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.
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.
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.
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.