The Year in Pop 201412/19/14
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.
The Pop Savvy of ‘Beyond the Lights’
Jon Caramanica and A.O. Scott discuss what this modern update of “The Bodyguard” gets right about the music business.
London Calls Mary J. Blige
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Mary J. Blige and her new album, “The London Sessions.”
How Bobby Shmurda Danced Into the Hot 100
The 20-year-old East Flatbush rapper Bobby Shmurda has just jumped from No. 8 to No. 6 on the Billboard chart.
Dave Grohl’s ‘Sonic Highways’
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss “Sonic Highways,” the new album and HBO mini-series by Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.
Listening to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Taylor Swift’s poppy new album.
The Myth of Scott Walker
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Scott Walker and “Soused,” his new album with the drone-metal band Sunn O))).
Tinashe, FKA Twigs and the Semantics of R&B
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the singers Tinashe and FKA twigs, and whether they point toward a new conception of R&B.
Parsing Steve Coleman’s Genius
Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen discuss the jazz saxophonist, a recent winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Chris Brown
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the challenges of appraising Chris Brown.
U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’: Gift or Spam?
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss the new U2 album, released this week for free in iTunes.
Our Vacations with Ariana Grande and Kate Bush
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss new projects by Ms. Grande and Ms. Bush.
Ben Ratliff talks to Jennifer Herrema of the band Black Bananas.
Songs of the Summer
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss some of the most popular songs of the summer.
Arto Lindsay’s Ecstatic Procession
The singer and guitarist Arto Lindsay discusses his work and career, including a new album, “Encyclopedia of Arto.”
Can Hip-Hop Thrive on Broadway?
Jon Caramanica and Charles Isherwood discuss the failure of “Holler if Ya Hear Me,” the musical based on the work of Tupac Shakur.
Sia’s Path from Victim to Victory
Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss Sia Furler, the Australian singer-songwriter, and her new album, “1000 Forms of Fear.”
Metal, Poetry and Satan
Ben Ratliff and the poet Michael Robbins discuss the current state of metal and the music’s perhaps surprising similarities with poetry.
Lana Del Rey, Downcast Superstar
Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss Lana Del Rey and her new record, “Ultraviolence.”
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