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May 25, 2018
Prognosticators are already debating hits from Drake, Cardi B, and Kyle, among others, to see who should don the summer pop crown. Here, however, we look at artists who crafted full albums that complement a summer diet.
May 15, 2018
Comedy can be hard to pull off in song. There's Weird Al, of course, and while he has given us plenty of songs worth celebrating, we're talking about a subtler type of humor.
May 11, 2018
Every legend has an origin story. U2's Bono was in bands called Feedback and the Hype. Mick Jones of the Clash played in a group named the London S.S. And, of course, Jimmy Page earned his stripes as a pivotal member of the Yardbirds.
May 4, 2018
A quarter century ago, Liz Phair issued the groundbreaking Exile in Guyville, an album that predated the #MeToo/Time's up movement by more than two decades. Phair's imprint can be heard all over the work from a number of contemporary musicians.
April 27, 2018

Long tipped as the Next Big Thing, Janelle Monáe finally appears on the verge of superstardom. 

April 20, 2018
Country in recent years has been dominated by dudes. But change is afoot. The success of Kacey Musgraves, and the release this week of Ashley Monroe's Sparrow, indicate male machismo is on the way out.
April 13, 2018
This week, John Prine releases The Tree of Forgiveness, his first album of completely original tunes since 2005. Before we spend our weekend giving it plenty of spins, let's look at five of Prine's many standout moments.
April 6, 2018
Elvis Presley is as much a rock n' roll hero as a folk tale. So larger than life was his presence, and so broad his appeal, it seems too easy to overlook Presley the person and Presley the artist. "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" attempts to put both in perspective.
March 30, 2018
With Major League Baseball getting underway this week, we salute a thoroughly modern addition to the game: the walk-up song. While many players opt for crowd-pleasing hits, a few use the moment to get creative.
March 23, 2018
Led Zeppelin's How the West Was Won is not only a document of a band in its prime but a nod to an era when rock n' roll was king and a guitarist and vocalist could trade volleys throughout the course of a concert.
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.
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