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Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

Book News: 15 Unpublished Elmore Leonard Stories Coming Out Next Year

Friday, July 18, 2014

Also: a gay bookstore said to be the oldest in the U.S. will reopen; Hilton Als on art and memory.

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At 2014's Newport Folk Festival, 5 Discoveries To Stretch Folk's Limits

Friday, July 18, 2014

The long-running festival has a tremendous history of testing its genre's boundaries. From Anais Mitchell to Death Vessel to the one-man band Reignwolf, download five songs from this year's lineup.

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NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival

Friday, July 18, 2014

From July 25 to July 27, we'll stream more than a dozen concerts from the festival's main stage.

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On Its Way To Kuala Lumpur, Plane Brought Down Over Ukraine

Friday, July 18, 2014

Many experts question the decision to fly near the fighting in Ukraine. Some airlines have circumvented the country for weeks. In March, a Malaysia Airlines plane went missing on a flight to Beijing.

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The Good Listener: Has The Term 'Indie Rock' Lost All Meaning?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Indie rock, as a genre, often includes music that's found mainstream success, music with major distribution, and music that doesn't rock. So what does the term mean at this point? Anything?

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Bucket Lists And Summertime, Live In D.C.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The gang, with pal Audie Cornish, records a special live episode at NPR headquarters. Plus: a special announcement about another public appearance, this time at the San Diego Comic Con.

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First Listen: Luluc, 'Passerby'

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Luluc writes songs for late-night drives and uneventful mornings — stuff to slow the blood and the world outside. On its second album, the duo uses calm as a medium unto itself.

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First Listen: Trampled By Turtles, 'Wild Animals'

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The bluegrass-based folk-rock band knows how to play at extreme speeds, but its new album is a thoughtful, stately grower — a far cry from the fiery freneticism of Trampled by Turtles' live shows.

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The Good Listener: On Recommending Songs With Profanity

Friday, July 04, 2014

When praising a new band to friends, should you warn them about salty language for their kids' sake?

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Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

A 23-year-old singer-guitarist, Loveless performs gritty, countrified blues-rock in the NPR Music offices. Her three subdued but seething songs paint a picture of a smart, no-nonsense talent.

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The Good Listener: When Should A 'Washed-Up' Band Pack It In?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Quiet Riot tours with no original members. Is there a point where staying together is just silly?

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First Listen: Old Crow Medicine Show, 'Remedy'

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Like a big, friendly sheepdog that just can't help itself, the Virginia roots-rock group's music bounds right up to you and licks your face. This is a band with little use for muted gestures.

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The Good Listener: What Makes A Summer Song?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

When do we know what the song of summer will be? Have we already heard this year's song? If not, when do we typically start to hear it? Why do the other seasons lack their own song?

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Song Premiere: Sinead O'Connor, 'Take Me To Church'

Monday, June 16, 2014

The uncompromising singer's new song looks back on a lifetime of battles and broken loves, only to find pathways to peace, redemption, forgiveness and wonder.

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Starbucks Will Pay For Employees To Complete College

Monday, June 16, 2014

An online bachelor's degree from Arizona State University for every barista.

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The Good Listener: When We Call Songs 'Filler,' What Does That Mean?

Friday, June 13, 2014

If we skip certain songs on an album every time, do they automatically qualify as "filler"?

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First Listen: The Antlers, 'Familiars'

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Each of Familiars' deliberately paced songs sprawls to between five and eight minutes, and each takes a thoughtful journey in the process. The result mixes subtlety, grandiosity and beauty.

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The Good Listener: What Makes A Hit Song Overplayed?

Friday, June 06, 2014

With enough exposure, today's can't-get-enough pop smash can be tomorrow's invasive irritant.

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First Listen: First Aid Kit, 'Stay Gold'

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The Swedish sister act got its start playing feather-light folk-pop confections. But Stay Gold is a statement of staying power; a collection of bright, smart, substantial songs that stick around.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recycling Franchises And Judging Books By Their Covers

Friday, May 30, 2014

The scheduled return of Sailor Moon inspires the gang to discuss the way franchises keep coming back around for new generations. Then it's on to book and album covers — and what's making us happy.

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