Aug 25, 2014 — On this Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes chat about the MTV Video Music Awards, which culminated in some epic Beyonce.
Aug 22, 2014 — The multimillion-selling singer-songwriter plays songs from her new album, Shine On, and discusses how her divorce and the death of her father have affected her work.
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 17, 2014 — Most listeners know Kimbra as the woman who crashes Gotye's pity party on the 2011 hit "Somebody That I Used To Know." The guest spot lent a pop-world boost to an eclectic career already in progress.
Aug 16, 2014 — The Grammy-winning songwriter has a Midas touch of sorts: Everything she touches turns to tech. Heap speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about her new album and the electronic gloves she used to make it.
Aug 10, 2014 — More than half the songs on Blue Dream feature the word "love" somewhere, and every moment of Fink's performance sounds as if it's being sung into someone's ear, not a microphone.
Aug 10, 2014 — She's working with refracted echoes of sounds that came before, but Kimbra makes them golden on her second album. Throughout The Golden Echo, she has a grand time testing the limits of her music.
Aug 10, 2014 — Sparks documents a fruitful time for one of popular music's most curious explorers. But it also captures how, in the 21st century, art, technology and life meld to make whole new narratives.
Aug 7, 2014 — A Top 40 radio station in Calgary, Alberta, is promising listeners "twice the music" — by cutting the length of its songs in half.