By The New York Times

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 Welcome Return of the Chicks

How would Nashville be different if it hadn’t pushed the trio away? A conversation about “Gaslighter” and beyond. Guests: Jewly Hight and Slate's Carl Wilson.
10/08/2055m 17s

Answering Your Questions About Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’

Readers asked about Bon Iver, country music, Jack Antonoff and more. Guests: Northwestern University's Lauren Michele Jackson and Lindsay Zoladz.
04/08/201h 27m

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’: Let’s Discuss

On an album made entirely in quarantine, the singer and songwriter embarks in a fresh direction. Guests: Jon Pareles, Caryn Ganz and Joe Coscarelli.
28/07/201h 4m

Remembering Ennio Morricone, the Film Score Maestro

His music was dynamic, bold and idiosyncratic, setting a high bar for composers connecting sound and vision. Guests: Jon Pareles and Joshua Rothkopf.
20/07/2053m 12s

The Timely Agitation of Run the Jewels

Killer Mike and El-P’s anti-government and pro-justice hip-hop feels like it anticipated the current moment. Guest: Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce.
09/07/201h 5m

Pop Superfans Are Getting Politically Active. What Happens Next?

A subset of passionate listeners are asking for more of their heroes than simply music. Guest: Denisha Kuhlor.
30/06/2055m 43s

Lil Baby Is Warming Up to the Spotlight

His protest song “The Bigger Picture” marks a high point in his evolution from reluctant up-and-comer to one of hip-hop’s reliable superstars. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
21/06/2042m 34s

The Long, Complicated History of ‘Urban’ Music

As the music industry reckons with racial inequality, one of the first old structures to fall has been a term that dates back to the 1970s. Guest: Nelson George.
15/06/2058m 26s

How Did The Source Cover the 1992 Los Angeles Uprisings?

Two former editors look back at the magazine’s on-the-ground reporting following the Rodney King verdict. Guests: James Bernard and Reginald Dennis.
07/06/2047m 56s

After Missteps, Pop Stars Apologize … and Sometimes Push Back

Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat and how some in the limelight bristle at social media condemnation. Guest: The Ringer's Justin Charity.
01/06/201h 14m

The Many Lives of Doja Cat

The pop star took an extremely nonlinear path to No. 1, and continues to push the boundaries of online behavior. Guest: Lakin Starling.
18/05/2046m 14s

Remembering Tony Allen and Florian Schneider, Two Pillars of Rhythm

Thousands of miles apart, and with radically different tools, both musicians were innovating. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; and Joseph Patel.
11/05/201h 1m

The Triumphant Return of Fiona Apple, Pop Music Renegade

A conversation about everything “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” and beyond. Guests: Jenn Pelly and Lindsay Zoladz.
30/04/2053m 14s

Beyond ‘Trolls’ and ‘Frozen’: What Are Our Kids Listening To?

Children’s films lean heavily on pop, but the elementary school set has access to a whole universe of music now. Guests: The New York Times's Gilbert Cruz, Jeremy Egner, Dave Itzkoff and Dave Renard.
19/04/201h 0m

Dua Lipa, Dance-Pop Crusader

The English pop star has given fans an upbeat album at a very dark time. Guest: Caryn Ganz.
11/04/2047m 56s

Sam Hunt and Kenny Rogers, Country Music Rule-Benders

Both artists pulled Nashville in fresh directions, and gave the genre growing pains. Guests: Bill Friskics-Warren and Natalie Weiner.
05/04/2056m 40s

What Is the Role of Criticism in a Crisis?

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the world, and the arts are reeling. Pop music critics are asking (and facing) hard questions. Guests: The Ringer's Rob Harvilla, New York's Craig Jenkins and Lindsay Zoladz.
27/03/2057m 6s

What Music Should I Listen to in a Crisis?

Pop critics from around the country recommend pick-me-ups: Pharrell, the Pointer Sisters, Helado Negro and more.
20/03/201h 17m

How Will Pop Music Respond to the Coronavirus?

The ways the pandemic has already reshaped the year, and what might happen in pop next. Guests: The New York Times's Ben Sisario and Jon Pareles.
19/03/2059m 29s

The Unrelenting Space Jams of Tame Impala

How has Kevin Parker built and sustained his successful psych-rock project — and where will he head next? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Jillian Mapes.
08/03/2043m 16s

The Death of Pop Smoke and the Future of Brooklyn Drill

The 20-year-old rapper was poised to carry the scene’s sound to the world. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.
28/02/2058m 54s

Justin Bieber Is Back With Confessions, Personal and Musical

One of pop’s biggest stars returns with an album that has unexpected kinship with new music from Harry Styles and Selena Gomez. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.
21/02/201h 1m

Answering Your Questions About Britney, Billie, Aaliyah and More

The Popcast opens its mailbag in the second of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times’s Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
14/02/201h 8m

Answering Your Questions About Taylor, Mitski, Emo and More

The Popcast opens its mailbag in the first of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
07/02/201h 3m

When Did the Super Bowl Halftime Show Become Political?

A conversation about how its meaning has evolved over the last two decades. Guests: The New York Times's Elena Bergeron and The Undefeated's Soraya Nadia McDonald.
01/02/2057m 6s

The Grammys, Dissected: Out With the Old, in With the Billie, Lizzo and Tyler

Did the deserving artists win? Was Aerosmith terrible? The debates rage on our post-awards show. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz, Wesley Morris and Jon Pareles.
28/01/201h 11m

How TikTok Is Killing the Radio Songwriter

Songs that work in 15-second bursts are different from tracks that succeed on the FM dial. Guests: The writer Aimee Cliff and GodMode's Nick Sylvester.
17/01/2053m 6s

In 2019, Jazz Reckoned With Old Boundaries, and Marched Past Them

A conversation about the best jazz albums of the year, and what they tell us about the genre’s future. Guests: Martin Johnson and Giovanni Russonello.
11/01/2056m 0s

Were These the Best Albums of the 2010s?

