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Music news and analysis from The Nation
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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.
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.
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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.
June 16, 2017
Adapting ‘Angels in America’
Sometimes, adaptation is a form of redundancy. This new opera, based on Tony Kushner’s 1992 play, is something stirring in its own way and unexpectedly timely.
May 31, 2017
Incremental and Slow In Coming
What needs to be said but shouldn’t be noteworthy: All three honorees for the Pulitzer Prize in Music were women.
May 16, 2017
Doesn’t Every Political Resistance Need a Soundtrack?
In their efforts to protest Trump’s ascension as soon as possible, more than one artist has recast an existing song with lyrics applicable to the current crisis.