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The Summer of Drake

Thanks to streaming, the Billboard 200 is working just like it did in the ’80s, and Views is this year’s Purple Rain.

June 3 2016 5:58 AMThe Worst Great SongwriterOn his new album, Paul Simon is as brilliant—and bothersome—as ever.
May 10 2016 10:05 AMHow I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love RadioheadForget whether they’re “the Last Great Rock Band.” They’re better when you stop taking them so seriously.
May 2 2016 12:26 PMDrake’s Views A review from the 6.
April 22 2016 11:01 AMThe Purple OneBlack or white, straight or gay, rock or R&B, male or female—Prince transcended every category.
March 7 2016 5:03 PMUnmastered, but Still Masterful Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled, Unmastered shows another side of hip-hop’s most electrifying performer.
Feb. 15 2016 3:10 PMThe G.O.O.D. NewsOn his miraculous, profane, gospel-influenced The Life of Pablo, Kanye West takes the long road to Damascus.
Jan. 12 2016 8:40 AMHe Could Be HeroesDavid Bowie’s true acolytes were the fans who embraced his multiple identities and transformed along with him.
Dec. 15 2015 10:02 AMThe Best Jazz Albums of 2015Plus the best reissues.
Nov. 18 2015 4:28 PMTwilight of the Tween IdolsOn their new albums, Justin Bieber, One Direction, and 5 Seconds of Summer perform the mandatory rites of passage to manhood. Who will take their places in pubescent hearts?
Oct. 14 2015 5:52 AMMr. PopHe created the template for contemporary hit-making. He made Ace of Base the biggest group in the world. And he mentored the most successful songwriter since the Beatles. Why have you never heard of Denniz Pop?
Sept. 1 2015 5:45 AMParty Like It’s 1989Why are so many of 2015’s biggest pop stars channeling the sound of the 1980s?
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.
May 16 2016 2:50 PMChance the Rapper’s Coloring Book Is the First True Gospel-Rap MasterpieceOn his newest testament, the multitalented Chicago emcee sings praises to God—and to Yeezus. 
May 10 2016 9:00 AMHow the Rolling Stones Found “Satisfaction”It did not have to happen. If it had not been written and recorded when it was, who knows? It prevented us from being just another good band with a nice run.”
April 25 2016 12:29 PMLemonade, the Aural AlbumBeyoncé’s new visual album is a spectacle to rival “Thriller.” But how is it as strictly music?
April 14 2016 4:18 PMThese Turn-of-the-Century Jams Are the Throwbacks of the FutureThe Culture Gabfest builds a playlist.
Feb. 16 2016 8:11 AMHip-Hop Won the GrammysEven when it didn’t win the awards.
Jan. 13 2016 3:01 PMDecoding BlackstarClose-reading David Bowie’s haunting final album and “parting gift.”
Dec. 18 2015 8:16 AMAll I Want for Christmas Is Diminished ChordsWhy Mariah Carey’s immortal holiday classic sounds so darn Christmassy.
Nov. 24 2015 10:12 AM25 Going on 40 How Adele makes middle-aged music cool for young people.
Nov. 3 2015 11:54 AMThe Impersonal Is PoliticalOn her new album, Joanna Newsom—like writer Elena Ferrante and country singer Iris DeMent—performs a vanishing act, in order to make her audience see her more clearly.
Oct. 2 2015 2:42 PMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?Senior editor Forrest Wickman read a few skeptical takes about Trump, Pope Francis, and #BannedBooksWeek.
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. 

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