Stephen Thompson http://wdiy.org en The Devil Makes Three, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wdiy.org/post/devil-makes-three-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 A thumbnail description of <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=the+devil+makes+three">The Devil Makes Three</a> — "acoustic string-band music with no drummer" — makes its music seem old-fashioned, even quaint. But the California trio plays with boozy aggression and unhinged intensity. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 44434 at http://wdiy.org The Devil Makes Three, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wdiy.org/post/anais-mitchell-jefferson-hamer-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 There's ambition rooted in the pursuit of personal glory, and then there's creative ambition, rooted in a desire to do what hasn't already been done. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/93499095/ana-s-mitchell" target="_blank">Anais Mitchell</a> is a folksinger with a kind, approachable voice. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 44435 at http://wdiy.org Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Ryan Adams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk Festival 2014 http://wdiy.org/post/ryan-adams-live-concert-newport-folk-festival-2014 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 44193 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye' http://wdiy.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 44109 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye' At 2014's Newport Folk Festival, 5 Discoveries To Stretch Folk's Limits http://wdiy.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 11:10:12 +0000 Stephen Thompson 43986 at http://wdiy.org At 2014's Newport Folk Festival, 5 Discoveries To Stretch Folk's Limits NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival http://wdiy.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 43985 at http://wdiy.org NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival The Good Listener: Has The Term 'Indie Rock' Lost All Meaning? http://wdiy.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 43649 at http://wdiy.org The Good Listener: Has The Term 'Indie Rock' Lost All Meaning? First Listen: Luluc, 'Passerby' http://wdiy.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 43265 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Luluc, 'Passerby' First Listen: Trampled By Turtles, 'Wild Animals' http://wdiy.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 43266 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Trampled By Turtles, 'Wild Animals' The Good Listener: On Recommending Songs With Profanity http://wdiy.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 43175 at http://wdiy.org The Good Listener: On Recommending Songs With Profanity