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  1. best of 2020
    The Best Albums of the Year (So Far)Run the Jewels 4 might end up being the album that resembles 2020 the most.
  2. vulture lists
    All the Verzuz Instagram Live Battles, RankedLet’s go over what we’ve seen so far, ranked from best to worst to absolutely doomed.
  3. radio vulture
    Welcome to the ‘New’ Kanye NarrativeToday Kanye West released his first formal artistic statement of the pandemic and the nationwide movement for racial justice.
  4. album review
    Bob Dylan Is Still the Voice of a GenerationThe only difference is he speaks for more than just one now.
  5. let em stay mad
    It Wouldn’t Be ‘The Chicks’ If Their Comeback Didn’t Piss Off Some PeopleOnce again, “the Chicks” find themselves on the pulse of the times.
  6. the songs of protest
    We Are Not ‘Alright’The world Kendrick’s song envisioned seems far away today. The moment requires a different kind of protest song, and rappers are putting in work.
  7. stand-up
    Dave Chappelle’s 8:46 Is Powerful But Not Quite PerfectThe outrage is pure and unfiltered in the legendary comedian’s new set on George Floyd.
  8. album review
    Run the Jewels 4 Is Exactly What America Needs to Hear Right NowKiller Mike and El-P have landed on the pulse of spring 2020.
  9. roundtables
    A Roundtable Discussion on a Chaotic Week in Social MediaAs new rules emerge and people test the bounds of what’s acceptable online, Vulture gathers to discuss what unrest looks like on your phone.
  10. radio vulture
    Now Isn’t the Time for More Music-Industry SilenceRecord labels have known about these issues since long before it became radioactive behavior to stay quiet.
  11. album review
    Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Crash-Landed Right When It Was Needed MostIt’s the hard reset Fame/The Fame Monster fans have been waiting for.
  12. radio vulture
    Stan Culture Is Due a Reckoning. So Are the Celebrities They Worship.Last week was evidence of a slow and peculiar shift in the relationship between fans and the musicians they love over the last decade.
  13. song review
    Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain on Me’ Is a Win for EveryoneThis song will be huge not just because it’s Gaga in peak dance-pop form with chart assassin Ariana Grande in tow.
  14. summer 2020
    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 +2 Forever Altered the Course of Gaming and MusicRevisiting THPS 1 + 2 at the end of the summer when the remake arrives will serve valuable nostalgia to gamers, skaters, and music nerds.
  15. radio vulture
    Country Music Was Designed for a Bad Year Like ThisLucinda Williams, the Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell, and Steve Earle have each released albums that speak to the stress of being alive right now.
  16. summer 2020
    Tame Impala Made the Perfect Summer Album. Then Summer Got Canceled.How the famed one-man band is handling these months of isolation.
  17. a long talk
    El-P Has Made Peace With His PastThe rapper and producer on bringing his Def Jux solo classics to streaming for the first time.
  18. remembrances
    Andre Harrell’s Hip-Hop Legacy in 10 Essential AlbumsHis influence on black music, movies, and TV is immeasurable.
  19. album review
    Petals for Armor Feels Like Meeting Hayley Williams for the First TimeSometimes a change of setting and a bit of personal upheaval are a recipe for a breakthrough.
  20. q&a
    Tory Lanez Is the New King of RaunchAs “Demon Time” has emerged as a kind of makeshift strip-club VIP room for Instagram, Quarantine Radio is sort of like its “Howard Stern Show.”
  21. radio vulture
    Thank God We Still Have MusicRespect is owed to the artists releasing vital new work this spring without any immediate prospect of a tour to back it up.
  22. song review
    Tekashi 6ix9ine Is a Black HoleWe can’t stop him because we must know what happens next; our curiosity is his source of power.
  23. quarantuning
    This Rapper Just Broke the Record for the World’s Longest FreestyleOver 24 hours in, Watsky’s run has been an absurdist stream of consciousness aided by coffee-table books, a Scrabble dictionary, and fan shoutouts.
  24. radio vulture
    What More Is There for Drake to Do?It might be a mistake, 14 years in, to expect an artist who built a very lucrative thing for himself to keep mucking with the formula.
