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Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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First Listen: Belle And Sebastian, 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance'

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Glaswegian folk-pop band's ninth album feels light on its feet, but without sacrificing the thoughtful, careful precision for which Stuart Murdoch and his collaborators are known.

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'Archer' And The Loud Comfort Of Rhythm

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Every character on the animated FX comedy is a creep. So why is the show so pleasant, even relaxing, to watch?

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Dessa: Something Old And Something New, Suitable For Choir

Monday, December 22, 2014

Watch the singer and rapper perform "Skeleton Key" and "The Good Fight" with the VocalEssence choir.

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2014: The Year In Tiny Desk Concerts

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Surveying a year of concerts that took place behind a desk in NPR Music's offices, we offer up highlights from T-Pain to the Pixies to a 12-piece Balkan brass extravaganza.

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Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In terms of pop hits, the shadow of 2013 fell over most of 2014. But for NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, there were plenty of winners this year as well.

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Song Premiere: San Fermin, 'Parasites'

Monday, December 08, 2014

After a quiet opening passage, "Parasites" gets jarringly loud and frenetic, like several songs laid atop one another.

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Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, November 24, 2014

Benatar and Giraldo run through three of their classic songs: 1979's "We Live For Love," 1984's "We Belong" and, after a long and satisfying windup, 1981's "Promises In The Dark."

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First Listen: She & Him, 'Classics'

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward cover pop standards with the timeless impeccability for which they're known. Once again, Ward hovers mostly in the background, leaving Deschanel to steal the playful show.

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The Good Listener: Do Some Musicians Play Too Well?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thoughts on whether superior technique actually detracts from music's quality.

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First Listen: Flake Music, 'When You Land Here, It's Time To Return'

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Before James Mercer became famous in The Shins, he sang in a like-minded band called Flake Music. Its newly remixed, remastered and reissued 1997 debut contains many ideas he would later revisit.

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