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Music news and analysis from The Nation
September 2, 2017
Top 10 Labor Day Songs
In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.
August 31, 2017
From Jazz Clubs to Classrooms
Recent releases by two jazz-program graduates, Ryan Keberle and Tyshawn Sorey, make potent cases for whatever educational methods work.
August 24, 2017
Letters From the September 11-18, 2017, Issue
Hacking democracy… Make America democratic… Dems: remember the base… Action
words… In defense of prog rock…
August 23, 2017
Lorde Grows Up
In her new album, Lorde captures a generation struggling for independence.
July 31, 2017
Wired Up and Let Loose
Two new releases bring to light the remarkable prescience of Raymond Scott’s sonic experimentation.
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July 26, 2017
Mal Waldron’s Ecstatic Minimalism
The jazz pianist’s style was simple, but the themes that gave shape to his music were not.
July 20, 2017
The Poetics of Jazz
A new book presents an alternative aesthetic history of jazz—and is also a challenge to all music critics.
David B. Hobbs
July 13, 2017
The Spirit of Prog Rock
Its creative ambitions were engulfed by its pretensions.
July 2, 2017
Top 10 4th of July Songs
These 10 songs make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.
June 19, 2017
The Summer of Love Is Far More Relevant Today Than You Think
Fifty years later, the hippies’ rebellion against the national security state is more important than ever.