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Stephen Thompson

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First Listen: Horse Feathers, 'So It Is With Us'

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.

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The Good Listener: When You Need To Concentrate, Which Music Is Best?

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.

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Song Premiere: The Lone Bellow, 'Then Came The Morning'

Monday, October 06, 2014

On the first single from its new album, the band has lost none of its sleekly soaring charm.

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First Listen: Meatbodies, 'Meatbodies'

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.

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First Listen: Stars, 'No One Is Lost'

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.

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The Good Listener: How Do I Avoid 'The iTunes Pit Of Despair'?

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.

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First Listen: Foxygen, '...And Star Power'

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.

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The Good Listener: When Was Pop Music At Its Lowest Point?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Haunted by memories of Paula Abdul rapping with a cartoon cat, a reader asks about popular music's worst era.

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The Good Listener: Saying No To 'Songstress' And Other Forbidden Words

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A certain someone hates the word "songstress." What else should be abolished from music writing?

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First Listen: Sondre Lerche, 'Please'

Sunday, September 14, 2014

On the Norwegian singer-songwriter's seventh studio album, the ache and anger of divorce gets re-purposed into a loose, feisty, energetic record that finds Lerche sounding fully recharged.

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The Good Listener: Do You Ever Just Get Sick Of Music?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ugh, all of those notes. What's a listener to do when music no longer soothes, enthralls or excites the way it once did?

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Celebrity Apologies And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

Friday, September 12, 2014

After a few words about Joan Rivers, the gang delves into a conversation about apologies, sincerity, authenticity, free speech and PR. Then we give ourselves a quiz and discuss What's Making Us Happy.

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The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Songs About Football?

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Good Listener has a modest proposal for those who seek a football anthem everyone can enjoy.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Repurposing 'The Simpsons' And Busting Out Of A Rut

Friday, September 05, 2014

On the heels of a recent TV marathon, the gang discusses ways to make old things new again. Then it's on to a conversation about cultural complacency, followed by What's Making Us Happy this week.

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First Listen: Ryan Adams, 'Ryan Adams'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

After a three-year hiatus, the singer's 14th album is the sound of a once-prolific genius who's only recently relearned what it's like to walk on steady footing.

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The Good Listener: Parents Just Don't Understand?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thoughts on a timeless question: "How do you get your parents to respect the music of today?"

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First Listen: Interpol, 'El Pintor'

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The New York post-punk band has aged into its polished sound nicely, maintaining its influences (Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, et al) while sounding more distinct from them than ever.

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First Listen: Blonde Redhead, 'Barragán'

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The last decade has seen a marked softening in Blonde Redhead's sound, to the point where the quietest moments on Barragán don't sound like songs so much as vapors infused with tunes.

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The Good Listener: Can I Ask Loud Talkers At Outdoor Concerts To (Please) Shut Up?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shushing people at indoor concerts is understandable. What about events where options are greater?

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First Listen: J Mascis, 'Tied To A Star'

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Though not entirely unplugged, Tied to a Star showcases the soft intricacy of a veteran craftsman who knows when to hang back and decide to pulverize another day.

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