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Music industry

Music industry news and analysis from The Nation

  • June 8, 2018

    Kanye’s Discontents

    At his best, Kanye West could be something of a Walt Whitman with Pro Tools. His new album, Ye, sadly feels like something halted in mid-sentence.

    David Hajdu

  • March 8, 2018

    Music for Dark Times

    MGMT and Poliça’s new albums offer songs of solace and alarm.

    Bijan Stephen

  • February 15, 2018

    The alt-R&B of Rhye

    Despite all of the sex baked into Blood, the album is striking for the sense of solitude that lurks beneath its surface.

    Bijan Stephen

  • December 15, 2017

    Lil Peep’s Optimist Love Songs

    Gustav Åhr was emo-rap’s most visible representative and the genre’s most mainstream success, but what set his music apart was not its despair but its deep sense of hope.

    Bijan Stephen

  • December 8, 2017

    Songs of Aggression

    A review of popular music reveals striking and distressing similarities in the way men talk about and deal with women in today’s society.

    David Hajdu


  • November 17, 2017

    Shamir’s Reinvention

    On Revelations, he trades the glitz and brashness of his early work for a more ruminative and uncertain sound.

    Bijan Stephen

  • November 1, 2017

    The Satisfactions of St. Vincent

    There’s a full band’s worth of talent in that name.

    David Hajdu

  • 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.

    Erin Vanderhoof

  • 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