Music

Tearing Up the Pop Charts
If popular music is escapist fun, why are the songs so sad?
March 05, 2015

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

Iggy Azalea Gets Away With Reverse Minstrelsy Because There's a Market for It
February 10, 2015

What Iggy doesn't understand about trying too hard to keep it real.

The Privileged Are Taking Over the Arts
February 07, 2015

Do the privileged control the arts, or are we all prejudiced wazzocks?

Creative Destruction
Is it still possible to survive as an artist in America?
February 04, 2015

Is it still possible to survive as an artist in America?

Even Kim Gordon Doesn't Have It All
When a riot grrrl grows up
February 04, 2015

I used to think she did—until I read her memoir.

The Islamic State Produced the Most Influential Song of the Year
December 30, 2014

You won't find this gruesome number on any year-end lists.

How 'Silent Night' Became the Most Popular Christmas Carol of All Time
December 22, 2014

Did the song unite the German and British troops during World War I?  

How a 26-Year-Old Bob Dylan Made the Most Famous Bootleg of All Time
November 14, 2014

The new, full release of The Basement Tapes reminds listeners of Dylan's raw charm.

Why Do People Care Less About Music as They Get Older?
November 14, 2014

Certain personality traits correlate with certain types of music, too.

Thank You Taylor Swift for Making It Cool for Women to Act Crazy
November 14, 2014

Invoking the motifs of Gothic romance only to smash them to bits with a golf club.

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