Stephen Thompson http://wmot.org en 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 Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://wmot.org/post/indie-pop-albums-make-cut-are-more-mere-collections Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At NPR Music, they're wrapping up the year the best way they know how, with their hotly contested list of their 50 favorite albums of 2013. Now, all this week, we'll get a peak of that list from our in-house experts, including NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson, whose beat is the ever amorphous indie pop, which - Stephen, what exactly is that these days?<p>STEPHEN THOMPSON, BYLINE: I have absolutely no idea. It used to mean accessible but unpopular.<p>CORNISH: OK. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 32293 at http://wmot.org