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Thursday, September 05, 2013
Three Nashville shows remind me that country is a genre of music that's constantly changing, even if it's deceptively homespun.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Two new albums, by the veteran industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails and the young rapper Earl Sweatshirt, offer distinct visions of anxiety and isolation. One is confrontational and cathartic, the other sly, inward and static.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
The Julie Ruin returns Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre) to her rightful place leading a noisy bunch of smart pleasure-seekers. Singing about sickness and recovery, dumb nightlife and life-changing community, Hanna helps listeners better understand punk's past and future.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Subtitled The Bootleg Series Vol. 10, a new archival set revisits one of Dylan's key transitional phases, when he was running from his own burdensome greatness and jumping into the great scrap heap of American musical tradition. Hear 15 songs from the new box set.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Thanks to brand new songs by pop's shining lights, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Nine Inch Nails, this midsummer week unexpectedly became the beginning of a new hit cycle.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
A lengthy interview with Leonard Bernstein. One man's quest to understand obsessive Phish fandom. A look at the life of a jazz legend. We survey these and other highlights of music-themed books worth reading this summer.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
An old-timey video for Nora Jane Struthers' "Bike Ride" finds the blue notes in the summery song.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
The Tennessee singer's keening soprano shows off its twang, yet sounds totally contemporary. As she ranges across many musical paths — country blues, fiery hymns and more — June is careful to keep returning home to storytelling with just a few simple words and an acoustic guitar.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
In a live arena show that trades in a well-schooled range of summertime-friendly pop, the hit-making machine known as Bruno Mars is one of our moment's most valuable historians of popular music.
Monday, July 15, 2013
For 25 years, Sub Pop has been putting out music that speaks to the sound of its home town, Seattle. Today, the music may not all be local, but the label's artists are mostly specialists who have perfected a certain style.
Monday, July 15, 2013
The personal differences that surfaced during the studio sessions of the spellbinding country duo The Civil Wars resulted in a canceled tour, a dissolved partnership and a second album that crackles with tension.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Pearl Jam's rip-roaring new single will appear on the self-released album Lightning Bolt, out in October.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Recent pop hits by Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus exist at the juncture where simple fun turns confusing and potentially dangerous, which makes them perfect representatives of our era.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Bland's music is the kind that can school anyone about the incomprehensible depths of love, the importance of dignity and the promise of the kind of good life that really might be within reach.
Monday, June 17, 2013
On Born Sinner Cole appealingly frames the unwieldy subject of inheritance as a musical reckoning with the '90s, the era of his childhood and hip-hop's current favorite source of nostalgia.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Nashville the city, Nashville the TV show, close-harmony groups and two financially viable, independent-minded singers have shattered country music's glass ceiling — and the year's only half over.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Many musicians use old forms like folk and blues as inspiration, but few find a way to make music that sounds old but feels new.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Canadian pop Singer Emm Gryner has known astronaut Chris Hadfield for years, which made her a perfect collaborator on his cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." It doesn't hurt that Gryner has worked with Bowie himself, as well.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The dance music scene that has risen in the past decade owes a debt to the heavy beats of Daft Punk's music. But the long-awaited album from the Parisian duo turns its back on EDM to bask in the smooth sounds — and liberation --of the 1970s.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Does perfect technique make a good singer? Can emotion be learned? American Idol, on shaky legs with viewers this season, has recently had interesting things to say about this long-running debate.