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April 21, 2014 Comment

Song Of The Week: ‘Animals’

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to the song by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl’s band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

April 7, 2014 Comment

Spring Into Spring With Cloud Nothings

NPR’s Stephen Thompson recommends “I’m Not Part Of Me” by Cloud Nothings, as an excellent track for the beginning of spring.

March 24, 2014 4 Comments

Song of the Week: Sylvan Esso’s ‘Hey Mami’

Stephen Thompson’s pick for this week’s song of the week is the catchy — yet deep — “Hey Mami” by Sylvan Esso.

March 4, 2014 2 Comments

Song Of The Week: Phantogram’s ‘Fall in Love’

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to a new song from the New York state electronic rock duo Phantogram.

February 24, 2014 2 Comments

Song Of The Week: ‘Kong’ By The Notwist

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to a new track from the German indie rock band The Notwist.

February 17, 2014 4 Comments

Song Of The Week: ‘Change My Ways’ By Tony Molina

NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson says even though the whole album is short, the songs pack the punch of longer pieces.

January 27, 2014 Comment

Song Of The Week: ‘Neon Fists’ By Yellow Ostrich

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to the song “Neon Fists” by the Wisconsin-born, Brooklyn-based indie rock band Yellow Ostrich, off their forthcoming album “Cosmos.”

January 20, 2014 Comment

Song of the Week: Warpaint’s ‘Love Is To Die’

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to the song “Love Is to Die,” a stand-out on Warpaint’s new self-titled album. Thompson says this is a band you’ll hear a lot of in 2014.

January 13, 2014 Comment

Song Of The Week: ‘Retreat!’ By Sharon Jones

NPR’s Stephen Thompson brings us a track from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ new album, “Give The People What They Want.” “This song ‘Retreat!’ is all defiance and fury,” he says.

January 6, 2014 3 Comments

Song Of The Week: Randy Newman Covers Peter Gabriel

On a new album of Peter Gabriel covers called “And I’ll Scratch Yours,” one of the most inspired pairings is the song “Big Time” performed by Randy Newman.

December 30, 2013 Comment

Stephen Thompson’s Favorite Songs of the Year

NPR music writer and editor Stephen Thompson shares his favorite songs of the year, which include music by Josh Ritter and Neko Case.

December 23, 2013 Comment

A Good Time Spending “Christmas At The Airport”

This week, NPR’s music writer and editor Stephen Thompson has a seasonal recommendation for your playlists: “Christmas at the Airport” by Nick Lowe.

December 16, 2013 Comment

Song Of The Week: ‘Crush Story’ By Too Much Joy

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to the band Too Much Joy, which has just re-released its 1991 album “Cereal Killers.” One of his favorite tracks is “Crush Story.”

December 9, 2013 Comment

The Close Harmony Of Lily And Madeleine

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to the music of Lily & Madeleine, teenage sisters from Indiana whose careers were launched when one of their homemade videos went viral.

December 2, 2013 Comment

Song Of The Week: ‘Make It Up’ By The Blow

This week, NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to “Make It Up” off the new self-titled album by electro pop band The Blow. It’s part of a larger art project.

November 26, 2013 Comment

Shearwater Brings A New Sound To A ’90s Hit

Each week, NPR’s Stephen Thompson brings us a new song. This week it’s the Brooklyn-based band Shearwater’s cover of “Natural One” by The Folk Implosion.

November 18, 2013 2 Comments

Song Of The Week: ‘Dink's Song’ From New Coen Brothers Film

As he does every week, Stephen Thompson has a new song for us. This time, it’s an old song that features new voices, featured in the Coen brothers’ new film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

November 13, 2013 5 Comments

Song Of The Week: Courtney Barnett’s ‘Avant Gardener’

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to the song “Avant Gardener” by Australian musician and singer Courtney Barnett. In it, she tells a life-and-death gardening story.

November 4, 2013 Comment

Song Of The Week: Luscious Jackson’s ‘Are You Ready’

This week, NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson introduces us to the song “Are You Ready” by Luscious Jackson, a band that is just coming back from a 14-year hiatus.

October 28, 2013 3 Comments

Song Of The Week: ‘Tourniquet’ By Jeremy Messersmith

This week, NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson introduces us to a newly-released single by Minnesota indie pop musician Jeremy Messersmith.

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August 29 Comment

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

August 29 Comment

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug's carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

August 28 Comment

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

August 28 5 Comments

‘Enormous’ Growth Of Ocean Garbage Patch

The oceanographer who discovered the floating island of trash in 1997 says he's shocked by how much it's grown.