Contemplating Taylor Swift’s NavelA deep gaze into 1989, 1989, and the mystery at the center of the world’s biggest pop star.
How Even an Old Hipster Can Age GracefullyOn their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.
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.
Country Music’s Bro ProblemCan Miranda Lambert take the country charts back for female artists?
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.”
“No Child Has Ever Been Harmed by Music”John Darnielle’s novel digs into an artist’s unspoken fears and doubts about his fans.
His BolognaA mostly fond farewell to pop music’s longest-running—sometimes only running—comedy act, Weird Al.
Crying ShameWe don’t look down on movies designed to make us laugh—why do we look down on ones designed to make us cry?
What Is “Achy Breaky 2”?A remix? A sequel? An answer record? (And what is Larry King doing here?)
You, The Gabfest, and a Hotel Room Win tickets to attend a taping of the Political Gabfest, live from David’s Chicago hotel room.
Wolf Wars Alaska’s Republican governors find vicious ways to kill predators and mark their territory with the feds.
Michigan Fans 1, Dave Brandon 0 The resignation of the Wolverines’ villainous athletic director is why we like college sports.