Stephen Thompson

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The Line Between Love (Songs) And Horror Just Got Even Blurrier

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Police's "Every Breath You Take" was already a pretty creepy song. Now, it and many other love songs have been re-envisioned as the covers of Stephen King-style horror paperbacks.

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Sarah Jaffe Announces 'Bad Baby,' Her New Album And Video

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The album's title song chugs and pulsates to maximally infectious effect, enhanced by a swirl of synths and smooth guitar lines. Bad Baby comes out July 9.

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Lana Del Rey Loves Kendrick Lamar, And Other Highlights From Coachella Weekend One

Monday, April 17, 2017

High-wire acrobatics, major guest performances, a new Lorde song and dozens of stolen cell phones highlight the final night of the festival's first weekend.

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Start Your Weekend With An 'Obscenely Optimistic' Ukulele Jam

Friday, April 07, 2017

Hear "Everything Is Magical," the first song from Jeremy Messersmith's literally titled 11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro Folk Record For The 21st Century And Beyond.

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Future Islands' New Album Stays Smooth, Even As Veins Bulge

Friday, April 07, 2017

The band's secret weapon is a kind of fearless sincerity — in its lyrics, in its propulsive urgency and in its frontman's willingness to throw himself into performances with guileless passion.

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Jack White Returns With A Song Actually Designed For The Stadium

Friday, April 07, 2017

Over the years, The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" has become a stadium anthem. Now, Jack White returns with a song designed, at least in part, to be played in ballparks.

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Anna Meredith Releases A Video To Match Her Ingenuity

Thursday, April 06, 2017

The Scottish multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, one of this year's SXSW breakout artists, returns with a video to match the inventiveness of her performances.

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Hold Up: Beyoncé Just Released A New Thing For Us All To Obsess Over

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

"Die With You" has been around since 2015, but it's newly packaged with a video depicting the endlessly dissected love affair between Beyoncé and Jay Z.

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First Listen: The New Pornographers, 'Whiteout Conditions'

Monday, April 03, 2017

The New Pornographers' seventh album still stocks each song with three or four hooks where most bands might settle for one.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Return Of Dave Chappelle And 'CHIPS'

Friday, March 31, 2017

Brittany Luse and Gene Demby join the panel to discuss Chappelle's new Netflix specials, while David Greene pops in to share his thoughts on CHIPS. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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First Listen: San Fermin, 'Belong'

Thursday, March 30, 2017

In the last few years, composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone has presided over a big band that's grown grander and more ambitious in every phase of its sound.

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Adele Doesn't Know If She 'Will Ever Tour Again' — But Let's Weigh The Options

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

On stage in Australia and New Zealand, the singer has hinted at retirement in recent days. Naturally, it's time for a little idle speculation.

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Future Islands' New Song, 'Cave,' Gets Rendered In ASL

Friday, March 24, 2017

In a clever twist on the "lyric video" trend, the words to Future Islands' new song are signed by ASL interpreter Jonathan Lamberton.

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The Builders And The Butchers: White-Knuckle Americana

Friday, March 24, 2017

On The Spark, due out May 19, the band's acoustic folk-rock sound is shot through with nervy, hellfire-and-brimstone intensity.

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Fionn Regan Returns, His Feathery Acoustic Sweetness Intact

Thursday, March 23, 2017

"Cormorant Bird" captures the light touch and poetic ambition of the Irish singer's early work, while adding orchestral sweep to his approachable sound.

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First Listen: Aimee Mann, 'Mental Illness'

Thursday, March 23, 2017

For her ninth solo album, Mann says she set out to write the saddest, slowest record she could. But Mental Illness still sparkles in buoyantly catchy ways.

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For A 'Long Time,' Blondie's Worked To Create This Kind Of Pop Magic

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Though deliberate echoes of "Heart of Glass" make themselves heard from the song's opening seconds, "Long Time" never feels like a mere rehash.

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Watch Sylvan Esso Bring Bass And Twists To NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sylvan Esso, the duo of Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath, drew cheers for their soon-to-be-released new material during NPR Music's annual showcase in Austin.

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Why SXSW Matters: The Best Of What We Saw, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We go to SXSW in order to find music we're unlikely to see in our own backyard, find something thrilling, then shout out our fervent support. In this episode, we do exactly that.

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Big Thief Whispers, Then Roars, At SXSW 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker had the capacity Stubb's crowd in the palm of her hand at our showcase.

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