David Hajdu

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

A previously unpublished interview

A previously unpublished interview with Pete Seeger.

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The Year in Music

The Best Albums of 2013, the Year Marketing Almost Took Over Music

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

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The Post-Jazz Jazz of John Hollenbeck

A lyrical experimentalist

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

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Oh, 'Yeezus'

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

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

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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 singers in country music, if not the greatest ever in his field; but even that exalted status may have undersold him. He was, I think, one of the most distinctive and effective vocalists in the whole history of American music, category notwithstanding.

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Meet the Queen of 'Kamikaze Cabaret'

Burning down Lincoln Center with Meow Meow

Meow Meow and the rise of alt-cabaret.

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The HBO biopic Phil Spector isn't a truthful work—but it gets some things very right.

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Comebacks are sometimes acts of recovery, sometimes rediscovery. The Next Day is both.

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Donald Byrd's jazz-pop-funk mix foreshadowed the hybridization of music in the digital era.

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Sing Along with Beck

This old-timey "album" of sheet music isn't worth the gimmick

With his new "album" of sheet music, Beck tries to go back to the days before iTunes, CDs, and records. It doesn't really work.

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