A revealing (and hilarious) look back at our year-end lists from the past decade. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Joe Coscarelli.
31/12/191h 15m

Debating the Best Albums of 2019

How do you measure a year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
20/12/1957m 22s

Juice WRLD and the Crisis of SoundCloud Rap-Era Fame

Success is coming faster than ever for a new generation of musicians. But at what price? Guests: David Turner; the directors Ramez Silyan and Sebastian Jones.
13/12/1951m 54s

Would Prince Have Wanted His Rough Drafts Made Public?

A memoir and a deluxe edition of “1999” offer a new perspective on the meticulous artist. Guests: Jon Pareles, Naima Cochrane, Keith Murphy and Jay Smooth.
08/12/1952m 9s

Dissecting the 2020 Grammy Nominations

Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead the way. But has the Recording Academy’s relationship to pop changed? Guests: The full New York Times pop music team.
22/11/1952m 17s

Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Lana Del Rey: Pop Stars (and Their Fans) Clap Back

Are artists responsible when their fan armies can be weaponized? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.
20/11/191h 10m

Can Reality Television Produce a Plausible Rap Star?

Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow” is the most recent example of the reality-TV business trying to get into the hip-hop business. Guests: Complex's Frazier Tharpe and Stereogum's Tom Breihan.
11/11/1957m 18s

Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King,’ From the Gospel Perspective

Gospel music insiders on the rapper’s turn to religious music and how his album relates to contemporary holy hip-hop. Guests: Root's Hasan James and The Journal of Gospel Music's Robert Marovich.
30/10/191h 4m

The Rise of DaBaby, From Memes to the Mosh Pit

The year’s most consistent new hip-hop star combines intense rhymes with online savvy. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
19/10/191h 14m

The Highwomen, Miranda Lambert and the Women Invigorating Country Music

Nashville has long marginalized female performers, songwriters and producers. But a wave of artists is fighting back. Guests: Jada Watson and Natalie Weiner.
11/10/191h 3m

Is 100 gecs the End of Pop, or a New Beginning?

One of the year’s most unlikely breakthroughs is a duo that makes disorienting, genre-jumbling music. Guests: Eli Enis and The Fader's Larry Fitzmaurice.
05/10/191h 5m

A New Flood of English-Spanish Pop Is Here. Is It Opportunism or Progress?

Collaborations have flourished in the wake of “Despacito,” some sounding natural, some sounding forced. Guest: Remezcla's Eduardo Cepeda.
29/09/191h 4m

How Does Post Malone Sound Like Everything and Nothing?

A conversation about his rapid rise and the questions — about genre and race — glossed over along the way. Guests: Pitchfork's Jayson Greene and The New York Times Magazine's Jonah Weiner.
22/09/1959m 20s

Young Thug Gets His Due, But Is It Too Late?

One of the decade’s most copied rappers finally reached No. 1 on the album chart, years after his aesthetic rubbed off on hip-hop. Guest: Andrew Nosnitsky.
07/09/191h 9m

What’s the Point of Album Covers in the Post-Album Era?

What was once a large canvas for grand statements is now a tiny digital mark. Guest: Chips's Teddy Blanks.
29/08/1955m 37s

Is Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ the Beginning or the End of an Era?

Breaking down the sounds, the themes, the obscure (and not-so-hidden) messages and more on her seventh album. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
27/08/191h 16m

A Tribute to David Berman, Who Never Hid His Truth

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.
16/08/191h 15m

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

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.
02/08/191h 10m

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

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.
26/07/191h 0m

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

A look back at the Brazilian musician’s innovations as one of the genre’s primary architects. Guest: Ben Ratliff
19/07/1955m 50s

How Hootie & the Blowfish Inspired Both Love and Hate

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.
08/07/1953m 54s

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

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
03/07/191h 4m

The Unexpectedly Deep Musical Roots of Hootie & the Blowfish

“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
01/07/1957m 51s

Why Are the Movies So Obsessed With Pop Stars?

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.
21/06/191h 14m

Can Record Labels Be Trusted to Preserve Music History?

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
13/06/191h 13m

Bob Dylan’s Excellent Adventure

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
11/06/1941m 49s

Megan Thee Stallion and Rap’s Rising Generation of Women

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.
25/05/1930m 9s

Are AirPods Worth the Costs?

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.
20/05/191h 3m

Vampire Weekend, Indie Rock Heretics Turned Anxious Jam Band

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
13/05/1952m 44s

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

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
05/05/1941m 49s

How Gospel and Pop Learn From Each Other

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
30/04/191h 12m

Is Billie Eilish the Future of Pop?

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
19/04/191h 6m

Lil Nas X and the Long History of Country-Rap

“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
07/04/1946m 58s

Boy Bands, Now Featuring Grown Men

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
29/03/191h 20m

How a Viral Rap Star Rocketed From Meme to Hit

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.
21/03/1955m 40s

Can Michael Jackson’s Legacy Ever Really Be Derailed?

