Streams

Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Such Things'

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Ohio band spends its new album shoehorning deep, dark ideas into pocket-sized pop-rock anthems. Every word and sound feels thoughtfully wrought, but Such Things also exudes freewheeling joy.

Comment

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Stephen Colbert's Return And Great Talk-Show Guests

Friday, September 18, 2015

The gang discusses CBS's Late Show With Stephen Colbert and describes what makes a great talk-show guest. And, as always, we run through What's Making Us Happy this week.

Comment

The Giant Foam Finger: If Serena Williams Loses, Is It Still The U.S. Open?

Monday, September 14, 2015

On Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss this weekend's U.S. Open final between two women not named Serena.

Comment

The Good Listener: How Can Parents Make Time For Music?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

When life gets in the way of a music obsession, how do parents rediscover the mindset to dig deeper?

Comment

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Labor Pains And Inspirations

Friday, September 11, 2015

Thoughts on childbirth and pregnancy in pop culture, plus memories of the ways movies, TV shows, musicals and other moments have shaped our long-term interests. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.

Comment

First Listen: Glen Hansard, 'Didn't He Ramble'

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

A veteran of The Frames and The Swell Season, Hansard possesses a worn but wonderfully flexible voice. Throughout his second solo album, his voice conveys kindness and warmth.

Comment

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Mr. Robot' And Title Sequences

Friday, September 04, 2015

The gang offers up its thoughts on a much-loved USA Network series and the way movies' opening credits can set the tone for what's to come. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

Comment

First Listen: Low, 'Ones And Sixes'

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Intimacy, unease and aggression coexist in bracing, beautiful ways throughout Ones And Sixes, which feels as intimate as a whisper over pillows and as obtuse as transmissions from a faraway satellite.

Comment

Small Batch: The VMAs, From Speeches To Singing To Squads

Monday, August 31, 2015

Even if you didn't watch Sunday night's telecast โ€” especially if you didn't watch โ€” we've got good conversation about Kanye's speech, Miley's hosting, and even who won the awards at the awards show.

Comment

The Good Listener: Should Fans Fear Side Projects?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Popular bands like The National, The Black Keys, Wilco and Bon Iver have spawned spin-offs in recent years. Should their fans be nervous, or should they embrace the change of pace?

Comment

First Listen: Lou Barlow, 'Brace The Wave'

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Brace The Wave keeps the Sebadoh singer's sound stripped to its barren bones, an approach suited to the pleas and confessions therein.

Comment

The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

On Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the recent controversy over an athlete's decision to return his children's participation trophies.

Comment

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Straight Outta Compton' And Too Much TV

Friday, August 21, 2015

Audie Cornish and Gene Demby join the show to discuss a new N.W.A biopic and the idea that there are more TV shows than the public could ever watch. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.

Comment

First Listen: Beach House, 'Depression Cherry'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

On its fifth album, the Baltimore duo still finds a way to settle jangled nerves and transport listeners to a warmer, softer, easier place.

Comment

Kacey Musgraves: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 17, 2015

Before closing with the go-your-own-way anthem "Follow Your Arrow," the country singer showcases four songs from her terrific second album, Pageant Material.

Comment

The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre

Monday, August 17, 2015

In Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby tackle the many metaphors at the heart of the retired quarterback's public persona.

Comment

The Good Listener: Are Tall People Obligated To Stand In The Back At Concerts?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A reader stands behind a gigantically tall dude with a cereal-box-shaped head. Has she been wronged?

Comment

All Songs +1: Marking The Demise Of 'The Spotify Of The '80s'

Friday, August 14, 2015

For this week's +1, members of NPR Music use the closure of mail-order music company Columbia House as an excuse for some '80s and '90s music nostalgia.

Comment

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Difficult People' And Amusement Parks

Friday, August 14, 2015

The gang tackles a new Hulu comedy starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner, as well as outdoor entertainment: theme parks, water parks, you name it. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

Comment

Song Premiere: David Wax Museum, 'Guesthouse'

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.

Comment