Stephen Thompson

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Grammy Nominations Pit Beyoncé Against Adele

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The two will face off for Album Of The Year, along with Drake, Justin Bieber and Sturgill Simpson. Other top nominees include Rihanna, Kanye West and Chance The Rapper.


First Listen: Maria Taylor, 'In The Next Life'

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Azure Ray singer fills her warm, reflective new album with gorgeous, touching songs about family, legacy and the pursuit of contentment.


Songs We Love: Gordi, '00000 Million'

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Australian singer covers the breathtaking closing track from Bon Iver's new album 22, A Million unadorned, with only the echo of the room to accompany her.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Doctor Strange' And 'Moonlight'

Friday, November 11, 2016

The gang gathers to discuss the finer points of two very different fall movies. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.


First Listen: Pink Martini, 'Je Dis Oui!'

Thursday, November 10, 2016

To take in the band's ninth album is to experience a globetrotting victory lap across eight different languages, all tackled with cosmopolitan sophistication and the playfulness of pop.


First Listen: Thee Oh Sees, 'An Odd Entrances'

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The prolific psych-rock band's newest album — its second in only three months — traffics in alternately jittery and hypnotic jams.


Small Batch: Late-Night Comedy And The 2016 Election

Monday, November 07, 2016

Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson break down the late-night field at the end of this bruising election season, and discuss how difficult it is to stand out and say something new.


First Listen: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, 'Until The Hunter'

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nearly 30 years into her career, Mazzy Star's singer still takes her time in the pursuit of beauty. Here, she works with My Bloody Valentine's Colm O'Ciosoig, as well as guests like Kurt Vile.


Blind Pilot: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, October 21, 2016

The band's shimmery folk-pop sound, with its vibraphone and overarching vibrancy, is perfectly suited to the space behind Bob Boilen's desk.


First Listen: John K. Samson, 'Winter Wheat'

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The former Weakerthans singer returns with an album full of gorgeous, vividly detailed songs about characters whose potential doesn't always lend them a pathway out of their own heads.


Haley Bonar: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

In a performance of three songs from Impossible Dream, the Minnesota singer-songwriter achieves a nifty balance of stripped-down intimacy and impeccable polish.


First Listen: Johnnyswim, 'Georgica Pond'

Thursday, October 06, 2016

These are songs by and for feel-big dreamers, performed with a gift for weapons-grade ingratiation by a pair of born crowd-pleasers.


Songs We Love: Hope Sandoval, 'Let Me Get There (Feat. Kurt Vile)'

Monday, October 03, 2016

Radiant warmth meets laconic cool in a breezily beautiful duet between the Mazzy Star singer and the Philly rocker.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Magnificent Seven' And 'Fleabag'

Friday, September 30, 2016

The gang discusses a new Western remake starring Denzel Washington, as well as a beloved British TV import starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Plus, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.


First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Oberst's distinctive warble is set against a spare patchwork of acoustic guitar, piano and the occasional harmonica, drawing most of the attention to his dark, personal words.


Hear Dirty Projectors' First New Song Since 2012

Friday, September 23, 2016

David Longstreth's band returns from a long absence with "Keep Your Name," a song about betrayal and loss with a tortured, deeply conflicted video to match.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Emmys, Comedy And Your Spooky Grandpa

Friday, September 23, 2016

An assortment of odds and ends, including an Emmys recap, David Greene's interview with comedian Hari Kondabolu, and Petra Mayer's discussion with English writer Alan Moore.


First Watch: Gordi, 'So Here We Are'

Monday, September 19, 2016

The singer's voice sounds both human and mechanized, and now it's got a video to match.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Documentary Now!' And Life Onscreen

Friday, September 16, 2016

NPR Politics Podcast host Sam Sanders joins the gang to discuss the IFC series. Then, we each pick, watch and describe a documentary we'd never seen. And, of course, What's Making Us Happy this week.


First Listen: Flock Of Dimes, 'If You See Me, Say Yes'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The newest project by Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner is a reflective, slyly infectious set of synth-pop songs. Throughout the album, the singer demonstrates her gift for patient, atmospheric slow burns.