Stephen Thompson http://ksjd.org en Ryan Adams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk Festival 2014 http://ksjd.org/post/ryan-adams-live-concert-newport-folk-festival-2014 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 12901 at http://ksjd.org First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye' http://ksjd.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 12822 at http://ksjd.org First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye' At 2014's Newport Folk Festival, 5 Discoveries To Stretch Folk's Limits http://ksjd.org/post/2014s-newport-folk-festival-5-discoveries-stretch-folks-limits From its legendary beachfront locale to its celebrations of folk music's past, the Newport Folk Festival draws on more than half a century of celebrated traditions. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:41:16 +0000 Stephen Thompson 12717 at http://ksjd.org At 2014's Newport Folk Festival, 5 Discoveries To Stretch Folk's Limits NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival http://ksjd.org/post/npr-music-returns-2014s-newport-folk-festival The Newport Folk Festival has been around for more than half a century now — this is its 55th year, to be exact — and the event now routinely sells out months before its lineup is even announced. And why shouldn't it? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 12716 at http://ksjd.org NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival The Good Listener: Has The Term 'Indie Rock' Lost All Meaning? http://ksjd.org/post/good-listener-has-term-indie-rock-lost-all-meaning We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the flyers that either wildly underestimate or wildly overestimate our credit-worthiness is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on what constitutes "indie rock" in 2014.<p><strong><em>Antfitgodd writes via Facebook: "The term 'indie' has been subsumed by major labels, whose acts often try to mimic indie-rock sensibilities — which changes what it means to play music that is not bland Top 40 drivel. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 12413 at http://ksjd.org The Good Listener: Has The Term 'Indie Rock' Lost All Meaning? First Listen: Luluc, 'Passerby' http://ksjd.org/post/first-listen-luluc-passerby Luluc writes songs for late-night drives and uneventful mornings — stuff to slow the blood and the world outside. Bred in Australia but partly based in Brooklyn, Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett traffic in gentle, disarming simplicity, rarely allowing their music to speed up past a gentle lope. But for all their consistency of tone — and quality — <em>Passerby</em>'s 10 songs never congeal into a blur or feel like a slog. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 12074 at http://ksjd.org First Listen: Luluc, 'Passerby' First Listen: Trampled By Turtles, 'Wild Animals' http://ksjd.org/post/first-listen-trampled-turtles-wild-animals The bluegrass-based Minnesota folk-rock band <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=trampled+by+turtles">Trampled By Turtles</a> knows how to play at extreme speeds, to the point where its careening compositions can seem downright unhinged. But its last two records, 2012's <em>Stars and Satellites</em> and the new <em>Wild Animals</em>, mostly move at a deliberate, even graceful pace. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 12075 at http://ksjd.org First Listen: Trampled By Turtles, 'Wild Animals' The Good Listener: On Recommending Songs With Profanity http://ksjd.org/post/good-listener-recommending-songs-profanity We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside our neighbors' mis-delivered subscription copies of unnerving magazines is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on sharing music that might inadvertently expose someone else's kids to foul language.<p><em><strong>Ken writes via Facebook: "I make an annual sampler of my favorite songs each year and give the playlist to my friends, in the hope that everyone will find at least one new artist they like. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 11989 at http://ksjd.org The Good Listener: On Recommending Songs With Profanity Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert http://ksjd.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 11828 at http://ksjd.org Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert The Good Listener: When Should A 'Washed-Up' Band Pack It In? http://ksjd.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 11638 at http://ksjd.org The Good Listener: When Should A 'Washed-Up' Band Pack It In?