November 1, 2012 Recent live shows by some of the geezers of rock — from Neil Young to Roger Waters — have been much more than exercises in nostalgia.
October 26, 2012 The new hour-long TV drama gets plenty about Nashville's music scene right, and one of its best features is the way it uses the duet, a classic country music form, to reveal how musical values connect to bigger ones, like honesty, loyalty and ambition.
October 18, 2012 Writer Nelson George, who saw Teddy Pendergrass on his "Ladies Only" tour in 1978, says R. Kelly's recent shows are an effort to reconnect R&B to its most devoted fans.
October 17, 2012 In an interview with Ann Powers the singer reflects on her twenty-year career, her new album and making set lists.
September 20, 2012 It's hard to know in the present what the future will sound like. History tells us that the most popular musicians don't always survive their era, but tiny gestures and innovations often influence the next generation.
September 6, 2012 The five-letter word, it turns out, is as central to the popular music lexicon as are "rock" and "roll."
August 29, 2012 We look at five albums on last week's Billboard charts that were made by bands who succeed despite the fact that they don't usually get much love from the press.
August 7, 2012 A recording (and transcript) of the singer's remarks about nature, religion and gender, from the new live album Cut The World.
August 2, 2012 For a journalist, there's a code. If you follow Dylan's example, there's another way of operating.
May 25, 2012 Afghan Whigs, fronted by Greg Dulli, always mixed an intense, complicated view of sexuality with a hybrid-style of rock. This week, the band played its first show in more than a decade at New York's Bowery Ballroom.
May 17, 2012 Summer, who died on Thursday at 63, created dozens of hits, including "Love To Love You Baby" and "Bad Girls." Over five decades, she combined a light touch, pop theatricality, innovative sounds and an attention to detail that made her into one of pop's best performers.
March 19, 2012 This year's SXSW conference in Austin, Texas was a playground for lovers of rap. Performances showcased new songs from old masters, re-imagined classics and young acts looking to upstage the veterans.
March 13, 2012 The German-born vocalist Theo Bleckmann has made his name in the U.S. traversing the fields of jazz, cabaret and contemporary classical music. On his new album, one idiosyncratic, border-crossing singer reinterprets another.