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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

American culture from Saul Bellows to Janeane Garofalo to NPR.

October 14, 2010

One of Obama's most famous fans reemerges for the midterms, but at a careful distance.

October 12, 2010

On Greg Mitchell's role in getting John Hall elected to congress, and why he deserves re-election this fall.

October 6, 2010

 On the media, John McCain, "Hotel California," wives, ex-wives and shows at the Palladium.

August 28, 2010

The best things about America can usually be found embodied in our national music.

July 2, 2010

On Elizabeth Cook, Jorma Kaukonen and David Bromberg.

May 13, 2010

Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and the science behind global warming.

February 18, 2010

The guy who put populist politics on the charts with a song title "Pink Houses" John Mellencamp performed at the White House last week, as part of a program titled: "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement." There was some powerful company, but Mellencamp was up to it.

February 16, 2010

Not to be too tough on the organizers of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics, but how come someone else had to sing the Leonard Cohen song?

February 13, 2010