Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

The Austin 100: Sydney Wright

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

This year's pure pop find from the great city of Austin is Sydney Wright, whose "You Can Stay" exudes dynamism and drama.

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The Austin 100: Steven G

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

L.A. singer-rapper Steven G finds more or less the exact midpoint between sleekly stylish R&B and slyly playful hip-hop.

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The Austin 100: Tomás Del Real

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tomás del Real's songs possess the gentle sway of the Chilean folk music in which he's steeped, but they're also burnished with notes of jazz and influences that stretch to the U.S. and Europe.

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The Austin 100: Tufan Derince

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Derince plays a stringed instrument called an elektrobağlama — think of a long-necked, amplified lute — that lends his arrangements a springy sense of playfulness

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The Austin 100: The School

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Affection pours out of the Welsh indie-pop band The School — affection for classic '60s girl-group pop, sunny springtime harmonies and lyrics that yearn with maximum sweetness.

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The Austin 100: Pillow Queens

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The four women in Pillow Queens write queer punk and pop songs with sharp, anxious edges — imagine a gnarlier Cranberries, maybe? — and endearingly thick Irish accents.

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The Austin 100: Yumi Zouma

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A sense of feeling stretched thin and far from home informs the Yumi Zouma's songwriting, but the dream-pop group's chemistry remains undeniable.

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The Austin 100: School Of X

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Rasmus Littauer calls himself School of X as a tribute to the experimental 1960s Copenhagen art collective of the same name, but his arty aspirations don't drown out his pop sensibilities.

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The Austin 100: Why Bonnie

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

At the helm of Why Bonnie, Blair Howerton writes glossy, synth- and string-inflected guitar-pop songs that fit a mighty, beating heart underneath all the gleaming hooks.

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The Austin 100: Patio

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Patio's guitar-forward post-punk packs sweetly raggedy hooks, funny lines delivered as conversational asides and references to other bands into a span of just 95 highly eventful seconds.

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The Austin 100: Rema

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Rema is an Afropop superstar with a distinctive sound mixing pop and trap, a Barack Obama endorsement and a prominent magazine cover — and he still hasn't yet released his full-length debut album.

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The Austin 100: Vistas

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Some bands deepen their impact with abstract examinations of the human psyche, but Vistas' sweet and shiny songs are just irresistible, high-wattage joy dispensers.

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The Austin 100: Kazka

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The electro-pop band KAZKA has participated in — but fallen short of winning — both the Eurovision Song Contest and the Ukrainian X-Factor, but it parlayed the TV exposure into massive hits.

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The Austin 100: Jordan Mackampa

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Jordan Mackampa has spent his life straddling identities. His music juggles genres, too, as it mashes classic pop together with tinges of gospel and dramatic, timeless, string-swept soul.

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The Austin 100: Horse Jumper Of Love

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Led by singer-guitarist Dimitri Giannopoulos, the band's songs sound hypnotically beautiful, with arrangements that magnify small narrative details into big, booming moments of catharsis.

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The Austin 100: Katie Malco

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

"Creatures," from Malco's forthcoming full-length debut, taps briefly into the singer's softer side, but uses it primarily as a foil for a soaring string of marvelous, ever-grander choruses.

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The Austin 100: Holy Pinto

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Aymen Saleh makes sweetly jangling, goodnatured Britpop. Dispensed with abundant charm and grace, his songs feel warm and lived-in.

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The Austin 100: Milly

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Milly's published discography consists of a whopping six songs, but they add up to an auspicious beginning, meeting at the midpoint between shoegaze and '90s-style alt-rock.

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The Austin 100: Holly Arrowsmith

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Born in New Mexico and raised in New Zealand, Holly Arrowsmith writes languid, yearning folk songs that frequently draw on the natural world for inspiration.

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The Austin 100: Momma

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Momma's lyrical Easter eggs add layers of depth and mystery to crisp, chiming pop-rock songs that'd be great even if they weren't expounding on the far-ranging consequences of county-fair fisticuffs.

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