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Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

From spiky rock to country and folk-tinged pop, Jenny Lewis remains one of the smartest songwriters in the business. She performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.

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Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The cyclist had dominated the Tour, wearing the yellow jersey through all but two stages of the grueling three-week competition.

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The Devil Makes Three: Newport Folk 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The California trio plays acoustic string-band music with boozy aggression and unhinged intensity. The Devil Makes Three performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.

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Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Collaborators Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer's album Child Ballads includes early traditional folk songs that still feel accessible. They performed on Friday at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.

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Ryan Adams: Newport Folk 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

The prolific singer-songwriter showcases some of his new songs — and many others from his long and frequently glorious catalog — during a live concert from Newport, R.I.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Culture Between The Coasts And Imperfect Fits

Friday, July 25, 2014

With special guest Barrie Hardymon, the gang discusses the way the middle of the country is portrayed in pop culture. Plus, works in which a single piece is out of place and What's Making Us Happy.

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The Good Listener: When Is It OK To Hold Seats At A Festival?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

With festival season underway, NPR Music's weekly advice column examines a vexing etiquette issue. At outdoor festivals, is it okay to hold your place near the stage by merely plunking down a towel?

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First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye'

Sunday, July 20, 2014

An air of mystery has helped keep Petty relevant for nearly 40 years. At 63, the rock legend's cynicism works hand-in-glove with his hard-earned cragginess.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A

Friday, July 18, 2014

It's the second hour of PCHH's June 24 live show, complete with panelist-on-panelist quiz smackdowns, audience questions, and a special announcement for listeners in New York City.

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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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