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Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

First Listen: Death, 'Death III'

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Detroit band spent a chunk of the '70s making vital music that went mostly unheard for decades. Death III helps paint a picture of a group that deserves its new-found place in rock history.

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The Good Listener: How Do I Appear Knowledgeable Without Acting Like A Jerk?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Your musical wisdom greatly exceeds that of the folks around you. How do you use that power wisely?

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TRUST, 'Capitol'

Thursday, April 10, 2014

TRUST is the dreamy electronic project of Robert Alfons. In his latest video, for the song "Capitol," he floats in space serenading a mesmerized young woman. TRUST's latest album is Joyland.

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First Listen: The Both, 'The Both'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo find ways to share the spotlight on their charming debut as a duo. Each singer sounds freshened and energized — never diminished — by the collaboration.

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First Listen: Slint, 'Spiderland (Remastered)'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The Louisville band's 1991 classic, now the subject of a lavish reissue, deserves reconsideration as a work of haunting beauty and surprising warmth.

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The Good Listener: What Makes An Anthem?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Is the nature of an anthem that it should span multiple generations or define them?

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The Good Listener: Am I Too Old For Music Festivals?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Is festival fatigue the first sign of an encroaching spiral into desiccation and death? Or is it natural to hit a point in life where you don't feel like it anymore?

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One Wytch, Unplugged In A Sunny Backyard

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Wytches' furious, hair-flinging psych-rock isn't the stuff of back-porch acoustic sessions. But don't tell that to singer-guitarist Kristian Bell, recorded here in Austin, Texas.

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First Listen: Timber Timbre, 'Hot Dreams'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Atop atmospheric sound beds that often conjure spaghetti Westerns, Taylor Kirk's dusky croon can seem seductive, inviting and, when he prefers, deeply creepy.

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First Listen: Cloud Nothings, 'Here And Nowhere Else'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Cleveland punk band's third album tightens and brightens its sound in ways that never numb its blistering, careening forcefulness.

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SXSW 2014: Perfect Pussy, Live In Concert

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"We're Perfect Pussy and we're terrified." Watch the rising Syracuse punk band make their first national splash during our SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas.

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SXSW 2014: Eagulls, Live In Concert

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Not to be confused with Glenn Frey or Don Henley's middle-of-the-road soft rock, British post-punk act Eagulls did anything but take it easy at our SXSW showcase. Watch the entire concert here.

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The Good Listener: Do I Come To SXSW If I Don't Have A Badge Or A Billion Dollars?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Is SXSW just for industry pros and rich music fans? Or can someone on a budget make it worthwhile? We run through the pros, cons and opportunities that come with attending the festival on the cheap.

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The Austin 100: A SXSW 2014 Mix

Monday, March 03, 2014

For 30 days starting March 3, download or stream 100 handpicked songs by artists worth discovering at this year's music festival.

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First Listen Live: Real Estate, 'Atlas'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Real Estate's shimmering pop-rock seems to echo out of the past with melancholy beauty. Watch the band perform its third album, Atlas, in its entirety at New York's SubCulture.

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The Good Listener: For Bands And Fans, The No-Fault Divorce

Friday, February 21, 2014

How should a reader deal with the guilt of abandoning what used to be her most beloved musicians?

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'House Of Cards' And Pop Culture Punching Bags

Friday, February 21, 2014

A reconstituted panel discusses Netflix's latest season-length offering before taking turns defending the seemingly indefensible. Then, as always, it's on to What's Making Us Happy.

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First Listen: The Notwist, 'Close To The Glass'

Monday, February 17, 2014

The German band's collage-based sound brims over with buzzing, springy, playful urgency. Bathed in electronics, Markus Acher's softly accented vocals land like late-night affirmations from a trusted friend.

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First Listen: Death Vessel, 'Island Intervals'

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Joel Thibodeau's eerily high voice sounds equally suited to basement-bound laments and celestial explorations. Island Intervals finds him splitting the difference and exploring the tension between those extremes.

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The Good Listener: How Do You Make A Platonic Mixtape?

Friday, February 14, 2014

How do you share good music without giving the impression that you're "trying to say something"?

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