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Thom Yorke On Scoring The New ‘Suspiria’
"There's lots of different ways to make something terrifying,” the Radiohead frontman says of his first film score
by TIM GREIVING • 2018

The Five Lives Of ‘Tha Carter V’
After years of mystery, excitement and public tumult, a few things to keep in mind about where the Lil Wayne has been
by SIDNEY MADDEN and RODNEY CARMICHAEL • 2018

'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 carry an emotional lesson about music on the Internet
by ANNIE ZALESKI • 2018

Drake Is Too Big To Fail. He Should Risk It All On 'Scorpion' Anyway
If Drake truly wants to take his career to the next level, he might try something unprecedented: conceding defeat.
by RODNEY CARMICHAEL • 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