Stephen Thompson http://wmot.org en Pop Culture Happy Hour: For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A http://wmot.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-our-200th-episode-quizzes-and-qa It seems like it's been about 200 weeks since we started hyping the 200th episode of <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em>, and it's finally here. This is the second hour of our June 24 live show in NPR's Studio 1, and it's got a bit of everything — but first, a few announcements.<p>As Linda and I note at the top of the show, PCHH is scheduled to make its New York debut at Brooklyn's <a href="http://www.thebellhouseny.com/">Bell House</a> on Tuesday, August 19. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:30:22 +0000 Stephen Thompson 41251 at http://wmot.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A The Good Listener: Am I Too Old For Music Festivals? http://wmot.org/post/good-listener-am-i-too-old-music-festivals We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the hundreds of water bottles we were supposed to give away at SXSW is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on when a person can rightly be considered too old to attend music festivals.<p><strong><em>Erin Briskie writes via email: "I just caught myself Googling 'how old is too old to go to music festivals.' We all know the answer is 'never too old,' but is there an age range where you start feeling like the not-so-wise, probably-should-have-consumed-more-water godfather of the festival circuit? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:51:59 +0000 Stephen Thompson 36508 at http://wmot.org The Good Listener: Am I Too Old For Music Festivals? The Austin 100: A SXSW 2014 Mix http://wmot.org/post/austin-100-sxsw-2014-mix Every year, more than 2,000 acts swarm to SXSW — and every year, NPR Music painstakingly handpicks 100 of the music festival's best discoveries for a downloadable six-hour sampler. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:43:16 +0000 Stephen Thompson 35446 at http://wmot.org The Austin 100: A SXSW 2014 Mix First Listen: The Notwist, 'Close To The Glass' http://wmot.org/post/first-listen-notwist-close-glass On paper, the German electro-pop band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15802775/the-notwist">The Notwist</a> sounds less accessible than it is: Since getting together 25 years ago, its members have delved into everything from hardcore to underground hip-hop to proggy jazz, with many varyingly arty detours in between. But the latter half of its history, particularly once you hit the sublime early-'00s breakthrough <em>Neon Golden</em>, is wonderfully warm and approachable. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:27:42 +0000 Stephen Thompson 34892 at http://wmot.org First Listen: The Notwist, 'Close To The Glass' The Good Listener: When Good Musicians Do Bad Things http://wmot.org/post/good-listener-when-good-musicians-do-bad-things We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid a deluxe version of the Ashley Monroe record in which "deluxe" means "packed in a 10-pound wooden crate" is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how and whether to enjoy music by folks whose real-life actions offend us.<p><em><strong>Patrick writes via email: "Your <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2013/11/21/246465573/the-good-listener-can-you-meet-your-favorite-band-without-it-getting-awkward">recent column</a> got me thinking about something that happened to me over the summer, when I had the cha Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:01:52 +0000 Stephen Thompson 33333 at http://wmot.org The Good Listener: When Good Musicians Do Bad Things