The Fans

'Has It Come To This?': A Rational Conversation About Music In Museums

Monday, May 04, 2015

Music and art critic Dave Hickey says the trend of major museums mounting shows about musicians — as the Museum of Modern Art recently did with Björk — is "a kind of dementia."


A (Nearly) Comprehensive Guide To The Music Of 'Mad Men'

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

From "The Twist" to "Is That All There Is?," the songs that Mad Men uses to depict the 1960s are perfect — but often unpredictable — representations of the decade's slow evolution.


A Rational Conversation: Is EDM Easy Listening Now?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In 2013, people we're predicting dubstep would be replaced with deep house, but now, as dance music becomes even more mainstreamed, those house sounds are becoming ever lighter.


D'Angelo At The Apollo: We Were All Here Before

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The concert, like Black Messiah, was bulwark: it was a reminder that music's ability to bring people together to celebrate soulful feeling is, as Fela once remarked, a weapon of the future.


A Rational Conversation: Neal Brennan On What The Hell Happened This Year

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"A lot of women would say Taylor Swift has the album of the year. I don't think they'd be wrong. Taylor Swift, like Drake — I don't want to like her, but yet, here I am."


The Right Way To Complain About The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Sunday, October 19, 2014

There are plenty of things about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's induction process that are worthy of complaint, but the most common gripe isn't one of them.


A Rational Conversation: Is PC Music Pop Or Is It 'Pop'?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The dizzy, saccharine music of the London-based record label PC Music is invested in the most addictive pop of modern history, but the label's songs feel detached, almost cynical.


All Together Now: The Beatles Are (Back) In Mono

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The latest reissue project in the never-ending celebration of the most famous catalog in rock and roll goes back to the beginning. Does listening to The Beatles in mono make sense in 2014?


Deal With It, Headbangers — Babymetal Is Here

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Like it or not, Babymetal — a trio of teenaged Japanese singers who fuse bubbly pop with heavy riffs — is one of the biggest stories in heavy metal in 2014.


A Rational Conversation: Do We Really Need A Rock Festival?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

California will host two major events this week: First City Festival and FYF Fest. Do they fill a gap left by Coachella? And is making a festival rock-centric a good way to draw concertgoers?


A Rational Conversation: Will Bikini Kill Ever Make The Rock Hall Of Fame?

Friday, August 08, 2014

Women were crucial members of 1990s alt-rock. As the '90s revival reaches its peak, are we giving those musicians enough credit today?


For The Love Of Black Music

Thursday, July 17, 2014

For four days in the Superdome, the Essence Festival conjures an alternate universe where mature R&B performed by seasoned veterans is elevated over material aimed at teenagers.


A Rational Conversation: How Deep Is The Disco Revival?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The sound made famous by legends like Giorgio Moroder is showing up on Grammy-winning pop albums and major-label remixes, but is the renewed attention on disco anything more than nostalgia?


Why Tori Amos Connects

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tori Amos fans understand her music in elemental terms. To celebrate Unrepentant Geraldines, her excellent new album, we asked five of them to pinpoint the elements that make her so unmistakable.


Morning Edition

Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool

Friday, May 09, 2014

The soundtrack to Disney's Frozen has been the biggest-selling album of 2014, topping the Billboard album chart for 13 weeks.


Unheard Bounty On Mobb Deep's First Album In Eight Years

Monday, May 05, 2014

After an eight year absence, the release of a new Mobb Deep album would be notable enough, but it's the bonus disc of previously unheard sessions for The Infamous that send this package over the top.


For Shakespeare's 450th Birthday, Here's An Unusual Tempest

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Las Vegas production of Shakespeare's The Tempest features music by Tom Waits and direction by the usually silent magician Teller, who you can hear speak (!) about the production here.


Why We Fight About Pop Music

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much, and along the way, lay out the new rules for thinking and writing about pop.


A Rational Conversation: A European's View On Coachella And U.S. Festivals

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

One of the founders of Barcelona's Primavera Sound on booking adventurously, lazy promoters and what he wishes sponsorship looked like.


A Rational Conversation: Lil Jon's History Of Turning Up

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lil Jon may be best known as the king of crunk, but "Turn Down for What" isn't his first time working with a dance music producer.