Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

Field Music Unleashes A Howl Of Synth-Pop Rage In 'Count It Up'

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The inventive U.K. band writes about the many ways in which the world can seem like more of a meritocracy than it is.


First Listen: Mt. Joy, 'Mt. Joy'

Thursday, February 15, 2018

At once amiable and soaring, Mt. Joy's songs unfold like good political speeches: They amble and converse and pulsate fervently until it's time to get the crowd chanting along.


For Eight Commanding Minutes, Haley Heyndrickx Finds Her Voice

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

"Worth It" at first seems to echo from down a hallway, only to pull in closer and closer as it rolls along, its initial tentativeness giving way to something commanding and sublime.


It's Never Too Early To Celebrate The Music Of 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hear songs from forthcoming albums by Rhye, Lucy Dacus, Dessa and the globetrotting Texas trio Khruangbin.


2017 Music Wrap

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A playlist featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA and more, to close out 2017. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson shares a list of notable songs from the past year.


Tom Petty Showed Grace And Beauty In Songwriting

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tom Petty wrote a lot of hits during his more than 40 years making music. Petty is one of the many notable people who died in 2017. As much as he was known for big classic rock anthems, he was also capable of just tremendous grace and beauty in his songwriting, as seen in the song "Wildflowers."


It's Time To Say Thnks Fr Th Mmrs To Vans Warped Tour

Friday, November 17, 2017

On Wednesday, founder Kevin Lyman announced the tour is ending after 23 years. After helping launch bands like No Doubt, Sublime and countless others, next summer will be the last cross-country tour.


Maxine Waters' Words Get Covered, Remixed And Transformed Into A Gospel Jam

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The congresswoman's recent testimony, including a phrase ("I'm reclaiming my time") that went viral, is now a song by Mykal Kilgore, who loops his voice to form a virtual gospel choir.


In 'Fluorescent Light,' Stars Soar To Heart-Swelling Heights

Thursday, July 27, 2017

An effervescent song for every Stars fan, "Fluorescent Light" sports a melancholy message about stasis, loneliness and the power of risk-taking.


For 'Thomas County Law,' Iron & Wine's Sam Beam Presides Over His Own Funeral

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The gently rendered ballad's video finds frontman Sam Beam decorating a church and giving a eulogy for his own (unattended) funeral.


Peter Frampton Rescued A Bird, And Now There's A Song About It

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Watch a gorgeous animated video about the single, simple act of grace chronicled in Frampton's new single, "I Saved A Bird Today."


Phoebe Bridgers Announces Debut Album, Shares 'Motion Sickness'

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

One of the year's best new artists is set to release her first full-length album, Stranger In The Alps, on Sept. 22.


Ben Gibbard's New Album Is Teenage Fanclub's 'Bandwagonesque,' Covered Song For Song

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Death Cab For Cutie singer remakes the Scottish pop band's 1991 classic on an album due out July 28. Here, he starts out by tackling "The Concept."


Why Lizzo Should — Nay, Must — Play The Super Bowl LII Halftime Show

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The singer nominated herself via Twitter, proposing an epic performance that pays tribute to Prince, including the release of a hundred doves, 300 dancers and cheeseburgers falling from the sky.


For 'On My Side,' Gordi Channels The Celebratory Spirit Of Jónsi

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The singer has released a string of gorgeously gloomy covers and singles, but in "On My Side," she unveils a sound that's more vibrant — even playful.


First Listen: Waxahatchee, 'Out In The Storm'

Monday, July 10, 2017

Katie Crutchfield has polished Waxahatchee's sound to maximize its glimmering-but-spiky forcefulness, but her words remain as bracing and unsparing as ever.


Rhye Returns To Lull You Into The Sultriest Stupor

Friday, July 07, 2017

"Please" picks up where 2013's Woman left off: namely, by draping sweet-voiced pleas for intimacy and connection with vaporous layers of softly shimmering soul.


Ted Leo Returns, Solo And Reinvigorated, With 'You're Like Me'

Thursday, July 06, 2017

On Sept. 8, the singer-guitarist returns with The Hanged Man. Self-released and financed via Kickstarter, it's his first solo album in seven years.


Think You've Memorized 'Hamilton'? Get Ready To Prove It

Friday, June 30, 2017

The latest offshoot from the Broadway sensation, The Hamilton Instrumentals, allows listeners to demonstrate just how well they've committed Lin-Manuel Miranda's words to memory.


'New York,' I Love You: Hear St. Vincent's Bold New Ballad

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Last week, St. Vincent announced an upcoming tour, suggesting the impending release of her first album since 2014. Now, she's got a sweet, sad new single to match.