Buccaneer RockAnd other music for (and by) children.
Superstar ProducersFive albums that showcase their skills.
Power Pop and Its Discontents Five albums of hand claps, drum fills, and mopery.
Muti's BountyMusic from the great Italian conductor.
Grizzled VeteransNew albums by aging indie rockers.
Rock Songs You Can Actually Dance ToThe latest from LCD Soundsystem and the Postal Service.
Lighten UpA Bright Eyes single that's not too angsty, and other recent gems.
Judging Songs by Their CoversBritney Spears does "My Prerogative," organists tackle the Beastie Boys, and other recent standouts.
Pop Goes PoliticsIs the new protest music any good?
Latin 101Celia Cruz's "I Will Survive," Mexico's Liz Phair, and other highlights from the Latin Grammys.
What, Exactly, Is Crunk?A guide to the year's defining pop sound.
No Wave, ReissuedSongs you should have listened to the first time around.
Keeping Up With the SmithsSongs recorded with Morrissey in mind.
Scavenger HuntThe best Prince songs you haven't heard.
Second FiddlesSaluting the back-up singer, the sidekick, and the also-ran.
Summer SoundsEssential songs for tanning, driving, and dancing.
Hick-HopAnd other variations on good ol' country music.
One-Man (and -Woman) BandsThe joys of flying solo.
The Joys of InfluenceRecent songs that showcase masters and apprentices.
Sturm and TwangLee Ann Womack's cheatin' heart; Willie Nelson's "Rainbow Connection."
Class of 2005The M.I.A. record that has critics flipping out, and other great releases poised to rule this year.
Britney's SpawnThe latest from Lindsay Lohan. (And a few teens who can actually sing.)
OK, Fine, Call It a ComebackThe latest from LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, and other rappers who've been here for years.
Live Albums That Don't SuckBjörk's latest, plus a few others worth your time.
Left Your Guitar in San Francisco?The latest from Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, and other odd fixtures of the new Bay Area folk scene.
That's a Rap?Songs from the fringes of hip-hop.
Shall We Dance?Songs from the Billboard Club Play Top 10.
Have Music, Will TravelSongs recorded far from home.
Songs With BaggagePop music grapples with its past.
Re-GroupOld bands learn new tricks; plus, hula hoops, robots, and more.