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New York Times music critics Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen talk each week about the latest pop music news, the top songs, the best albums, the biggest stars — and the up and coming stars you haven't heard of yet.



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For Bruno Mars and the Weeknd, the Past as Muse

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:54:17 -0000

This week, a discussion of new releases by both artists who have more in common than it may appear.


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Revisiting Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo'

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:43:59 -0000

After a series of bizarre shows, Kanye West canceled the remainder of his "Saint Pablo" tour last week. This weekend, we're listening back to the conversation Jon Caramanica led at the time of the album's release.


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Mourning the Greats: Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and Mose Allison

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:36:01 -0000

This year has seen the loss of Prince, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, and, now, three more towering figures have died. A look at their legacies.


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Popcast: Division and Unity in Pop, and Beyond

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Can the cultural events of the last couple of weeks connect to macro political realities?


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Popcast: A Tribe Called Quest Returns

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0000

A discussion of the group’s legacy and how it fits into the current hip-hop landscape


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Popcast: What’s Next for Kesha?

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0000

The pop star has been locked in an ugly contract dispute with Dr. Luke; two writers who have examined her case break down the pop star’s situation.


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Popcast: Nu-Dance Rises With Help From Streaming

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0000

This week, Jon Caramanica and guests discuss club music.


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Dylancast: Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize!

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0000

Our music and book critics discuss Dylan, the musician, and Dylan, the writer.


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Popcast: Tyler Glenn at the Crossroads

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0000

His fiery solo album questions almost everything he used to believe in.


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Popcast: Finding the Joy (and Humor) in Bon Iver’s Pain

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0000

The new Bon Iver album abandons many of the musical choices that informed much of his earlier music.


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Popcast: The Next Teen Star Machine

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0000

Shawn Mendes broke out on Vine. The next breeding ground for pop stars might be Musical.ly, a social music app for teens.


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Popcast: Fall Preview

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0000

The pop music team discusses some of their favorite upcoming fall releases.


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Popcast: The Return of New York Rap

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0000

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Young M.A. represent an unexpected moment.


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Popcast: Stardom in the Age of Social Media

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0000

With celebrities so accessible online they have to go above and beyond when meeting fans in the arena.


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Popcast: Frank Ocean Returns

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0000

A roundtable discussion on the release of the musician’s latest works.


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Popcast: Race and Hip-Hop, a Conversation

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0000

A discussion about the current wave of white rappers trying to elide conversations about race, with varying success.


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Popcast: Janet Jackson and the Legacy of ‘Control’

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0000

A discussion on how pop failed Ms. Jackson for years, and what it has done for her lately.


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Popcast: A Send-Off for Ben Ratliff

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0000

Mr. Ratliff, a music critic at The Times since 1996, discusses his tenure.


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Popcast: Gucci Mane and Atlanta Hip-Hop

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica explains how Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty and 21 Savage are all part of the same long line.


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Popcast: Dissecting the Legacy of Alan Vega and Suicide

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0000

Days after Mr. Vega’s death, the journalist Geeta Dayal discusses Suicide’s early days.


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Popcast: The Return of Pop-Punk and Emo

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0000

Pop music writers discuss Blink-182’s influence on modern pop-punk bands.


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Popcast: J Balvin’s Reggaeton Mission

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss how the Latin music superstar is rewriting the rules.


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Popcast: Prince’s Fateful Flight and Judith Hill’s Story

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0000

For those looking to understand Prince’s musical life in his final years, the larger story of Ms. Hill is illuminating.


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Popcast: Techno’s Dual Identity

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0000

A discussion of techno as youth music and heritage culture.


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Popcast: Hip-Hop Concerts and the Police

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0000

After a fatal shooting at a T.I. concert, Jon Caramanica and Joe Coscarelli discuss rap, race and security with Minya Oh, a.k.a. Miss Info, and Joie Manda of Interscope Records.


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Popcast: Arthur Russell

Fri, 27 May 2016 04:00:00 -0000

New York Times music critics discuss Mr. Russell’s wide-angle, slow-release significance.


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Popcast: Chance the Rapper and Drake

Fri, 20 May 2016 04:00:00 -0000

New York Times music critics discuss the latest albums by both artists.


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Popcast: Radiohead and James Blake

Thu, 12 May 2016 04:00:00 -0000

New York Times critics compare the latest releases.


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Popcast: Britney Spears

Sun, 08 May 2016 04:00:00 -0000

A discussion of Ms. Spears’s conservatorship.


