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.
It is disturbing to see Beyoncé putting on a sad-face because the topic, for an hour, was the Holocaust. But it's also appropriate.
Science had assumed music was so universal that it must be hard-wired into us. Maybe not.
How it became OK for musicians to reject popular appeal.
Fear of a White Genre
February 18, 2014
More Macklemores doesn't mean the genre is doomed.