Stephen Thompson Stephen Thompson is an editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he writes the advice column The Good Listener and fusses over comma placement. He is also a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered, and appears every week on Pop Culture Happy Hour.
Washington, DC - May 03, 2016: Stephen Thompson CREDIT: Matt Roth
Stories By

Stephen Thompson

A lovely nature song, Shearwater's "Hidden Lakes" is as graceful and vulnerable as the world it describes. courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
courtesy of the artist

Local Natives' "Airplanes" quickly unfolds as a jaunty wonder, as it hurtles along with something resembling school spirit. courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
courtesy of the artist

It took 35 years for the world to discover Death's bold, surprising rock 'n' roll. Left to right: David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney. Tammy Hackney hide caption

toggle caption
Tammy Hackney

A scene from the documentary White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights. Autumn de Wilde/Woodshed Films hide caption

toggle caption
Autumn de Wilde/Woodshed Films

Peter Gabriel takes Bon Iver's "Flume" and locates its breathtaking grandiosity. Nadav Kander hide caption

toggle caption
Nadav Kander

Frightened Rabbit. courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
courtesy of the artist