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
07/03/1959m 30s

The Hip-Hop Superstar as Local Newsmaker

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
01/03/1941m 1s

Behind the Ryan Adams Investigation

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.
18/02/1941m 40s

The 2019 Grammys Make Up for Last Year, Somewhat

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.
12/02/191h 5m

Maggie Rogers and Sharon Van Etten Break Free From Old Expectations

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
01/02/191h 0m

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

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.
25/01/1957m 38s

Listening to Pop Music’s Class of 2019

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.
18/01/1952m 38s

Bad Bunny Is Just Getting Started

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.
12/01/191h 11m

The New Battles Over the Direction of Jazz

What did the music, innovations and arguments of 2018 tell us about where the genre is headed next? Guests: John Murph and Giovanni Russonello
04/01/191h 11m

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

The Popcast wraps 2018 discussing Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, streaming and crying. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli
27/12/181h 15m

A New Kind of Pop Star Has Arrived

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
21/12/181h 20m

Listening to the Best Songs of 2018

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
13/12/1850m 2s

How the Grammy Nominations Really Made Us Feel

Music's big awards show is trying to make big changes. So what do these nominations tell us? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles. Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz
08/12/1847m 11s

Debating the Best Albums of 2018: Janelle Monáe, Soccer Mommy and More

Drake, Mitski, Ariana Grande — whose albums defined the year? (And will albums matter next year?) Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz
07/12/181h 15m

6ix9ine’s Troubled Past and Uncertain Future

A conversation about the Brooklyn rapper’s arrest and musical prospects as he releases “Dummy Boy” while behind bars. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli.
01/12/181h 4m

The Gentle Return of Mariah Carey

With her 15th album, “Caution,” the singer has entered a new phase of her long career. Guests: Michael Arceneaux; Jezebel's Julianne Escobedo Shepherd; The New Yorker's Briana Younger.
29/11/181h 5m

Kane Brown, Pistol Annies and Country Music’s Inclusion Problem

The tug of war between how the genre advertises itself and how it’s actually evolving is growing more tense. Guests: Nick Murray; Natalie Weiner.
17/11/181h 1m

Remembering Roy Hargrove, Who Brought Jazz History Into Tomorrow

The trumpeter, who died at 49, was a singular figure dedicated to keeping jazz’s past in dialogue with its future. Guests: The New York Times's Giovanni Russonello; Jozen Cummings.
09/11/181h 2m

Robyn, Pop’s Reluctant Pacesetter

With “Honey,” the Swedish star returns to a landscape she’s quietly shaped for over 20 years. Guests: The New York Times's Caryn Ganz; the Guardian's Laura Snapes; Jezebel's Hazel Cills
02/11/1855m 58s

BTS Conquered America. What’s Next for K-Pop?

Now that K-pop is successful on its own terms, the questions it faces are changing. Guest: Billboard's Jeff Benjamin.
26/10/181h 26m

For Those About to Rock, An Uncertain Fate

Is rock music in 2018 a sound, a mood or a retail category? Where do Twenty One Pilots, the 1975 and Greta Van Fleet fit in? Guests: The New York Times's Caryn Ganz; Rolling Stone's Kory Grow; the Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz
20/10/181h 18m

‘A Star Is Born’ Is Here. Let’s Discuss.

What does Bradley Cooper’s remake starring Lady Gaga say about the pop music business — and the film industry — today? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Manohla Dargis, Caryn Ganz, Wesley Morris and Jon Pareles
11/10/181h 14m

How Lil Wayne Became One of Hip-Hop’s Most Durable Stars

Tracing the rapper’s evolution from a teen in New Orleans to his long-awaited album “Tha Carter V.” Guests: XXL's Vanessa Satten; The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli
05/10/181h 23m

Should They Stay or Should They Go? Pop Stars and Retirement

Why do some artists stick around and others choose to retreat? Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles
28/09/1834m 14s

What Makes for a Great Celebrity Profile?

Writing in-depth features about stars can be an art form. But it’s been changing in recent years. Guests: The New York Times Magazine's Vanessa Grigoriadis; GQ's Zach Baron.
20/09/181h 4m

Remembering Mac Miller, Low-Key Hip-Hop Bellwether

The 26-year-old rapper and producer stood at the crossroads of movements that have been shaping popular music over the past decade. Guests: ItsTheReal's Eric and Jeff Rosenthal; Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce; and Eric Renner Brown.
15/09/181h 12m

Remembering The Village Voice, Music Criticism's Crucible: Part 2

Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Ann Powers, Evelyn McDonnell, Chuck Eddy, Rob Harvilla and Tom Breihan.
10/09/181h 5m

Remembering The Village Voice, Music Criticism's Crucible: Part 1

Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Robert Christgau, Jon Pareles, Nelson George, Kyle Gann and Joe Levy.
10/09/181h 13m

How We Arrived at Ariana Grande’s Big Moment

“Sweetener” has taken the singer to new heights at a moment of transition for the top ranks of female vocalists. Guests: The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz; VF.com's Josh Duboff; and Billboard's Nolan Feeney.
28/08/1858m 40s

Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, Rivals With Common Problems

One is an old-style hip-hop star, one comes from a newer school. But both are facing challenges making effective albums and defining their artistic identities. Guests: David Turner and Briana Younger.
21/08/1855m 44s

Aretha Franklin: The Artist We Knew, and the Woman We Didn’t

The Queen of Soul leaves a towering legacy. How will we remember her? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Wesley Morris; and David Ritz.
17/08/181h 12m

The Shrinking Space Between Band T-Shirt and High Fashion

Merch has become a crucial part of a musician’s rise. Here’s how it’s evolved. Guests: Procell's Brian Procell; The Cut's Emilia Petrarca; and Grailed's Lawrence Schlossman.
10/08/181h 19m

Can Guns N’ Roses, or Any Artist, Erase an Unflattering Moment?

What happens when a band wipes a stain from its historical record? Or when physical albums vanish, replaced by different digital versions? Guests: Mark Richardson; Rolling Stone's Christopher R. Weingarten; and The New York Times's Caryn Ganz.
04/08/181h 13m

Who’s in Charge of Telling Whitney Houston’s Story?

