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Music news and analysis from The Nation
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.
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March 2, 2021
Playboi Carti, Rap Iconoclast
His recent album
Whole Lotta Red
boasts not just rockstar appeal but a sense of self-discovery and experimentation.
February 17, 2021
The Music We Made in Lockdown
On the artists who found new sounds in our collective solitude.
February 10, 2021
Kali Uchis’s Fearless Latinx Pop
The bilingual, bicultural songs and sounds of
is a daring leap forward.
February 4, 2021
I Wish We Could Be Dancing to Sophie
It’s an added cruelty that we cannot mourn the loss of the avant-pop icon properly.
January 13, 2021
A Soundtrack for the American Subconscious
Oneohtrix Point Never’s latest album is not unlike a radio broadcast from another reality.