Stephen Thompson

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First Listen: Waxahatchee, 'Ivy Tripp'

Sunday, March 29, 2015

On her band's new album, Katie Crutchfield sounds nervier and more confident than ever before, while remaining true to her role as an analytical but artful chronicler of youthful uncertainty.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: SXSW And Hometown Cliches

Friday, March 27, 2015

Scads of music recommendations, talk of Austin and Portland, and what's making us happy this week.


Stromae, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

After an NPR staffer led Stromae through the crowd prior to his set, she likened the experience to walking John Lennon through the crowd at the height of Beatlemania.


First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell'

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A prolific, wide-ranging singer-songwriter crafts an intimate memorial to his late mother, who died three years ago.


First Listen: Death Cab For Cutie, 'Kintsugi'

Sunday, March 22, 2015

If Death Cab For Cutie's 17-year career has focused on a single overarching theme, it's the process of growing up and fumbling for connection.


Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The famously anxious Melbourne singer-songwriter is now a full-fledged rock 'n' roll star. Watch her perform songs from Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit at our SXSW showcase.


First Listen: Laura Marling, 'Short Movie'

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The singer's new album shakes up her rumbling acoustic arrangements with an influx of electric sounds, in the process giving her a greater arsenal with which to brood, search, seethe and menace.


The Good Listener: How Can I Experience SXSW Without Actually Going?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

There are ways to enjoy the festival vicariously without succumbing to soul-cleaving jealousy.


The Austin 100: A SXSW 2015 Mix

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Download 100 songs by artists to discover at the 2015 SXSW Music Festival.


The Austin 100

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

What to listen to at SXSW 2015.


First Listen: Purity Ring, 'Another Eternity'

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Edmonton band mines the built-in tension between its many sources of effervescence and the darker shading in its words and backgrounds.


First Listen: Screaming Females, 'Rose Mountain'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Compact and intense, the New Jersey band's songs channel the spirit of punk, but also the density of heavy rock that's had the fat cut out.


The Good Listener: Is It OK To Attend A Concert On A First Date?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Thoughts on the collision of concert etiquette and first-date etiquette.


First Listen: Pops Staples, 'Don't Lose This'

Sunday, February 08, 2015

The late icon presided over some of the most crucial music of the 20th century. Fifteen years after his death, his final recordings have been completed with the aid of Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples.


The Good Listener: How Can I Avoid Love Songs?

Saturday, February 07, 2015

When it seems like every song on earth is about love or its absence, the heartsick need a strategy.


The Good Listener: If You Don't Like Music, Do You Have A Soul?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Is it possible for a human being to truly not enjoy music?


Playing SXSW 2015? Send Us Your Songs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The festival doesn't start for two more months, but the NPR Music team is already preparing.


'We Can't Just Settle': Broad City Meets Sleater-Kinney

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In a raucous and revealing panel discussion at New York City's Ace Hotel, the stars and creators of Comedy Central's Broad City interview all three members of the newly reunited band.


First Listen: The Lone Bellow, 'Then Came The Morning'

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Brooklyn band's music has always had a larger-than-life flamboyance about it. But on Then Came The Morning, it's elevated by nuance that ventures frequently and welcomely into grace.


Thievery Corporation: All Things Considered's In-House Band For A Day

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Friday's broadcast gets a lively and unexpected twist: interstitial music performed live by the unpredictable, dub-influenced electronic band.