Stephen Thompson

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First Listen: Phosphorescent, 'Muchacho'

Sunday, March 03, 2013

An Alabama native now based in Brooklyn, Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck sings with wryly weary raggedness to suit his late-at-night laments. Even when their arrangements feel grand and fleshed-out, epic and searching, Houck's best songs come off like intimate conversations with a confidante — wise and soft, and warmed by ...


First Listen: Jimi Hendrix, 'People, Hell And Angels'

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Given that Jimi Hendrix has been dead for more than four decades, the visionary guitarist has remained awfully prolific: He left behind a formidable tape library, full of alternate takes, discarded ideas and collaborations of varying quality, and those materials have been mined in the making of far more ...


First Listen: Chelsea Light Moving, 'Chelsea Light Moving'

Monday, February 25, 2013

In the chorus to Chelsea Light Moving's "Heavenmetal," Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore offers a moment of uplift to set the tone for his new band's self-titled debut: "Be a warrior — love life." But from there, Moore and his new bandmates set out to pulverize and polarize.

Even ...


First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'The Beast In Its Tracks'

Sunday, February 24, 2013

As one of the most thoughtful singer-songwriters around, Josh Ritter isn't one to write angry, over-the-top, knee-jerk breakup songs — even though his new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, was written entirely in response to his own recent divorce. Gentility and empathy are wired into Ritter's songwriting, so ...

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For Fans Of The NFL Draft, A Heady Cocktail Of Hope And Sloth

Thursday, April 26, 2012

NPR's Stephen Thompson explains why, for a football fan, the endless spectacle of the NFL Draft is one of the greatest weekends of the year.