Op-Eds

Op-Eds

The Long-Awaited M.I.A. Doc is Messy and Intimate, Just Like Life

It’s called ‘MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.’ because there are so many different sides to her story.
Daisy Jones
9.27.18
Essays

Young Thug's 'On the Rvn' Is the Rapper Near His Best, but Is That Enough?

Despite mounting pressures, the rush of a ticking clock is mostly imagined by fans and critics alike. Thug is home, and he has plenty of time.
Paul Thompson
9.27.18
Op-Eds

The World Is Ready for a Lady Gaga Renaissance

Gaga's turn in 'A Star Is Born' is said to be career-defining – will it put her back on top?
Lauren O'Neill
9.11.18
Op-Eds

Big Red Machine Is the Next Logical Step in Justin Vernon's Evolution

The Bon Iver frontman’s collab with Aaron Dessner from the National is the first big release from their new publishing and festival arm PEOPLE.
Ryan Bassil
9.5.18
Op-Eds

Why Hasn’t There Been a Huge UK Girl Band Since Little Mix?

A series of new groups have been hotly tipped but failed to make it big – but maybe the concept itself has become outdated.
Jake Hall
8.21.18
Op-Eds

Tracking Music’s Embrace of Living Clean Over Living Fast

Musicians no longer seem to be ashamed of appearing to take care of their own health, and that's a good thing.
Jeremy Allen
8.13.18
Op-Eds

Turn The Volume to Zero: Why Silence is Important

Feeling stressed out? It might be the effect of prolonged, passive exposure to sound.
Kelley Swain
8.10.18
Op-Eds

Everything Is Recorded Capture the Pure Essence of Collaboration

XL label boss Richard Russell’s project – featuring Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki and more – holds the key to something deeper than music.
Ryan Bassil
7.31.18
Op-Eds

The Mercury Prize 2018 Shortlist Pits Young Talent Against Big Names

It's odd to see acts like Noel Gallagher sitting beside rising jazz group Sons of Kemet or rapper Novelist – what does that say about the industry?
Tshepo Mokoena
7.26.18
Op-Eds

How Social Media Changed The One-hit Wonder

The format has fallen to the wayside in the past few years. But should we be mourning its demise or celebrating?
Harry Harris
7.25.18
pop science

Why, Exactly, Are The 1975 So Successful?

To understand how the hell they've achieved this, we need to lean in closer, to the intricacies of their songwriting.
Emily Bootle
7.24.18
Op-Eds

The UK Is Sleeping on Ella Mai and It's Embarrassing

I'm embarrassed!! But seriously, the "Boo'd Up" singer is a rising British talent, who gets more love in the US. Why is that?
Tshepo Mokoena
7.13.18