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  2. album review
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  3. jai paul
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  4. album review
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  5. song review
    Katy Perry’s ‘Never Really Over’ Is the Comeback Single She Desperately NeededHer new Zedd-produced single is a slight return to the motivational fare Katy Perry’s best at.
  6. summer preview
    Summer Music Preview: Madonna, Ed Sheeran, and More Albums We Can’t Wait to HearWill we finally get Rihanna? The light release calendar is likely bracing us for a summer of nonstop surprises.
  7. a long talk
    There’s Nothing Flying Lotus Can’t DoThe polymath on his new album, unreleased Mac Miller collabs, working with David Lynch, and what critics got wrong about Kuso.
  8. concert review
    Björk’s Cornucopia Concert Is the Wildest Visual Display That I’ve Ever SeenIt’s fitting for a catalogue that doesn’t much sound like anything else to generate a live show that doesn’t look like anything else.
  9. album review
    Tyler, the Creator Fully Owns His Voice on IGORIt looks like the artist has been priming us for this moment for years.
  10. album review
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  11. album review
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  12. song review
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  13. album reviews
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  14. album review
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  15. concert review
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  16. a long talk
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  17. song review
    Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’ Is, Uh, Cute But Cloying“ME!” aims to reach the masses by sacrificing nuance for fun-for-the-family relatability.
  18. album review
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  19. song review
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  20. beyonce
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  21. old town road
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  22. album review
    BTS and Blackpink’s New Albums Mark an Unprecedented Era for K-PopPersona and Kill This Love capture the blockbuster K-pop groups at the height of their fame while also angling to push out into new territories.
  23. amazing grace
    Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace Was Always a Must-Hear. Now It’s a Must-See.If you can make it out to a theater where it’s playing, after all these years, go.
  24. backstories
    Inside the Making of Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?From the Invisalign bit to recording in bedrooms to stressing over climate change, her older brother and producer Finneas O’Connell breaks it down.
  25. album review
    Khalid Takes a Stunning Left Turn on His Sophomore Album Free SpiritThis is his “fame sucks” album, but it represents something even greater for the 21-year-old singer-songwriter.
  26. remembrances
    The Complicated Life and Death of Nipsey HussleEvery rapper says they love where they came from, but Nip invested in the very streets that ultimately took his life.
  27. music
    Welcome to the Age of Pop ‘Plagiarism’In 2019, the question of if and how a song has been copied is an incredibly complicated one.
  28. living legends
    Janet Jackson Continues to Break All the Rules of What It Means to Be a Pop StarIn honor of her Rock Hall induction, a look at how Janet has pushed pop’s boundaries for four decades.
  29. album review
    Billie Eilish Is the FutureThe teen’s debut album is a quiet revolution.
  30. album review
    Jenny Lewis’s On the Line Is Her Best Work to DateOn the Line is a triumph of patient refinement.
  31. album reviews
    Karen O and Danger Mouse’s New Album Is a Letdown for Two Artists This GoodIt makes you wonder what this album could’ve been had the two veteran collaborators pushed beyond their respective comfort zones.
  32. spring preview
    Spring Music Preview: Rihanna, Tame Impala, & More Albums We Can’t Wait to HearRihanna is (maybe, hopefully, please!) coming.
  33. album review
    The Dystopian Future of Juice WRLD’s Death Race for LoveThe world these records depict is forbidding.
  34. album review
    Solange Is Creating a Beautiful WorldHer purpose seems to be to envision the peace and order the real world lacks.
  35. legacies
    No One Deserves As Much Power As Michael Jackson HadWe gave a performer carte blanche to live however he wanted because the music was more important to us.
  36. album review
    On Lil Pump’s Harverd Dropout, the Best Songs Are the Most DepravedThe picture that Harverd Dropout paints, though, even accounting for poetic license, seems scary.
  37. the law
    Jussie Smollett and the Court of Public OpinionThis story is exceedingly abnormal, and it’s drawing the worst out of many of us, but it doesn’t speak for us either.
  38. music
    Ryan Adams Abused His PowerIt’s time to retire the myth of the tortured artist.
  39. anniversaries
    The Weird Sadness of Aughts NostalgiaThe good art from the era came at the expense of great distress.
  40. album review
    Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Almost Ranks As Florida Georgia Line’s Best AlbumIf only they’d edited it down a bit.
  41. grammys 2019
    The Grammys Needed to Say More This YearThanks to host Alicia Keys, the show was appealingly low-key, but maybe it shouldn’t have been.
  42. album review
    Thank U, Next Is a Phoenix Moment for Ariana GrandeThis isn’t a breakup album, it’s a list of demands and a statement of hunger for someone willing to fulfill them without too much fuss.
  43. music
    The Rise and Fall and Rise of the Backstreet BoysWhy do they appear to be resonating more with fans this year than they have in the last decade?
  44. super bowl halftime
    Maroon 5’s Super Bowl Performance Was Safe and CloyingIt also featured a slow, cynical striptease from front man Adam Levine.
  45. interview
    Max Bemis Closes the Book on Say Anything“Everyone is getting older, and it’s just getting sadder. And I’m like, ‘This is not me.’”
  46. album review
    Finding the Fun in Weezer’s Teal AlbumThe album is a play on the idea of the washed-up rock star taking a swan dive into the nostalgia circuit.
  47. album review
    James Blake, Future, and the Power of VoiceThe impactful vocalists of this decade are increasingly the least traditional ones.
  48. music
    Surviving R. Kelly and the Problem With Modern Fan CultureMany of the biggest success stories of the last year in music involved men with volatile histories.
  49. music
    How Will Rock and Roll Find Its Future?This year, rock seemed bored with itself.
  50. roundtable
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