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

Cuz I Love You, from the singer Lizzo, is on our short list of the best albums out April 19. Luke Gilford/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Luke Gilford/Courtesy of the artist

New Music Friday: Our Top 6 Albums Out April 19

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/714781967/715011927" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Anderson .Paak's Ventura arrives just five months after his previous full-length, Oxnard and is a return to form. Francesco Prandoni/Redferns hide caption

toggle caption
Francesco Prandoni/Redferns

New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums Out On April 12

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/712534688/712580638" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Titanic Rising, from the artist known as Weyes Blood, is on our short list for the best new albums out on April 5. Kathryn Vetter Miller/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Kathryn Vetter Miller/Courtesy of the artist

New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums Out On April 5

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/710135876/710136779" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? from the singer Billie Eilish is on our short list of the best albums out on March 29. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artist

New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums Out On March 29

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/707865395/707879303" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Lafawndah's Ancestor Boy is on our short list for the best new albums out on March 22. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artist

New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out March 22

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/705700615/705702836" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">