Stephen Thompson http://www.kunc.org en Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.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 58451 at http://www.kunc.org Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert Johnnyswim: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/johnnyswim-tiny-desk-concert Once you're able to see this three-song set by the band <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/205552150/johnnyswim-on-mountain-stage">Johnnyswim</a>, NPR Music will have published exactly 350 Tiny Desk Concerts — so we've developed a pretty good sense of when a set will stick in our memories for a while. We intuited, for example, that Adele was about to become a dominant force shortly after she <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/133687905/adele-tiny-desk-concert">breezed into our offices</a>. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 55908 at http://www.kunc.org Johnnyswim: Tiny Desk Concert Suzanne Vega: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/suzanne-vega-tiny-desk-concert In pop-music circles, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15131195/suzanne-vega">Suzanne Vega</a> is known almost entirely for two songs from the late 1980s: the child-abuse ballad "Luka" and a song that launched literally dozens of dance remixes, "Tom's Diner." But Vega has been making vital, inventive music the entire time — much of it folk-based, though her sound has taken many smart detours along the way — and is about to put out her first album of original material in seven years, <em>Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles</em>. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 53970 at http://www.kunc.org Suzanne Vega: Tiny Desk Concert Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://www.kunc.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 52706 at http://www.kunc.org Dessa: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/dessa-tiny-desk-concert Part of the Twin Cities hip-hop collective Doomtree, rapper, singer, poet and songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=dessa">Dessa</a> divides her time between singing and rapping, often landing on a spoken-word splitting of the difference. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 52671 at http://www.kunc.org Dessa: Tiny Desk Concert