Her EverythingHow Ariana Grande remixed a chunk of pop history and became the artist of the summer.
A Different Kind of Summer SongGaze wistfully into the past, and hopefully into the future with Reigning Sound’s Shattered.
Proudly Hailed“The Star-Spangled Banner” is militaristic, syntactically garbled, and impossible to sing. It’s perfect.
Bones Banging Out BeatsTune-Yards’ Nikki Nack and the dangers of appropriation.
Surprisingly Enjoyable New Albums From George Michael and Boy George
What Is “Achy Breaky 2”?A remix? A sequel? An answer record? (And what is Larry King doing here?)
The Same LovesWhite people win again at the Grammys.
Anno DominantYeezus’ miraculous year.
Lou ReedWhy the music, and even the man himself, will always be with us.
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.”
Not Gonna Break for YouCalifornia songs about American mistakes from Jenny Lewis.
His BolognaA mostly fond farewell to pop music’s longest-running—sometimes only running—comedy act, Weird Al.
Country Music’s Bro ProblemCan Miranda Lambert take the country charts back for female artists?
It Ain’t Me, Babe
Was Dylan really terrible in the ’80s—or had we just forgotten how to listen to him?
Young Women, Old MusicOn their new albums, Angel Olsen, Lydia Loveless, and Alynda Lee Segarra use history to change the present.
Punk Is AliveWith songs of terror and longing, Against Me returns punk to its origins as a refuge for sexual outsiders.
The River & the ThreadRosanne Cash's thrilling new album about the road, the South, and history—hers and ours.
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Arcade FireThe frustrations of Reflektor.
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.