Stephen Thompson

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Taylor Swift Announces Remake Of 'Fearless,' Due In April

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The pop star's struggle to regain control of her master recordings has been long fought and documented. Swift continues with an announcement of the first rerecorded album, Fearless (Taylor's Version).


For Her 'SNL' Debut, Phoebe Bridgers Goes Bigger Than Ever

Sunday, February 07, 2021

The singer located the loudest moments from Punisher and cranked them farther than they've gone before — complete with a moment of guitar-smashing mayhem.


With 2021 Off To A Rocky Start, There's At Least New Music To Listen To

Friday, January 08, 2021

Members of the NPR Music team this week have been previewing the new music out this year. Another member of the team spotlights two of the albums he's looking forward to hearing.


How Our Entertainment Changed In 2020

Saturday, January 02, 2021

NPR's Michel Martin talks with Aisha Harris, host of the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, and NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, about how the events of 2020 have forever changed the entertainment industry.


The Best Tiny Desk Concerts Of 2020

Monday, December 28, 2020

Watch 20 of the year's greatest Tiny Desk performances, featuring a small sample of the talented artists who delivered intimate sets from NPR Music's D.C. offices.


Tiny Desk Playlist: The Holiday Concerts

Thursday, December 17, 2020

From Sharon Jones to Amy Grant, 'tis the season to revisit our best seasonal Tiny Desk performances.


Music Review: Secretary Of State Pick Antony Blinken

Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Biden administration's pick for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is a musician who's released two songs on Spotify under the name "ABlinken."


Struggling To Soothe Your Nerves? These Songs Might Help

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Here are a few song recommendations to help you soothe your nerves.


Arcade Fire Returns With 2020's First Big Post-Election Protest Anthem

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

The band gave fans a rousing preview of "Generation A" as part of Stephen Colbert's election-night special.


Tracy Chapman Returns To Sing Of 'Revolution' On The Eve Of Election Day

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

In her first TV performance since 2015, the singer-songwriter performs "Talkin' Bout a Revolution," the opening song from her classic 1988 debut.


'SNL': Adele Hosts Because 'Album's Not Finished,' But H.E.R. Debuts New Song

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Adele sang a bit in one sketch but left most of the music to H.E.R., who performed a new song called "Hold On."


Jack White Gives A Thrilling Performance On 'SNL' — On 2 Days' Notice

Sunday, October 11, 2020

In the span of less than 10 minutes, the rock star's set worked in an Eddie Van Halen tribute, Beyoncé, The White Stripes, a Jack White solo song and Blind Willie Johnson.


Rock Icon Eddie Van Halen Dies At 65

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The guitarist, bandleader and songwriter Eddie Van Halen died on Tuesday. He was 65. NPR remembers his life and legacy.


Eddie Van Halen, Guitar Hero, Dies At 65

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The namesake of rock band Van Halen dazzled a generation of guitar fans with his flashy solos and trademark finger tapping.


BTS: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Monday, September 21, 2020

The most popular band in the world performs three songs with a live band for Tiny Desk's quarantine series.


The MTV VMAs In 2020: 10 Takeaways

Monday, August 31, 2020

It was Lady Gaga's night, BTS finally got its due, Keke Palmer impressively hosts and the lines between "live performances" and "music videos" were blurred like never before.


Billie Eilish: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Billie Eilish used some of her signature video magic to perform in front of the Tiny Desk from the comfort of her own home.


Bon Iver Collaborates With Bruce Springsteen, Hints At New Album

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

In a guest-filled new single called "AUATC (Ate Up All Their Cake)," Justin Vernon teams up with Springsteen, Jenny Lewis, Jenn Wasner and others.


Let's Talk About Taylor Swift's 'Folklore'

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Three critics dive into a new album full of surprises — released on a day's notice, co-produced by The National's Aaron Dessner — and ask how it fits into an arguably unprecedented career.


Watch John Prine Play His Last Recorded Song, 'I Remember Everything'

Friday, June 12, 2020

Shortly before his death, Prine sat down, in his living room, with producer Dave Cobb to record one last plainspoken reflection. It's a deeply graceful look back at a life well lived.