What Is “Achy Breaky 2”?A remix? A sequel? An answer record? (And what is Larry King doing here?)
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.
The Music Club
The Music Club, 2013Entry 5: Lorde and Macklemore are not racist for critiquing the aspirational materialism of black pop.
How We Watch Now
“Got Me Knocked Up in ’ 84”What you can learn about music—and humanity—from the YouTube comments on Bob Seger’s “Night Moves.”
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.
Supreme Court Dispatches
Is Life Retroactive? He was sentenced to life without parole at 17. Fifty years later, the Supreme Court weighs setting him free.
What Twitter’s Smartest Liberals and Conservatives (and Trump) Are Saying About the Democratic Debate
The Single Most Important Question on Any College Campus Tour The Obamas haven’t yet had the chance to ask it.
The Desperate, Hopeful Ads Freed People Published in Search of Their Lost Relatives After the Civil War
The History of American Slavery
How Did American Slavery End? History of American Slavery, Episode 9: The long process of emancipation.
Alaska Gov. Says State “Urgently” Needs More Oil Drilling to Pay for Climate Change Damage