Two documentaries have attempted to unpack the life of one of pop’s transformative figures, whose complex legacy is still riddled with questions. Guests: Naima Cochrane; Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak; Alan Light; and The Times's Joe Coscarelli.
27/07/181h 6m

When Superfans Attack

A writer critiqued Nicki Minaj online; the rapper’s fans responded in force. How does celebrity fandom become a vicious tool online, and what’s behind stan culture? Guests: iOneDigital's Janeé Bolden; Who? Weekly's Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber; The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
21/07/181h 11m

Drake: Platinum in a Day, but Still at a Crossroads

With his new double album, “Scorpion,” the rapper and singer is grappling with brand maintenance. Is he innovating, and where can he go next? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Reggie Ugwu; Sheldon Pearce; and Jasmine Sanders.
05/07/181h 17m

Kanye West: You Asked, We Answered

Was "Ye" rushed, and does it matter? How do women fit into Kanye’s world? Are conversations about politics with him fruitless? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Reggie Ugwu, and the Ringer's Justin Charity.
27/06/181h 23m

XXXTentacion, Mourning and Morality

The 20-year-old broke out of the SoundCloud rap scene and reached No 1. But he faced accusations of violent crimes against a woman, and leaves behind a troubling legacy. Guests: Noisey's Lawrence Burney and Miami New Times's Tarpley Hitt.
22/06/1858m 14s

Charlie Puth and Shawn Mendes, Would-Be Pop Kings

Boy bands are on the rise and young male singers have some choices to make. A conversation about two performers with their sights set on pop ubiquity.
16/06/181h 9m

Kanye West’s ‘Ye’ Is Here: Let’s Discuss

The rapper’s polarizing eighth album arrived surrounded by a celebrity circus and provided few answers.
06/06/181h 14m

Drake vs. Pusha-T, Unpacked

An excavation of the skeletons animating the back-and-forth between the two rappers — and a conversation about who’s inching ahead.
31/05/1856m 46s

Yes, We Stuck With ‘American Idol’

Maddie Poppe won the show, rebooted on ABC with a new cast of judges. What worked, what didn’t and who really stood out? Two longtime “Idol” enthusiasts discuss.
26/05/1854m 20s

Pursuing R. Kelly: The Reporter Who Never Gave Up

For two decades, accusations of sexual impropriety have been leveled at the R&B superstar. And Jim DeRogatis has been covering the story.
23/05/1837m 52s

‘Girls’ Gone Wrong: Who Gets to Make a Gay Love Song?

The Rita Ora track was positioned as a celebration of bisexuality, but struck a sour note with critics who found its lyrics problematic. 
18/05/1853m 40s

Avicii: Overexposed and Underappreciated?

The 28-year-old producer and D.J., who died last month in Oman, was a pop savant and an EDM innovator who left behind a complicated legacy.
04/05/181h 5m

Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar Break Boundaries

A Coachella set stunning in scope and execution. The first Pulitzer Prize winner who isn’t from classical or jazz. A conversation about the two artists’ triumphs.
25/04/181h 16m

Pop’s Category Killers, From Live Nation to Spotify, Under the Microscope

In recent weeks, the businesses that present music to the public have undergone major shifts.
20/04/1843m 56s

Cardi B Arrives at the Top

The 25-year-old’s LP “Invasion of Privacy” is part of her broad-scale pop culture takeover. A conversation about her rise and debut album.
12/04/181h 6m

Logic, XXXTentacion and Hip-Hop Morality in 2018

A conversation about the earnest rapper and the SoundCloud renegade, both successes of modern internet-driven rap fandom.
06/04/181h 9m

Kacey Musgraves and Ashley McBryde, Country Traditionalists With a Twist

Two new albums put a spotlight on Nashville’s ongoing, agonized relationship with female performers.
30/03/1857m 53s

Ashlee Simpson: You Asked, We Answered

Part two of our conversation about the mid-2000s pop star features debates about her MTV reality show and “S.N.L.” debacle, and a listener mailbag.
16/03/181h 18m

Was Ashlee Simpson Underappreciated? Discuss

In the mid-2000s, the pop singer had platinum albums and an MTV reality show. Hear the first of two conversations about Ms. Simpson’s misunderstood career.
09/03/181h 14m

Lucy Dacus, Soccer Mommy, the Breeders and the Future of Indie Rock

A conversation about carefully considered creative paths — and how pristine voices with powerful messages are amplified — as three strong new albums arrive
02/03/1856m 58s

In Defense of Soundtracks. And Fergie.

What’s responsible for the recent soundtrack renaissance that brought albums from “Black Panther” and “The Greatest Showman” to the top of the charts?
24/02/181h 13m

The Complex Intersection Where Rap and the Legal System Collide

A conversation with a criminal lawyer about the racial politics of legal representation, the Meek Mill saga and the future prospects of incarcerated would-be stars.
16/02/1845m 50s

Justin Timberlake Down, Meek Mill Up: How Twitter Swings Public Opinion

The internet’s response to the two musicians after the Super Bowl shows how criticism works these days. Rapid-fire groupthink online can be strong enough to have real-world impact.
09/02/181h 17m

Can the Grammys Be Fixed?

Big stars didn’t show up. Ratings were down. Hip-hop was once again shut out of the major categories. Can “music’s biggest night” represent what’s really happening in music?
30/01/1858m 15s

Hear What Music Will Sound Like in 2018

Flamboyant hip-hop, promising punk rock, intricate bluegrass and more: a conversation about the artists we’re looking forward to following this year.
26/01/181h 6m

Remembering the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan

The lead singer of the Irish rock band, who died at 46, wrote songs in the 1990s that deeply touched young women and Irish listeners while appealing to a worldwide audience
19/01/1852m 33s

In Streaming, One Goliath Creates Many Davids

Streaming has established itself as the dominant mode of music distribution. What could go wrong? Quite a lot, it turns out.
12/01/181h 2m

Is Today’s Jazz Finally Outrunning the Past?

