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Music industry news and analysis from The Nation
April 7, 2017
Laetitia Sadier’s New Alliance
The Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble is a great argument for the type of experimentation that only comes from a solid knowledge of music history and decades of experience making it.
April 4, 2017
GoldLink’s Local Sound
The DC rapper’s new album raises the question of what “place” in the pop-culture landscape even means anymore.
Marcus J. Moore
March 2, 2017
Syd’s Quiet Storm
No longer in the background of Odd Future, the Los Angeles singer is finding her voice.
Marcus J. Moore
March 1, 2017
Keith Jarrett: In Search of Inspiration
To the degree that there was spontaneity in his latest concert, it was spontaneous regurgitation.
December 14, 2016
The Ten Best Albums of 2016
As the business of recorded music roils, the making of music rolls on.
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December 2, 2016
The Second Coming of MTV News
Its rebirth gives insights into twin trends across the media landscape: prestige and diversity.
December 1, 2016
Bruce Springsteen’s Redemption Song
The musician delivers a flawed but exquisitely moving and detailed new memoir.
November 2, 2016
Donald Glover’s Show About Nothing
’s surreal comedy and steady stream of reality checks.
K. Leander Williams
October 3, 2016
Pop Progress: From the Beatles to Nicki Minaj
Popular music still works as a place where young people can try out notions that challenge ideas dear to their parents.
August 9, 2016
To what extent can Kanye West continue to foreground the commercial components that make his art possible before we no longer consider him an artist at all?