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Give a gift that will make the world better.

"Is it just my imagination, or are women wreaking more evil than usual
these days?"

Beyoncé Knowles's sexed-up club jam B'Day is also an odd, urgent, dissonant and disruptive personal and political statement.

It's always a bad idea to rely on your opponents to be knaves and fools.
It worked for the Democrats this time. But what about next time?

If people keep making sexist attacks against Hillary Clinton, I may just
have to vote for her. That means you, Elizabeth Edwards!

Todd Snider has a songwriter's flair for the absurd--and he's morphed
from a barroom wiseacre to a keen observer of life at the workaday
fringes of Bush's America.

Diversity can be cringe-making, arbitrary, insincere and sappy. But take
it away and you won't get more equality--you'll only get more privilege.

As composer Steve Reich turns 70, he is winning recognition from the
classical establishment for the creativity and power ever-present in
his music.

It shows how hapless and shallow Democrats are that they show so little electoral joy in a principled challenge to GOP rule. Instead we get tactical theatrics about whatever comes down the pike: gas prices or Foley.

NARAL ProChoice America wants its sisters in Connecticut to support Joe Lieberman. Are they out of their minds?

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The classic 1970s song that brought attention to South African apartheid.

December 6, 2013

The Coen Brothers reanimate the Greenwich Village of the sixties.

December 5, 2013

The late rocker and Velvet Undergound frontman gave a posthumous performance at the Lincoln Center. 

November 15, 2013

Remembering Lou Reed.

October 30, 2013

Singing against apartheid and for Tibetan freedom, working with Amnesty International and standing with Occupy Wall Street, he was an artist who spoke up and showed up.

October 27, 2013

The American songwriter is just one of many who have interpreted Beethoven's beloved Ode to Joy. 

October 27, 2013

The famed American conductor brought Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a fractured Germany in 1989.

October 7, 2013

The Boss pays homage to a celebrated Chilean political folk-singer who fell victim to the US-backed coup in 1973.

September 13, 2013

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 3, 2013