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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, New York

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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


Episodes

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

The Hip-Hop Superstar as Local Newsmaker

3/1/2019
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Musicians often make headlines; balancing coverage of their art with coverage of the accusations they face isn’t always easy. Guest: The South Florida Sun Sentinel's Brett Clarkson

Duration:00:41:36

Behind the Ryan Adams Investigation

2/18/2019
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The musician has been accused of dangling career opportunities while pursuing female artists for sex, then turning domineering and vengeful. He denies the claims. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik.

Duration:00:41:40

The 2019 Grammys Make Up for Last Year, Somewhat

2/12/2019
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After a terrible ceremony that minimized women and nonwhite artists, the Recording Academy tried something else: the opposite. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

Duration:01:05:43

Maggie Rogers and Sharon Van Etten Break Free From Old Expectations

2/1/2019
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Two singer-songwriters at different points in their careers are staking claim to new creative ground. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli; The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz

Duration:01:00:03

Fyre Festival’s Post-Mortems: We’ve Still Got Questions

1/25/2019
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Two documentaries examining Billy McFarland’s debacle aim to shed new light on the scammers and victims. Guests: The New York Times's Aisha Harris, Wesley Morris and Melena Ryzik.

Duration:00:57:15

Listening to Pop Music’s Class of 2019

1/18/2019
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From British punk-rap to 1970s-influenced country to morbid electronic pop, a guide to new artists to watch. Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles.

Duration:00:53:24

Bad Bunny Is Just Getting Started

1/12/2019
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His was the defining voice of 2018. What’s next for this Puerto Rican new-pop superstar? Guests: Remezcla's Eduardo Cepeda and Isabelia Herrera; and Rolling Stone's Suzy Exposito.

Duration:01:12:04

The New Battles Over the Direction of Jazz

1/4/2019
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What did the music, innovations and arguments of 2018 tell us about where the genre is headed next? Guests: John Murph and Giovanni Russonello

Duration:01:12:07

Your Questions About Pop Music, Answered (or Ruled Unanswerable)

12/27/2018
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The Popcast wraps 2018 discussing Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, streaming and crying. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli

Duration:01:16:17

A New Kind of Pop Star Has Arrived

12/21/2018
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K-pop, Latin trap and melodic hip-hop — once regarded as subgenres — have become the center of the pop conversation. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli

Duration:01:21:35

Listening to the Best Songs of 2018

12/13/2018
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The 1975’s millennial anthem, “Shallow” and a lot of Bad Bunny: Why did these tracks define the year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz

Duration:00:51:02