Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas writes at NPR Music for “Deceptive Cadence” ( Widely published as a writer on both classical and world music, she is the former North America editor for Gramophone Magazine and the classical music columnist for Billboard. She has also been an on-air contributor to  many public radio programs, including WNYC’s Soundcheck, Minnesota Public Radio’s The Savvy Traveler, Public Radio International’s Weekend America, and the BBC’s The World.

Anastasia Tsioulcas appears in the following:

A deeper look at the representation issues Jay-Z talked about in his Grammys speech

Monday, February 05, 2024

While accepting an honorary Grammy, Jay-Z criticized the Recording Academy for ignoring Black artists, including his wife, Beyonce.


Dave Eggers wins Newbery, Vashti Harrison wins Caldecott in 2024 kids' lit prizes

Monday, January 22, 2024

The top honors in this year's children's book awards from the American Library Association lauded Dave Egger's The Eyes and the Impossible and Vashti Harrison's picture book Big.


Marvel drops Jonathan Majors following assault and harassment conviction

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Johnathan Majors has been found guilty of misdemeanor assault and harassment. The once rising Hollywood star faces career setbacks as he awaits sentencing.


'Mr. Big Stuff' singer Jean Knight has died at age 80

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Jean Knight, the New Orleans-born soul singer behind the infectious 1971 hit "Mr. Big Stuff," has died. She was 80.


Malcolm X arrives — finally — at New York's Metropolitan Opera

Friday, November 03, 2023

An opera about civil rights leader Malcolm X opens Friday — nearly 40 years after X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X premiered. The creative team says its message feels more relevant than ever.


Suspect in Tupac Shakur's murder has pleaded not guilty

Thursday, November 02, 2023

Almost 30 years after the rapper's death, Duane Davis appeared in a Las Vegas court Thursday morning. Shakur has now been dead longer than he was alive.


Madonna and Britney Spears: It's them against the world

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Two new books chronicle the lives of two pop idols, Madonna and Britney Spears. The way each came to stardom — and what happened to them after — illuminates why their paths have been so different.


Arraignment delayed again for suspect charged with murdering Tupac Shakur

Thursday, October 19, 2023

In a surprise delay, Duane "Keffe D" Davis did not enter a plea in a Las Vegas courtroom Thursday morning, because he didn't have a lawyer. Davis is expected back in court on Nov. 2.


Nearly 3 decades since Tupac Shakur's killing, alleged mastermind will be arraigned

Thursday, October 19, 2023

It's been 27 years since rapper Tupac Shakur was killed, and the alleged mastermind behind the rapper's shooting is due to be arraigned Thursday in a Las Vegas courtroom.


Even Beethoven got bad reviews. John Malkovich reads them aloud as 'The Music Critic'

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

A new live stage show features actor John Malkovich transformed into some of the meanest music critics ever — in real reviews skewering the work of great composers like Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin.


Remembering actress and entrepreneur Suzanne Somers, dead at 76

Monday, October 16, 2023

Friends and fellow actors are remembering actress and entrepreneur Suzanne Somers with fondness. Somers died Sunday at age 76 after battling cancer for more than two decades.


North Carolina radio station plans to reject broadcasts of 'inappropriate' Met operas

Friday, September 29, 2023

WCPE says that six contemporary operas being presented this season by the Metropolitan Opera — including ones dealing with violence, race and LGBTQ issues — are "unsuitable" for broadcast.


Hitmaker Edgar Barrera leads the 2023 Latin Grammy nominations

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

The Mexican American songwriter and producer earned nearly twice as many nods as his closest competitors, which include three of his collaborators: Colombian artists Camilo, Karol G and Shakira.


What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend viewing and listening

Friday, September 08, 2023

Each week, Pop Culture Happy Hour guests and hosts share what's bringing them joy. This week: the Made in Heaven series, the movies Married by Mistake and Gran Turismo and the 50 MPH podcast.


The rise of Oliver Anthony and 'Rich Men North of Richmond'

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Audiences may have only just learned about a fast-rising country singer during the Republican debate Wednesday night. But "Rich Men North of Richmond" also has ties to extremist narratives.


The return of Fyre Fest? Billy McFarland is selling tickets for a relaunch

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Billy McFarland, the man convicted of defrauding investors and music fans with his non-existent Fyre Festival in 2017, has started selling tickets to a new festival in the Caribbean in 2024.


Remembering Clarence Avant, one of the great connectors in music and entertainment

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Clarence Avant, who boosted the careers of generations of musicians, entertainers, sports stars and politicians, has died. He was 92.


Clarence Avant, a major power broker in music, sports and politics, has died at 92

Monday, August 14, 2023

Clarence Avant boosted the careers of a vast array of influential figures, including Michael Jackson, Jim Brown and Barack Obama. He came back into the news after his wife was murdered in 2021.


Kings and queens gathered for 'Hip Hop 50 Live' at Yankee Stadium

Saturday, August 12, 2023

An eight-hour concert Friday night was a procession of generations of hip-hop royalty, from the Sugar Hill Gang to current stars like Lil Wayne. Run-DMC gave what was billed as their last performance.


Tory Lanez sentenced to 10 years for Megan Thee Stallion shooting

Tuesday, August 08, 2023

The rapper was convicted of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July 2020 as they left a party in Los Angeles. Prosecutors argued that Tory Lanez had tried to turn public opinion against the plaintiff.