Jazz could have spent 2017 looking backward, focusing on the centennials of foundational figures. But instead, several strains of contemporary jazz thrived. 
05/01/181h 5m

Will Eminem Ever Change?

After a brief break from the spotlight, the rapper returned with “Revival,” an album that revisited familiar tropes and sounds. Where can he go from here?
22/12/1754m 12s

The Popcast Answers Your Burning Questions About Pop Music in 2017

Our readers picked the topics of conversation, which included Fergie, the state of streaming and evolutions in Latin pop
18/12/171h 5m

In 2017, Pop Music Made Triumph Out of Tough Times

From Lorde to Kendrick Lamar, many of the albums and songs on our critics’ best-of lists showcased the work of musicians meeting difficult circumstances with artistic fortitude.
08/12/171h 13m

After 40 Years, U2 Is Still Huge. Why?

A conversation about the band’s 14th album, “Songs of Experience,” and its ongoing quest for bigness.
02/12/1741m 55s

Remembering Lil Peep

The 21-year-old rapper, who died last week, found a unique way to unite the languages of hip-hop and emo.
22/11/1758m 22s

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Has Arrived. Let’s Discuss.

Ms. Swift plays a different game on her sixth album — making pop music that directly competes with the rest of the field’s dominant players.
14/11/171h 11m

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Is Almost Here. Let’s Discuss.

She hasn’t done interviews, but the pop star has been leaving hints about what to expect on her sixth album. Our writers listen to the signs.
09/11/1747m 59s

How Will Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Be Remembered?

A new biography of the magazine’s founder has been praised by our critic and slammed by its subject.
03/11/1740m 42s

What Are the Billboard Charts Really Measuring?

Changes to the formulas used to build albums and singles charts will weigh paid streams more than free ones. What will the impact be?
27/10/1754m 16s

The Persistence of Pink and Kelly Clarkson, Outspoken Pop Survivors

Two of the music world’s biggest voices and boldest personalities are back. Deep into successful careers, where have their paths diverged?
20/10/1755m 24s

Shania Twain Was Country’s Crossover Queen. What Is She Now?

In the 15 years since she last released an album, the music industry has undergone big changes, but Ms. Twain’s new LP still debuted at No. 1.
13/10/1747m 11s

Tom Petty, a Secret Punk on Rock’s Mount Rushmore

He was a student of the ’60s who learned from his elders, but put his own deliberate spin on rock ’n’ roll.
04/10/1733m 42s

National Anthem Protests, From ‘Jazzing the Banner’ to Taking a Knee

“The Star-Spangled Banner” has long been a site of dissent and disagreement. A conversation about the history of the anthem, and those who have protested it.
29/09/1747m 57s

Bye, Bro. In Country Music, It’s the Year of the Gentleman.

Nashville has been undergoing a gender crisis for most of the 2010s. Is the latest development — kinder men — a solution?
22/09/171h 3m

From Instagram to ‘Bodak Yellow,’ Cardi B Has Arrived

The rapper behind one of the summer’s biggest hits has made swift moves in the music industry, and is making waves in the fashion world, too.
15/09/1755m 10s

Women Dominating Rock: There’s More to the Conversation

What happens when the media shines a light on feminist punk? A conversation about D.I.Y. scenes and representation.
11/09/1756m 13s

The Popcast Answers Your Questions About Beyoncé, Music Videos and More

On this week’s episode, our readers picked the topics of conversation, which include Lil Wayne, merchandise and Camila Cabello.
02/09/171h 7m

Is SoundCloud a Business or a Community?

If the music-streaming service disappeared, a culture might vanish too. A conversation about where the tech and culture worlds collide.
25/08/1730m 53s

Kesha and Taylor Swift Find New Voices

On “Rainbow,” Kesha steps away from her old persona but keeps her former spark. In court, Taylor Swift speaks with no filter. 
18/08/1745m 12s

What Keeps Phish Fans Coming Back for More?

The band just completed a 13-show run in New York where it didn’t repeat any songs, and its fans are already hungering for the next residency.
11/08/1741m 47s

Is Arcade Fire Its Own Worst Enemy?

As the band released its most divisive album yet, it embarked on a rollout that confused its narrative even further. 
04/08/1735m 53s

Celebrating Two of Rock’s Big Voices, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell

A conversation about two singers in different bands who left significant musical and emotional legacies
28/07/1759m 21s

Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless

Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal: Seemingly every major streaming service has suffered through some controversy lately
21/07/1746m 57s

From Jay-Z to Prodigy, It’s Time to Talk About Hip-Hop’s Elders

A new album from Jay-Z, documentaries about Sean Combs and Dr. Dre, and the death of Prodigy have stirred new thinking about older artists
14/07/171h 13m

Can K-pop Conquer America?

