Stephen Thompson http://whqr.org en Playing SXSW 2014? Send Us Your Songs http://whqr.org/post/playing-sxsw-2014-send-us-your-songs Every year around this time, the <em>All Songs Considered</em> team begins the process of listening to nearly 2,000 MP3s by bands playing the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. We acquire them from any number of sources, as bands willing to circulate their songs for consideration make them available online. But every year, we wind up missing something. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 50122 at http://whqr.org Playing SXSW 2014? Send Us Your Songs Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://whqr.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 47367 at http://whqr.org Exclusive Song Premier: The Avett Brothers, 'Another is Waiting' http://whqr.org/post/exclusive-song-premier-avett-brothers-another-waiting <p></p><p>It hasn't been 11 full months since the Avett Brothers relaeased&nbsp;<em>The Carpenter</em>, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. Given the length touring cycle that each major release generally spawns, fans had no reason to expect new music this year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:29:52 +0000 Stephen Thompson & WHQR Staff 41139 at http://whqr.org Exclusive Song Premier: The Avett Brothers, 'Another is Waiting' The Good Listener: How Do You Pick The Songs For Your Wedding? http://whqr.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> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 22:59:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 39341 at http://whqr.org The Good Listener: How Do You Pick The Songs For Your Wedding? Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers http://whqr.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 35345 at http://whqr.org Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers Jason Molina, A Folksinger Who Embodied The Best Of The Blues, Has Died http://whqr.org/post/jason-molina-folksinger-who-embodied-best-blues-has-died <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gBaolYCbyE</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:07:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 33405 at http://whqr.org Jason Molina, A Folksinger Who Embodied The Best Of The Blues, Has Died Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 http://whqr.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 33155 at http://whqr.org Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' http://whqr.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 29205 at http://whqr.org Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' The xx Teases New Album 'Coexist' With The Simplest Of Love Songs http://whqr.org/post/xx-teases-new-album-coexist-simplest-love-songs <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nW5AF0m9Zw</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:21:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 20518 at http://whqr.org The xx Teases New Album 'Coexist' With The Simplest Of Love Songs First Watch: JBM, 'On Fire On A Tightrope' http://whqr.org/post/first-watch-jbm-fire-tightrope Back in March, former <em>All Songs</em> intern Dan Raby <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2012/03/27/149478005/song-premiere-a-quiet-blast-of-winter-loneliness-from-jbm">used this space</a> to sing the praises of Montreal singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/100645454/jbm">JBM</a>, a.k.a. Jesse B. Marchant, whose deliberately paced folk-pop hangs on the lingering empty spaces between notes. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 18962 at http://whqr.org First Watch: JBM, 'On Fire On A Tightrope'