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Stephen Thompson

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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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Song Premiere: Stars, 'From The Night'

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's a misnomer to describe a song about embracing darkness as "sunny," but here we are. "From the Night" is the opening track from Stars' new album, No One Is Lost, which comes out out Oct. 14.

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First Listen: Bishop Allen, 'Lights Out'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summery but subtle, Lights Out is the sound of a band that's mastered the art of quality control, just in time to release an album that's all highlights.

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The Good Listener: How Much Is Too Much To Pay For A Concert T-Shirt?

Saturday, August 09, 2014

You want to help a band cover costs, but you don't want to get gouged, either. How much is too much?

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First Listen: Sarah Jaffe, 'Don't Disconnect'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A ferociously intelligent singer-songwriter, Jaffe never stops inventing, reinventing, exploring and reflecting on her (and our) place in a forbidding, foreboding world.

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First Listen: The Underachievers, 'Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Issa Gold and AK move words and beats so deftly on their new album, it can be difficult to keep up. But they're saying it's OK if you don't catch every word; if, right now, you don't know everything.

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Mavis Staples, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Mavis Staples, whose titanic career spans the civil rights movement, Soul Train and solo work with Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Jeff Tweedy, closed the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

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First Listen: Mirel Wagner, 'When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

As implied in her second album's title, the Finnish songwriter makes haunting, revelatory music for hidden places. Wagner sings for the dead; she digs past the heart of any matter and into bone.

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The Good Listener: Why Do Band Photos Look Like That, Anyway?

Friday, August 01, 2014

Folk-rock bands posing on hay bales. Metal bands in alleys with burning trash cans. Why are there so many tropes in press shots — and what are some of the secrets to getting them right?

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Jeff Tweedy, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The resume of Jeff Tweedy includes groundbreaking bands Uncle Tupelo and Wilco and a new album made with his teenage son. Tweedy performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

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Conor Oberst, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Bright Eyes singer has learned to channel his youthful intensity into real showmanship. Conor Oberst performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

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Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A heartwarming crowd-pleaser on stage and record, Dawes has become a Newport Folk Festival mainstay. The California roots-rock band performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

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Ages And Ages, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The shambling folk-rock sing-alongs of this Portland group are infused with communal spirit and heart-filling inspiration. Ages and Ages performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

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Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The gospel choir, featuring some of the best and brightest from Boston's talent-rich Berklee College of Music, opens the proceedings on Sunday, July 27 at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.

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Deer Tick, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Think of Newport Folk staples Deer Tick as a turbo-charged bar band, free-wheeling and versatile. The group performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 26.

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Nickel Creek, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

The trio of onetime child prodigies returned this year after a seven year hiatus with no loss of creativity or chops. Nickel Creek performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 26.

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Shovels & Rope, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Equal parts rowdy and loving, the husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst radiates knockabout charm. Shovels & rope performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 26.

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