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July 29, 2021
What the Harlem Cultural Festival Represented
Questlove’s debut as a director, the documentary
Summer of Soul
, revisits a musical event that encapsulated the energies of Harlem in the 1960s.
July 7, 2021
St. Vincent’s Journey Into Musical Memory
An exploration of her father’s past and the rock music of the 1970s is a new challenge for the artist.
June 25, 2021
#FreeBritney Is Damn Right
The law has failed Britney Spears and likely many others—young, old, often female. Now it’s time to change it.
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
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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.
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