Stephen Thompson appears in the following:
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.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
A light show in song form, "Cascades" is engineered for the ecstatic intensity of the dance floor.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
A reader who really hates beach balls at concerts wants to know her options.
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.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
The duo's sound feels lighter and looser than ever, sacrificing the tiniest bit of pristineness for a much-needed note of softly scuffed-up grace.
Saturday, May 09, 2015
Thoughts on when music might actually stand between life and death.
Sunday, May 03, 2015
The Montreal singer-songwriter's brain seems to overflow with wise and exacting ways to reflect on the way hearts work.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Casting the heady swoon of courtship as a game of intense focus, "Staring Contest" practically bursts with the giddy excitement of new love.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Hatred of bands is often about association — about the story of ourselves that we're comfortable telling the world.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Tipping is customary for good service, but not all performances (and performers) are created equal.
Friday, April 17, 2015
The gang discusses the new Netflix superhero series, what happens when the audience knows too much and, as always, what's making us happy this week.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Sporting a Yo Gabba Gabba T-shirt, Shamir clearly came to have a blast at our SXSW showcase. Watch him perform three songs from his upcoming album, Ratchet.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Some of the pretty grandiosity of the band's debut moves aside to make room for grittier energy, while Jackrabbit roots around for big ideas amid arrangements that clamor and storm.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes take a few minutes to celebrate the pioneering satirist.
Sunday, April 05, 2015
Once a bandleader with a flair for complex orchestration, Conor O'Brien sings and plays every instrument on Darling Arithmetic himself, for an album that feels surprisingly muted.
Sunday, April 05, 2015
Though the scenery of the American Southwest remains largely unchanged, the band's sense and understanding of it continues to deepen and grow.