Stephen Thompson

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First Listen: Okkervil River, 'In The Rainbow Rain'

Thursday, April 19, 2018

On his band's new album, Will Sheff views crises and crucibles as opportunities to appreciate life's gifts.


You Know What, Fine: Taylor Swift Covers Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September'

Friday, April 13, 2018

Right now, the Earth often can bring to mind an exploding toilet. So go ahead, knock yourself out.


Neko Case Returns With A New Anthem, Fueled By 'Bad Luck'

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In the second single from this summer's Hell-On, the powerhouse singer belts out an ode to misfortune and, ultimately, survival.


Tunde Olaniran Gets 'Vulnerable,' Announces A New Album Due This Summer

Thursday, April 05, 2018

For Olaniran, art is about big ambitions, bigger ideas and the relentless pursuit of joy and comfort within his own skin.


First Listen: L.A. Salami, 'The City Of Bootmakers'

Thursday, April 05, 2018

London singer-songwriter Lookman Adekunle Salami doesn't sing so much as ramble adventurously through treatises on the thorniest corners of human nature.


First Listen: Laura Veirs, 'The Lookout'

Thursday, April 05, 2018

With uncommon delicacy and grace, the singer-songwriter spends her 10th album assessing her place in an increasingly unsteady world.


Mélat's 'Push,' Live From Austin

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Watch the R&B singer perform her smart and stylish standout single onstage in her hometown of Austin, Texas, during SXSW.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Musical Discoveries From SXSW 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

Rodney Carmichael, Katie Presley and Stephen Thompson join host Linda Holmes to effuse over some of the festival's highlights.


After 'Colors,' Genevieve And Company Of Thieves 'Treasure' A Renewal

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The singer's 2015 solo single was a heart-swelling pop jam. Now, Genevieve has reunited her old band and released "Treasure," which picks up where "Colors" left off.


SXSW 2018 Wrap-Up: Our Favorite Discoveries And Memorable Moments

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Our bleary-eyed, ear-ringing week of non-stop live music at the 2018 South by Southwest music festival has ended and we're back one last time to play some of our favorite discoveries.


Pop, Rock And An Onslaught Of Rhythm: The Songs Of SXSW

Sunday, March 11, 2018

This five-song primer bridges electro-pop, R&B, rock, and rhythmic rap from up-and-coming artists performing at SXSW this year.


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.