The Good Listener
Mar 6, 2014 — Is SXSW just for industry pros and rich music fans? Or can someone on a budget make it worthwhile? We run through the pros, cons and opportunities that come with attending the festival on the cheap.
Feb 21, 2014 — How should a reader deal with the guilt of abandoning what used to be her most beloved musicians?
Feb 14, 2014 — How do you share good music without giving the impression that you're "trying to say something"?
Feb 7, 2014 — You're putting together a dance for teenagers. What kind of music best reflects their adolescence?
Jan 31, 2014 — It's largely accepted as truth that Starship's 1985 song "We Built This City" is the worst atrocity in all of music, in all of time. But we can do better — or worse, depending on how you look at it.
Jan 24, 2014 — A reader discovers Devendra Banhart eight albums into his career. Where's a new fan supposed to begin?
Jan 16, 2014 — Songs are like relationships: Some burn hot before fizzling out, while others stay with us forever.
Jan 9, 2014 — Our favorite musicians aren't always model citizens. Should that affect our enjoyment of the music?
Nov 21, 2013 — It's always a plus when saying hello to great musicians doesn't spiral into a degrading catastrophe. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson offers tips on how to approach your favorite bands.
Nov 15, 2013 — As with anything, an over-abundance of music can be downright oppressive. How do you handle it? NPR Music's Stephen Thompson offers advice on how to make listening to music feel less like work.