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.
Amy WinehouseWhy her music will last.
The Gaga RaptureHer new album takes pop to windswept, end-times heights.
The Return of J. LoHow did this happen?
Lester Bangs' BasementWhat it means to have all music instantly available.
The End of LCD SoundsystemHow a chubby "old" guy became king of the hipsters.
Listening to Adele's New AlbumHow soul music became "soul music."
Hearing VoicesJames Blake's dazzling debut album is somewhere between avant-garde dance music and blue-eyed soul.
Dulcet DownloadsTired of crummy MP3 sound? A new device will make your digital music truly sing.
Make It $topThe pleasure and pain of listening to Ke$ha.
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.
America the Not-So-BeautifulGil Scott-Heron's sad, sharp vision of race and consumerism.
Odd Future, Same as the Odd PastTyler, the Creator's cynical shtick.
Free Bob Marley!He's been hijacked by stoned suburban teenagers.
The Elusive MaestroWhy the process of finding a new conductor makes music lovers weep.
Ceci N'Est Pas une Pop StarThe avant-garde brilliance of Britney Spears.
Why I Hate the GrammysThe secret committee that alters the membership's nominations, for starters. But there are plenty of other reasons.
Lady AntebellumWhy is the world's dullest band also one of its most popular?
The Best Jazz Albums of 2010Jason Moran, Keith Jarrett, and more.
He's a MonsterKanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the best album of the year and the best of his career.