Writer Kiese Laymon says back then he would have sworn on everything he loved that hip-hop would never be the same after The Coup's "Not Yet Free."
Listeners connect with music in countless ways. Essays and interviews about why we love the music we love and questions about what our choices as fans mean.
In Caracas, emotions run high and there's noise to match. Supporters of both major candidates for Venezuela's president have created soundtracks that are a constant presence on the city's streets.
A lesson from the career of the Australian classic rockers explains why the pop star's newest album, which hasn't generated glowing reviews or massive radio hits, still had an explosive opening sales week.
Paul Williams started the first American rock magazine as a college student in 1966, and pioneered a style of intelligent music writing from a fan's perspective.
In the annual Texas showdown between fledgling bands and crushing industry excess, one longtime SXSW attendee has started feeling like she's coming out behind.
The Best Picture nominee about two musicians nearing the end of life uses music sparingly but crushingly.
The night wasn't about kitsch for her. Writer Danyel Smith fulfilled the real dreams of her 13-year-old self when she saw the pop singer live on Broadway.
It's not easy, even for audio recorded in the last 10 years. The Library of Congress has released a plan for preserving the country's long but fragile archive of recorded audio.
Call it diversity or a lack of consensus, but no single act dominated this year's awards. Instead, the Grammys spread the love, though rock bands — including The Black Keys and fun. — fared well.
On Saturday night the band unexpectedly released its first album in 22 years. Ann Powers, Lars Gotrich and Otis Hart spent Sunday soaking in the band's new wall of sound and gave us their first impressions.