Listening Between the LinesHow much of musicians' lives should we read into their songs? How much of their lives should they put into them?
Can Mumford and Sons Get Better?The band’s hey-nonny-nonsense can grate, but past revival movements have nurtured great acts—like Neko Case.
The Song of MidsummerSam Phillips’ Push Any Button is the perfect album for right now.
How to Fix the Magna Carta… Holy Grail AppFive patches that would have made Jay-Z’s album a better listen.
The Beauty of Slow DeteriorationNew electronic music that’s nostalgic for the sounds of the VHS era.
Why I Hate the NationalAnd how I decided it’s OK to hate the bands that I hate.
Daft Punk’s Random Access MemoriesTotally undanceable, dafter than ever—and a wire-to-wire triumph.
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.
Call Me, DefinitelyThe brash, swaggering girls of Lorde and Haim.
Should You Go See Your Favorite Band’s Reunion Tour?Yes, you should.
The Most Beautiful Melody in the WorldYou know it when you hear it.
Give Us Now Our Daily CroissantKanye West’s blasphemous, beguiling Yeezus.
Wild in the SeatsThe Rite of Spring, May 29, 1913. Paris.
Guess Who Just Got Back Today?The triumph of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town.”
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.