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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

In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 2015

This week's Altercation includes reviews of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's tributes to music icons and the darkly comedic Broadway hit Hand To God.

April 23, 2015

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 2015

Eric responds to his critics and reviews the best shows of the week in today's Altercation.

March 25, 2015

"Everybody thought everybody was fooling everybody. And both of us were probably right to a certain extent, everybody was fooling each of us."

March 19, 2015

The best TV shows, albums and concerts: it's all inside today's Altercation.

March 12, 2015

The ’60s crooner was a pioneer for women’s and LGBT rights in the entertainment industry and for social justice everywhere.

February 19, 2015

Eric Alterman on 2014's best music, concerts and the year of the box set.

January 22, 2015

Eric on this week’s concerts and Reed on how, from Bill Cosby’s victims to drone strikes, the media refuse to protect the powerless.

December 2, 2014

Eric on this week in concerts and new music releases and Reed on how the mainstream press is always trying to tell the same (false) story about the Republican Party.

November 17, 2014