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Life After Cool

On LCD Soundsystem’s new album, James Murphy’s mock midlife crisis becomes a genuine subdued panic—and makes for some of his most mature music yet.

Aug. 24 2017 4:26 PMThe War on Drugs’ New Album Doesn’t Reinvent the WheelInstead, it nearly perfects it.
July 28 2017 11:11 AMCrown of LoveArcade Fire’s new album may buckle under the weight of absurd expectations, but it’ll also remind fans how the band got there in the first place.
July 1 2017 7:17 PMFamily BusinessJay Z’s juicy new album is both his best in years and a savvy hustle.
June 26 2017 3:44 PMEbbs and FlowsOn his new album Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples reunites hip-hop with the dance floor.
June 21 2017 4:41 PMThe InfamousMobb Deep’s Prodigy was hip-hop’s greatest poet of fear.
June 12 2017 4:42 PMCan She Get a Witness?Katy Perry’s hot mess of a new album finds her lonely and lost. Did we help put her in this position?
May 18 2017 5:38 PMThe Mountain Goats’ Goths Is Great Even if You Don’t Care About the Mountain Goats or GothsThe new album is a leap forward both lyrically and musically.
May 5 2017 1:52 PMThe Return of the KingOn his quietly eclectic new album, Chris Stapleton refuses to be pegged as country music’s savior—or anything else.
March 30 2017 5:55 AMBob Dylan Is a Great SingerThe Nobel laureate thinks we should laud his singing as much as his “poetry.” He’s right.
March 19 2017 4:38 PMRoll Over, BeethovenChuck Berry didn’t just invent rock and roll. He perfected it.
Feb. 28 2017 3:04 PMCry Me a River (of White Male Tears)Dirty Projectors’ first release in five years is a one-man breakup album that can’t count on listeners’ sympathies. And it doesn’t.
Feb. 22 2017 9:27 AMCould Anti-Trump Americans Make “FDT (F--- Donald Trump)” the No. 1 Song in the Country?Here’s how the United States could have its own “God Save the Queen” moment.
Jan. 30 2017 1:58 PMIf You Miss Leonard Cohen, Then You Need to Meet Mark EitzelThe former frontman for American Music Club is just reaching his own middle-aged bardic stride.
Dec. 27 2016 10:40 AMGuilty Feet Ain’t Got No RhythmHow I found faith in the pop elation of George Michael—and why I wish I’d found it sooner.
Dec. 16 2016 7:42 AM808s and Heart EyesA new documentary—streaming now—is a nerdy love letter to the revolutionary drum machines.
Aug. 4 2017 11:23 AMOn Randy Newman’s New Album, America’s Greatest Pop Satirist Grapples With an Unsatirizable AgeAnd not just on the song about Putin.
July 10 2017 2:38 PMOn Haim’s New Album Something to Tell You, the Band of Sisters Is Better Than EverSo why does it seem worse?
June 27 2017 12:02 PMPop Music’s Identity CrisisSlate’s Carl Wilson on this year’s best summer tunes and how streaming is disrupting the music industry.
June 23 2017 5:51 AMWas This It?Every generation of New York rockers romanticizes its era. In the juicy new book Meet Me in the Bathroom, the early 2000s was the golden age.
June 19 2017 3:36 PMPraise LordeMelodrama is the best pop album of the year so far—and suggests “pop” isn’t what the singer-songwriter should be making at all.
May 24 2017 1:21 PMSgt. Pepper’s Timing Was As Good As Its MusicFifty years ago, the Beatles released their masterpiece into a world ready to embrace a rock album as art.
May 16 2017 5:45 AMWrong DirectionHarry Styles once teased a homoerotic pop future. So why does his debut album sound like hetero classic rock?
April 18 2017 5:14 PMAll Fire, No BrimstoneKendrick Lamar’s scorcher of a new album is an urgent sermon for a troubling time.
March 22 2017 9:30 AMDrake’s More Life Is Drake’s Best Album Because It Has the Least DrakeAnd that might be the most Drake thing about it.
March 8 2017 3:43 PMStephin Merritt Comes Out—as HumanThe reticent Magnetic Fields impresario returns to the jumbo-sized concept-album format he pioneered with 69 Love Songs, with a surprising new theme: himself.
Feb. 23 2017 1:17 PMTrumpeting Alternative FactsThis month, the first jazz record celebrates its 100th anniversary. The bandleader claimed white people alone invented jazz.
Feb. 13 2017 9:14 AMGrammys, Don’t Hurt YourselfIf you won’t fix yourself for Beyoncé, please fix yourself for Adele.
Jan. 24 2017 12:08 PMThe Mood-Swing VoteHow Twenty One Pilots channeled Trump-state anxieties and became the biggest new rock band (if they are a rock band) in America.
Dec. 19 2016 10:15 AMThe Best Jazz Albums of 2016Plus the best historical releases.
Dec. 2 2016 1:03 PMA Starboy, Not Yet a StarmanThe Weeknd’s sure-to-be-blockbuster new album suggests it’s time for his self-destructive persona to finally kill itself off.

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