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Music news and analysis from The Nation
July 2, 2022
Top 15 4th of July Songs
These songs make clear what’s special about the US while highlighting the enormous amount of work that still needs to be done.
June 28, 2022
The Reflections of Kendrick Lamar
His intimate new album
Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers
lifts a mirror to his listeners.
May 24, 2022
Sun, Sand, Surf, Sea—and Russian Rockets: Wartime in Odesa
Ukraine’s historic Black Sea resort turns to the war effort.
May 20, 2022
How It Actually Sounded: Gene Santoro, 1950–2022
A superb reporter whose journalism will remain a vivid and reliable record of its time.
May 6, 2022
Jazz Fest Is Back. Let’s Dance. (But It’s Complicated.)
Beyond the confines of a beloved annual event, the future of live music in New Orleans remains unsettled.
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May 1, 2022
Top 12 May Day Songs
In tribute to all those planning actions for May Day.
April 25, 2022
It’s Woody Guthrie’s World. We Just Live in It.
A new show at the Morgan Library illuminates the legendary folk singer’s jam-packed life.
March 22, 2022
The Secret Black History of LSD
Research on psychedelics, then and now, has been riddled with medical racism and exclusion. But that hasn’t stopped Black people from finding creativity and solace through such drugs.
March 17, 2022
The War of Words Between Between “Rashka” and Ukraine
On the culture front between “Rashka” and Ukraine.
March 10, 2022
Covid and Canceled Gigs Have Left Musicians High and Dry
Yet most working musicians have been marginalized or excluded from current Covid relief funding.