Fanaticism about this Korean genre is on the rise in the United States, but it hasn’t cracked mainstream pop culture
30/06/1755m 42s

Hip-Hop’s Punk Moment Has Arrived

SoundCloud rap is a raw, rowdy, rebellious movement fueled by young rappers looking outside the genre for inspiration.
23/06/171h 5m

Katy Perry, Lorde and Halsey: How to Make a Pop Album in 2017

Three female pop stars, three different approaches: a conversation about their new albums, on Popcast.
16/06/1755m 13s

Why We’re Still Listening to the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’

Our pop music critics are not fans of record anniversaries, but 50 years after the creation of “Sgt. Pepper,” there are still lessons to be learned from the album.
09/06/1730m 26s

Latin Pop Thrives, No Bieber Required

“Despacito” is the first Spanish-language song to top the chart since “Macarena,” but there are many more interesting shifts in Latin pop today.
02/06/1747m 29s

Festivals That Inspire Awe, and Festivals That Lead to Criminal Investigations

Music fests are ubiquitous, but only some are curated well enough to be thrilling. And there’s the Fyre Festival.
26/05/1746m 38s

Harry Styles and John Mayer, Teardrops on Their Guitars

The One Direction member and the pop-blues poster boy have a few things in common.
19/05/1739m 4s

Paramore Returns, Headed Straight For the 1980s

One of the most impressive rock bands working in the mainstream has taken a left turn. Where is Paramore headed, and how did it inspire scores of artists?
12/05/1730m 35s

Finding Feist’s Pleasure and Pain

The singer-songwriter’s new album is a low-fi exploration of extreme emotions. How does it relate to her earlier hits, and how did she get here?
05/05/1725m 48s

How Lil Uzi Vert Turned Rap Into Rock and Became a Pop Star

He’s a rapper, a social media phenomenon, the guy yelling “ya” on Migos’s hit “Bad and Boujee.” What’s the secret of Uzi’s success?
28/04/1746m 43s

A Deep Dig on Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole’s Hip-Hop’s Values

The two rappers recall an earlier time in the genre’s history, in terms of aesthetics and politics. How do they fit in today?
21/04/1755m 20s

How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Chainsmokers?

In three years, the duo has had several hits while offending all sorts of people. What does its sound say about EDM?
14/04/1749m 21s

Jazz in 2017: The Music Is Thriving, Though Support Is in Peril

Kamasi Washington and some Los Angeles musicians are producing vital recordings, but N.E.A. funding is uncertain. A conversation about the state of jazz.
07/04/1739m 26s

Drake Changed Hip-Hop’s Sound. Can He Change the Business?

His release isn’t an album or a mixtape, but a playlist — a move that could position him to shift the music industry once again.
27/03/1757m 55s

How Chuck Berry Became a Rock ’n’ Roll Mastermind

He wrote the guitar licks, told the clever stories, duckwalked across the stage and forever changed popular music
22/03/1723m 52s

The Billboard Charts Are Wackier Than Ever: What’s Going On?

Streaming figures into chart positions now, a fact that has started yielding some very odd results.
17/03/1756m 13s

The Greatest Trick Ed Sheeran Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World He’s an Underdog

The British singer/songwriter is a record-smashing superstar, but he still plays the spurned lover. How does he do it?
10/03/1743m 57s

What Future and Migos Tell Us About Atlanta’s Rap Dominance

A panel discusses Migos, Lil Yachty and more of the city’s budding stars on Popcast.
03/03/1758m 35s

What Happens When Nashville Outsiders Become Country’s Big Stars?

The city synonymous with the country music business is in transition. How is it dealing with rapid change, and the Trump era? A panel discusses on Popcast.
24/02/171h 10m

Were There Any Real Winners at the Grammys?

It was an awards show filled with flubs, tear, apologies and protests. The New York Times pop music writers discuss Adele, Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper and more on Popcast.
14/02/1757m 27s

Will the Grammy Awards End With a Big Surprise?

The New York Times pop team debates whether Sturgill Simpson will pull out a surprise victory in a night stacked with Adele vs. Beyoncé face-offs.
10/02/1737m 50s

Punk Rock Is Alive and Well, No Politics Required

The current political climate doesn’t come up even once during the latest Popcast, a conversation about Japandroids, the Menzingers and the state of rock.
03/02/1744m 39s

The War Over ‘La La Land’: Gotta Hear Both Sides

The toast of Hollywood has divided our culture writers. Two of the movie’s boosters go to battle with two of its critics in this week’s Popcast.
27/01/1749m 57s

The Crooner in Chief: Barack Obama’s Musical Legacy

He brought soul and hip-hop into the White House like no president before him. A discussion of Mr. Obama’s most powerful musical moments, on this week’s Popcast.
20/01/1753m 57s

Hip-Hop’s Elders and Youth Go to Battle (Again)

Should rap’s young stars have more reverence for the genre’s pioneers, and vice versa? A conversation about hip-hop’s latest generation-gap struggles.
13/01/1752m 0s

Mariah Carey and New Year’s Eve: Is the Fantasy Over?

A panel discusses Ms. Carey's recent New Year's Eve performance and career.
06/01/1752m 20s

10 Songs That Tell the Story of 2016

A round table of pop experts discuss the year in tracks, from Maren Morris's "Rich" to Twenty One Pilots' "Ride" to Rihanna's "Sex With Me."
30/12/1658m 27s

The Year in Jazz Music

A roundtable of writers discuss trends and notable moments of the year.
23/12/1642m 35s

Pop Music Trends in 2016

The pop music team discusses news themes and what may shape it for years to come.
16/12/1638m 10s

The Best Albums of 2016

This week, The New York Times music team reflects on albums that defined 2016.
09/12/1653m 13s

For Bruno Mars and the Weeknd, the Past as Muse

This week, a discussion of new releases by both artists who have more in common than it may appear.
02/12/1643m 17s

Revisiting Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo'

After a series of bizarre shows, Kanye West canceled the remainder of his "Saint Pablo" tour last week. This weekend, we're listening back to the conversation Jon Caramanica led at the time of the album's release.
25/11/1653m 28s

Mourning the Greats: Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and Mose Allison

This year has seen the loss of Prince, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, and, now, three more towering figures have died. A look at their legacies.
18/11/1629m 25s

Popcast: Division and Unity in Pop, and Beyond

Can the cultural events of the last couple of weeks connect to macro political realities?
12/11/1652m 30s

Popcast: A Tribe Called Quest Returns

A discussion of the group’s legacy and how it fits into the current hip-hop landscape
05/11/1642m 31s

Popcast: What’s Next for Kesha?

