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The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.

The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.

Location:

New York, New York

Description:

The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.

Language:

English


Episodes

Why We Collect

5/11/2022
A conversation about the urge to accumulate treasured items and the stories objects can hold. Guest: The New Yorker's Hua Hsu.

Duration:00:57:41

A Decade of Drill Rap

5/8/2022
Pop Smoke, Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign and more have taken the sound that emerged in Chicago in different directions. What might come next? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and David Drake.

Duration:01:09:37

Machine Gun Kelly’s Pop-Punk Pivot

4/27/2022
After decreasing returns in the hip-hop world, the musician and actor stepped into a revival that had roots in SoundCloud rap, and a champion in Travis Barker. Guests: Meaghan Garvey and Arielle Gordon.

Duration:00:47:59

Will Smith, Before the Slap

4/21/2022
Plenty has been said about Oscars night. But what about the rapper-turned-actor’s remarkable journey up to that point? Guest: Andscape's Soraya Nadia McDonald.

Duration:00:48:37

The 2022 Grammys: Let’s Discuss

4/5/2022
What are the awards at this point, and who benefits from them? Guests: Jon Pareles, Wesley Morris and Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:01:00:46

Charli XCX’s Ever-Evolving Pop

3/30/2022
The singer and songwriter’s career has inspired dance parties as well as spirited conversations about her ambitions and aesthetic innovations. Guests: Hazel Cills and Shaad D’Souza.

Duration:00:47:13

The Many Worlds of Rosalía

3/23/2022
The Spanish phenom’s music takes in a host of global influences, making her one of the most sonically ambitious and critically dissected pop artists today. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.

Duration:00:54:30

The Sounds of Ukrainian Pop

3/15/2022
A conversation about some of the country’s stars, the musical traditions they work within and how they have grappled with the war. Guest: Vogue's Liana Satenstein.

Duration:00:41:57

Reggaeton’s Global Expansion and Wide-Open Future

3/8/2022
As the genre grows in worldwide popularity, it is engaging with the pop music mainstream and stratifying into subsets, introducing new opportunities and dilemmas. Guests: Isabelia Herrera and Katelina Eccleston.

Duration:00:54:31

The Enigma of Big Thief

3/1/2022
A conversation about the space the breakout Brooklyn band occupies in contemporary indie-rock circles, and its latest album. Guests: Rolling Stone's Jon Dolan and Pitchfork's Sam Sodomsky.

Duration:00:53:10

Remembering Betty Davis, a Futuristic Funk Force

2/23/2022
A conversation about her unique music, her short career and the path that led to her rediscovery. Guests: Jon Pareles, Maureen Mahon and Oliver Wang.

Duration:00:49:49

Mitski, In and Out of the Spotlight

2/16/2022
The indie-rock musician’s albums inspire deep feelings and attract ever-bigger audiences, but in many ways she remains a mystery. Guests: New York's E. Alex Jung and Pitchfork's Cat Zhang.

Duration:00:50:37

Spotify’s Ongoing Joe Rogan Problem

2/9/2022
The controversy over the star podcaster and misinformation raised thorny questions about the streaming service’s role as a platform, and exacerbated its conflicts with musicians. Guests: Ben Sisario and New York's Nick Quah.

Duration:00:59:22

Remembering Greg Tate, Critic and Catalyst

2/1/2022
Conversations with two of his contemporaries about the fertile scenes he covered, and the indelible impression he left. Guests: Michael A. Gonzales and Joan Morgan.

Duration:01:02:08

A Killing Jolts Sweden’s Rap Scene

1/26/2022
A conversation about hip-hop’s evolution in the country, and how a high-profile shooting thrust the music into the spotlight. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Petter Hallen and Alex Marshall.

Duration:00:56:15

What’s Left for the Weeknd to Conquer?

1/18/2022
“Dawn FM” suggests at least one future direction for the pop powerhouse, who’s spent a decade making careful moves. Guest: The Ringer's Rob Harvilla.

Duration:00:46:54

2021 in Jazz: Intimacy and Conversation

1/12/2022
Throughout the pandemic, the music’s flexibility has become an asset. Where will artists take it next? Guests: Giovanni Russonello and Marcus J. Moore.

Duration:00:44:00

Bonus Episode: Lana Del Rey’s American Fever Dreams

1/1/2022
As a New Year's treat, we've recovered an old episode sidelined by technical issues (thank you, Pedro!): a discussion of Lana Del Rey’s “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” and the long arc of her career. Guests: Mina Tavakoli and Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:00:54:10

What We Forgot to Talk About in 2021

12/28/2021
A catch-up round table on a host of topics: Maneskin, Jazmine Sullivan, Kelly Clarkson, a Real Housewife’s music career and much more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Duration:01:00:58

TikTok’s Music Critics Reflect on 2021

12/21/2021
Four of the app’s voices on pop name their favorite releases of the year and discuss developing taste in the age of the algorithm. Guests: Margeaux Labat, Eric Morris, Cam Sullivan-Brown and Hunter White.

Duration:01:04:16