From Channel Orange to a Syrian wedding party.
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Das Racist may be gone, but they shouldn’t be forgotten soon.
David Byrne looks back on a life turning questions into ecstacy — and Jonathan Lethem unpacks the Talking Heads’ signature work of nervous transport.
In Michael Chabon’s new novel, a record store in a troubled bohemia proves a setting as fantastic as any in the author’s recent work.
A new study grapples with the long, complex legacy of blackface minstrelsy in performance.
Before the era of the phonograph and radio, Americans were opening their ears.
“Outlaw country” singer-songwriter Todd Snider’s storytelling talent is its own religion.
How a pair of best friends from Cincinnati are leading the best band in America.
Etta James’s voice was a great beauty — but she never forgot how to play rough.
Robert Christgau’s annual rundown of the year’s best in pop music.
Can a wordsmith read his way to comprehension of the global financial mess?