Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

First Listen: Thee Oh Sees, 'An Odd Entrances'

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The prolific psych-rock band's newest album — its second in only three months — traffics in alternately jittery and hypnotic jams.

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Small Batch: Late-Night Comedy And The 2016 Election

Monday, November 07, 2016

Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson break down the late-night field at the end of this bruising election season, and discuss how difficult it is to stand out and say something new.

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First Listen: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, 'Until The Hunter'

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nearly 30 years into her career, Mazzy Star's singer still takes her time in the pursuit of beauty. Here, she works with My Bloody Valentine's Colm O'Ciosoig, as well as guests like Kurt Vile.

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Blind Pilot: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, October 21, 2016

The band's shimmery folk-pop sound, with its vibraphone and overarching vibrancy, is perfectly suited to the space behind Bob Boilen's desk.

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First Listen: John K. Samson, 'Winter Wheat'

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The former Weakerthans singer returns with an album full of gorgeous, vividly detailed songs about characters whose potential doesn't always lend them a pathway out of their own heads.

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Haley Bonar: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

In a performance of three songs from Impossible Dream, the Minnesota singer-songwriter achieves a nifty balance of stripped-down intimacy and impeccable polish.

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First Listen: Johnnyswim, 'Georgica Pond'

Thursday, October 06, 2016

These are songs by and for feel-big dreamers, performed with a gift for weapons-grade ingratiation by a pair of born crowd-pleasers.

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Songs We Love: Hope Sandoval, 'Let Me Get There (Feat. Kurt Vile)'

Monday, October 03, 2016

Radiant warmth meets laconic cool in a breezily beautiful duet between the Mazzy Star singer and the Philly rocker.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Magnificent Seven' And 'Fleabag'

Friday, September 30, 2016

The gang discusses a new Western remake starring Denzel Washington, as well as a beloved British TV import starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Plus, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Oberst's distinctive warble is set against a spare patchwork of acoustic guitar, piano and the occasional harmonica, drawing most of the attention to his dark, personal words.

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Hear Dirty Projectors' First New Song Since 2012

Friday, September 23, 2016

David Longstreth's band returns from a long absence with "Keep Your Name," a song about betrayal and loss with a tortured, deeply conflicted video to match.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Emmys, Comedy And Your Spooky Grandpa

Friday, September 23, 2016

An assortment of odds and ends, including an Emmys recap, David Greene's interview with comedian Hari Kondabolu, and Petra Mayer's discussion with English writer Alan Moore.

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First Watch: Gordi, 'So Here We Are'

Monday, September 19, 2016

The singer's voice sounds both human and mechanized, and now it's got a video to match.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Documentary Now!' And Life Onscreen

Friday, September 16, 2016

NPR Politics Podcast host Sam Sanders joins the gang to discuss the IFC series. Then, we each pick, watch and describe a documentary we'd never seen. And, of course, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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First Listen: Beach Slang, 'A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

On its new album, the Philly rock band rattles the rafters with grace, power and concision. These are songs by and for the alienated, out-of-place, searching and otherwise disconnected.

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First Listen: Flock Of Dimes, 'If You See Me, Say Yes'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The newest project by Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner is a reflective, slyly infectious set of synth-pop songs. Throughout the album, the singer demonstrates her gift for patient, atmospheric slow burns.

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First Listen: Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, 'I Had A Dream That You Were Mine'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The former Walkmen frontman records an album with the help of Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. Throughout, the two surround the singer's voice with surprising, sometimes old-fashioned sounds.

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First Listen: Kishi Bashi, 'Sonderlust'

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Throughout his third solo album, K. Ishibashi broadens his palette, rendering his sound ever more frantic, unpredictable, digital and danceable.

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New Sylvan Esso, Sharon Van Etten, R.E.M. Acoustic Demo, More

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

When Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson settled into the studio for this week's show, a clear theme quickly emerged: They had a whole lot of music by artists they already adore!

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'You're The Worst' And Making Drama Funny

Friday, September 02, 2016

The gang discusses a drama-filled FXX comedy as a jumping-off point for a look at the ways humor and seriousness can collide. Then, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

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