Stephen Thompson appears in the following:
Monday, November 03, 2014
NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Jacob Ganz discuss one of the year's biggest pop records — its sound, its roll-out, its lyrics and its place in Taylor Swift's catalog.
Sunday, November 02, 2014
After an eight-year break from recording, Rice gives his bold, dreamy, impeccably rendered music plenty of room to breathe and seethe over the course of more than 50 minutes.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
A dad can't wait to share songs with his newborn son. But are there right and wrong ways to do it?
Friday, October 31, 2014
The panel discusses a new film about black campus life, engages in a wide-ranging discussion of animated TV shows, and expounds on What's Making Us Happy this week.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
On record, Banks is at the center of lavish productions, each suitable for throbbing remixes and banks of swirling lights. Here, though, she serves notice as a powerful singer in her own right.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The song is about this fantasy that the singer Markus Acher had had about a superhero coming in and saving his house from a flood. And if you listen closely you can pick up little hints of that story.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Young recorded all of Storytone's 10 songs with either a 92-piece orchestra or an elaborate big band, but wisely includes beautifully stripped-down acoustic versions, too.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Christmas yields dozens of holiday albums each year. But, "Monster Mash" aside, what of Halloween?
Friday, October 24, 2014
Audie Cornish joins the show to discuss an Oscar-friendly Sundance hit, what makes certain art a product of its time, and what's making us happy this week.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
On Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., the Pop Culture Happy Hour crew will appear live at Washington, D.C.'s beautiful Sixth & I synagogue. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at noon ET.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
On an album-length cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Flaming Lips' playful streak gets undercut with moments of abrasiveness and aggression — and detours down strange side roads.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
A reader grew up listening to Rick Astley in the '80s and needs to know if it's too late to change.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
The chamber-folk band's fifth album feels unerringly graceful — a quality that transcends tempo and tone, infusing every song with enough beauty to overwhelm sadness.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Do you spend your days wearing headphones and staring at a computer screen, looking for music to fill your head without distracting you from the task at hand? This column is for you.
Monday, October 06, 2014
On the first single from its new album, the band has lost none of its sleekly soaring charm.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
The Montreal band recorded its new album within earshot of a since-closed discotheque, and it shows. No One Is Lost prioritizes lightness and bittersweet uplift over the devastation of past records.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Meatbodies' Chad Ubovich has learned to put his personal spin on the surf-strum mutant beach party championed by California psychedelic rock bands like Thee Oh Sees, Wand and Bleached.
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Music has become so abundant, it's hard to keep track of your library — let alone give songs the time they deserve. But there are ways to start over and discover great new songs you already own.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
There's a because-we-can quality to the band's overstuffed, 82-minute second album, as Foxygen delights in letting its loosest threads unravel.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Haunted by memories of Paula Abdul rapping with a cartoon cat, a reader asks about popular music's worst era.