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Music news and analysis from The Nation
January 6, 2021
The Ethical Commitment to Be a Punk
How 1980s punk music birthed its own kind of radical politics.
December 30, 2020
Open Mike Eagle’s Songs of Redemption
His new album—
Anime, Trauma and Divorce
—uses rap as a vehicle for self-examination and restoration.
December 25, 2020
‘Christmas in My Soul’
Fifty years ago this season, Laura Nyro delivered a timeless rebuke to racism, militarism, and “the sins of politics.”
December 24, 2020
Modern Hollywood Discovers Its Jazz ‘Soul’
Pixar’s Christmas release is the best jazz film in a long time. But then, there isn’t a lot of competition.
December 18, 2020
The Best Albums of 2020
Our music critic’s 11 favorite pieces of music from this year.
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December 11, 2020
How Bob Dylan Wrote the Second Great American Songbook
The sale of the singer-songwriter’s catalogue is a reminder of his massive cultural legacy.
November 5, 2020
‘You Have to Listen to the Streets’: Rebel Diaz on Hip Hop and the Chilean Constitution
Brothers Rodrigo “RodStarz” and Gonzalo “G1” Venegas, who make up Rebel Diaz, discuss the role of art and music in Chilean activism.
November 5, 2020
When Raving Was Radical
Rainald Goetz’s 1998 novel captures both the complicated politics of the German electronic music scene and the chaotic experience of a night lost to dancing.
October 27, 2020
A Soundscape of Pure Empathy
Kelly Lee Owens’s quietly complex electronic music is defined by its spirit of care.
October 15, 2020
Synthesizing Sound and Self
The vexed legacy of electronic music pioneer Wendy Carlos.