Foundations & Migrations, Joy & Resistance

Foundations & Migrations, Joy & Resistance

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

Essays

Happy Anniversary, Ozzy

Happy Anniversary, Ozzy

Testament’s Alex Skolnick on two essential metal albums celebrating milestone anniversaries — Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ and Ozzy’s ‘Blizzard of Ozz.’

David Fricke on Hendrix’s Greatest Unsung Covers

David Fricke on Hendrix’s Greatest Unsung Covers

The guitar god left us on Sept. 18, 1970. [repost]

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.

Conversations

“Jazz Is Freedom Music”: Inside Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad’s Jazz Is Dead

“Jazz Is Freedom Music”: Inside Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad’s Jazz Is Dead

The musician-producers’ continuing project highlights living legends on inspired old-school terms.

“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.

In Memoriam

Sharon Isbin Remembers Julian Bream

Sharon Isbin Remembers Julian Bream

The classical guitar luminary thinks back on the late maestro’s passion and dedication.

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.

What's Going On

Songs of Protest & Healing: Zara McFarlane on Bob Marley’s ‘War’

Songs of Protest & Healing: Zara McFarlane on Bob Marley’s ‘War’

Bob as storyteller, poet, political thinker and ambassador.

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.

Songs of Protest & Healing: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on ‘Shallow Water’

Songs of Protest & Healing: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on ‘Shallow Water’

The visionary trumpeter finds his personal and ancestral heritage in an Afro New Orleanian anthem.

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.

Murda She Wrote: August 2020

Murda She Wrote: August 2020

Hot tracks by Jada Kingdom, Kabaka Pyramid, Popcaan and Skip Marley for your summer finale.

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.

A Place to Dance

A Place to Dance

Alumni of the Paradise Garage remember the club, and DJ, that redefined the discotheque.

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