Stephen Thompson

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First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Salutations'

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Last fall, Oberst released a raw solo album called Ruminations. Now, its songs are more fleshed out, completed with a full band and released as a new work, complete with seven new tracks.

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Aimee Mann's New Video Is A Star-Packed Drama In Miniature

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

In the video for "Patient Zero," from Mann's forthcoming album Mental Illness, James Urbaniak and Bradley Whitford act out the song's sad story.

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Aimee Mann's New Video Is A Star-Packed Drama In Miniature

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

In the video for "Patient Zero," from Mann's forthcoming album Mental Illness, James Urbaniak and Bradley Whitford act out the song's sad story.

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Songs We Love: Be Charlotte, 'Machines That Breathe'

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

This charming and impeccable bit of pop songcraft is enhanced considerably by the thick brogue of 19-year-old singer Charlotte Brimner.

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Songs We Love: Trapo, 'Speed'

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

At 19, the Wisconsin rapper has already developed a distinct songwriting voice to go with a sonic palette that's instantly, identifiably his.

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Songs We Love: Manu Delago, 'A Step (Feat. Pete Josef)'

Monday, March 06, 2017

Somehow both haunting and approachable, "A Step" is fueled by Pete Josef's sweet voice and the muted shimmer of the Hang, a cousin of the steel drum. Download the song via NPR Music's Austin 100.

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To Austin, With Love: Previewing The Songs Of SXSW

Sunday, March 05, 2017

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson plays highlights from The Austin 100, a downloadable mix of SXSW discoveries that includes Tribu Baharú, Jealous Of The Birds, Manu Delago, Tunde Olaniran and Weaves.

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The Austin 100

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Download 100 handpicked, totally free songs from the best new artists performing at SXSW 2017.

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Oscars 2017: Follow Our Live Coverage With Pop Culture Happy Hour

Sunday, February 26, 2017

NPR's team of pop-culture commentators is live-blogging tonight's Academy Awards. Watch along.

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Song Premiere: Little Big Town's 'Night On Our Side' Sees Blue Skies

Thursday, February 23, 2017

An optimistic, harmony-rich slab of countrified pop-rock, the song returns to one of modern country music's sturdiest themes: the celebration of a night electrified with possibility.

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First Listen: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, 'The Tourist'

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Five albums and a dozen years into its career, Alec Ounsworth's band shimmers, seethes and twitches in appealing new ways.

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First Listen: Ryan Adams, 'Prisoner'

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

In many ways, Adams' 16th album feels like a retreat: to self-reflection, to primal emotions, and to a tense, rootsy sound that recalls Bruce Springsteen.

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10 Hasty Takeaways From Grammy Night, Starting With Adele

Monday, February 13, 2017

From Adele beating Beyoncé to whatever was going on with Lady Gaga and Metallica, take a look back at Sunday night's Grammy Awards.

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Grammy Awards: Here's A Preview Before Tonight's Show

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards are tonight. NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson gives us a preview of what to expect.

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The Anointed Ones: The Grammys Place Bets On Country Music's Future

Friday, February 10, 2017

If Sturgill Simpson wins Album Of The Year this weekend, it'll be surprising — but not shocking.

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First Listen: Son Volt, 'Notes Of Blue'

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Son Volt has always deserved more attention than it's gotten, and the band's eighth album provides a lean and sturdy showcase for Jay Farrar's eternally weary but undiminished voice.

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Meet Fragile Rock: Almost Definitely The World's First Puppet Emo Band

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Watch the puppets sport eyeliner and sing a song called "I Am Sad And So Am I."

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Wilsen's Dreamy Bedroom Folk Steps Out Into The World

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Tamsin Wilson's moody, calmly woozy voice would sound amazing in just about any genre or context.

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First Listen: Jesca Hoop, 'Memories Are Now'

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Hoop's songs burst with ideas: They're as strange and smart and heartfelt as they are gorgeous. Memories Are Now further showcases her enviable capacity to surprise.

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Robyn Hitchcock Returns With 'An Ecstatic Work Of Negativity'

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The U.K. singer-songwriter is set to return with his self-titled 21st album, his most rambunctious record in years. Hear "I Want To Tell You About What I Want."

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