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Popcast: Beyoncé Serves Up ‘Lemonade’

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0000

New York Times critics and writers discuss the singer’s new album.


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Popcast: Caetano Veloso

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0000

Mr. Veloso, the great Brazilian singer and songwriter, discusses current events in his country.


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Popcast: Remembering Prince

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0000

New York Times culture critics discuss Prince’s music and impact.


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Popcast:Country Music Agitators

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0000

New York Times music critics discuss Sturgill Simpson and Merle Haggard.


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Popcast: Jazz Artists in Exile

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0000

New York Times music critics discuss recent biopics about Miles Davis and Chet Baker.


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Popcast: Jazz in Museums

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:00:00 -0000

Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff on the ways jazz is being presented at museum spaces.


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Popcast: Gwen Stefani Returns

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff, Times music critic and Caryn Ganz, Times pop music editor, discuss the singer’s new album.


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Popcast: The Art and Future of Criticism

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 05:00:00 -0000

New York Times critics gather to discuss their newly released books.


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Popcast: Macklemore’s Aesthetic Mission

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica chats with the rapper about the role of music in creating change.


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Popcast: Kanye West”s Unfinished Album

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:00:00 -0000

A roundtable discussion on “The Life of Pablo.”


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Popcast: Beyonce and Rihanna Take a Different Approach

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Times critics discuss the recent music releases of each singer.


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Popcast: R&B’s New Identity

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 -0000

New York Times music critics discuss changes within the genre.


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Popcast: Tropical House Movement

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Michaelangelo Matos discuss the genre.


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Popcast: Love, Death and David Bowie

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 -0000

A conversation about the pop star’s life and work with the philosopher Simon Critchley, author of “Bowie.”


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Popcast: Jazz Moments of 2015

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 -0000

New York Times music critics discuss the year in jazz.


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Popcast: Making Sense of 2015 in Music

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Music critics for The New York Times talk about the themes, currents and big ideas that defined the year.


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Popcast: Best Songs of 2015

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Music critics for The New York Times discuss their favorite songs.


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Popcast: Best Albums of 2015

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Music critics for The New York Times discuss the year’s highlights.


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Popcast: Joe Casey of Protomartyr

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff chats with Mr. Casey about the lyrics on the band’s album and more.


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Popcast: Sophie and Grimes

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss their approaches to music.


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Popcast: The Return of Adele

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica and Jon Pareles discuss her new album, “25.”


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Popcast: Taylor Swift and Drake, Friendship vs. Partnership

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 05:00:00 -0000

The stars have found both help and hindrance from those who surround them.


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Popcast: Joanna Newsom

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Melissa Marturano talk about the critique of Ms. Newsom and her music.


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Popcast: Justin Bieber Is Back. Thank Poo Bear.

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0000

The Times’s pop music squad on the unlikely songwriter behind “Where Are Ü Now” and “What Do You Mean?”


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Popcast: The Influence of ‘808s and Heartbreak’

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Times music critics discuss the influence of Kanye West’s album on current musical styles.


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Popcast: Janet Jackson Returns With ‘Unbreakable’

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Times music critics discuss Ms. Jackson’s new album and tour.


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Lin-Manuel Miranda On How Hip-Hop Influenced Him and ‘Hamilton’

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica and Mr. Miranda discuss the songs and rappers that inspired him and his work.


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Popcast: Jen Shyu Explores the Unknown

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Times critics discuss the jazz artist whose music incorporates poetry and dreams.


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Popcast: Jon Batiste and ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Times music critics discuss Mr. Batiste’s role as bandleader on the show.


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Popcast: 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0000

The night belonged to those who shocked without needing to perform.


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Popcast: The Weeknd

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Times critics discuss The Weeknd’s music and new album, “Beauty Behind the Madness.”


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Popcast: ‘Where Are Ü Now’

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Times music critics discuss Justin Bieber’s collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo.


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Carly Rae Jepsen Grows Up

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0000

With “Emotion,” the singer known best for “Call Me Maybe” embraces a seductive side to her music.


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Popcast: ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica and Reginald C. Dennis, a founding editor of XXL magazine, discuss N.W.A. and the film.


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Drake’s Bully Pulpit

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica, Minya Oh and Rawiya Kameir discuss Drake and OVO Fest.


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Popcast: Titus Andronicus

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss the New Jersey punk band and their new album.


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Popcast: Prince Royce, Pitbull and Multilingual Pop Music

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd discuss international and multilingual pop.


