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March 16, 2018
Rooted in religion and the celebration of Irish culture, St. Patrick's Day is now celebrated around the globe. While drunken revelry is not the holiday's original intent, it has become part of its ethos. And wherever folks raise a pint, there's bound to be music.
March 9, 2018
Released this week, David Byrne's American Utopia is the artist's first proper solo album in more than a decade. The one-time Talking Heads leader approaches music from the perspective of a global explorer.
March 2, 2018
Nearly 50 years after his death, we remain transfixed by Jimi Hendrix. While there's no shortage of posthumous releases and live albums, only three capture his late-career sessions with an air of authority.
February 23, 2018
Nicknamed Black Moses after the title of his 1971 album, Isaac Hayes proved to be as majestic and stately as such a designation implies. Hayes also understood the importance of context, simultaneously telling stories that put listeners in the minds of the narrators while reflecting on the cultural moment.
February 16, 2018
Kendrick Lamar's soundtrack to Black Panther serves as proof that pop-focused soundtracks aren't a lost art. And with Black Panther poised to own the box office, it reminds us of noteworthy music connected to the superhero genre.
February 9, 2018
The carnival-like revelries of New Orleans' take on Mardi Gras spill over with food, drink, and music. We'll zero in on the latter, as NOLA has forever been a hotbed of American sounds and testament to diversity.
February 2, 2018
Things didn't go so well the last time Justin Timberlake appeared on the Super Bowl halftime show. But time – and a new album and tour to promote – tend to heal old wounds. Here, we set controversies aside and reflect on five reasons we love the former *NSYNC anchor.
January 26, 2018
Surprises abound when it comes to this year's Grammy Award nominees. Here, we dig through the 84 Grammy categories and pinpoint five must-hear albums.
January 19, 2018
Raised in a one-room cabin in Sevier County, Tennessee, Dolly Parton soon outgrew her modest roots and was performing at the Grand Ole Opry as a teen. On the occasion of her 72nd birthday, we look at five reasons we love her.
January 12, 2018
On Monday, America will remember the life of minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr. A work-free holiday for many, it also signifies a time for reflection. Many of the issues of the Civil Rights era remain relevant today, even if the names, places, and specifics have changed.
January 5, 2018
While we're only a few days into 2018, some of us who made New Year's resolutions have doubtlessly already slipped. Here are five songs that will help you stick to your New Year's resolutions – works that deliver motivation and honesty.
December 29, 2017
While the Chinese New Year isn't until mid-February, we can't wait to begin celebrating the zodiac sign that honors man and woman's best friend. As we look ahead to the Year of the Dog, we look back at five of our favorite pup-referencing songs.
December 22, 2017
While each year dozens upon dozens of contemporary artists attempt to become part of the holiday music tradition, sometimes nothing beats the tried and true – especially at a time of year that so heavily draws from our own nostalgic memories.
December 15, 2017
From the late 90s through the present day, the pop world has been in many ways dominated by the work of the Neptunes. Each of these songs continues to impact pop culture long after fading from the charts.
December 8, 2017
The holiday season is primarily about memories and reminiscing rather than the hot new thing. But that doesn't mean each year doesn't bring new Christmas music worth hearing. Here are five of our favorite Christmas-themed works released in 2017.
December 1, 2017
With Songs of Experience, U2 aims again to capture the cultural pulse. It all U2's members continue to respond to the world around them and provides us a great excuse to look back at five of our favorite curiosities from the quartet's catalog.
November 17, 2017
The past year has witnessed the release of numerous enticing retrospectives and career-spanning collections, reminding fans that as much as pop-culture may favor the new, the past remains full of must-hear treasures. Here are five of our favorite 2017 box sets.
November 10, 2017
This week sees the release of Taylor Swift's Reputation. The record also launches a robust end-of-the-year schedule, with many beloved artists releasing long-awaited works. Here's a preview of five hotly anticipated forthcoming albums.
November 3, 2017
While an undisputed living legend, Bob Dylan has his detractors. Trouble No More culls live material and outtakes, and argues a gospel-influenced Dylan is nothing to complain about. Here are five of our favorite songs from Dylan's most contested period.
November 2, 2017
The Beatles' seven holiday messages have been newly pressed on a rainbow of seven-inch colored vinyl singles for The Christmas Records box set, to be released worldwide on December 15.
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