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Take a Seat North America, It's Global Pop's Time to Shine

As BTS, the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack, Bad Bunny, Charli XCX, and more show, we should be optimistic about a future where everything popular isn't in English.
Phil Witmer
34 minutes ago
rap
rap

The ‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack Could Have Been So Much More, GOTDAMMIT

The Kendrick Lamar-curated album dropped the ball on giving a more wide-ranging look into what music the African diaspora has to offer.
Lawrence Burney
4 days ago
pop science
pop science

The Music Theory Behind Why Sigrid's Vibrant Pop Is So Catchy

How the 21-year-old singer-songwriter went from a small town in Norway to winning the BBC's tastemaking Sound of 2018 poll.
Emily Bootle
2.9.18
Pity Party
Pity Party

Years Later, Waxahatchee’s 2012 Debut Album Is Like a January Cure

How Katie Crutchfield's 'American Weekend' helps push through the year's first long weeks of solitary drudgery.
Lauren O'Neill
2.7.18
Essays
Essays

Hookworms Rose from Rock Bottom to Find Light in Dance-y Escapism

The former psych-heads’ 'Microshift' uses music as a way to escape inner turmoil, rather than wallow in it.
Tom Connick
2.6.18
Essays
Essays

Justin Timberlake, Performative Whiteness, and the Spectacle of Authenticity

'Man of the Woods' isn’t a pivot to whiteness, but feels more like a calculated pander to it.
Kristin Corry
2.2.18
Essays
Essays

So Is 'Culture II' Any Good?

The new Migos project—stretched out over 24 tracks that clock at an hour and 45 minutes—is proof you can never have too much of a good thing.
Paul Thompson
2.1.18
Obsessive Tendencies
Obsessive Tendencies

The New Porches Album Feels Exactly Like Staying In, Alone

Having a comfortable relationship with yourself is hard as hell, and on 'The House,' Aaron Maine tries to make sense of it.
Daisy Jones
1.31.18
grammys 2018
grammys 2018

The Grammys Were One Big Night Of Wasted Potential

The 2018 Grammys got representation in nominations right, but fell flat with awarding artists they showcased, and U2's presence.
Lawrence Burney
1.29.18
Essays
Essays

Moving on After Brand New

After Jesse Lacey was accused of sexual misconduct, many fans of the Long Island band went through an identity crisis. It doesn't have to be that way.
Nina Corcoran
1.27.18
Essays
Essays

Fredo Santana's Influence Is Immeasurable

Calling Fredo a "rapper" sells him short, not because the title can't be a worthy honorific in the right hands, but because Fredo's notoriety came as much from the character he played as the music itself.
David Drake
1.26.18
In Memoriam
In Memoriam

John Doran Remembers the Adrenaline Rush of Meeting Mark E Smith

Champagne sipped out a half-pint glass and that inimitable laugh: The Quietus co-founder looks back on interviewing The Fall's late frontman.
John Doran
1.25.18