Aug 21, 2014 — California will host two major events this week: First City Festival and FYF Fest. Do they fill a gap left by Coachella? And is making a festival rock-centric a good way to draw concertgoers?
Aug 20, 2014 — Erstwhile country singer Taylor Swift has a new sound and a new goal: to be the world's biggest pop star, with all the attention and provocation that comes with the job.
Aug 19, 2014 — It's striking how little current pop hits reflect the angst and anger that have dominated this summer's news. But critic Ann Powers finds that one of 2014's biggest songs offers unexpected guidance.
Aug 8, 2014 — Women were crucial members of 1990s alt-rock. As the '90s revival reaches its peak, are we giving those musicians enough credit today?
Jul 29, 2014 — The roots reggae singer has played to thousands and appeared on Jimmy Fallon, but he says he is only willing to go a certain distance to please the mainstream.
Jul 29, 2014 — Four stories of rock and roll musicians making a home — and a scene — in a buzzing neighborhood just across the Cumberland River from the palaces of country music.
Jul 24, 2014 — The video for the teenage duo Maddie & Tae's first single, "Girl In A Country Song," cheerfully turns the tables on the cartoonish macho tendencies of so much recent country music.
Jul 23, 2014 — One of the biggest and developing stories in hip-hop is the Los Angeles label Top Dawg Entertainment. The company employs an in-house production team responsible for its best and best-loved songs.
Jul 17, 2014 — For four days in the Superdome, the Essence Festival conjures an alternate universe where mature R&B performed by seasoned veterans is elevated over material aimed at teenagers.
Jul 10, 2014 — Frustrated by hype cycles and social media? You have a kindred spirit in York Factory Complaint, two punks who've created one of the year's most political albums. Read a Q&A with the fed-up duo.