“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.
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.
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.
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.