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The Doors’ ‘L.A. Woman’ at 50, and More: Robby Krieger in Conversation

The Doors’ ‘L.A. Woman’ at 50, and More: Robby Krieger in Conversation

The guitar legend on the band’s final LP before Jim Morrison’s passing, his fusion-focused solo work and that time Zappa wanted to produce the Doors.

“We play a little of everything”: Willie Nelson in Conversation

“We play a little of everything”: Willie Nelson in Conversation

The American icon on Sinatra, Django Reinhardt, the art of the duet, his Texas beginnings and more.

“I’m Constantly Striving”: Archie Shepp in Conversation

“I’m Constantly Striving”: Archie Shepp in Conversation

In a long and wide-ranging interview, the jazz giant thinks about his rapid ascent in the avant-garde, his shift toward the tradition, his new duo set with Jason Moran, and much more.

Features

Rick James’ ‘Street Songs’ at 40

Rick James’ ‘Street Songs’ at 40

Booty-call anthems, Marley weed, studio visits from Robin Williams and daring to tell Stevie Wonder what to play: Members of James’ Stone City Band recall the era of an essential LP.

Remember the Sound: An Oral History of Philadelphia International Records

Remember the Sound: An Oral History of Philadelphia International Records

Gamble, Huff and Thom Bell tell the tale of Philly soul.

A Portrait of the Guitarist: Richard Thompson in Conversation

A Portrait of the Guitarist: Richard Thompson in Conversation

In a frank and revealing new memoir, the British folk-rock pioneer and six-string giant assesses his trailblazing tenure in Fairport Convention.

In Memoriam

DMX: 1970 – 2021

DMX: 1970 – 2021

Raw, real, intelligent and ultimately compelling, the MC born Earl Simmons set an unsurpassed standard for intensity in hip-hop.

Essays  / DMX
Mental Health, Blackness and the Bravery of DMX

Mental Health, Blackness and the Bravery of DMX

In hip-hop and Black culture at large, the late MC’s openness changed the conversation.

Essays  / DMX
SOPHIE: 1986 – 2021

SOPHIE: 1986 – 2021

The electronic-music visionary and queer icon was an essential architect of hyperpop.

Essays

TIDAL Primer: Igor Stravinsky

TIDAL Primer: Igor Stravinsky

Ethan Iverson offers a crash course in the life and work of a 20th-century titan on the 50th anniversary of his passing.

Becoming the Man-Machines: Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ at 20

Becoming the Man-Machines: Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ at 20

How the Robots made their masterpiece, and how their masterpiece made them.

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.

Women's Stories & Sounds

Raunchy Reinas: Tokischa, Gailen La Moyeta, Tomasa del Real and More

Raunchy Reinas: Tokischa, Gailen La Moyeta, Tomasa del Real and More

The women serving up sex-positivity in Latin music, and the bold, sultry forebears behind their ascent.

Billie Holiday and the Cult of Jazz Machismo

Billie Holiday and the Cult of Jazz Machismo

How Lady Day was the first woman allowed to be a jazz musician.

A Life at the Opera

A Life at the Opera

Alicia Hall Moran’s subjective history of Black excellence in classical music’s most profound storytelling tradition.

Discover

Midlife Masterpieces

Midlife Masterpieces

Lou Reed, Public Enemy, Bonnie Raitt and others prove how pop excellence can thrive between youth and twilight.

Murda She Wrote: March 2021

Murda She Wrote: March 2021

New music from Moyann & Shenseea, Etana & Stonebwoy, D’Yani, Busy Signal, and Badda General & ZJ Liquid.

Latin Pop’s New Wave

Latin Pop’s New Wave

Young artists carry the torch for Latin music’s rich history of pop crossover.

Culture

“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.

“Thankful for Everything”: A Conversation With Sergio Mendes

“Thankful for Everything”: A Conversation With Sergio Mendes

On the cusp of 80, the Brazilian icon reflects on decades of rhythm, melody and joyful living.

Latin Music’s ‘Urbano’ Reckoning

Latin Music’s ‘Urbano’ Reckoning

Is it time to retire the term?

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