Shamir’s Distinctive Voice05/22/15
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the singer’s blend of different genres.
Joey Alexander, the Young Jazz Sensation
Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen discuss Joey Alexander’s debut album.
U2 Prepares to Go on Tour
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss U2 and “Songs of Innocence” as the group heads out on a world tour.
New Albums By Zac Brown Band and Tyler Farr
Joe Coscarelli and Jon Caramanica discuss records from country dissenters and what, if anything, country’s borders mean anymore.
Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Get Down
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the tenor saxophonist and his roots in the thriving Los Angeles jazz scene.
How Much Festival Is Too Much Festival?
Jon Caramanica, Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss the vicissitudes and artistic value of music festivals.
The Ongoing Evolution of Charles Lloyd
Jon Pareles and Nate Chinen discuss the jazz saxophonist, flutist and band leader Charles Lloyd.
Kendrick Lamar, Dissenting From the Mainstream as He...
Discussing the rapper’s new album, “To Pimp A Butterfly.”
On ‘Empire’: The Show, the Music and the Calamitous Finale
Jon Caramanica and Gilbert Cruz, of The Times, and Justin Charity, of Complex, discuss “Empire.”
Blurred Legal Lines
Ben Sisario, Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the “Blurred Lines” copyright trial.
Madonna is Still Madonna On ‘Rebel Heart’
Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss “Rebel Heart,” the new album by Madonna.
Who Is Boots?
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss the 28-year-old singer, songwriter and producer.
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Kanye West, Beck, Iggy Azalea, Papa John’s and other stars of the show.
Björk Gets Personal
Jon Pareles tells Ben Ratliff about club-hopping with Björk in Iceland and listening to her new album, “Vulnerica,” which was released last week.
Departed Tastemakers: ASAP Yams and Kim Fowley
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss two connectors with keen ears, who died last week.
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles are joined by Caryn Ganz, of RollingStone.com, to discuss “No Cities to Love,” the new album by Sleater-Kinney.
All About Meghan Trainor
Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss Ms. Trainor as surprise, as a formula, as contrivance and as a product of Nantucket, hip-hop and Nashville.
The Year in Jazz 2014
Jon Pareles, Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff discuss the movements of jazz in 2014.
The Year in Pop 2014
Ben Ratliff, Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen discuss pop music’s dominant themes, lessons and preoccupations in 2014.
The Best Albums of 2014
The pop critics of The New York Times discuss their lists of the Top 10 albums of the year.
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