May 31, 2011 105 acts lined up against nature's splendor at the four day festival in central Washington state.
May 25, 2011 For his second full-length solo album, Pearl Jam's singer has taken up one of the most useful creative tools available: limitation. It's embodied in a little finger-strummed thing that Vedder picked up during a beer run in Hawaii nearly 15 years ago.
May 25, 2011 Pearl Jam's lead singer wrote the songs for a new album by himself over the last two decades.
May 18, 2011 Ann Powers says Gaga's new album establishes her as a complex hybrid of pop star and protest singer.
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May 17, 2011 On her new album, Deceived, Gerson sings 11 songs about the bad things that happen to bad girls.
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R. Kelly onstage at the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala in February.
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May 12, 2011 Our critic wonders what to do when the same thing that draws you to a musician also repels you.
May 11, 2011 Out of the Vinyl Deeps is a tribute to The New Yorker's first pop critic — a writer whose words were as accessible as a great backbeat. The articles, collected and edited by Willis' daughter, are like conversations that feel relevant and real.
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May 6, 2011 In her new memoir, the country crossover singer reveals the extent to which she's suffered personally. But musically, she's been playing the field for years, to massive success.
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May 3, 2011 One of three music nerd conferences this weekend brought together generations of culture writers.
April 29, 2011 The Alabama storms spared Ann Powers, but this morning she woke up with Neko Case in her head.
The Silos, with Walter Salas-Humara in the center.
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April 28, 2011 Ann Powers writes that she's been listening to The Silos since 1989, and they're still going strong.
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Lil B onstage at SXSW in March 2011.
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April 26, 2011 The decision of the avowedly heterosexual rapper Lil B to name his new album I'm Gay has us thinking about the history of the intersection between gay culture and hip-hop.
A shot from the video for Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)".
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April 22, 2011 New songs from Beyonce and Lady Gaga pit the singers against music packed full of sound effects in a dance that sometimes turns into a fight.
Cover of Joanna Newsom's Ys.
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April 20, 2011 Women in rock from Stevie Nicks to Joanna Newsom find witchy power in fantasies seen in HBO's show.
Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
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April 19, 2011 Jennifer Egan's rock and roll novel A Visit From The Goon Squad did what no pop critic has ever done — won a Pulitzer Prize.
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