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Monday, April 7, 2014
NPR's Stephen Thompson says Cloud Nothings' track, "I'm Not Part Of Me" is a perfect track for spring. (Cloud Nothings/Facebook)

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

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Monday, March 24, 2014
NPR's Stephen Thompson Song of the Week is "Hey Mami" by the band Sylvan Esso. (Sylvan Esso/Facebook)

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

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Phantogram is an electronic rock duo from New York state. (phantogrammusic.virb.com)

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

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Monday, February 24, 2014
The Notwist are a German indie rock band. (Facebook)

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

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Monday, February 17, 2014
Tony Molina's latest album is "Dissed And Dismissed." (Facebook)

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

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Monday, January 27, 2014
Yellow Ostrich consists of Alex Schaaf (vocals and guitar), Michael Tapper (drums), Jared Van Fleet and Zach Rose. (Courtesy)

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.”

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Warpaint's self-titled album comes out Jan. 21. (Mia Kirby/Courtesy of the artist)

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.

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Monday, January 13, 2014
Sharon Jones' new album with the Dap-Kings, "Give the People What They Want," comes out Jan. 14. (Paul McGeiver)

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.

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Monday, January 6, 2014
Randy Newman wins the Novello Award for 'PRS for Music Special International Award' presented by Peter Gabriel at the Grosvenor House in London on Thursday, May 16, 2013. (Mark Allan/Invision via AP)

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.

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Monday, December 30, 2013
Laura Mvula is one artist whose music NPR's Stephen Thompson found particularly striking this year. (lauramvula.com)

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

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Monday, December 23, 2013
NPR's Stephen Thompson recommends Nick Lowe's "Christmas at the Airport." (Screenshot from "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.

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Monday, December 16, 2013
Too Much Joy formed in the 1980s in Scarsdale, N.Y. (toomuchjoy.com)

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.”

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Monday, December 9, 2013

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.

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Monday, December 2, 2013
Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne comprise the band The Blow. (Kyle Dean Reinford)

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.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Jonathan Meiburg, Thor Harris and Kimberly Burke are the band Shearwater. (Shearwater)

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.

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Monday, November 18, 2013
Oscar Isaac in the Coen brothers' new film, "Inside Llewyn Davis." (Studio Canal)

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.”

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Courtney Barnett, whose new song "Avant Gardener" is featured as SOTW. (Courtney Barnett/Facebook)

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.

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Monday, November 4, 2013
Kate Schellenbach (drums), Gabby Glaser (vocals, guitar) and Jill Cunniff (vocals, bass) are Luscious Jackson.(Doug Seymour)

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.

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Monday, October 28, 2013
Jeremy Messersmith's latest single is "Tourniquet." (Cameron Wittig)

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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Monday, October 21, 2013
Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno are the Los Angeles duo Best Coast. (David Black)

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to the song “This Lonely Morning” by Los Angeles rock duo Best Coast, off their latest album “Fade Away.”

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