How Parody Videos Transformed Pop Music—for Better and Worse
September 27, 2014
The problem with YouTube parodists.
Behold one of the most powerful pop-culture messages of my lifetime.
Why Does Sad Music Make Us Feel Happy?
August 24, 2014
Here's the reason you crank up sad songs when you're already feeling bad.
How Ravers Became the New Flower Children
July 26, 2014
How EDM became the feel-good music of a new generation.
Wagner's Anti-Semitism Still Matters
July 04, 2014
It helped define European anti-Semitism, especially when it came to Jewish music
50 Years Later, 'A Hard Day's Night' Is Re-Released
July 02, 2014
The film captures the charismatic insolence of the young Beatles.
Is Lana Del Rey's "Ultraviolence" a glorification of physical abuse, or a radical appeal for self-love?
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.
A researcher tested top musicians. The results were pretty surprising.
The Prophet in the Library
March 29, 2014
When Leonard Cohen was asked about his plans for the future in 1964, he grinned and said “suicide.” This previously undiscovered speech recreates his thinking at the time.