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.
Radiohead SilenceWhy is no one talking about Jonny Greenwood’s excellent new recording?
DROP THE BASSSkrillex doesn't make good music, but it's awesome in certain ways.
The Boring BeatleMartin Scorsese's new documentary neuters George Harrison.
R.E.M.'s RevolutionHow a post-punk band from Georgia changed rock 'n' roll forever.
A Great Year for Underground RapTired of watching the throne? Give a listen to Lil B., Danny Brown, and Spaceghostpurrp.
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.
Like She’s the Only Girl in the WorldThe improbable, unstoppable success of Rihanna.
The Strokes' Is This ItYes, it’s the best album of the past decade.
The Nevermind You've Never HeardThe version of Nirvana's album that Kurt Cobain loved best.
Cleaning Out Ives' ClosetThe tricky task of preserving an artist's life and work.
The Ghost of Teen SpiritWhy we should let Kurt Cobain rest in peace.