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This Is Triumphant Music: MLK on Jazz

This Is Triumphant Music: MLK on Jazz

In 1964, the civil-rights hero defined the plight and victory of Black American music.

Essays  / Jazz
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.

Stevie Wonder Remembers MLK

Stevie Wonder Remembers MLK

[repost] The maestro discusses writing “Happy Birthday" and reflects on MLK’s legacy.

Essays

The Art of Kinda Fittin’ In: ZZ Top Begins

The Art of Kinda Fittin’ In: ZZ Top Begins

Ben Ratliff on how self-awareness and one culturally savvy guitar picker made that little ol’ band from Texas the long-reigning champs of blues-rock.

Mask Up

Mask Up

Simon Reynolds on pop and rock history’s obsession with disguise.

Metallica: Now on TIDAL in MQA

Metallica: Now on TIDAL in MQA

Hard-rock authority Ian Christe unpacks the storied history and eternal influence of metal’s biggest band.

In Memoriam

MF DOOM: 1971 – 2020

MF DOOM: 1971 – 2020

Equally beguiling and virtuosic, the MC was among the most unforgettable forces in hip-hop history.

Tony Rice: 1951 – 2020

Tony Rice: 1951 – 2020

Béla Fleck on the influence and inspiration of the bluegrass legend and guitar giant.

The Courageous Humility of Charley Pride 

The Courageous Humility of Charley Pride 

How country’s first Black superstar broke barriers while thriving in the genre’s commercial mainstream.

Discover

Locked Down, Turnt Up

Locked Down, Turnt Up

Resilient and resourceful as ever, hip-hop culture has thrived in the face of the global pandemic.

“A Perfect Entity”: George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ at 50

“A Perfect Entity”: George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ at 50

Ashley Kahn, editor of ‘George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters,’ considers the legacy of the post-Beatles masterpiece.

Live and Lost: Dispatches From the Venues Shuttered by Covid-19

Live and Lost: Dispatches From the Venues Shuttered by Covid-19

We’ll never forget the jazz clubs, supper joints, dives and mid-sized rooms we lost to the ongoing pandemic. Here are excellent concert recordings from a handful of them.

Conversations

“We All Grow Together”: A Conversation With Stone Gossard

“We All Grow Together”: A Conversation With Stone Gossard

The Pearl Jam guitarist on Painted Shield, his project with Mason Jennings, and what the future of touring holds for rock’s most revelatory live band.

“I’m Always Keeping Myself Open”: A Conversation With B-Real

“I’m Always Keeping Myself Open”: A Conversation With B-Real

The rap royal on Serial Killers, Cypress Hill’s legacy, meeting Chuck D, his influence on Latin hip-hop and more.

“I Don’t Have Any Regrets”: A Conversation With George Coleman

“I Don’t Have Any Regrets”: A Conversation With George Coleman

The jazz titan looks back on his storied career and a newly released archival live recording from 1971.

Features

DJ Screw: Time Stretched

DJ Screw: Time Stretched

How the visionary’s legacy thrives 20 years after his passing.

“I Don’t Want a Word to Define Me, and ‘Jazz’ Is a Word”: Matthew Shipp at 60

“I Don’t Want a Word to Define Me, and ‘Jazz’ Is a Word”: Matthew Shipp at 60

The avant-garde luminary reflects on standout recordings from his TIDAL catalog.

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.

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