Carly Rae Jepsen and the Kingdom of Desire

What it’s like to be in the crowd when she cuts to the feeling with a symphony orchestra

The Truth at the Heart of Brontez Purnell’s Since I Laid My Burden Down

In the Bay Area punk rocker’s new novel, a man goes home to Alabama to wrestle with his past

How Dan Auerbach Found A New Nashville Sound

The Black Keys frontman on his new solo album, ‘Waiting on a Song,’ and quitting the internet

Choose Love: 10 Years Of ‘Int’l Players Anthem’

On UGK and Outkast’s 2007 classic, Willie Hutch, and the mysteries of the heart

Chris Cornell Was His Era’s Greatest Frontman

No one sang like him, and now he’s gone

Paramore Become Limitless

Notes on the band’s new album, ‘After Laughter’

Fall Out Boy Are Growing Up, And So Are We

Notes on the continued life of a band that no one thought would make it this far

Lil Boosie, “Wipe Me Down,” And The Ballad Of Baton Rouge

10 years of a Southern rap classic

How Should We Remember Rodney King?

You are not always the fires you start, and you are not always the ruins after the fire is through

Rapper Marco Pavé Brings Memphis Protest History Alive

Rapper Marco Pavé Brings Memphis Protest History Alive

Kendrick Lamar Is Aiming At Nothing And Everything

What it means now when a rapper calls himself the greatest

Prince’s Sign ‘O’ The Times And Surviving The End

Lessons from the classic double album on its 30th anniversary

Chuck Berry Never Stopped Running

Notes on the later years of a troubled legend

Heartthrob Never: On The Beauty Of Biggie Smalls

Twenty years after his death, remembering what the late rapper meant to the kids who looked like him

Concert Review: The Sad, Beautiful Story of Aaron West

Wonder Years frontman Dan Campbell’s side project is a deeply real work of fiction

Long Before Nicki Minaj And Remy Ma, Women Invented Rap Beef

What the Roxanne Wars of the early 1980s can tell us about today’s feud of the moment

‘Brown Girls’ Is A Quietly Revolutionary Story About Friendship

The web series’s writer on Muslim identity, Chicago music, and more

A Tribe Called Quest Offered A Clear And Deliberate Message At The Grammys

The rap legends used the awards’ platform to speak up for the underrepresented

Whitney Houston Was Too Perfect To Stay

Five years after her death, we remember and honor a legend

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours At 40: Heartbreak And Magic

Revisiting the classic 1977 album’s peak drama and incomplete endings

Saying Goodbye To A White House That Welcomed Hip-Hop

Barack Obama’s relationship with rap music will be sorely missed

‘Juice,’ Tupac, And The Theater Of Black Nihilism

Notes on the rapper’s breakthrough film role, 25 years later

How The Berlin Trilogy Saved David Bowie

Notes on the 40th anniversary of ‘Low,’ the album that let him leave the past behind

Searching for a New Kind of Optimism in 2017

Listening to punk rock in the dark and trying to find a place for hope in the new year