  25. quarantuning
    An Accurate Representation of Quarantine Brain in One Music Video645AR’s “Yoga” video looks like what watching the news off a tab of acid feels like.
  26. song review
    Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion Just Brought Back the Lost Art of a Killer RemixIt’s so rare in this era for a remix to feel like an event and not just a few new words plopped onto an existing song.
  27. vulture lists
    Fiona Apple Has Never Made a Bad Album. But Which Is Her Best?Let’s argue.
  28. album review
    Rina Sawayama’s Debut Album Might Make You See the 2000s Much DifferentlySawayama is an exercise in making pop out of not-so-popular 2000s nostalgia.
  29. quarantuning
    The Rolling Stones Have Arrived Right on TimeMick and Keith didn’t write “Living in a Ghost Town” about the current crisis, but astute poets can smell a bad time coming.
  30. chat room
    Mike Dean Wants to Put Kanye’s G.O.O.D Fridays Songs on Streaming This Year“We’re both a little bit crazy.”
  31. album review
    Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters Is the Album She Deserved to Make All AlongThe singer-songwriter has had a breakthrough.
  32. close reads
    Final Fantasy VII Remake’s New Midgar Eerily Reflects Our Crumbling SocietyThe question here isn’t whether or not Final Fantasy VII could happen to us but, rather, how much of it already has.
  33. obits
    John Prine Was One of the Great American Songwriters. He Was Also All of Us.His music was a celebration of the fullness and the randomness of life.
  34. remembrances
    Remembering Bill Withers’s Singular VoiceBill Withers was a straight shooter as a singer, sort of like a church pastor in the sense that really, he was just talking to you.
  35. album review
    The Weeknd and Partynextdoor’s Dirtbag R&B Is Hard to BeatTwo of our finest R&B villains are at it again on After Hours and Partymobile.
  36. a long talk
    Nerding Out With ThundercatOn his new album, losing Mac Miller, and the Evangelion dubbing controversy.
  37. song review
    Bob Dylan’s New JFK Assassination Epic Couldn’t Be More PrescientThe Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Dylan in 2016 remains in good hands.
  38. album review
    Dua Lipa’s Here to StayFuture Nostalgia is one of the best pop albums of the young year.
  39. quarantuning
    The Internet Is Now the World’s Biggest Music FestivalOne of the rare pleasures this week has been watching DJs and singer-songwriters spring into action to help people fill up the hollow days and nights.
  40. solitude
    Relishing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, an Anti-Anxiety OasisThe game runs refreshingly against the rising tide of bad, dark news.
  41. book excerpt
    Kenny Rogers Was Never Just One Kind of ArtistPop-country owes a debt of gratitude to the late singer and his debut hit “Lucille.”
  42. quarantuning
    10 Songs to Get You Through This Anxious, Lonely SpringWe’ve got upbeat jams about spooky premonitions and quiet songs about how spring sorta sucks and a psych-rock epic about the apocalypse.
  43. radio vulture
    ‘Donald Glover Presents’ Only Makes Him Even More of an EnigmaWas this thing supposed to come out or not?
  44. radio vulture
    Coronavirus Should Be a Turning Point for the Music IndustryIt’s the nightmare scenario that calls the viability of the whole business structure into question.
  45. album review
    Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake Should Have the Competition Taking NotesHe’s a rare rap star in a rare lane.
  46. radio vulture
    Why Shouldn’t Megan Thee Stallion Take What’s Hers?The idea that it’s too soon for Megan Thee Stallion to want a more fair deal is a fault in our own thinking, not hers.
  47. album review
    Bad Bunny Is Breaking All the Rules, and It’s a Thrill to WatchYHLQMDLG is an expression of Bad Bunny’s freedom both in the title and the music.
  48. song review
    Lady Gaga’s Message Remains Clear on ‘Stupid Love’: Just DanceGaga knows her audience too well.
  49. encounters
    What Happens When a Wunderkind Grows Up?King Krule talks his new album Man Alive!, mostly avoiding the music industry, and how fatherhood changed him.
  50. album review
    Is Grimes an Anti-Hero or Villain?Her new album, Miss Anthropocene, doesn’t make the question any easier.
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