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'Since U Been Gone': The Crossover Pop Needed, The Anthem Rock Deserved
Great song? Yes. But in 2004, it was also a sign that the walls between mainstream and underground had started to crack
by MAURA JOHNSTON • 2018

Sound Made Flesh: The Inventive Force Of Aretha's Gospel
In Aretha Franklin's gospel work, black life is sacred and to feel is to invent
by ASHON CRAWLEY • 2018

'Black People Will Be Free': How Aretha Lived The Promise Of Detroit
Black Power, black leadership and the black church in the city of Aretha Franklin's youth
by DREAM HAMPTON • 2018

The Strange Magic Of YouTube's '80s Remix Culture
Current pop-hits reimagined with spot-on 80s production: It's fun, but it also carries an emotional lesson about music on the Internet
by ANNIE ZALESKI • 2018

As Summer Jam Turns 25, Hot 97 Stakes Its Claim To Hip-Hop Pedigree
A visit to the hosts of Ebro in the Morning and the place "where hip-hop lives"
by RODNEY CARMICHAEL • 2018

Cuco Is The Cariño Of Young Latinos Who Keep Dreaming
Omar Banos has built a following for his infectious dream pop — and begun testing it as a tool to help immigrant families like his own
by STEFANIE FERNÁNDEZ • 2018

Mary Halvorson Re-Engineered Jazz Guitar. Now, She's Hacking Her Own Code
One of her field's least predictable players and composers, Halvorson makes her most startling move yet
by NATE CHINEN • 2018

Wear My Headphones: Damon Krukowski On How Digital Culture Changes Us
An analog baby turned digital savant says that how we experience music has become a political, emotional and existential decision
by ANN POWERS • 2017

Power In Everything: Priests' Katie Alice Greer On Making Space For Art
A punk singer from the nation's capitol says most conversations about "political art" are missing the point
by MARISSA LORUSSO • 2017

Define Your Line: Rapsody On Coexisting In Rap's Power Gap
Even as an old idea persisted that only one female MC can wear the crown at a time, Rapsody lit up 2017 without compromise
by RODNEY CARMICHAEL • 2017

Naming The Beast: Jason Isbell And Amanda Shires On Speaking Up In 2017
In a chaotic year, the two artists' intertwined careers set a tone for how art, commerce and politics intersected in and beyond Nashville
by JEWLY HIGHT • 2017

To Be Rare, True And Free: Artistic Sovereignty In Saba's Chicago
Indie hip-hop has us asking what artistic freedom really means. The story of a Chicago rapper named Saba offers a few answers
by JENNY GATHRIGHT • 2017

Brand New, Again: 'Science Fiction' Is A Self-Revival
The band's return after eight years of silence comes, characteristically, on its own terms
by MARIA SHERMAN • 2017

As Jazz Fest Looks At 50, What Keeps It Alive?
How does the grandpa of festival culture compete in the Coachella-sized market it helped create?
by ALISON FENSTERSTOCK • 2017

A Bootstrapped British Invasion: In The Van With Marika Hackman And The Big Moon
For two London artists on a whirlwind U.S. tour, time is precious, gains are scarce and fun is mandatory
by EVE BARLOW • 2017

With A Fresh Spin On The 808, DJs Become Rhythm Composers
One drum machine forever changed the sound of popular music. Its creators are hoping a DJ-friendly update can make history again
by TAMARA PALMER • 2017

A Band Apart: The Fractured Fury Of Algiers
How four musicians in three cities on two continents made an album for a world as divided and unsettled as they are
by NED RAGGETT • 2017

Cut Away, Cut Away: At The Drive In's Lifetime Of Stops And Starts
On the uneasy return of a band defined by its breaking points
by HANIF ABDURRAQIB • 2017

Gorillaz Are Human After All
The latest album from the dystopian cartoon band emphasizes real suffering and salvation in a contemporary setting
by BARRY WALTERS • 2017

Prince Without Permission
For a fan, there is joy and pain in knowing the work Prince guarded so tightly won't stay that way for long
by HASIT SHAH • 2017

Kendrick Lamar, From On High, Has The Whole World Watching
On the eve of his first proper LP since To Pimp a Butterfly, the view from the top must be lonesome for the God MC
by RODNEY CARMICHAEL • 2017

The Ones Who Dream: A Guide To 2017's Bold, Inventive Oscars Music
The Academy has a history of baffling picks for best score — but this year's nominees are so daring that it's hard to go wrong
by TIM GREIVING • 2017

A Tribe Called Quest Stands United, One Last Time
We Got It from Here mines sounds from across hip-hop's history, but the content is bracingly of the moment
by MILES MARSHALL LEWIS • 2016

Isaiah Rashad Dusts Himself Off And Tries Again
Depression and addiction stymied the rapper after a promising debut. On The Sun's Tirade, he sounds like a new man
by KIANA FITZGERALD • 2016