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Reggae’s Summer Flirtation

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0000

A look at the desire for a reggae or reggae-like worldwide pop hit between Memorial Day and Labor Day.


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Hip-Hop’s Silent Majority

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Hip-hop’s mainstream can often be confused with prosperity gospel, so it’s striking that in 2015, at least a couple of the genre’s biggest selling stars want nothing to do with such narratives.


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Apple Music and Beats 1

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Ben Sisario discuss Apple Music, the much-anticipated music-streaming service to be launched June 30.


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Popcast: “Tomatoes” Giving Country Its Bite

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the women of country music.


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Popcast: Tenement’s Bright Double Album

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff, Maria Sherman and Liz Pelly discuss the band’s new album and punk music.


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Jason Derulo Glides Across Genres

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss Jason Derulo’s new album.


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ASAP Rocky Returns to a Haze

Fri, 29 May 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss ASAP Rocky’s new album.


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Shamir’s Distinctive Voice

Fri, 22 May 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the singer’s blend of different genres.


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Joey Alexander, the Young Jazz Sensation

Fri, 15 May 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen discuss Joey Alexander’s debut album.


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U2 Prepares to Go on Tour

Fri, 08 May 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss U2 and “Songs of Innocence” as the group heads out on a world tour.


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New Albums By Zac Brown Band and Tyler Farr

Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Joe Coscarelli and Jon Caramanica discuss records from country dissenters and what, if anything, country’s borders mean anymore.


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Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Get Down

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the tenor saxophonist and his roots in the thriving Los Angeles jazz scene.


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How Much Festival Is Too Much Festival?

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica, Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss the vicissitudes and artistic value of music festivals.


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The Ongoing Evolution of Charles Lloyd

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Jon Pareles and Nate Chinen discuss the jazz saxophonist, flutist and band leader Charles Lloyd.


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Kendrick Lamar, Dissenting From the Mainstream as He Influences It

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Discussing the rapper’s new album, “To Pimp A Butterfly.”


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On ‘Empire’: The Show, the Music and the Calamitous Finale

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica and Gilbert Cruz, of The Times, and Justin Charity, of Complex, discuss “Empire.”


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Blurred Legal Lines

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Sisario, Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the “Blurred Lines” copyright trial.


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Madonna is Still Madonna On ‘Rebel Heart’

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss “Rebel Heart,” the new album by Madonna.


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Who Is Boots?

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss the 28-year-old singer, songwriter and producer.


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Grammys Post-Mortem

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Kanye West, Beck, Iggy Azalea, Papa John’s and other stars of the show.


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Björk Gets Personal

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Jon Pareles tells Ben Ratliff about club-hopping with Björk in Iceland and listening to her new album, “Vulnerica,” which was released last week.


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Departed Tastemakers: ASAP Yams and Kim Fowley

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss two connectors with keen ears, who died last week.


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Sleater-Kinney Returns

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles are joined by Caryn Ganz, of RollingStone.com, to discuss “No Cities to Love,” the new album by Sleater-Kinney.


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All About Meghan Trainor

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss Ms. Trainor as surprise, as a formula, as contrivance and as a product of Nantucket, hip-hop and Nashville.


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The Year in Jazz 2014

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 05:00:00 -0000

Jon Pareles, Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff discuss the movements of jazz in 2014.


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The Year in Pop 2014

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff, Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen discuss pop music’s dominant themes, lessons and preoccupations in 2014.


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The Best Albums of 2014

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 -0000

The pop critics of The New York Times discuss their lists of the Top 10 albums of the year.


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The Pop Savvy of ‘Beyond the Lights’

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica and A.O. Scott discuss what this modern update of “The Bodyguard” gets right about the music business.


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London Calls Mary J. Blige

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Mary J. Blige and her new album, “The London Sessions.”


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How Bobby Shmurda Danced Into the Hot 100

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0000

The 20-year-old East Flatbush rapper Bobby Shmurda has just jumped from No. 8 to No. 6 on the Billboard chart.


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Dave Grohl’s ‘Sonic Highways’

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss “Sonic Highways,” the new album and HBO mini-series by Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.


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Listening to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Taylor Swift’s poppy new album.


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The Myth of Scott Walker

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0000

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Scott Walker and “Soused,” his new album with the drone-metal band Sunn O))).


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Tinashe, FKA Twigs and the Semantics of R&B

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0000

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the singers Tinashe and FKA twigs, and whether they point toward a new conception of R&B.


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