Stephen Thompson appears in the following:
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The first single from the duo's new album is a gregarious, wonderfully ingratiating ode to charm and the generosity it inspires.
Friday, August 07, 2015
The gang gathers to discuss an unlikely Netflix prequel and a far-more-likely Tom Cruise action movie. And, as always, we summarize What's Making Us Happy this week.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Hear EL VY's dark and driving "Return To The Moon," in which Berninger teams up with Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls.
Saturday, August 01, 2015
You're in the passenger seat. The driver asks you to pick the music. What's an insecure DJ to do?
Friday, July 31, 2015
Ari Shapiro and Bob Mondello join the gang to discuss soundtracks and other cinematic songs. And, as always, we discuss what's making us happy this week.
Monday, July 27, 2015
In Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the athletes people hate — and try to get at why.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers of NPR Music talk about the new album from Ashley Monroe called The Blade.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Tips for finding lullabies that aren't cloying, annoying, or lullaby-themed covers of pop songs.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
A solo singer, go-to collaborator and member of the Pistol Annies, Monroe is a star who's both arrived and rising: accepted by insiders without losing her veneer of outsider cool.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
In the first installment of a new series on sports memories, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss "4th and 26," a single play between the Eagles and the Packers in the 2003-04 NFL playoffs.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Kevin Parker's new music veers farther away from psych-rock bombast and toward falsetto-dripped soul, fragments of dance music, and long interludes set aside for woozy, disorienting deliberation.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
These are rock instrumentals that needn't overcompensate for their lack of words. They don't strain to be heard or scramble to stand out, but instead convey coolness that seems effortless.
Friday, July 03, 2015
For our 250th episode, the gang digs into a movie and a TV show, each geared toward grown people in different ways. And, as always, we close with what's making us happy this week.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Before its tour with Modest Mouse, the band releases a mysterious, surprising, fatalistic new song.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Hear the first song (and watch a video) from the Frames and Swell Season veteran's new album, Didn't He Ramble, out Sept. 18.
Friday, June 26, 2015
The country singer performed a Tiny Desk Concert on the same day the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. So she couldn't possibly pass up the chance to play "Follow Your Arrow."
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Sweet and fizzy, barbed and aggressive, these are speeding-with-the-windows-down songs. But they also feel true to the life of the charismatic ball of nerves at their core.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
It's one thing to achieve popularity; it's another thing to last.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Auerbach's newest project is a collaboration with Richard Swift and others. Hear "Stay In My Corner," the first single from The Arcs' debut album, Yours, Dreamily.
Sunday, June 07, 2015
The Canadian pop band's second album is an impeccable distillation of pop music in 2015: big and bright and cheerful, and expanded rather than confined by everything that came before it.