David Hajdu

Tearing Up the Pop Charts
March 05, 2015

If popular music is escapist fun, why are the songs so sad?

How Parody Videos Transformed Pop Music—for Better and Worse
September 27, 2014

The problem with YouTube parodists.

Why Are There So Many Orphans in the Comics?
July 20, 2014

Roz Chast's take on child/parent relationships and aging

In Praise of Beautiful Music
June 13, 2014

“Isn’t beautiful enough for you?” I’ve been struggling with this question for much of my life as a critic.

Pete Seeger: "For Too Much of My Life, I Preached to the Converted"
January 28, 2014

A previously unpublished interview with Pete Seeger.

The Year in Music
December 26, 2013

Marketing threatened to overshadow the sound in the year's big releases. These ten albums managed to stand on their own,

The Post-Jazz Jazz of John Hollenbeck
July 04, 2013

John Hollenbeck's wildly experimental music matters not for its wild experiments. It matters because it's good.

Oh, 'Yeezus'
June 18, 2013

Kanye West's new album is raw, unapologetic—and boring

Why George Jones Ranks with Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday
June 04, 2013

The music of George Jones is an argument against the intellect, a case for art made without the mediating influence of the mind. For decades before his death in April at the age of eighty-one, Jones had been widely regarded as one of the greatest sin

Meet the Queen of 'Kamikaze Cabaret'
April 11, 2013

Meow Meow and the rise of alt-cabaret.