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.

What's Going On

Songs of Protest & Healing: Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway’s ‘Be Real Black for Me’

Songs of Protest & Healing: Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway’s ‘Be Real Black for Me’

Seratones’ A.J. Haynes on this compelling, comforting celebration of hard-won Black love.

Rebels Without a Pause: Chuck D’s Living Legacy

Rebels Without a Pause: Chuck D’s Living Legacy

A roundup of ferociously intelligent MCs carrying his fearless torch.

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

Murda She Wrote: July 2020 

Murda She Wrote: July 2020 

Summer heats up with new music by Koffee, Chronixx, Tessellated & Crayon and Aluna, Princess Nokia & Jada Kingdom.

Roll Over, Beethoven: A Rocker’s Guide to 20th-Century Classical

Roll Over, Beethoven: A Rocker’s Guide to 20th-Century Classical

How pop’s cutting edge found comrades in the renegades of modernism and postmodernism.

Singer-Songwriters, Unsung

Singer-Songwriters, Unsung

Emitt Rhodes, Terry Callier, Bridget St. John and other master storytellers you need to know.

Conversations

“A Very Powerful Thing Our Ancestors Gave Us”: A Conversation With Jon Batiste

“A Very Powerful Thing Our Ancestors Gave Us”: A Conversation With Jon Batiste

In a new single and in the streets, the pianist and bandleader furthers the great tradition of black American protest.

The Call of the Wild: A Conversation With Steve Von Till

The Call of the Wild: A Conversation With Steve Von Till

In post-metal titans Neurosis, on his extraordinary new solo album, and throughout his first collection of poetry, the singer and musician summons up the eternity of the natural world.

The Psychedelic Furs Return to Post-Punk Glory

The Psychedelic Furs Return to Post-Punk Glory

Frontman Richard Butler on the band’s triumphs, missteps and stellar new album, ‘Made of Rain’ — the Furs’ first studio record in nearly three decades.

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.

Anti Band: The Unruly Legacy of NO TREND

Anti Band: The Unruly Legacy of NO TREND

A new box set from Drag City uncovers the brazen contrarians of the legendary D.C. hardcore scene.

A Place to Dance

A Place to Dance

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

Essays

Between ‘Fun House’ & ‘Funtime’: Iggy Pop in the Seventies

Between ‘Fun House’ & ‘Funtime’: Iggy Pop in the Seventies

Brilliantly out of step, the rock provocateur architected revolutionary sounds with the Stooges and Bowie.

The Darkness & the Daydream: The Grateful Dead in 1970

The Darkness & the Daydream: The Grateful Dead in 1970

At the onset of a long goodbye to the psychedelic Sixties, the great American rock band released two rootsy studio masterpieces while unspooling marathon lysergic improv onstage.

Essays  / Rock
Selena: ‘Dreaming of You’ @ 25

Selena: ‘Dreaming of You’ @ 25

How her landmark, mega-selling posthumously released album created the template for the bilingual Latinx pop star.

In Memoriam

Tony Bennett: I Will Be Remembering Johnny Mandel

Tony Bennett: I Will Be Remembering Johnny Mandel

Our finest jazz and traditional-pop singer reflects on his collaborations with the late, great composer-arranger.

Malik B: 1972 – 2020

Malik B: 1972 – 2020

During his inspired years with the Roots, the extraordinary MC set a standard for how rappers can lead and interact with live bands.

Remembering the Musicians Felled by COVID-19

Remembering the Musicians Felled by COVID-19

This continuing feature honors the musicians taken from us by the coronavirus.

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