Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

The Good Listener: Can I Deflate The Beach Balls At Concerts?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A reader who really hates beach balls at concerts wants to know her options.


All Songs +1: How Music Can Really Save Your Life

Friday, May 15, 2015

For this week's All Songs +1 podcast, we talk with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson about his most recent "Good Listener" column on the life-saving powers of music.


First Listen: The Milk Carton Kids, 'Monterey'

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The duo's sound feels lighter and looser than ever, sacrificing the tiniest bit of pristineness for a much-needed note of softly scuffed-up grace.


The Good Listener: Can A Song Really Save Your Life?

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Thoughts on when music might actually stand between life and death.


First Listen: Patrick Watson, 'Love Songs For Robots'

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The Montreal singer-songwriter's brain seems to overflow with wise and exacting ways to reflect on the way hearts work.


Listen To A New Song By Mates Of State

Monday, April 27, 2015

Casting the heady swoon of courtship as a game of intense focus, "Staring Contest" practically bursts with the giddy excitement of new love.


The Good Listener: Why Do People Hate Nickelback So Much?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hatred of bands is often about association — about the story of ourselves that we're comfortable telling the world.


The Good Listener: How Much Should I Tip A Street Musician?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tipping is customary for good service, but not all performances (and performers) are created equal.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Daredevil' And Credulity

Friday, April 17, 2015

The gang discusses the new Netflix superhero series, what happens when the audience knows too much and, as always, what's making us happy this week.


Shamir, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sporting a Yo Gabba Gabba T-shirt, Shamir clearly came to have a blast at our SXSW showcase. Watch him perform three songs from his upcoming album, Ratchet.


First Listen: San Fermin, 'Jackrabbit'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Some of the pretty grandiosity of the band's debut moves aside to make room for grittier energy, while Jackrabbit roots around for big ideas amid arrangements that clamor and storm.


Small Batch Edition: Remembering Stan Freberg

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes take a few minutes to celebrate the pioneering satirist.


First Listen: Calexico, 'Edge Of The Sun'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Though the scenery of the American Southwest remains largely unchanged, the band's sense and understanding of it continues to deepen and grow.


First Listen: Villagers, 'Darling Arithmetic'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Once a bandleader with a flair for complex orchestration, Conor O'Brien sings and plays every instrument on Darling Arithmetic himself, for an album that feels surprisingly muted.


The Good Listener: Have All The Good Songs Been Written?

Saturday, April 04, 2015

With so much music in the world, how is it even possible to write something new? Does it matter?


TV On The Radio, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Friday, April 03, 2015

Wonderfully inventive and from-the-gut accessible, TV On The Radio showed off the soulful, genre-smashing sound that it has sharpened over the last dozen years at our showcase at SXSW.


Song Premiere: Heartless Bastards, 'Gates Of Dawn'

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

In the first taste of the band's forthcoming Restless Ones, Heartless Bastards' big, bluesy sound feels slick and streamlined, with choruses that get grander and grander as the song chugs along.


First Listen: Waxahatchee, 'Ivy Tripp'

Sunday, March 29, 2015

On her band's new album, Katie Crutchfield sounds nervier and more confident than ever before, while remaining true to her role as an analytical but artful chronicler of youthful uncertainty.


First Listen: The Mountain Goats, 'Beat The Champ'

Sunday, March 29, 2015

On an unlikely concept album, John Darnielle takes a nostalgic but realistic look at the workaday underworld of the pro wrestlers he idolized as a kid.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: SXSW And Hometown Cliches

Friday, March 27, 2015

Scads of music recommendations, talk of Austin and Portland, and what's making us happy this week.