Stephen Thompson

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First Listen: Aimee Mann, 'Mental Illness'

Thursday, March 23, 2017

For her ninth solo album, Mann says she set out to write the saddest, slowest record she could. But Mental Illness still sparkles in buoyantly catchy ways.

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For A 'Long Time,' Blondie's Worked To Create This Kind Of Pop Magic

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Though deliberate echoes of "Heart of Glass" make themselves heard from the song's opening seconds, "Long Time" never feels like a mere rehash.

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Watch Sylvan Esso Bring Bass And Twists To NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sylvan Esso, the duo of Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath, drew cheers for their soon-to-be-released new material during NPR Music's annual showcase in Austin.

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Why SXSW Matters: The Best Of What We Saw, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We go to SXSW in order to find music we're unlikely to see in our own backyard, find something thrilling, then shout out our fervent support. In this episode, we do exactly that.

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Big Thief Whispers, Then Roars, At SXSW 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker had the capacity Stubb's crowd in the palm of her hand at our showcase.

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PWR BTTM Unleashes The Glitter At SXSW 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

PWR BTTM, once two and now four members strong, brought glitter, humor and bombast to the stage at Stubb's this year.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff Makes A Statement At SXSW

Friday, March 17, 2017

Alynda Lee Segarra paraded around the Stubb's BBQ stage at our SXSW showcase wearing a homemade T-shirt that read "No Human Is Illegal."

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Lizzo Was 'Good As Hell' At Our SXSW Showcase

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Texas-born, Minneapolis-based powerhouse Lizzo came with her "Big Girls" to Stubb's this year — and brought a surprising cover song along for the ride.

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First Listen: Sera Cahoone, 'From Where I Started'

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The former Band Of Horses drummer's songs amble sweetly and gently, propelled by a voice that radiates kindness.

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The All Songs Considered SXSW Preview, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

For music lovers, South By Southwest can feel like Christmas, Mardi Gras and Spring Break rolled into one. This week we share some of the discoveries we're most excited to see at this year's festival.

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Songs We Love: Moor Mother, 'Deadbeat Protest'

Friday, March 10, 2017

Though Camae Ayewa shrouds her words in shards of sonic confrontation, her message is as blunt and compressed as her music: She's hungry, under attack, fists up, forever in peril.

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Chris Bathgate Returns In A Wash Of Dreamy Imagery

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Michigan singer-songwriter's first full-length album in six years, Dizzy Seas, comes out May 19. To kick it off, he's released a lovely, brooding six-minute ballad called "Northern Country Trail."

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Songs We Love: Jealous Of The Birds, 'Goji Berry Sunset'

Thursday, March 09, 2017

In two deceptively simple minutes, Irish singer Naomi Hamilton constructs an intimate space that's instantly, indelibly compelling.

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First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Salutations'

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Last fall, Oberst released a raw solo album called Ruminations. Now, its songs are more fleshed out, completed with a full band and released as a new work, complete with seven new tracks.

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Aimee Mann's New Video Is A Star-Packed Drama In Miniature

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

In the video for "Patient Zero," from Mann's forthcoming album Mental Illness, James Urbaniak and Bradley Whitford act out the song's sad story.

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Aimee Mann's New Video Is A Star-Packed Drama In Miniature

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

In the video for "Patient Zero," from Mann's forthcoming album Mental Illness, James Urbaniak and Bradley Whitford act out the song's sad story.

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Songs We Love: Be Charlotte, 'Machines That Breathe'

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

This charming and impeccable bit of pop songcraft is enhanced considerably by the thick brogue of 19-year-old singer Charlotte Brimner.

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Songs We Love: Trapo, 'Speed'

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

At 19, the Wisconsin rapper has already developed a distinct songwriting voice to go with a sonic palette that's instantly, identifiably his.

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Songs We Love: Manu Delago, 'A Step (Feat. Pete Josef)'

Monday, March 06, 2017

Somehow both haunting and approachable, "A Step" is fueled by Pete Josef's sweet voice and the muted shimmer of the Hang, a cousin of the steel drum. Download the song via NPR Music's Austin 100.

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To Austin, With Love: Previewing The Songs Of SXSW

Sunday, March 05, 2017

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson plays highlights from The Austin 100, a downloadable mix of SXSW discoveries that includes Tribu Baharú, Jealous Of The Birds, Manu Delago, Tunde Olaniran and Weaves.

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