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February 4, 2021
I Wish We Could Be Dancing to Sophie
It’s an added cruelty that we cannot mourn the loss of the avant-pop icon properly.
December 25, 2020
‘Christmas in My Soul’
Fifty years ago this season, Laura Nyro delivered a timeless rebuke to racism, militarism, and “the sins of politics.”
September 30, 2020
How Kendrick Lamar Became the Voice of a Generation
A conversation with Marcus J. Moore about his cultural biography of Lamar and the L.A. rapper’s impact on Black America.
April 8, 2020
Pop Music Has Always Been Queer
Sasha Geffen’s debut book reveals that the history of pop music is a history of gender rebellion.
March 31, 2020
Free Comrade Britney!
Britney Spears called for the redistribution of wealth—but she’s not even allowed to give away her own money.
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February 13, 2020
070 Shake’s Master Plan
The New Jersey rapper’s debut album is a showcase for a one-of-a-kind voice.
January 6, 2020
The Tiki Bar Resurgence of the Trump Era
It’s tacky and willfully inauthentic. Of course it’s popular again.
December 30, 2019
10 of 2019’s Best Albums
The hybrid work of Julia Wolfe’s oratorio
Fire in My Mouth,
and Kris Davis’s
all showcase the experimental spirit of this year’s most exciting music.
December 2, 2019
FKA Twigs, High Priestess of Pop Music’s Avant-Garde
Mixing sacred imagery and snatches of memoir, the British artist’s new album is
a beautiful and eerie statement.
November 8, 2019
30 Years Ago Eastern Europeans Tore Down Walls. Now They Write Pop Songs to Putin.
How crony capitalism and crippling austerity turned democracy into a dirty word.