Streams

Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

First Listen: Mirah, 'Changing Light'

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Nervy and sonically inventive in spots, tender and graceful in others, this is a breakup record that eschews childish outbursts and pointless wallowing.

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First Listen: Sylvan Esso, 'Sylvan Esso'

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Taut and tantalizing, these 10 songs have countless different ways of grabbing and inviting attention; they wobble, seethe and coo with charismatic ambivalence.

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The Good Listener: Is It Fair To Call A Band A Sellout?

Friday, May 02, 2014

What does it mean to "sell out" in 2014? Is it possible? Does it even matter at this point?

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Song Premiere: Banks, 'Goddess'

Monday, April 28, 2014

The L.A. singer's new song, from the upcoming album Goddess, is all woozy mystery, and an ideal introduction to an artist who's been revealing herself slowly and deliberately.

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Johnnyswim: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, April 28, 2014

Impossibly telegenic and charming, husband and wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano have the booming voices of great street buskers, but also the polished sparkle of natural-born stage performers.

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First Listen: Kishi Bashi, 'Lighght'

Sunday, April 27, 2014

In Lighght, technique and experimentation collide in high-spirited, even disorienting ways. It's the product of a mind that always seems both hard at work and immersed in play.

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First Listen: Nikki Lane, 'All Or Nothin"

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The singer knows when to embrace her contradictions: classic and modern, iconoclastic and approachable, country and rock, urban and rural.

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The Good Listener: Is It OK To Bootleg Concerts?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Thoughts on the ethics, logistics and semantics of recording live concerts for personal use.

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First Listen: Pixies, 'Indie Cindy'

Monday, April 21, 2014

As assembled here, the songs on Indie Cindy form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition, even in middle age. It's music born out of chaos, same as it ever was.

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The Good Listener: Does The World Still Need Cassettes?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A reader asks, "Will there be a place for cassette tapes in the future? What should I do with cassette tapes — especially those beloved mixtapes — that don't have a place to live anymore?"

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Merchandise Sprawls Out In The Sunlight

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Two members of the indescribable Tampa band perform "Become What You Are" in this Field Recording, captured during SXSW at an intimate backyard venue in east Austin.

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First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The singer-songwriter was widely beloved by musicians; anyone who's ever tried to channel the blues would know how pure his were. Here, some of the artists he inspired tackle 27 of his songs.

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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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