Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Lullabies?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tips for finding lullabies that aren't cloying, annoying, or lullaby-themed covers of pop songs.


First Listen: Ashley Monroe, 'The Blade'

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.


Pop Culture Happy Hour On Sports: Introducing 'The Giant Foam Finger'

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.


First Listen: Tame Impala, 'Currents'

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.


First Listen: Ratatat, 'Magnifique'

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.


Pop Culture Happy Hour No. 250: 'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Catastrophe'

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.


Song Premiere: Mimicking Birds, 'Dead Weight'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Before its tour with Modest Mouse, the band releases a mysterious, surprising, fatalistic new song.


First Watch: Glen Hansard, 'Winning Streak'

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.


Kacey Musgraves Sings One For Marriage Equality

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."


First Listen: Bully, 'Feels Like'

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.


The Good Listener: Will We Remember Today's Pop Stars In 50 Years?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

It's one thing to achieve popularity; it's another thing to last.


The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Announces New Album With The Arcs

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.


First Listen: Walk Off The Earth, 'Sing It All Away'

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.


First Watch: Metric, 'Cascades'

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

A light show in song form, "Cascades" is engineered for the ecstatic intensity of the dance floor.


The Good Listener: Why Do Amusement Parks Still Crank Songs From The '80s?

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Everything changes — except theme-park playlists, where REO Speedwagon, Journey and Supertramp have never gone out of style. Why is that, exactly?


Immerse Yourself In SOAK's Tender, Unsettled Debut Record

Friday, May 29, 2015

The first words Bridie Monds-Watson sings on her debut album double as a tidy thesis statement: "A teenage heart is an unguided dart." The Irish singer-songwriter records under the name SOAK.


First Listen: SOAK, 'Before We Forgot How To Dream'

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Irish singer recorded her debut at 18, so it makes sense that it would chronicle youthful uncertainty. Throughout the album, her songs command attention by burrowing deep under the skin.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: For 'Mad Men' And Letterman, A Week Of Goodbyes

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mad Men just ended after seven seasons; David Letterman is done with late-night TV after 33. The gang discusses both farewells, both legacies, and What's Making Us Happy this week.


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.