Stephen Thompson

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First Listen: The New Pornographers, 'Whiteout Conditions'

Monday, April 03, 2017

The New Pornographers' seventh album still stocks each song with three or four hooks where most bands might settle for one.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Return Of Dave Chappelle And 'CHIPS'

Friday, March 31, 2017

Brittany Luse and Gene Demby join the panel to discuss Chappelle's new Netflix specials, while David Greene pops in to share his thoughts on CHIPS. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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First Listen: San Fermin, 'Belong'

Thursday, March 30, 2017

In the last few years, composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone has presided over a big band that's grown grander and more ambitious in every phase of its sound.

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Adele Doesn't Know If She 'Will Ever Tour Again' — But Let's Weigh The Options

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

On stage in Australia and New Zealand, the singer has hinted at retirement in recent days. Naturally, it's time for a little idle speculation.

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Future Islands' New Song, 'Cave,' Gets Rendered In ASL

Friday, March 24, 2017

In a clever twist on the "lyric video" trend, the words to Future Islands' new song are signed by ASL interpreter Jonathan Lamberton.

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The Builders And The Butchers: White-Knuckle Americana

Friday, March 24, 2017

On The Spark, due out May 19, the band's acoustic folk-rock sound is shot through with nervy, hellfire-and-brimstone intensity.

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Fionn Regan Returns, His Feathery Acoustic Sweetness Intact

Thursday, March 23, 2017

"Cormorant Bird" captures the light touch and poetic ambition of the Irish singer's early work, while adding orchestral sweep to his approachable sound.

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First Listen: Aimee Mann, 'Mental Illness'

Thursday, March 23, 2017

For her ninth solo album, Mann says she set out to write the saddest, slowest record she could. But Mental Illness still sparkles in buoyantly catchy ways.

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For A 'Long Time,' Blondie's Worked To Create This Kind Of Pop Magic

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Though deliberate echoes of "Heart of Glass" make themselves heard from the song's opening seconds, "Long Time" never feels like a mere rehash.

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Watch Sylvan Esso Bring Bass And Twists To NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sylvan Esso, the duo of Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath, drew cheers for their soon-to-be-released new material during NPR Music's annual showcase in Austin.

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Why SXSW Matters: The Best Of What We Saw, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We go to SXSW in order to find music we're unlikely to see in our own backyard, find something thrilling, then shout out our fervent support. In this episode, we do exactly that.

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Big Thief Whispers, Then Roars, At SXSW 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker had the capacity Stubb's crowd in the palm of her hand at our showcase.

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PWR BTTM Unleashes The Glitter At SXSW 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

PWR BTTM, once two and now four members strong, brought glitter, humor and bombast to the stage at Stubb's this year.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff Makes A Statement At SXSW

Friday, March 17, 2017

Alynda Lee Segarra paraded around the Stubb's BBQ stage at our SXSW showcase wearing a homemade T-shirt that read "No Human Is Illegal."

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Lizzo Was 'Good As Hell' At Our SXSW Showcase

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Texas-born, Minneapolis-based powerhouse Lizzo came with her "Big Girls" to Stubb's this year — and brought a surprising cover song along for the ride.

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First Listen: Sera Cahoone, 'From Where I Started'

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The former Band Of Horses drummer's songs amble sweetly and gently, propelled by a voice that radiates kindness.

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The All Songs Considered SXSW Preview, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

For music lovers, South By Southwest can feel like Christmas, Mardi Gras and Spring Break rolled into one. This week we share some of the discoveries we're most excited to see at this year's festival.

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Songs We Love: Moor Mother, 'Deadbeat Protest'

Friday, March 10, 2017

Though Camae Ayewa shrouds her words in shards of sonic confrontation, her message is as blunt and compressed as her music: She's hungry, under attack, fists up, forever in peril.

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Chris Bathgate Returns In A Wash Of Dreamy Imagery

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Michigan singer-songwriter's first full-length album in six years, Dizzy Seas, comes out May 19. To kick it off, he's released a lovely, brooding six-minute ballad called "Northern Country Trail."

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Songs We Love: Jealous Of The Birds, 'Goji Berry Sunset'

Thursday, March 09, 2017

In two deceptively simple minutes, Irish singer Naomi Hamilton constructs an intimate space that's instantly, indelibly compelling.

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