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New York Times music critics Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen talk each week about the latest pop music news, the top songs, the best albums, the biggest stars — and the up and coming stars you haven't heard of yet.

New York Times music critics Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen talk each week about the latest pop music news, the top songs, the best albums, the biggest stars — and the up and coming stars you haven't heard of yet.
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New York, NY

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New York Times music critics Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen talk each week about the latest pop music news, the top songs, the best albums, the biggest stars — and the up and coming stars you haven't heard of yet.

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English

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Episodes

A Tribute to David Berman, Who Never Hid His Truth

8/16/2019
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Conversations about his songwriting, his struggles and his striking sweetness outside of music. Guests: Jeff Johnson; The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich; and Nick Weidenfeld.

Duration:01:15:18

Funkmaster Flex and Tyler, the Creator’s Unlikely Buddy Comedy

8/2/2019
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The Hot 97 D.J. and the hip-hop disrupter shared the wildest interview of the year. Guests: Rolling Stone's Charles Holmes and Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

Duration:01:09:32

How Many Streams Is a T-Shirt Worth? Breaking Down Chart Dilemmas.

7/26/2019
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There’s more data about music consumption than ever before. That doesn’t mean we understand who’s the most popular. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Ben Sisario.

Duration:01:00:32

The Loudness of João Gilberto, Bossa Nova’s King of Quiet

7/19/2019
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A look back at the Brazilian musician’s innovations as one of the genre’s primary architects. Guest: Ben Ratliff

Duration:00:55:50

How Hootie & the Blowfish Inspired Both Love and Hate

7/8/2019
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Critics who were writing about the band at the peak of its fame look back at how the group became so bitterly divisive. Guests: Jim DeRogatis and Danyel Smith.

Duration:00:53:53

Taylor vs. Scooter: The Pop Music Civil War of 2019

7/3/2019
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The superstar complained that the powerful manager acquired her master recordings, setting off a debate that divided the industry. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli

Duration:01:04:48

The Unexpectedly Deep Musical Roots of Hootie & the Blowfish

6/30/2019
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“Cracked Rear View” catapulted the band to superstardom. But the group made great music long before — and after — anyone paid attention. Guest: former A&R representative Tim Sommer

Duration:00:59:42

Why Are the Movies So Obsessed With Pop Stars?

6/21/2019
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From “Rocketman” to “Her Smell,” “Blaze” to “Vox Lux,” the film industry seems to think all musicians have the same ups and downs. Guests: The New York Times's A.O. Scott; Vanity Fair's K. Austin Collins; Kristen Yoonsoo Kim.

Duration:01:16:48

Can Record Labels Be Trusted to Preserve Music History?

6/13/2019
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A 2008 fire destroyed master recordings for a who’s who of popular music. A new investigation explores the damage done. Guest: The New York Times Magazine's Jody Rosen

Duration:01:15:24

Bob Dylan’s Excellent Adventure

6/11/2019
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The Rolling Thunder Revue was more than a tour: It was a chance for the songwriter to play with the truth. Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles

Duration:00:43:42

Megan Thee Stallion and Rap’s Rising Generation of Women

5/25/2019
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Hip-hop has historically been inhospitable to female performers. A new class is finding fresh paths to break through. Guests: The Atlantic's Hannah Giorgis and Vulture's Hunter Harris.

Duration:00:30:09

Are AirPods Worth the Costs?

5/20/2019
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Apple’s wireless earbuds have led to questions about personal tech as environmental scourge and punch line. Guests: The New York Times's Brian X. Chen and Motherboard's Caroline Haskins.

Duration:01:03:08

Vampire Weekend, Indie Rock Heretics Turned Anxious Jam Band

5/13/2019
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Ezra Koenig’s literate group has returned, sparking questions about how it was received in the past, and where it stands in the current climate. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; The Ringer's Rob Harvilla

Duration:00:52:44

The Return of Bikini Kill and the Long Tail of Riot Grrrl

5/5/2019
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A movement of punk-powered feminism that began in the early 1990s has a fresh urgency in 2019. Guests: Evelyn McDonnell, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Caryn Ganz

Duration:00:41:49

How Gospel and Pop Learn From Each Other

4/30/2019
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From Kanye West to serpentwithfeet to the Stellar Awards returning to BET, the genres’ dialogue has been evolving. Guest: The New Yorker's Briana Younger

Duration:01:12:03

Is Billie Eilish the Future of Pop?

4/19/2019
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The 17-year-old musician has been revising the rules of young stardom. But she may be more of a classicist than her aesthetic would suggest. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli; Meaghan Garvey

Duration:01:06:53

Lil Nas X and the Long History of Country-Rap

4/7/2019
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“Old Town Road” is the latest flash point in the two-decades-long dialogue between Nashville and hip-hop. Guest: Average Joes Entertainment's Shannon Houchins

Duration:00:46:57

Boy Bands, Now Featuring Grown Men

3/29/2019
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Backstreet’s back, the New Kids put out a new single and groups in the K-pop ecosystem are thriving. Why are boy bands so central to pop music? Guests: Jezebel's Maria Sherman and Billboard's Andrew Unterberger

Duration:01:21:20

How a Viral Rap Star Rocketed From Meme to Hit

3/21/2019
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Blueface’s “Thotiana” is a nearly perfectly engineered hit of the social media age. Guests: The Fader's Ben Dandridge-Lemco and Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

Duration:00:56:53

Can Michael Jackson’s Legacy Ever Really Be Derailed?

3/7/2019
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The documentary “Leaving Neverland” details devastating allegations of sexual abuse. How do fans process them, and Jackson’s body of work? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Aisha Harris and Ben Sisario

Duration:01:00:43