The pop star has been locked in an ugly contract dispute with Dr. Luke; two writers who have examined her case break down the pop star’s situation.
29/10/1629m 11s

Popcast: Nu-Dance Rises With Help From Streaming

This week, Jon Caramanica and guests discuss club music.
22/10/1637m 6s

Dylancast: Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize!

Our music and book critics discuss Dylan, the musician, and Dylan, the writer.
15/10/1626m 51s

Popcast: Tyler Glenn at the Crossroads

His fiery solo album questions almost everything he used to believe in.
08/10/1623m 46s

Popcast: Finding the Joy (and Humor) in Bon Iver’s Pain

The new Bon Iver album abandons many of the musical choices that informed much of his earlier music.
30/09/1631m 25s

Popcast: The Next Teen Star Machine

Shawn Mendes broke out on Vine. The next breeding ground for pop stars might be Musical.ly, a social music app for teens.
23/09/1635m 11s

Popcast: Fall Preview

The pop music team discusses some of their favorite upcoming fall releases.
16/09/1630m 43s

Popcast: The Return of New York Rap

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Young M.A. represent an unexpected moment.
10/09/1657m 5s

Popcast: Stardom in the Age of Social Media

With celebrities so accessible online they have to go above and beyond when meeting fans in the arena.
02/09/1651m 47s

Popcast: Frank Ocean Returns

A roundtable discussion on the release of the musician’s latest works.
25/08/1652m 52s

Popcast: Race and Hip-Hop, a Conversation

A discussion about the current wave of white rappers trying to elide conversations about race, with varying success.
19/08/1637m 19s

Popcast: Janet Jackson and the Legacy of ‘Control’

A discussion on how pop failed Ms. Jackson for years, and what it has done for her lately.
12/08/1632m 52s

Popcast: A Send-Off for Ben Ratliff

Mr. Ratliff, a music critic at The Times since 1996, discusses his tenure.
05/08/1647m 30s

Popcast: Gucci Mane and Atlanta Hip-Hop

Jon Caramanica explains how Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty and 21 Savage are all part of the same long line.
29/07/1637m 4s

Popcast: Dissecting the Legacy of Alan Vega and Suicide

Days after Mr. Vega’s death, the journalist Geeta Dayal discusses Suicide’s early days.
22/07/1637m 36s

Popcast: The Return of Pop-Punk and Emo

Pop music writers discuss Blink-182’s influence on modern pop-punk bands.
15/07/1631m 31s

Popcast: J Balvin’s Reggaeton Mission

Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss how the Latin music superstar is rewriting the rules.
08/07/1620m 28s

Popcast: Prince’s Fateful Flight and Judith Hill’s Story

For those looking to understand Prince’s musical life in his final years, the larger story of Ms. Hill is illuminating.
24/06/1625m 35s

Popcast: Techno’s Dual Identity

A discussion of techno as youth music and heritage culture.
10/06/1634m 52s

Popcast: Hip-Hop Concerts and the Police

After a fatal shooting at a T.I. concert, Jon Caramanica and Joe Coscarelli discuss rap, race and security with Minya Oh, a.k.a. Miss Info, and Joie Manda of Interscope Records.
03/06/1643m 15s

Popcast: Arthur Russell

New York Times music critics discuss Mr. Russell’s wide-angle, slow-release significance.
27/05/1624m 35s

Popcast: Chance the Rapper and Drake

New York Times music critics discuss the latest albums by both artists.
20/05/1632m 44s

Popcast: Radiohead and James Blake

New York Times critics compare the latest releases.
12/05/1624m 17s

Popcast: Britney Spears

A discussion of Ms. Spears’s conservatorship.
08/05/1633m 56s

Popcast: Beyoncé Serves Up ‘Lemonade’

New York Times critics and writers discuss the singer’s new album.
26/04/1639m 16s

Popcast: Remembering Prince

New York Times culture critics discuss Prince’s music and impact.
22/04/1638m 26s

Popcast: Caetano Veloso

Mr. Veloso, the great Brazilian singer and songwriter, discusses current events in his country.
22/04/1641m 30s

Popcast:Country Music Agitators

New York Times music critics discuss Sturgill Simpson and Merle Haggard.
16/04/1636m 32s

Popcast: Jazz Artists in Exile

New York Times music critics discuss recent biopics about Miles Davis and Chet Baker.
08/04/1637m 24s

Popcast: Jazz in Museums

Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff on the ways jazz is being presented at museum spaces.
25/03/1633m 40s

Popcast: Gwen Stefani Returns

Ben Ratliff, Times music critic and Caryn Ganz, Times pop music editor, discuss the singer’s new album.
18/03/1629m 14s

Popcast: The Art and Future of Criticism

New York Times critics gather to discuss their newly released books.
11/03/161h 0m

Popcast: Macklemore’s Aesthetic Mission

Jon Caramanica chats with the rapper about the role of music in creating change.
26/02/1656m 26s

Popcast: Kanye West”s Unfinished Album

A roundtable discussion on “The Life of Pablo.”
19/02/1653m 3s

Popcast: Beyonce and Rihanna Take a Different Approach

Times critics discuss the recent music releases of each singer.
12/02/1652m 42s

Popcast: R&B’s New Identity

New York Times music critics discuss changes within the genre.
29/01/1626m 33s

Popcast: Tropical House Movement

Ben Ratliff and Michaelangelo Matos discuss the genre.
22/01/1629m 41s

Popcast: Love, Death and David Bowie

A conversation about the pop star’s life and work with the philosopher Simon Critchley, author of “Bowie.”
13/01/1647m 6s

