“This Is America,” the Video, Is a Smash. Will the Song Have Legs?
Childish Gambino’s chart-topper is unprecedented, and its future on the radio is uncertain.
How Courtney Barnett Taught Me to Listen to the New Album From Courtney BarnettThe singer-songwriter’s sophomore LP requires its audience to take a different approach.
Black and White and Pynk All OverFiles on Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer, from one critic’s random access memory.
America’s New Favorite Song Finds Drake Saying “Sorry” for “Hotline Bling”With his latest No. 1, the rapper takes a page from Justin Bieber and breaks another record.
On Her Debut Album, Cardi B Takes Rap History, Flips It, and Reverses ItWhere others see contradictions, she sees only opportunities.
When the Student Became the MasterA new box set captures Miles Davis and John Coltrane’s final tour together. It challenges the conventional wisdom about both of them.
Yo La Tengo’s There’s a Riot Going On Is Hardly Riotous, but It’s One of Their BestLike the Sly and the Family Stone classic from which it takes its name, the album responds to troubling times by turning inward.
On Man of the Woods, Justin Timberlake Sets Out to Say Something and Ends Up Saying Nothing at AllThe Super Bowl entertainer is an expert song-and-dance man, but in his recent work, he risks becoming nothing more than his own tribute act.
The Grammys Once Again Took the Sharpest Voices for GrantedWhy should artists like Kendrick Lamar even continue to show up?
Eminem’s New Album Is a Fiery and Much Needed Denunciation of Trump. It’s Also Terrible.Revival tries to be both a crowd-pleasing pop album and a middle finger to white America. It fails, but it might also get you back on his side.
On Reputation, the “Old Taylor” Is Dead, but the New One Isn’t Quite Ready to Come to the PhoneTaylor Swift’s ungainly, intermittently brilliant new album finds the former child star making art out of her growing pains.
Tom Petty Was a Rock ChameleonHis career quietly spanned subgenres, from new wave to Southern to classic to grunge—anything that was rock ’n’ roll.
On Their New Albums, Björk and U2 Offer Utopian Visions for Dystopian TimesBut their approaches, and their degrees of success, vary widely.
Life After CoolOn 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.
Weave My Disgust Into FameA remarkable 25th-anniversary box set chronicles how a middle-class young woman recording alone in her bedroom changed rock ’n’ roll.
The Pulitzers Awarded Kendrick Lamar for the Wrong ReasonsThe jury made the right choice but based it on unflattering, damaging criteria.
This Year’s Other Two Pulitzer Finalists on Losing to Kendrick LamarSome classical fans are furious that the rapper won. The guys he beat are thrilled.
Taylor Swift Left a Blank Space in Country Music. Could Kacey Musgraves Fill It?Meanwhile, Ashley McBryde has the perfect album for fans missing the old Musgraves.
Mount Eerie’s Haunting New Album Explores the Stages of Grief That Come After “Acceptance”The singer-songwriter’s album about his wife’s death became his most successful in years. His latest chronicles the aftermath.
Lucy Dacus’ History in the MakingOn her sophomore album, Historian, the indie singer-songwriter shows she’s as thoughtful about following through as she is about openers.
Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther Album Is Rich With Meaning You Can Only Appreciate After the MovieThe soundtrack and the film each flesh out the other’s themes, making the other stronger.
Drake’s Latest No. 1 Was a Foregone Conclusion. Is There Anything Left for Him to Prove?“God’s Plan” set a one-day streaming record. But in a pop world he remade in his own image, it’s getting harder for Drake to stand out.
America’s New No. 1 Song Is the “Crazy in Love” of Its MomentWith “Havana,” Camila Cabello emerges as a solo artist on her own terms.
Why the Williamsburg Bridge Should Be Renamed After Sonny RollinsIt’s time for the New Colossus to be joined by the Saxophone Colossus.
Tom Petty Was Rock ’n’ Roll’s Ambassador to the WorldEven if he would have been the last one to admit it.
A New History of Rolling Stone Reveals Its Complicated, Compromised Relationship to Rock StarsThe first biography of the magazine’s founder is much more critical than HBO’s conveniently timed new documentary, and it’s a better tribute for it.