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Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recycling Franchises And Judging Books By Their Covers

Friday, May 30, 2014

The scheduled return of Sailor Moon inspires the gang to discuss the way franchises keep coming back around for new generations. Then it's on to book and album covers — and what's making us happy.

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First Listen: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, 'Only Run'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Only Run expands on the band's simultaneously soaring, jittery and joyful sound in surprising ways. The result reflects a relentless pursuit of invention and reinvention.

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The Good Listener: When's The Right Time To Delete Your Music?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hard-drive space is virtually unlimited, but there comes a time when the music you have can obstruct the music you want.

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First Listen: Hamilton Leithauser, 'Black Hours'

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Walkmen's lead singer has gotten a head start on middle age, lyrically speaking. Black Hours finds him letting it catch up without losing his vitality in the process.

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The Good Listener: When Should I Keep Criticism To Myself?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Say your favorite musician puts out a bad album: How loudly should you express your disappointment?

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First Listen: Jolie Holland, 'Wine Dark Sea'

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The singer warps and slurs her words, setting them against low, sullenly rumbling arrangements that sprawl and wander ambitiously across the sounds of blues, rock, jazz and soul.

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First Listen: Haley Bonar, 'Last War'

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A bright, subtle storyteller, Bonar displays a mastery of pop-rock craftsmanship that keeps these songs as relentlessly catchy on the surface as they are alluringly complex underneath.

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The Good Listener: Can I Ruin My Wedding By Playing The Wrong Song?

Friday, May 09, 2014

A couple plays The Mountain Goats' brutal song "No Children" at a wedding. Can their love be saved?

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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: 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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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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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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