Two of rock’s greatest critics, and why they moved on.
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Four new books explore the nexus of business, crime, and the making of popular music.
Behind Lady Gaga’s postmodern spectacle, a voice of surprising power.
A newreissue of early recordings reveals a heartbreaking work of sibling genius.
TheSouthern songcraft of the Drive-By Truckers keeps a steady hand on the wheel.Robert Christgau listens to Go-Go Boots.
RobertChristgau gets moved by Swedish pop star Robyn’s infectious beats andpugnacious lyrics.
A critic’s rundown of a year in pop music.
Avisit to Dakar in pursuit of Senegal’s musical treasures.
Whythe world needs to know about Brazil’s mad musical genius, Tom Zé.
Four biographies of rock’n’roll greats try to place music legend in the world of documentable fact.
The boundary-eroding music of M.I.A. mashes the personal and the political with toughness, wit, and beats.