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For the First Time Ever, the Grammys and the Critics Agreed

How did this happen?! And just how rare is this? We break it down.

Feb. 11 2019 9:50 AMThe Grammys Finally Managed to Lower the Bar Enough to Clear ItBut with so many artists abandoning ship, is it too little, too late?
Feb. 6 2019 9:00 AMBreaking Down the WallRun-D.M.C., fake Aerosmith, and a teenage riot: the making of the “Walk This Way” video.
Jan. 25 2019 5:40 PMConor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers’ New Album Is Both a Throwback and Perfectly TimedThe duo makes a fitting cross-generational pairing for 2019.
Dec. 28 2018 10:00 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 13: A few cozy musical gifts for closing out the year.
Dec. 27 2018 11:00 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 11: Music is moving in both directions at once.
Dec. 26 2018 9:15 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 9: The music has gotten drowned out by the “narratives.”
Dec. 25 2018 8:00 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 7: Pop music is pivoting to earnestness.
Dec. 23 2018 9:00 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 5: Let’s toast how many elders and veterans released vital work this year, too.
Dec. 22 2018 10:30 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 3: This year’s music was dominated by men, but at least two women found ways to cut through.
Dec. 22 2018 5:55 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 1: This was the year everything had already changed.
Dec. 10 2018 8:00 AMThe Best Jazz Albums of 2018Plus the year’s best historical releases.
Dec. 6 2018 2:19 PMThe Most Important Album of 1968 Wasn’t The White Album. It Was Beggars Banquet.It saved the Rolling Stones, altered the trajectory of music history, and turns 50 this week.
Nov. 7 2018 7:12 PMBeastie Boys Book Re-creates the Pleasures of the Group’s Best AlbumsIt’s freewheeling, collaborative, revelatory, and brimming with gags.
Oct. 29 2018 3:06 PMRobyn’s Honey Is a BalmThe long-anticipated new album may not have the sugar-rush highs we want, but its healing powers are what we need.
Oct. 18 2018 5:48 AMThe New American SongbookThe ballots.
Feb. 8 2019 5:43 PMOn Thank U, Next, Ariana Grande Makes the Personal Feel UniversalIt’s her best album yet.
Feb. 4 2019 7:20 PMWhy Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” Is the Ultimate “Bop,” for Better or for WorseOn her new No. 1, she goes on a shopping spree through other cultures. Some of her purchases are less thoughtful.
Jan. 10 2019 8:13 PMAmerica’s New Favorite Song Is a Gender-Flipped “Cry Me a River”With “Without Me,” Halsey cites Justin Timberlake to make her case for herself as a solo superstar.
Dec. 28 2018 8:00 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 12: The boundaries between fame and music have never been more porous.
Dec. 27 2018 8:00 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 10: The women of country have had enough of playing by Nashville’s rules.
Dec. 26 2018 7:30 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 8: How one music critic discovers new music in 2018.
Dec. 24 2018 8:00 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 6: Will Drake’s reign ever end?
Dec. 23 2018 8:00 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 4: The black CNN is still reporting live.
Dec. 22 2018 8:00 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 2: Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.
Dec. 12 2018 5:55 AMThe Best Albums of 2018
Dec. 6 2018 4:47 PMDoes Travis Scott Deserve His First No. 1, or Is He Just a Master of Chart Gimmicks?Why “Sicko Mode” sits atop the Hot 100.
Nov. 15 2018 4:40 PMWhy Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Is Her First No. 1 SongThe single’s chart-topping success is the culmination of years of resilience in the face of tragedy and heartbreak.
Nov. 2 2018 3:10 PMTwo New Releases Reclaim the “Supergroup” for WomenOn the Pistol Annies’ new album and Boygenius’ debut EP, two generations of singer-songwriters find camaraderie rather than competition.
Oct. 18 2018 5:49 AMThe New American SongbookHere are the hits of the past 25 years that we’ll be listening to for the next 100.
Oct. 18 2018 5:47 AMIs the Cover Making a Recovery?The history of the cover song, and why it may be mounting a comeback.

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