Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

First Listen: Johnnyswim, 'Georgica Pond'

Thursday, October 06, 2016

These are songs by and for feel-big dreamers, performed with a gift for weapons-grade ingratiation by a pair of born crowd-pleasers.

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Songs We Love: Hope Sandoval, 'Let Me Get There (Feat. Kurt Vile)'

Monday, October 03, 2016

Radiant warmth meets laconic cool in a breezily beautiful duet between the Mazzy Star singer and the Philly rocker.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Magnificent Seven' And 'Fleabag'

Friday, September 30, 2016

The gang discusses a new Western remake starring Denzel Washington, as well as a beloved British TV import starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Plus, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Oberst's distinctive warble is set against a spare patchwork of acoustic guitar, piano and the occasional harmonica, drawing most of the attention to his dark, personal words.

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Hear Dirty Projectors' First New Song Since 2012

Friday, September 23, 2016

David Longstreth's band returns from a long absence with "Keep Your Name," a song about betrayal and loss with a tortured, deeply conflicted video to match.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Emmys, Comedy And Your Spooky Grandpa

Friday, September 23, 2016

An assortment of odds and ends, including an Emmys recap, David Greene's interview with comedian Hari Kondabolu, and Petra Mayer's discussion with English writer Alan Moore.

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First Watch: Gordi, 'So Here We Are'

Monday, September 19, 2016

The singer's voice sounds both human and mechanized, and now it's got a video to match.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Documentary Now!' And Life Onscreen

Friday, September 16, 2016

NPR Politics Podcast host Sam Sanders joins the gang to discuss the IFC series. Then, we each pick, watch and describe a documentary we'd never seen. And, of course, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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First Listen: Beach Slang, 'A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

On its new album, the Philly rock band rattles the rafters with grace, power and concision. These are songs by and for the alienated, out-of-place, searching and otherwise disconnected.

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First Listen: Flock Of Dimes, 'If You See Me, Say Yes'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The newest project by Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner is a reflective, slyly infectious set of synth-pop songs. Throughout the album, the singer demonstrates her gift for patient, atmospheric slow burns.

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First Listen: Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, 'I Had A Dream That You Were Mine'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The former Walkmen frontman records an album with the help of Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. Throughout, the two surround the singer's voice with surprising, sometimes old-fashioned sounds.

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First Listen: Kishi Bashi, 'Sonderlust'

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Throughout his third solo album, K. Ishibashi broadens his palette, rendering his sound ever more frantic, unpredictable, digital and danceable.

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New Sylvan Esso, Sharon Van Etten, R.E.M. Acoustic Demo, More

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

When Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson settled into the studio for this week's show, a clear theme quickly emerged: They had a whole lot of music by artists they already adore!

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'You're The Worst' And Making Drama Funny

Friday, September 02, 2016

The gang discusses a drama-filled FXX comedy as a jumping-off point for a look at the ways humor and seriousness can collide. Then, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

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First Listen: Okkervil River, 'Away'

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Away is a rebuilding-yourself-from-the-ground-up kind of record, and singer-songwriter Will Sheff uses the occasion to take his time and let his songs breathe.

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Sylvan Esso Returns With 'Radio'

Thursday, September 01, 2016

In anticipation of a new album in 2017, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn have just released "Radio," which matches propulsive electronics with scathing commentary about commodification.

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Moving Sketches: In A New Video, Joan Shelley Gets Animated

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Kentucky singer-songwriter's 2015 album Over And Even was a year-end favorite. Now, she's got a new 7" single and a gorgeous, subtly animated video for "Cost Of The Cold" to go with it.

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At MTV's Video Music Awards, It's All About 'Moments'

Sunday, August 28, 2016

This year's VMAs featured Rihanna, Beyonce, Britney Spears, and several minutes of Kanye West doing whatever he wants — all vying for social-media dominance in the hours, days and weeks ahead.

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First Listen: Joseph, 'I'm Alone, No You're Not'

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Three Oregon-bred sisters sing lustrous songs about fearlessness, commitment and the pursuit of a life fully lived. On their second album, sweetness and power aren't mutually exclusive.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Steven Universe' And The Games We Play

Friday, August 12, 2016

Kat Chow and Gene Demby join the show for thoughts on a groundbreaking Cartoon Network series and various card and board games. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

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