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The Best Albums of 2022? Let’s Discuss.

Our critics debate their year-end lists (and agree on Beyoncé and Rosalía!) in a wrap-up of the...

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2022: The Year in Atlanta Rap

The country’s most influential hip-hop scene has weathered a period of extraordinary...

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Separating Big Business and Bad Behavior in ‘Tár’

The film about a renowned and embattled conductor puts a fresh spin on conversations about art,...

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50 Years of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’

A conversation about the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s studio innovations,...

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’: Listener Mailbag

The New York Times pop music team had its say; now a new panel answers questions about the...

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’: Let’s Discuss

The blockbuster singer-songwriter’s 10th studio album finds her at a crossroads: Will she...

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Remembering Loretta Lynn

A conversation about the country music titan’s sly radicalism and the many readings and...

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The Young Women Who Make TikTok Weep

Songwriters who have found success on the app via emotional catharsis have expanded its range,...

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The Sudden Rise of Zach Bryan

The breakout country-folk singer and songwriter has found an audience for his old-fashioned...

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Popcast Live! The New Faces of 2022

Blondshell, Central Cee, Ethel Cain and more: a conversation about what’s breaking through,...

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The Perseverance of Megan Thee Stallion

The rapper’s rise has been accompanied by outside noise. How has she grown on record, and...

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What Is a ‘Fake’ Artist in 2022?

Firestorms over the “virtual rapper” FN Meka and faceless artists on Spotify have...

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Rage Against the Machine, Roaring On

A conversation about the band’s return, its evolving message and the nature of comeback...

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Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’: The Speed Round

The conversation continues about one of the year’s most ideologically provocative pop...

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A Renaissance in American Hardcore Music

A look at the recent burst of bands and how the scene operates as music, ethic and feeling....

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The Robust Return of Beyoncé

A deep dive on “Renaissance,” her relationship to queer music communities and her...

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Lizzo’s Complicated, Joyful Pop

The singer, rapper and songwriter’s peppy empowerment songs have made her an outlier in a...

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‘Elvis’ vs. Elvis

How much do fantasy and imagination play into how we remember pop culture heroes? Guests: A.O....

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What’s Next for Jack Harlow?

He’s one of hip-hop’s biggest emerging stars, and he’s cutting a very different...

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Where Is Jazz Most at Home?

The genre has long been filled with tension between mainstream outlets and the spaces in which...

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