Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


First Listen: Lisa Hannigan, 'At Swim'

Thursday, August 11, 2016

With a quiet assist from The National's Aaron Dessner, At Swim is a triumph of understated versatility led by Hannigan's lushly swooning voice.


First Listen: Blind Pilot, 'And Then Like Lions'

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The band makes wistful late-summer music — songs of reflection and connection, carried out in a subtle swirl of strings, horns, pianos and voices.


New Mix: Regina Spektor, Lowell, Angelica Garcia, More

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

On this week's All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson play the first single from Regina Spektor's latest album, new rap from Hamilton's Daveed Diggs and more.


MTV Looks To Capitalize On Nostalgia With New 'Classic' Channel

Monday, August 01, 2016

MTV turns 35 Monday, and is marking the occasion with a channel called MTV Classic, which will air MTV programming from the 1990s and 2000s.


Small Batch: The Return Of 'Match Game'

Monday, August 01, 2016

ABC recently rebooted the vintage game show with Alec Baldwin as host and celebrity panelists such as Rosie O'Donnell and Tituss Burgess. Here, Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson offer their thoughts.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Stranger Things' And Onscreen Weddings

Friday, July 29, 2016

The panel tackles the Netflix horror thriller Stranger Things before discussing favorite weddings from movies and TV. Then, as always, it's on to What's Making Us Happy this week.


First Listen: Haley Bonar, 'Impossible Dream'

Thursday, July 28, 2016

For 15 years, the singer's sharp and reflective songwriting has examined a coming-of-age process that doesn't end when we reach adulthood.


Small Batch: The Rise Of (And Backlash Against) Pokemon GO

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pop Culture Happy Hour's Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson discuss the game: its allure and ubiquity, its backlash and glitches, and its zeitgeist-y collision of gaming, community and nostalgia.


The Giant Foam Finger: Who's Afraid Of A Superteam?

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Pop Culture Happy Hour's Stephen Thompson and Code Switch's Gene Demby discuss Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors: Is it good for basketball? Is this the wave of the mercenary future?


First Listen: The Avett Brothers, 'True Sadness'

Monday, June 20, 2016

The band's sound has changed markedly over the years, but its songs remain rooted in a search for self-improvement, and in a kind of fundamental decency.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'O.J.: Made In America' And A Quiz

Friday, June 17, 2016

For the show's 300th episode, we look at a stunning new seven-and-a-half-hour documentary, take a TV-themed quiz and discuss What's Making Us Happy this week.


First Watch: Haley Bonar, 'Kismet Kill'

Monday, June 13, 2016

Like Bonar's music, her new video pairs shimmery beauty and indelible imagery with an undercurrent of bleakness that can be almost suffocating.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pop Star' And Making Music Funny

Friday, June 10, 2016

The gang discusses The Lonely Island's new movie, then looks back at other films that find humor in the foibles of musicians. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.


First Listen: Laura Mvula, 'The Dreaming Room'

Thursday, June 09, 2016

On her second full-length album, the soulful and versatile U.K. pop singer tugs at the boundaries of her sound, while also letting in details from her life.