Stephen Thompson http://ksut.org en Ryan Adams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk Festival 2014 http://ksut.org/post/ryan-adams-live-concert-newport-folk-festival-2014 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 36970 at http://ksut.org First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye' http://ksut.org/post/first-listen-tom-petty-heartbreakers-hypnotic-eye Even when he was in his late 20s, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15300677/tom-petty">Tom Petty</a> had a curmudgeonly edge to him, so it's no surprise that he's sneering about threats to the American dream in the opening moments of his new album, <em>Hypnotic Eye</em>. At 63, Petty is well into his transition to full-blown misanthropy, at times splitting the difference between <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14982343/randy-newman">Randy Newman</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15193203/bob-dylan">Bob Dylan</a>. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:01:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 36896 at http://ksut.org First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye' Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert http://ksut.org/post/lydia-loveless-tiny-desk-concert For 23-year-old singer-guitarist <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=lydia+loveless">Lydia Loveless</a>, gritty, countrified blues-rock is a palette broad enough to include literary drama — complete with fatalistic references to the doomed French poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud — and a plainspoken plea for oral sex. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:40:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 35989 at http://ksut.org Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert The Good Listener: When Should A 'Washed-Up' Band Pack It In? http://ksut.org/post/good-listener-when-should-washed-band-pack-it We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Copycat-Litter-Other-David-Yow/dp/1617752703">a $23.95 book of cat cartoons</a> by The Jesus Lizard's David Yow is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on when and whether once-successful musicians should give up.<p><strong><em>Dan writes via email: "I read somewhere that there's a '<a href="http://www.metalsludge.tv/?p=42068">Bang Your Head Tour</a>' with Quiet Riot and a bunch of other hair-metal bands from the '80s. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 35822 at http://ksut.org The Good Listener: When Should A 'Washed-Up' Band Pack It In? The Good Listener: What Makes A Summer Song? http://ksut.org/post/good-listener-what-makes-summer-song We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside that one CD which appears to have been pulverized by a steamroller is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on what transforms a mere hit single into the agreed-upon song of the summer.<p><strong><em>Kemper writes via Facebook: "When do we know what the song of summer will be? Have we already heard this year's song? If not, when do we typically start to hear it? Why do the other seasons lack their own song?"</em></strong><p>To answer your last question first, summer is a season of simplicity. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 35515 at http://ksut.org The Good Listener: What Makes A Summer Song? Song Premiere: Sinead O'Connor, 'Take Me To Church' http://ksut.org/post/song-premiere-sinead-oconnor-take-me-church <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15773342/sinead-o-connor">Sinead O'Connor</a>'s nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising.<p>On August 12, O'Connor will release a new album of original material titled <em>I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss</em>. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 35256 at http://ksut.org Song Premiere: Sinead O'Connor, 'Take Me To Church' First Listen: Phox, 'Phox' http://ksut.org/post/first-listen-phox-phox The word "charisma" is often used to imply a certain kind of attention-grabbing showiness, or even neediness. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 03:25:30 +0000 Stephen Thompson 35239 at http://ksut.org First Listen: Phox, 'Phox' First Listen: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, 'Only Run' http://ksut.org/post/first-listen-clap-your-hands-say-yeah-only-run Early in its career, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15189626/clap-your-hands-say-yeah">Clap Your Hands Say Yeah</a> seemed unlikely to last a decade: One of the first major bands to rise to prominence on the strength of support from music blogs, it followed a successful 2005 debut with the oddly produced and underwhelmingly received <em>Some Loud Thunder</em>. Mon, 26 May 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 34288 at http://ksut.org First Listen: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, 'Only Run' The Good Listener: When's The Right Time To Delete Your Music? http://ksut.org/post/good-listener-whens-right-time-delete-your-music We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the six-pack of <a href="http://www.mmmhops.com/">Hanson-branded beer</a> that cost $25 to ship is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on disposing of music in a digital age.<p><strong><em>Tami Anderson writes via Facebook: "How long do you keep songs in your collection when you rarely/never seem to listen to them?"</em></strong><p>First of all, I can more than relate to the problem you're touching on here: I haven't been able to part with literally thousands of CDs that I will <em>never</em> Fri, 23 May 2014 17:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 34209 at http://ksut.org The Good Listener: When's The Right Time To Delete Your Music? First Listen: Hamilton Leithauser, 'Black Hours' http://ksut.org/post/first-listen-hamilton-leithauser-black-hours Hamilton Leithauser sounds worn-out and weary on <em>Black Hours</em>, his first solo record since his long-running band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15291595/the-walkmen">The Walkmen</a> went on indefinite hiatus late last year. Fri, 23 May 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 34195 at http://ksut.org First Listen: Hamilton Leithauser, 'Black Hours'