With a Little Love, and Some TendernessHow Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker remade himself as a country star.
The Next DayDavid Bowie’s excellent new album is a return to his high '70s form without being a retread.
The Time Is Out of JointBehind the scenes on D'Angelo's Voodoo.
Ravi ShankarHe was a lot more than just the Indian guy who hung out with the Beatles.
Music To Sleep toThe ambient beauty of Brian Eno.
In Praise of the Foreign-Language Pop SongThe world needs more “Gangnam Style”-style hits.
Being BrahmsThe surprising snippets of autobiography embedded in his music.
Private MusicMost of what I know about myself, I’ve learned from playing the work of Robert Schumann.
Ocean’s KingdomFrank Ocean reimagines R&B on his brilliant debut album.
Where You’re From and Where You’re @Azealia Banks, A$AP Rocky, TNGHT, and the end of hip-hop regionalism.
Learning To Love MozartWhen I first heard The Magic Flute, I hated it. Now I think it’s among the greatest artworks ever created. What happened?
The Boss vs. the 1 PercentThe failed protests of Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball.
Penis PartyLMFAO’s delirious satire of manliness.
The End of CredRick Ross isn’t the gangster he says he is, but his fans don’t mind in the least.
The Best Jazz Albums of 2011Wunderkind trumpeters, South Korean singers, and jazz that doesn’t quite sound like jazz.
Obey Your MasterWhy Metallica was huge, still is huge, and always will be huge.
Dream On vs. Radio OnMassachusetts has a very Massachusetts fight over its official state rock song.
The Best Jazz Albums of 2012From Ravi Coltrane, Chick Corea, and others.
Lost CauseOn his new “album”—it’s actually a collection of sheet music—Beck tries to revive the days of singing ‘round the piano.
Her Banner Yet WavesA lean, mean new album from a battle-tested Christina Aguilera.
Old ManNeil Young takes a look at his life on his new album, Psychedelic Pill.
Call Me MelancholyWhat new albums from Carly Rae Jepsen and Pink tell us about the sad state of love.
Ah, Fugitive VisionsThe pale, meaningless, non-punk-rock of Grizzly Bear.
Can’t Stop Won’t StopHow Usher became a pop music institution.
“Niggas,” in PracticeJay-Z, Gwyneth Paltrow, and when white people can say the word.
This Used To Be My PlaygroundIs Madonna too old to make Madonna-music?
Hallelujah for Leonard CohenWhen it comes to lyrics, he’s second to no one—including Dylan.
She’s Not What She SeemsPop stars reinvent themselves all the time. Why has Lana Del Rey’s reinvention caused such a stir?
Meat Is MusicA remarkable album made from a pig.
Last NotesThe wild, sublime music that composers write on their deathbeds.