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Party Like It’s 1989

Why are so many of 2015’s biggest pop stars channeling the sound of the 1980s?

Aug. 27 2015 2:51 PMMy Bet With Sinéad O’ConnorAfter I reviewed her new album, she called me and asked me to give her discography another listen. If I changed my mind about her music, I owed her a Happy Meal.
June 24 2015 1:12 PMGoodbye to PiracyHow the Internet—and I—grew out of illegal music sharing.
May 22 2015 10:41 AMThe Musical Omnivore’s DilemmaJim O’Rourke helped take the guilt out of the “guilty pleasure.” On his new album, he returns to find that pop has moved beyond it.
April 30 2015 1:08 PMTween SpiritRevisiting an adolescence spent hunting for Nirvana rarities on CD bootlegs in dusty record stores.
April 9 2015 10:35 AMAgainst “Indie”The comebacks of many flagship 2000s bands show it’s time to eliminate this outdated, insular, and implicitly racist term. 
Feb. 26 2015 5:02 PM6 ManWhat’s so Canadian about Drake? Our Toronto-based music critic offers his own views from the 6.
Jan. 26 2015 4:18 PMOne. Feeling. At a. Time.Björk’s Vulnicura, an album about disconnection that will make her listeners feel more connected to her than ever.
Dec. 12 2014 6:14 PMThe Best Jazz Albums of 2014Plus the best reissues.
Nov. 17 2014 6:00 PMSongs of RevolutionAntony’s Turning, Arca’s Xen, and other art working the fertile territory between genders.
Oct. 1 2014 12:21 PMHow Even an Old Hipster Can Age GracefullyOn their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.
Sept. 14 2014 11:44 PMA Little Bit Softer Now, a Little Bit Softer Now …The sad, gradual decline of the fade-out in popular music.
Aug. 4 2014 10:21 AMNot Gonna Break for YouCalifornia songs about American mistakes from Jenny Lewis.
July 16 2014 4:47 PMHis BolognaA mostly fond farewell to pop music’s longest-running—sometimes only running—comedy act, Weird Al.
June 5 2014 8:44 AMCountry Music’s Bro ProblemCan Miranda Lambert take the country charts back for female artists?
April 2 2014 10:22 AMIt Ain’t Me, Babe
Was Dylan really terrible in the ’80s—or had we just forgotten how to listen to him?
June 26 2015 12:59 PMThe Problem With “Country for People Who Don’t Like Country”Kacey Musgraves’ new album and America’s ongoing struggle to come to terms with Southern white, working-class identity.
June 17 2015 9:24 AMThis Is His MusicTracing Ornette Coleman’s influence on punk, rock, hip-hop, and, well, pretty much everything else. 
May 7 2015 9:47 AMOut With the OldeMumford and Sons’ new album and the perils of self-reinvention.
April 20 2015 5:34 PMThe “How Does a New Orleans Musician Work?” TranscriptRead what Adam Davidson asked singer-songwriter Sarah Quintana about her workday.
March 19 2015 11:12 AMLoving U Is ComplicatedHow should white listeners approach the “overwhelming blackness” of Kendrick Lamar’s brilliant new album?
Feb. 9 2015 9:58 AMThe 2015 GrammysReviewed in the form of one overlong, gospel choir–backed ballad.
Dec. 19 2014 11:35 AMAll I Want for Christmas Is Diminished ChordsWhy Mariah Carey’s immortal holiday classic sounds so darn Christmassy.
Dec. 9 2014 12:09 PMDuke Ellington’s Best Album—One of the Best in Jazz—Is Also One of His Least-KnownAnd on a new reissue, it sounds better than ever.
Oct. 29 2014 8:58 PMContemplating Taylor Swift’s NavelA deep gaze into 1989, 1989, and the mystery at the center of the world’s biggest pop star.
Sept. 18 2014 11:40 AMWhere the Girls At?Jhené Aiko, Marsha Ambrosius, Ledisi, and the other brilliant women of R&B who aren’t getting their due in 2014.
Aug. 27 2014 8:35 PMHer EverythingHow Ariana Grande remixed a chunk of pop history and became the artist of the summer.
July 21 2014 11:43 AMA Different Kind of Summer SongGaze wistfully into the past, and hopefully into the future with Reigning Sound’s Shattered.  
July 3 2014 11:58 AMProudly Hailed“The Star-Spangled Banner” is militaristic, syntactically garbled, and impossible to sing. It’s perfect.
May 8 2014 4:26 PMBones Banging Out BeatsTune-Yards’ Nikki Nack and the dangers of appropriation.
March 20 2014 7:08 PMSurprisingly Enjoyable New Albums From George Michael and Boy George

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