Stephen Thompson http://kttz.org en Ryan Adams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk Festival 2014 http://kttz.org/post/ryan-adams-live-concert-newport-folk-festival-2014 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 48340 at http://kttz.org First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye' http://kttz.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 48253 at http://kttz.org First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye' At 2014's Newport Folk Festival, 5 Discoveries To Stretch Folk's Limits http://kttz.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 11:39:47 +0000 Stephen Thompson 48130 at http://kttz.org At 2014's Newport Folk Festival, 5 Discoveries To Stretch Folk's Limits NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival http://kttz.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 48129 at http://kttz.org NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival The Good Listener: Has The Term 'Indie Rock' Lost All Meaning? http://kttz.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 47804 at http://kttz.org The Good Listener: Has The Term 'Indie Rock' Lost All Meaning?