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Music news and analysis from The Nation
December 26, 2017
The Marvel of Cécile McLorin Salvant
How wonderful, and strange, that a jazz singer can achieve such stardom nowadays.
December 20, 2017
The Best Albums of 2017
This year, no common thread unifies all the albums of high quality—except for the obvious fact that they were released at a time of profound anxiety, looming danger, and enveloping ugliness.
December 20, 2017
The 2017 Progressive Honor Roll
Resistance was the watchword this year. These honorees not only refused to go backward; they challenged old orthodoxies.
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.
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.
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November 17, 2017
, he trades the glitz and brashness of his early work for a more ruminative and uncertain sound.
November 1, 2017
The Satisfactions of St. Vincent
There’s a full band’s worth of talent in that name.
October 26, 2017
In Search of Joni Mitchell
David Yaffe’s new biography doesn’t reach as far into the horizon as Mitchell’s music.
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.