Music

How Parody Videos Transformed Pop Music—for Better and Worse
September 27, 2014

The problem with YouTube parodists.

Beyonce's VMA Performance Was the Feminist Moment I've Been Waiting For
Behold one of the most powerful pop-culture messages of my lifetime
August 25, 2014

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
EDM is the feel-good music of a new generation
July 26, 2014

How EDM became the feel-good music of a new generation.

Wagner's Anti-Semitism Still Matters
It helped define European anti-Semitism, especially when it came to Jewish music
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
The film captures the charismatic insolence of the young Beatles
July 02, 2014

The film captures the charismatic insolence of the young Beatles.

Lana Del Rey’s New Album Is a Sad Indictment of Post-Feminism
June 27, 2014

Is Lana Del Rey's "Ultraviolence" a glorification of physical abuse, or a radical appeal for self-love?

In Praise of Beautiful Music
There's nothing edgy about Maria Schneider's big-band orchestra, but there's nothing wrong with that
June 13, 2014

“Isn’t beautiful enough for you?” I’ve been struggling with this question for much of my life as a critic.

Famous Violinists Can't Tell a Stradivarius from a Newly-Manufactured Violin
April 11, 2014

A researcher tested top musicians. The results were pretty surprising.

The Prophet in the Library
The previously undiscovered speech that launched Leonard Cohen's career
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.

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