Stephen Thompson http://kvpr.org en Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://kvpr.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 25681 at http://kvpr.org The Good Listener: How Do You Pick The Songs For Your Wedding? http://kvpr.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> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:14:09 +0000 Stephen Thompson 17098 at http://kvpr.org The Good Listener: How Do You Pick The Songs For Your Wedding? Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers http://kvpr.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 14127 at http://kvpr.org Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 http://kvpr.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 12106 at http://kvpr.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://kvpr.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 10547 at http://kvpr.org Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' http://kvpr.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 8562 at http://kvpr.org Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' Ben Gibbard: Tiny Desk Concert http://kvpr.org/post/ben-gibbard-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15163856/ben-gibbard">Ben Gibbard</a> has spent so much time at the head of various bands — <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15163859/death-cab-for-cutie">Death Cab for Cutie</a>, The Postal Service, All-Time Quarterback — that it's easy to forget how well his sweetly brainy songs work in a solo acoustic setting. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:25:46 +0000 Stephen Thompson 7118 at http://kvpr.org Ben Gibbard: Tiny Desk Concert