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Spinning gears: Toby Keith, July 6, 2013

The story of country music is not love and happiness but love and work.

Hello Earl: Man with tractor destroys Dixie Chicks albums

The desperate situation of country’s popularity.

Taylor Swift at the Z100 Jingle Ball, New York City, 2012

Profligate, prolific, towering over the landscape: Is Taylor Swift China?

Man In The Middle

Philip Glass’s new opera, The Perfect American, is a mix of bluster and inspiration.

Every musical note has life in it. For six decades the composer Elliott Carter imagined that life precisely.

Defying adversities imposed by borders has been one of Afropop's key modes of transcendence.

The Blue Dogs have gotten into his head.

The trouble with protesting the Tim Tebow ad: all most people see is pro-choicers trying to shut up a brave mother and her son.

How far have women come if a country like Canada permits a father to imprison his daughter in the cage of Saudi laws?

Feminist highs and lows of the first decade of the 2000s.

Blogs

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 2, 2014

Eric on this weeks concerts and Reed on Syria's chemical weapons program. 

June 25, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the Bergdahl scandal. 

June 11, 2014

The students rigged up a PA system and played Beethoven’s Ninth over and over.

June 3, 2014

Eric reviews Jazz Fest 2014. 

May 9, 2014

The quivering throngs of teen-aged girls, The Nation’s reviewer wrote, said much more about the susceptibility of Americans to fashionable trends than it did about the talent or novelty of the group itself.

March 8, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on accountability in mainstream journalism. 

February 26, 2014

Public performances of the ‘Ode to Joy’ have been organized around the world, from an IKEA in suburban Detroit to a mall in Hong Kong.

February 12, 2014

The singer and activist’s enduring remorse over his friend’s death is a testament to his compassion. 

January 29, 2014

Musically, Seeger was both a songwriter and, like his idol Woody Guthrie, a great interpreter of America’s most resonant folk traditions.

January 28, 2014