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Music news and analysis from The Nation
June 10, 2021
The Unwritten History of Black Performance
Poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib’s new book undertakes an ambitious task: contextualizing the scope and scale of a people’s cultural expression.
June 2, 2021
The Story of Sun Ra’s Egyptian Adventure
How a 1971 trip changed the course of the free jazz icon’s career.
Marcus J. Moore
May 18, 2021
Richard Wagner’s Pandemonium
The contested life and afterlife of the composer.
April 28, 2021
The Art of the Memoir With Japanese Breakfast
A conversation with indie pop artist Michelle Zauner on cooking, grieving, and the role politics plays in music.
April 21, 2021
Armand Hammer’s Guide Through History’s Underbelly
The New York rap duo’s searing songs shed light on outrages around the globe.
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April 7, 2021
Songs of Hope and Isolation
Arlo Parks’s consoling pop music is tailor-made for our fraught and lonely moment.
March 30, 2021
Pharoah Sanders’s Grand Return
A new collaboration with electronic producer Floating Points has led to a modern-day masterpiece for the jazz master.
Marcus J. Moore
March 15, 2021
How Black Women Musicians Defined What We Call Culture
A conversation with Daphne Brooks about her new book
Liner Notes for the Revolution
, a “counterhistory of popular music criticism.”
March 12, 2021
In the Vicinity of Genius
How a friendship with Glenn Gould created an unlikely cultural critic.
March 11, 2021
How Many Movies About Billie Holiday Does it Take…
to capture her immense contribution to music? Apparently more than three.