In a Land Before iTunes
August 20, 2015

How the phonograph helped create a world revolution.

Dr. Dre Does It Again
August 10, 2015

Dr. Dre confronts his legacy on his new album Compton: A Soundtrack and the movie—Straight Outta Compton—that inspired it. 

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

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.