th century. Fifteen years after his death, his final recordings have been completed with the aid of Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
When it seems like every song on earth is about love or its absence, the heartsick need a strategy.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Is it possible for a human being to truly not enjoy music?
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The festival doesn't start for two more months, but the NPR Music team is already preparing.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
In a raucous and revealing panel discussion at New York City's Ace Hotel, the stars and creators of Comedy Central's Broad City interview all three members of the newly reunited band.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
The Brooklyn band's music has always had a larger-than-life flamboyance about it. But on Then Came The Morning, it's elevated by nuance that ventures frequently and welcomely into grace.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Friday's broadcast gets a lively and unexpected twist: interstitial music performed live by the unpredictable, dub-influenced electronic band.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
The Glaswegian folk-pop band's ninth album feels light on its feet, but without sacrificing the thoughtful, careful precision for which Stuart Murdoch and his collaborators are known.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Every character on the animated FX comedy is a creep. So why is the show so pleasant, even relaxing, to watch?
Monday, December 22, 2014
Watch the singer and rapper perform "Skeleton Key" and "The Good Fight" with the VocalEssence choir.
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.