Music

This Teenage Duo Could Be the Future of Music—for Better and Worse
July 28, 2015 11:03 AM

Independent musicians Jack & Jack topped Taylor Swift and Rihanna on iTunes last week. That's a reason to celebrate, and worry.

“Please Don’t Call Me On My Bluff”
July 13, 2015

Rihanna's "BBHMM" video has been celebrated for its progressiveness. But is it really?

It’s Not Easy Being a Guy in a Country Song, Either
July 08, 2015

The country genre is pretty dude-heavy. But the guys don’t have it easy.

My Idol, the "Worst Rapper Ever"
July 07, 2015

A passionate book can elevate even the most obscure rapper, with the weakest rhymes.

Rihanna Is No Pam Grier
July 07, 2015

"BBHMM" puts a materialistic spin on a social-justice blaxploitation classic.

Ornette Coleman, the Saxophonist Who Transformed Jazz
June 17, 2015

Ornette Coleman really was "Something Else!!!"

The Marginalization of Women in Mainstream Country Music
June 02, 2015

To succeed in the genre, you just have to be a guy who likes staring at women.

Other People’s Playlists
May 17, 2015

Welcome to the land of musical serendipity, where you can get from Nazis to an album of Kurt Vonnegut reading Slaughterhouse-Five in a few clicks. 

The Time Anna Kendrick Said I Smelled Like an Old Cinnamon Cupcake
May 14, 2015

"The meanest, to me, was Beca. She was pretty rough and tough."

All Apologies
April 20, 2015

A new Kurt Cobain documentary reminds us of what could have been.

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