The Rock Hall’s Class of 2014, Or: The Revenge of Kiss
Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss this year’s inductees and the challenges of creating a rock canon.
Country Experiments With Rap
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff talk about the overlap of hip-hop and country.
Checking In on Burger Records
Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss Burger Records, the label, store and cultural phenomenon.
Michael Jackson Returns
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss “Xscape,” the new album of previously unreleased demos by Michael Jackson.
Moogfest: Avant-Pop and Analog Geekery
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss why analog synthesizers and techno-futurism makes for an agreeable festival.
Tracking Future and Hip-Hop’s Growlers
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the rapper Future and the evolution of vocal style in hip-hop.
Coachella 2014: Selfies (and Outkast) in the Desert
Jon Caramanica talks to Ben Ratliff, who reviewed the festival for The Times.
Parsing Big Ears
Ben Ratliff and Christopher R. Weingarten, a critic for Rolling Stone, discuss the free-form music festival in Knoxville, Tenn.
An Avalanche of Latin Pop
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss new albums by Shakira, Juanes, Romeo Santos, Enrique Iglesias, Wisin and Caetano Veloso.
Who Owns Your Taste in Music?
Ben Ratliff and Ben Sisario discuss the increasing sophistication of internet data-mining in the music business.
Vijay Iyer, Jazz Weather Vane
Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen discuss the jazz composer and musician Vijay Iyer and his new classical album, “Mutations.”
The Radical Happiness of Pharrell
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss Pharrell Williams and his new album, G I R L.
Calle 13 Goes ‘Multi_Viral’
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss Calle 13, the political hip-hop and reggaeton band from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and it’s new album, “Multi_Viral.”
Rediscovering New Age
Mike Rubin and Ben Ratliff discuss the current state of new-age music.
Young Thug as Vocal Stylist
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Young Thug and the hip-hop tradition of irreducible voices.
The Grammys: Old Rockers, Young Goths and Public Apologies
Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the Grammy Awards.
Decoding Ariel Rechtshaid
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Ariel Rechtshaid, the Grammy-nominated producer of songs by Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend, Justin Bieber and others.
Remembering Amiri Baraka
Ben Ratliff and Harmony Holiday discuss the poet, playwright, critic and polemicist.
The Year in Jazz
Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen discuss the notable artists and themes in jazz in 2013.
The Year in Pop
Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the dominant ideas and themes in pop in 2013.
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