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Stephen Thompson

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First Listen: Fear Of Men, 'Fall Forever'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Jessica Weiss exudes ambivalence as a singer, but the arrangements around her billow and bloom. On Fear Of Men's second album, darkness and light fuse to form multifaceted gems.

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Song Premiere: The Monkees, 'Me & Magdalena'

Thursday, May 19, 2016

In honor of The Monkees' 50th anniversary, hear a song written for the band by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard. "Me & Magdalena" appears on a forthcoming reunion album called Good Times!

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First Listen: Beth Orton, 'Kidsticks'

Thursday, May 19, 2016

On her first album in nearly four years, the singer-songwriter returns to the beat-driven sound that made her name. The result functions as both a yearning journey and a well-earned victory lap.

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All Songs +1: This Week's Number One Song

Friday, May 13, 2016

The results of our entirely unscientific and not at all comprehensive poll are in: James Blake's "I Need A Forest Fire" is the most popular song right now with NPR Music listeners.

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First Listen: Seratones, 'Get Gone'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

On the Louisiana band's first album, blues, classic rock and gospel come together with concision, force and a punk-rock heart.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our 2016 Summer Movie Preview

Friday, April 22, 2016

The panel discusses its most anticipated summer blockbusters and makes some bold predictions. And, as always, we take a look at What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: Remembering Prince

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson discuss the way Prince changed music, supported other artists, defied creative constraints and challenged the notion of what it means for a pop singer to rebel.

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First Listen: Original Broadway Cast Recording, 'Bright Star'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin team up again, this time to compose a Broadway musical about star-crossed couples in North Carolina during the first half of the 20th century.

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First Listen: The Jayhawks, 'Paging Mr. Proust'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The long-running roots-pop band's new music nicely re-creates a honeyed, harmony-rich sound while still expanding it in subtle, appealing ways.

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First Listen: Rufus Wainwright, 'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets'

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wainwright and his many guests pile on the gravitas while still digging into the Bard's material with playful and provocative spirits.

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Palehound: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ellen Kempner and her band perform three tense and evocative songs from last year's Dry Food, set amid the pin-drop silence of a rapt crowd.

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First Listen: Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop, 'Love Letter For Fire'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

With the help of producer Tucker Martine and a smart, subtle band, Hoop and Beam achieve a fine balance — of songwriting sensibilities and of time in the spotlight.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Batman V. Superman' And The Objects We Desire

Friday, April 01, 2016

We look at a big new movie and discuss what we want from our blockbusters. Then it's on to a discussion of the pop-culture objects we covet, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Charles Bradley, Live In Concert: SXSW 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Several music fans at SXSW walked away from our showcase claiming this was the concert of the night. Watch to find out why.

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First Listen: Andrew Bird, 'Are You Serious'

Thursday, March 24, 2016

On his 13th album, Bird delves deeper into alternately peppy and muted ruminations on love and chemistry. Always a thoughtful songwriter, he's found a way to sound playful while maturing with time.

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South By Southwest Music Preview

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The 30th anniversary of the popular South by Southwest festival kicked off Friday. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson has a preview of some of the bands to check out this year.

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First Listen: Jeff Buckley, 'You And I'

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

It's hardly a new observation that when entertainers die prematurely, they tend to stay fixed in our imagination as forever young and beautiful — free of blemishes, missteps and the twin ravages of age and commercial decline. In the case of Jeff Buckley, who died at age 30 in ...

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The Austin 100: A SXSW 2016 Mix

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Every year, the SXSW Music Festival features thousands of artists from around the world. And every year, The Austin 100 winnows them down to an even hundred discoveries and highlights across genres. Every song on the list is fully downloadable from this page until March 31, 2016 — either individually ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our 2016 Oscars Preview

Friday, February 26, 2016

At the end of a grueling Academy Awards race, we at Pop Culture Happy Hour like to unwind with a good, long talk we call our "Oscars Omnibus" — a roundup of our thoughts on all the Best Picture nominees, notable acting nominees, and issues and themes surrounding the prior ...

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