Stephen Thompson http://wamc.org en Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://wamc.org/post/indie-pop-albums-make-cut-are-more-mere-collections Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At NPR Music, they're wrapping up the year the best way they know how, with their hotly contested list of their 50 favorite albums of 2013. Now, all this week, we'll get a peak of that list from our in-house experts, including NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson, whose beat is the ever amorphous indie pop, which - Stephen, what exactly is that these days?<p>STEPHEN THOMPSON, BYLINE: I have absolutely no idea. It used to mean accessible but unpopular.<p>CORNISH: OK. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 79563 at http://wamc.org The Avett Brothers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 http://wamc.org/post/avett-brothers-live-concert-newport-folk-2013 Few bands blend showmanship and poignancy quite like <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15193939/the-avett-brothers" target="_blank">The Avett Brothers</a>: The band's songs reflect thoughtfully on life and death and love, while toggling between swoonily pretty roots-pop ballads and frenetic, barnstorming punk-bluegrass hybrids. Led by multi-talented North Carolina brothers Seth and Scott Avett, the group digs especially deep on last year's album <em>The Carpenter</em>, which explores mortality and hope in the aftermath of a cancer diagnosis for the young daughter of bassist Bob Crawford. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:53:13 +0000 Stephen Thompson 70223 at http://wamc.org The Avett Brothers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013 The Good Listener: How Do You Pick The Songs For Your Wedding? http://wamc.org/post/good-listener-how-do-you-pick-songs-your-wedding <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCadcBR95oU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpPSBzGEklE</p> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 14:55:21 +0000 Stephen Thompson 68638 at http://wamc.org The Good Listener: How Do You Pick The Songs For Your Wedding? Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers http://wamc.org/post/jittery-jams-10-songs-coffee-lovers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb5qqoQgPlk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVGXcjM9SOQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUx5z9O2ZGk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WfQN_M1pQc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZk2LYsBIi8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRxS7Q64xUQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFURd_EOIuU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nzMS_YrgFk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk_wVO7NBMQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oqXVx3sBOk</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 01:52:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 63058 at http://wamc.org Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers Café Tacvba, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013 http://wamc.org/post/caf-tacvba-live-concert-sxsw-2013 A playful, electronics-infused Mexican rock band, Café Tacvba found itself in an unusual spot on the Stubb's stage at SXSW on March 13: namely, bookended by Nick Cave and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, both of whom roll around seductively in far seedier corners of rock 'n' roll. Sat, 06 Apr 2013 18:25:56 +0000 Stephen Thompson 61619 at http://wamc.org Café Tacvba, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013 Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 http://wamc.org/post/baby-bands-pop-stars-and-room-filling-joy-what-expect-sxsw-2013 <em>Listen to Stephen Thompson's conversation with Audie Cornish on </em>All Things Considered<em> by clicking the audio link.</em><p><hr /><p>The South by Southwest music festival kicked off Tuesday with the first of five straight nights of music overload: The clubs, makeshift music venues and front porches of Austin, Texas, were overrun with little-known discoveries-in-waiting and big names alike, as well as tens of thousands of fans who have flocked to the city in search of epiphanies.<p>Finding a prevailing trend at SXSW isn't easy; the festival is like 50 events in one, so it's possible t Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 59791 at http://wamc.org Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards http://wamc.org/post/sunday-8-pm-et-spend-grammy-night-staring-screens-us <em>With the conclusion of Sunday night's ceremony, Linda Holmes and I have now live-blogged fully one-eleventh of the Grammy Awards' 55 annual incarnations. Below is our original post and an archived live blog of the telecast:</em><p>For the fifth straight year, whether we're marveling at Taylor Swift's capacity for surprise or trying to figure out what to type during the combined 37 minutes of Bruno Mars performances, we're here to serve your reading-along needs. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 57478 at http://wamc.org Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' http://wamc.org/post/hail-chipmunks-holiday-classic-re-revisited <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rnPHlOHb7g</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ_9bL7i-Zs</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:22:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 54480 at http://wamc.org Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' This One's For The Chicken: A Super Bowl Party With A Purpose http://wamc.org/post/ones-chicken-super-bowl-party-purpose This Sunday will mark the 16th annual installment of "Chicken Bowl," my Super Bowl party, which doubles as a grand fried-chicken-eating contest. As many as 80 friends, coworkers, enablers and hangers-on will cram into my long-suffering house for this noble occasion.<p>But even with all the extravagances I've cobbled together to keep them happy — large TVs, vintage arcade machines, working toilets — there has never been a shred of doubt that chicken is king.<p>I spend more at Popeye's on this particular Sunday than I spend on my wardrobe in a year, so great is the demand. Sat, 04 Feb 2012 11:49:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 1373 at http://wamc.org This One's For The Chicken: A Super Bowl Party With A Purpose