Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

The Good Listener: When You Need To Concentrate, Which Music Is Best?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Do you spend your days wearing headphones and staring at a computer screen, looking for music to fill your head without distracting you from the task at hand? This column is for you.


Song Premiere: The Lone Bellow, 'Then Came The Morning'

Monday, October 06, 2014

On the first single from its new album, the band has lost none of its sleekly soaring charm.


First Listen: Meatbodies, 'Meatbodies'

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Meatbodies' Chad Ubovich has learned to put his personal spin on the surf-strum mutant beach party championed by California psychedelic rock bands like Thee Oh Sees, Wand and Bleached.


First Listen: Stars, 'No One Is Lost'

Sunday, October 05, 2014

The Montreal band recorded its new album within earshot of a since-closed discotheque, and it shows. No One Is Lost prioritizes lightness and bittersweet uplift over the devastation of past records.


The Good Listener: How Do I Avoid 'The iTunes Pit Of Despair'?

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Music has become so abundant, it's hard to keep track of your library — let alone give songs the time they deserve. But there are ways to start over and discover great new songs you already own.


First Listen: Foxygen, '...And Star Power'

Sunday, September 28, 2014

There's a because-we-can quality to the band's overstuffed, 82-minute second album, as Foxygen delights in letting its loosest threads unravel.


The Good Listener: When Was Pop Music At Its Lowest Point?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Haunted by memories of Paula Abdul rapping with a cartoon cat, a reader asks about popular music's worst era.


The Good Listener: Saying No To 'Songstress' And Other Forbidden Words

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A certain someone hates the word "songstress." What else should be abolished from music writing?


First Listen: Sondre Lerche, 'Please'

Sunday, September 14, 2014

On the Norwegian singer-songwriter's seventh studio album, the ache and anger of divorce gets re-purposed into a loose, feisty, energetic record that finds Lerche sounding fully recharged.


The Good Listener: Do You Ever Just Get Sick Of Music?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ugh, all of those notes. What's a listener to do when music no longer soothes, enthralls or excites the way it once did?


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Celebrity Apologies And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

Friday, September 12, 2014

After a few words about Joan Rivers, the gang delves into a conversation about apologies, sincerity, authenticity, free speech and PR. Then we give ourselves a quiz and discuss What's Making Us Happy.


The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Songs About Football?

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Good Listener has a modest proposal for those who seek a football anthem everyone can enjoy.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Repurposing 'The Simpsons' And Busting Out Of A Rut

Friday, September 05, 2014

On the heels of a recent TV marathon, the gang discusses ways to make old things new again. Then it's on to a conversation about cultural complacency, followed by What's Making Us Happy this week.


First Listen: Ryan Adams, 'Ryan Adams'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

After a three-year hiatus, the singer's 14th album is the sound of a once-prolific genius who's only recently relearned what it's like to walk on steady footing.


The Good Listener: Parents Just Don't Understand?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thoughts on a timeless question: "How do you get your parents to respect the music of today?"


First Listen: Interpol, 'El Pintor'

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The New York post-punk band has aged into its polished sound nicely, maintaining its influences (Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, et al) while sounding more distinct from them than ever.


First Listen: Blonde Redhead, 'Barragán'

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The last decade has seen a marked softening in Blonde Redhead's sound, to the point where the quietest moments on Barragán don't sound like songs so much as vapors infused with tunes.


The Good Listener: Can I Ask Loud Talkers At Outdoor Concerts To (Please) Shut Up?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shushing people at indoor concerts is understandable. What about events where options are greater?


First Listen: J Mascis, 'Tied To A Star'

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Though not entirely unplugged, Tied to a Star showcases the soft intricacy of a veteran craftsman who knows when to hang back and decide to pulverize another day.


Song Premiere: Stars, 'From The Night'

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's a misnomer to describe a song about embracing darkness as "sunny," but here we are. "From the Night" is the opening track from Stars' new album, No One Is Lost, which comes out out Oct. 14.