Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Wet Hot American Summer' And Impossible Missions

Friday, August 07, 2015

The gang gathers to discuss an unlikely Netflix prequel and a far-more-likely Tom Cruise action movie. And, as always, we summarize What's Making Us Happy this week.


The National's Matt Berninger Has A New Band

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Hear EL VY's dark and driving "Return To The Moon," in which Berninger teams up with Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls.


The Good Listener: How Do I Play DJ Without Embarrassing Myself?

Saturday, August 01, 2015

You're in the passenger seat. The driver asks you to pick the music. What's an insecure DJ to do?


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Music, Movies And Music In Movies

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ari Shapiro and Bob Mondello join the gang to discuss soundtracks and other cinematic songs. And, as always, we discuss what's making us happy this week.


The Giant Foam Finger: Sports Hatred

Monday, July 27, 2015

In Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the athletes people hate — and try to get at why.


From Ballads To Romps, Ashley Monroe's 'The Blade' Is Timeless

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers of NPR Music talk about the new album from Ashley Monroe called The Blade.


The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Lullabies?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tips for finding lullabies that aren't cloying, annoying, or lullaby-themed covers of pop songs.


First Listen: Ashley Monroe, 'The Blade'

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A solo singer, go-to collaborator and member of the Pistol Annies, Monroe is a star who's both arrived and rising: accepted by insiders without losing her veneer of outsider cool.


Pop Culture Happy Hour On Sports: Introducing 'The Giant Foam Finger'

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

In the first installment of a new series on sports memories, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss "4th and 26," a single play between the Eagles and the Packers in the 2003-04 NFL playoffs.


First Listen: Tame Impala, 'Currents'

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Kevin Parker's new music veers farther away from psych-rock bombast and toward falsetto-dripped soul, fragments of dance music, and long interludes set aside for woozy, disorienting deliberation.


First Listen: Ratatat, 'Magnifique'

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

These are rock instrumentals that needn't overcompensate for their lack of words. They don't strain to be heard or scramble to stand out, but instead convey coolness that seems effortless.


Pop Culture Happy Hour No. 250: 'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Catastrophe'

Friday, July 03, 2015

For our 250th episode, the gang digs into a movie and a TV show, each geared toward grown people in different ways. And, as always, we close with what's making us happy this week.


Song Premiere: Mimicking Birds, 'Dead Weight'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Before its tour with Modest Mouse, the band releases a mysterious, surprising, fatalistic new song.


First Watch: Glen Hansard, 'Winning Streak'

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hear the first song (and watch a video) from the Frames and Swell Season veteran's new album, Didn't He Ramble, out Sept. 18.


Kacey Musgraves Sings One For Marriage Equality

Friday, June 26, 2015

The country singer performed a Tiny Desk Concert on the same day the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. So she couldn't possibly pass up the chance to play "Follow Your Arrow."


First Listen: Bully, 'Feels Like'

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sweet and fizzy, barbed and aggressive, these are speeding-with-the-windows-down songs. But they also feel true to the life of the charismatic ball of nerves at their core.


The Good Listener: Will We Remember Today's Pop Stars In 50 Years?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

It's one thing to achieve popularity; it's another thing to last.


The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Announces New Album With The Arcs

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Auerbach's newest project is a collaboration with Richard Swift and others. Hear "Stay In My Corner," the first single from The Arcs' debut album, Yours, Dreamily.


First Listen: Walk Off The Earth, 'Sing It All Away'

Sunday, June 07, 2015

The Canadian pop band's second album is an impeccable distillation of pop music in 2015: big and bright and cheerful, and expanded rather than confined by everything that came before it.


First Watch: Metric, 'Cascades'

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

A light show in song form, "Cascades" is engineered for the ecstatic intensity of the dance floor.