Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

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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The Austin 100: Fenne Lily

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Throughout 2018's On Hold, Fenne Lily's quaveringly intimate voice recalls the early works of Sharon Van Etten, particularly in the way she layers her own voice during choruses that ache and swoon.

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The Austin 100: Fraeya

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Fraeya's "Housewarming" starts with melancholy whispers, but ultimately winds up someplace grand and magnificent, as Fraeya (the band) envelops Fraeya (the singer) in majestic waves of distortion.

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The Austin 100: GIRL SKIN

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

GIRL SKIN's gentle folk songs benefit enormously from their soft chamber-pop bent, which helps an ambitious, sweeping quality to Sid Simons' softly contemplative lyrics.

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The Austin 100: Pearla

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Singer-songwriter Nicole Rodriguez, who records under the name Pearla, finds subtle ways to put a twist on gently drifting, introverted, low-key folk-pop ballads.

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The Austin 100: Haviah Mighty

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Canadian rapper proves equally adept at breezy confidence, rapid-fire spitting, sneering menace and laconic cool.

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The Austin 100: Madame Gandhi

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Madame Gandhi's frenetic odes to feminism, fluidity and freedom mash together fragments of electro-pop, trap, Afrobeat and R&B, carried off with endless swagger.

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The Austin 100: Great Grandpa

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

At times anthemic, at times lightly countrified and at times both, Great Grandpa's sound feels wired for the present day.

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The Austin 100: Lido Pimienta

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Colombian-born artist writes splashy, spangly songs about tangled identity, queer love and the complicated relationship she's maintained with the country of her birth.

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The Austin 100: Kills Birds

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Nina Ljeti's voice sits right at the center of Kills Birds' taut, blustery sound: Raspy and direct, it blurts, chatters and shouts with commanding intensity.

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The Austin 100: KOKOROKO

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The London jazz band wanders and glides with hypnotic thoughtfulness, fueled by Oscar Jerome's conversational guitar solos and soft sweeps of brass.

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The Austin 100: PONY

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The dream of the '90s is alive in PONY, whose sweetly charismatic power-pop/grunge hybrids roll along on the darkly cheerful continuum connecting Veruca Salt and Charly Bliss.

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The Austin 100: Devon Gilfillian

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Devon Gilfillian's glittering, soulful sound intersects with everything from vintage R&B to ragged folk-rock, but there's one constant: a rangy, wonderfully expressive, sandy-smooth voice.

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The Austin 100: Frances Quinlan

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

As leader of Hop Along, Frances Quinlan exudes wiry energy. As a solo artist, she softens her arrangements into something spanglier and more synth-driven.

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The Austin 100: Fennesz

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Austrian guitarist and composer Christian Fennesz has spent his career toiling in the margins of ambient and experimental sound.

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The Austin 100: Dogleg

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

If you like your rock and roll centered on exuberant maximalism, you won't regret your decision to read about Dogleg.

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The Austin 100: Begonia

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Begonia is enormously distinct in her crystalline delivery, which pairs perfectly with songs about staring down doubt and anxiety.

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The Austin 100: Cloud Rat

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Cloud Rat condenses its speedball grindcore into two-minute bursts of wild, unhinged aggression — the stuff of absolute sonic overload.

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The Austin 100: Bisa Kdei

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Bisa Kdei's spirited and playful highlife music has made him a star in his native Ghana — and marked him for crossover success as West African music gets its hooks into worldwide audiences.

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The Austin 100: Ada Lea

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Alexandra Levy makes music for maximum intimacy: Augmented by acoustic guitars, she frequently sings in a weary, tortured whisper.

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