Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

Watch Hurray for the Riff Raff live at NPR Music's 15th anniversary concert

Thursday, December 08, 2022

Hurray for the Riff Raff performed songs of survival, community and rediscovery from the album LIFE ON EARTH at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., as part of NPR Music's 15th anniversary celebration.

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Stromae: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, December 05, 2022

The Belgian superstar's Tiny Desk is a portrait of a world-class showman at the height of his powers.

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RM of BTS: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Friday, December 02, 2022

The K-pop superstar and BTS member performs a set of solo material in front of a very impressive replica of the Tiny Desk.

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Santigold: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, November 21, 2022

Santigold performs her genre-straddling R&B and electro-pop in a set that returns to her DIY, punk roots.

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening, viewing and reading

Friday, November 18, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Dawnlands: A Novel, Addams Family Values, Wind of Change and Turnstile.

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Low's Mimi Parker had a voice that let the light in

Monday, November 07, 2022

Parker's crystalline vocals and spare percussion gave Low's sound a grounding force and a leavening agent all at once. She died Saturday, but her voice is eternal.

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening and viewing

Saturday, November 05, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Bono's memoir, the Philly Orchestra playing Dancing On My Own, and Tove Lo's Dirt Femme.

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Chappell Roan, 'Casual'

Friday, October 28, 2022

Chappell Roan peppers her irresistible pop song with explicit details — some more explicit than others — about a relationship between lovers with incompatible desires.

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'The Loneliest Time' showcases Carly Rae Jepsen's versatility

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Singer Carly Rae Jepsen has just released her latest album, The Loneliest Time.

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Grammy voting begins with controversy as Nicki Minaj claims her hit was wrongly categorized

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Grammy voting has just begun and controversy is already brewing over how songs are categorize. Nicki Minaj complained on social media that her hit had been deemed pop rather than rap.

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing

Friday, October 07, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: the novel Thistlefoot, "Blessed" by GloRilla, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers and more.

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing

Friday, September 23, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Industry, The Great British Baking Show, and more.

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A review of Space Force's new anthem, 'Semper Supra'

Thursday, September 22, 2022

The Space Force has released their new anthem, "Semper Supra." NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Stephen Thompson from NPR Music to review it.

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing

Friday, September 16, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kenan & Kel, and more.

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A look back at the best songs of the summer

Monday, September 05, 2022

As the summer comes to a close, NPR's Stephen Thompson looks back to see which of his predictions for which songs would rule the summer came true.

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening and viewing

Friday, August 12, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: The Voyeurs, FBoy Island, and more.

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San Diego Comic-Con is back in person (and character!)

Sunday, July 24, 2022

We get the latest from this year's Comic-Con in San Diego. It's being held in person for the first time since the pandemic began.

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening and viewing

Friday, July 15, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: For All Mankind, The Witcher, the BeReal app, and more.

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing

Friday, July 08, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Rutherford Falls season two, Magic Mike XXL, and more.

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Latest 'Minions' movie set a box office record for the July 4th weekend

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru brought out audiences in droves for the July fourth weekend. Its success is partly due to a TikTok trend.

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