German tennis player Andrea Petkovic meets the band.
The death of popular rapper XXXTentaction raises questions of ethical consumption.
How two exiled Sufi musicians returned to make traditional music in postwar Kabul, Afghanistan.
At Paisley Park, the most palpable feeling isn’t of Prince, it’s of loneliness.
Neko Case talks about collaboration, women warriors, women inventors, men with excellent falsettos, losing her home to a fire, and feeling lucky in ‘a great sea of loss.’
It has already, time and time again.
The singer’s latest performance helps expand the possibilities of what it looks like to be a black thinking person.
The appeal of Springsteen’s “Baby, we were born to run!”
The Pulitzer Prize-winner’s work always feels honest, as writers have found when they dive deep into his literary influences.
How the songwriter’s “Schoolhouse Rock!” taught an entire generation.
In the ’90s, discovering the music of Friends of Dean Martinez helped Aaron Gilbreath stop running and appreciate life in his native Arizona.
Composer Philip Glass was a plumber, a mover, a taxi driver — and as a child, a clerk in his father’s record store, where he learned a key lesson.
They were scheduled to play Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1959. So why did the gigs never happen?
Digitization has removed the humanity from the music business, from collaboration to mutual respect.
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The hip-hop artist sits down for a wide-ranging interview with NYT executive editor Dean Baquet.
Zandria F. Robinson narrates her coming of age Memphis while examining contemporary southernness.
Spotify’s corporate-branded playlists are not the solution to the music industry’s problems. They’re a new problem.
Understanding what the rapper means to her audience, beyond the flash of celebrity.
Aaron Gilbreath considers the impact a live Jane’s Addiction recording has had on him, and the effect heroin had on the band’s — and his own — creativity.
Women of color who have been singled out by sexual predators deserve our collective fury too.
“The trills in his notes sputter and lift. He sounds like an animal in trouble. Like a lounge singer who’s lost his mind.”
The modern hip-hop classic reflects growing up in Compton “one thousand percent.”
How the soul singer Sade Adu has maintained her pop cultural relevance for more than 30 years.
On the origins of the quintessential rock aria, and the powerhouse singer that served as its muse.
On the growing tension between techno’s gritty origins and its current velvet-rope tendencies.
One aging Sabbath fan assesses the power and necessity of loud, dark music.
What set Tom Petty on the path to music stardom? A childhood encounter with Elvis.
How a folk hero inspired one of the most covered songs in American history.
Lead Belly, Lee Hays, and the hammer songs that powered the folk movement.