Stephen Thompson http://tpr.org en The Good Listener: Do I Come To SXSW If I Don't Have A Badge Or A Billion Dollars? http://tpr.org/post/good-listener-do-i-come-sxsw-if-i-dont-have-badge-or-billion-dollars <em>[This story originally ran on Feb. 22, 2013, but still applies today.]</em><p>We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the Valentine's Day cards that got returned with no forwarding address is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how music fans could and should approach SXSW, the gigantic music festival held every March in Austin, Texas.<p><strong>Laura Ann Klein writes: "How does a non-industry professional manage the big festivals like SXSW? Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:54:33 +0000 Stephen Thompson 27795 at http://tpr.org The Good Listener: Do I Come To SXSW If I Don't Have A Badge Or A Billion Dollars? Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://tpr.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 23328 at http://tpr.org First Listen: Soundtrack, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' http://tpr.org/post/first-listen-soundtrack-inside-llewyn-davis Among many other accomplishments, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen helped change the direction of contemporary music with the soundtrack to their 2000 film <em>O Brother, Where Art Thou?</em> Winner of an Album Of The Year Grammy, among other honors, the collection — produced and compiled by T-Bone Burnett — sold about eight million copies and helped launch a resurgence in tradition-minded roots and bluegrass music that continues to this day. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:49:21 +0000 Stephen Thompson 21319 at http://tpr.org First Listen: Soundtrack, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' The Good Listener: Are Bands Right To Scold Fans With Cellphones? http://tpr.org/post/good-listener-are-bands-right-scold-fans-cellphones We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the helpful $40-a-pop reminders not to speed on North Capitol Street is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: a discussion of cellphone recordings at concerts.<p><em><strong>Katherine writes via email: "Last night, I was at a music festival for which <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/05/26/153706601/the-lumineers-chasing-big-dreams-out-west">The Lumineers</a> were the headlining act. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:26:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 15880 at http://tpr.org The Good Listener: Are Bands Right To Scold Fans With Cellphones? Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers http://tpr.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 10262 at http://tpr.org Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 http://tpr.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 7935 at http://tpr.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://tpr.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 6125 at http://tpr.org Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' http://tpr.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 3775 at http://tpr.org Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks'