Make It $topThe pleasure and pain of listening to Ke$ha.
Every Grain of SandDylan's latest collection of rare recordings is one for the archeologists.
Beach BumsThe return of the beach band and of the indie rock slacker.
Naughty NunsA brief historical tour occasioned by the new Lady Gaga video.
The Wolf at Our HeelsThe centuries-old struggle to play in tune.
Justin BieberThe canny charms of Canada's pop prince.
In Search of Lost Sounds Why you've never really heard the "Moonlight" Sonata.
Who's That Girl?Is rapper Nicki Minaj really a gun-toting, bisexual, British madam—or just a theater enthusiast from Queens?
Animal CollectiveHow the art-pop-noise-rock-freak-folk-jam-band became the biggest indie act of the year.
Vanishing ActIn search of Eva Tanguay, the first rock star.
Is It OK To Like Chris Brown's New Single?What to do when a bad person makes a good song.
Fall in Love With ParamoreIt's like Green Day fronted by a 20-year-old Christian girl from Tennessee.
Tramps Like UsThe birth of Born To Run.
Beatles for SaleThe missing songs that would have made the new box set a classic.
Kind of BlueWhy the best-selling jazz album of all time is so great.
He's a MonsterKanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the best album of the year and the best of his career.
The Art of Getting Art on FilmWhat's wrong with movies about composers.
The Self-Hating PlayaOn his debut album, Drake raps about how alienated he feels when he drives luxury cars and sleeps with models.
I'll Be BachA computer program is writing great, original works of classical music. Will human composers soon be obsolete?
Do You Believe in Miracles?The wild, weird world of Insane Clown Posse.
Pavement's Greatest HitsThe unthinkable has happened.
Joanna Newsom Would Like Your Undivided AttentionStop what you're doing and listen, closely, to Have One on Me.
Simon's Leaving Idol!Not really.
The Best Jazz Albums of 2009It's tough to top Ella Fitzgerald. Plus: A bonus list—the best albums of the decade.
Nature's RejectsThe music of the castrati.
Creed Is GoodScott Stapp's nu-grunge foursome was seriously underrated.
Can Miley Cyrus Save Health Care Reform?The pop starlet's new single is great, goofy—and bipartisan!—fun.
The Last SelloutsPearl Jam's brilliant new single, brought to you by Target.
Silence Is GoldenHow a pause can be the most devastating effect in music.
Does This Purple Mink Make Me Look Gay?The rise of no homo and the changing face of hip-hop homophobia.