For four days in the Superdome, the Essence Festival conjures an alternate universe where mature R&B performed by seasoned veterans is elevated over material aimed at teenagers.
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.
The sound made famous by legends like Giorgio Moroder is showing up on Grammy-winning pop albums and major-label remixes, but is the renewed attention on disco anything more than nostalgia?
Tori Amos fans understand her music in elemental terms. To celebrate Unrepentant Geraldines, her excellent new album, we asked five of them to pinpoint the elements that make her so unmistakable.
The soundtrack to Disney's Frozen has been the biggest-selling album of 2014, topping the Billboard album chart for 13 weeks.
After an eight year absence, the release of a new Mobb Deep album would be notable enough, but it's the bonus disc of previously unheard sessions for The Infamous that send this package over the top.
The Las Vegas production of Shakespeare's The Tempest features music by Tom Waits and direction by the usually silent magician Teller, who you can hear speak (!) about the production here.
Two writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much, and along the way, lay out the new rules for thinking and writing about pop.
One of the founders of Barcelona's Primavera Sound on booking adventurously, lazy promoters and what he wishes sponsorship looked like.
Lil Jon may be best known as the king of crunk, but "Turn Down for What" isn't his first time working with a dance music producer.
You don't have to be a Beyoncé fan to be impressed by her success. But the depth of devotion shown by her most ardent supporters is just as stunning and intriguing as the singer's own flawless image.