How Ariana Grande remixed a chunk of pop history and became the artist of the summer.
His BolognaA mostly fond farewell to pop music’s longest-running—sometimes only running—comedy act, Weird Al.
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.
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.
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.
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.