“The Flesh and Bones of Your Fingers Against the Instrument”: A Conversation With Thurston Moore

“The Flesh and Bones of Your Fingers Against the Instrument”: A Conversation With Thurston Moore

The guitarist, songwriter and punk-rock public intellectual on his fiery yet reflective new album, the challenges of the avant-garde, the significance of Black Sabbath, the dynamic of Sonic Youth and much more.

Essays

U2: Boyhood

U2: Boyhood

Before the stadium tours, MTV and Eno, the world’s biggest band found themselves and their widescreen sound in the heady post-punk era.

Essays  / Rock
Inventing the Eighties

Inventing the Eighties

How the New Romantics transformed punk rebellion into era-defining pop.

Essays  / ABC
On ‘WAP,’ the Blues and the ‘Big Long Slidin’ Thing’

On ‘WAP,’ the Blues and the ‘Big Long Slidin’ Thing’

The song of the summer had roots running through the history of Black American pop — or, rather, American pop, period.

In Memoriam

The Guitar God’s Guitar God

The Guitar God’s Guitar God

A ‘Guitar Player’ magazine writer-editor and devoted Eddie Van Halen disciple on how EVH changed his instrument, and rock and roll, forever.

“We Were Blessed to Have Him”

“We Were Blessed to Have Him”

Animals as Leaders’ Tosin Abasi reflects on the genius of Eddie Van Halen.

Kool and the Gang’s Ronald Bell: 1951 – 2020

Kool and the Gang’s Ronald Bell: 1951 – 2020

The late co-founder and his brother helmed their group from jazz to funk to astonishing, enduring commercial success.

Culture

Foundations & Migrations, Joy & Resistance

Foundations & Migrations, Joy & Resistance

How interdependent Black and Latinx communities and heritages created hip-hop culture and reggaeton.

Songs of Protest & Healing: Meshell Ndegeocello on the Gospel of James Baldwin

Songs of Protest & Healing: Meshell Ndegeocello on the Gospel of James Baldwin

How the cultural and literary icon continues to deliver lessons of freedom, humanity and humility.

Latin Music’s ‘Urbano’ Reckoning

Latin Music’s ‘Urbano’ Reckoning

Is it time to retire the term?

Conversations

“Pulling You Into a Space”: A Conversation With Duval Timothy

“Pulling You Into a Space”: A Conversation With Duval Timothy

A wide-ranging chat with the pianist and conceptualist.

“The Sadness and the Love”: A Conversation with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

“The Sadness and the Love”: A Conversation with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

The psychedelic frontman on the Lips’ majestic, melancholy new LP, ‘American Head,’ the adverse effects of LSD, a teenage near-death experience and more.

“It Takes a While to Perfect Your Soul”: A Conversation With Sonny Rollins

“It Takes a While to Perfect Your Soul”: A Conversation With Sonny Rollins

The jazz immortal on baseball, Bird, Coltrane, his ceaseless spiritual journey and an explosive upcoming archival release from 1967.

Features

You Don’t Have to Be Ashamed: The Tender Revolution of Steven Grossman

You Don’t Have to Be Ashamed: The Tender Revolution of Steven Grossman

Recording for a major label in the mid-’70s, the brilliant but forgotten singer-songwriter offered an honest, thoughtful expression of gay identity.

Riffs, Rhymes, Rehabilitation

Riffs, Rhymes, Rehabilitation

Compassionate, innovative projects helmed by Ani DiFranco, Wayne Kramer, David Jassy and others use music to help prisoners restore the humanity that incarceration strips away.

RBG at the Opera

RBG at the Opera

Reflecting on the justice’s deeply informed love for the art form, with testimony from some of current opera’s renowned singers of color.

Discover

Understanding Bird

Understanding Bird

A century after his birth, the modern-jazz lodestar Charlie Parker remains an all-consuming yet continually misjudged influence.

First Things First: The Innovators the Rock Hall Needs

First Things First: The Innovators the Rock Hall Needs

As the institution’s Cleveland museum turns 25, a look back at the profoundly influential artists not yet included. They all may not have been megasellers, but they made the pop-music landscape that followed possible.

Keith Jarrett @ 75: Ecstatic Spontaneity on ECM

Keith Jarrett @ 75: Ecstatic Spontaneity on ECM

“Jarrett’s true gift is cumulative exponential improvisation…”

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