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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.
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.
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