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August 10, 2018
Pop music has long been called a young person's game. But it's also possible to age gracefully in pop. Recently, we've been blessed with a number of late-career works that stand among the respective artists' finer albums.
August 3, 2018
Many musical treasures remain out of print, in the vaults, or in need of a sonically astute reissue. A valued reissue label, then, not only functions a solid business endeavor, but takes on the vital responsibility of preserving music culture for generations to come.
July 27, 2018
Of all the subgenres associated with rock n' roll, psychedelic rock remains one of the most abstract. What, exactly, is it, other than different or odd or weird?
July 20, 2018
There are plenty ways to tour America's great urban areas. But if you can't swing a road trip, a key way to learn about a location's soul is to embrace its music. The twin cities of Minnesota are no exception.
July 13, 2018
If Les Bleus win the World Cup final, French fans will have plenty of reasons to celebrate. July 14 also marks Bastille Day, a national holiday that honors a momentous occasion in the French Revolution.
July 6, 2018
We've already seen a number of noteworthy rock reissues, including a massive collection from Guns N' Roses. A few lesser-known gems have also received quality re-release treatment.
June 29, 2018
For every Rush, Drake, or Leonard Cohen, there's a Canadian act that failed to become a household name in America. As we look ahead to Canada Day, we zero in on five overlooked Canadian artists.
June 22, 2018
Kamasi Washington's music nods to saxophonist greats and Afro-futurists such as Sun Ra, but also remains refreshingly shaped by popular culture.
June 15, 2018
Superfly returns to theaters this week via a modern, hip-hop-inspired makeover fueled by a soundtrack largely overseen by rapper Future. While reviews of the movie have been mixed, to put it kindly, blaxploitation films are often outshined by their soundtracks.
June 8, 2018
This summer will witness the usual cinematic blockbusters hitting movie screens. But a far quieter and equally important film opens this week. Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes a look at the life and legacy of one Fred Rogers.
June 1, 2018
The Joshua Tree. Appetite for Destruction. Purple Rain. Born in the U.S.A. Thriller. To be sure, plenty of other notable efforts exist, but it's worth noting the 80s gave us some of history's biggest-selling and era-defining albums.
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.
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