Popcast: Jazz Moments of 2015

New York Times music critics discuss the year in jazz.
08/01/1635m 2s

Popcast: Making Sense of 2015 in Music

Music critics for The New York Times talk about the themes, currents and big ideas that defined the year.
30/12/1530m 46s

Popcast: Best Songs of 2015

Music critics for The New York Times discuss their favorite songs.
23/12/1533m 44s

Popcast: Best Albums of 2015

Music critics for The New York Times discuss the year’s highlights.
18/12/1539m 21s

Popcast: Joe Casey of Protomartyr

Ben Ratliff chats with Mr. Casey about the lyrics on the band’s album and more.
11/12/1525m 55s

Popcast: Sophie and Grimes

Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss their approaches to music.
04/12/1524m 10s

Popcast: The Return of Adele

Jon Caramanica and Jon Pareles discuss her new album, “25.”
13/11/1532m 57s

Popcast: Taylor Swift and Drake, Friendship vs. Partnership

The stars have found both help and hindrance from those who surround them.
06/11/1535m 12s

Popcast: Joanna Newsom

Ben Ratliff and Melissa Marturano talk about the critique of Ms. Newsom and her music.
30/10/1530m 20s

Popcast: Justin Bieber Is Back. Thank Poo Bear.

The Times’s pop music squad on the unlikely songwriter behind “Where Are Ü Now” and “What Do You Mean?”
16/10/1513m 31s

Popcast: The Influence of ‘808s and Heartbreak’

Times music critics discuss the influence of Kanye West’s album on current musical styles.
09/10/1537m 37s

Popcast: Janet Jackson Returns With ‘Unbreakable’

Times music critics discuss Ms. Jackson’s new album and tour.
02/10/1516m 16s

Lin-Manuel Miranda On How Hip-Hop Influenced Him and ‘Hamilton’

Jon Caramanica and Mr. Miranda discuss the songs and rappers that inspired him and his work.
25/09/1559m 17s

Popcast: Jen Shyu Explores the Unknown

Times critics discuss the jazz artist whose music incorporates poetry and dreams.
18/09/1530m 1s

Popcast: Jon Batiste and ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’

Times music critics discuss Mr. Batiste’s role as bandleader on the show.
10/09/1525m 52s

Popcast: 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

The night belonged to those who shocked without needing to perform.
01/09/1520m 29s

Popcast: The Weeknd

Times critics discuss The Weeknd’s music and new album, “Beauty Behind the Madness.”
28/08/1555m 46s

Popcast: ‘Where Are Ü Now’

Times music critics discuss Justin Bieber’s collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo.
25/08/1514m 4s

Carly Rae Jepsen Grows Up

With “Emotion,” the singer known best for “Call Me Maybe” embraces a seductive side to her music.
21/08/1530m 46s

Popcast: ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Jon Caramanica and Reginald C. Dennis, a founding editor of XXL magazine, discuss N.W.A and the film.
14/08/151h 20m

Drake’s Bully Pulpit

Jon Caramanica, Minya Oh and Rawiya Kameir discuss Drake and OVO Fest.
07/08/151h 7m

Popcast: Titus Andronicus

Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss the New Jersey punk band and their new album.
31/07/1526m 36s

Popcast: Prince Royce, Pitbull and Multilingual Pop Music

Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd discuss international and multilingual pop.
24/07/1537m 8s

Reggae’s Summer Flirtation

A look at the desire for a reggae or reggae-like worldwide pop hit between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
17/07/1524m 32s

Hip-Hop’s Silent Majority

Hip-hop’s mainstream can often be confused with prosperity gospel, so it’s striking that in 2015, at least a couple of the genre’s biggest selling stars want nothing to do with such narratives.
10/07/151h 10m

Apple Music and Beats 1

Ben Ratliff and Ben Sisario discuss Apple Music, the much-anticipated music-streaming service to be launched June 30.
26/06/1528m 23s

Popcast: “Tomatoes” Giving Country Its Bite

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the women of country music.
19/06/1533m 15s

Popcast: Tenement’s Bright Double Album

Ben Ratliff, Maria Sherman and Liz Pelly discuss the band’s new album and punk music.
12/06/1528m 25s

Jason Derulo Glides Across Genres

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss Jason Derulo’s new album.
05/06/1526m 5s

ASAP Rocky Returns to a Haze

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss ASAP Rocky’s new album.
29/05/1521m 25s

Shamir’s Distinctive Voice

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the singer’s blend of different genres.
22/05/1522m 49s

Joey Alexander, the Young Jazz Sensation

Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen discuss Joey Alexander’s debut album.
15/05/1528m 18s

U2 Prepares to Go on Tour

Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss U2 and “Songs of Innocence” as the group heads out on a world tour.
08/05/1521m 7s

New Albums By Zac Brown Band and Tyler Farr

Joe Coscarelli and Jon Caramanica discuss records from country dissenters and what, if anything, country’s borders mean anymore.
01/05/1522m 26s

Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Get Down

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the tenor saxophonist and his roots in the thriving Los Angeles jazz scene.
24/04/1526m 5s

How Much Festival Is Too Much Festival?

Jon Caramanica, Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss the vicissitudes and artistic value of music festivals.
17/04/1533m 33s

The Ongoing Evolution of Charles Lloyd

Jon Pareles and Nate Chinen discuss the jazz saxophonist, flutist and band leader Charles Lloyd.
10/04/1527m 35s

Kendrick Lamar, Dissenting From the Mainstream as He Influences It

Discussing the rapper’s new album, “To Pimp A Butterfly.”
27/03/1526m 12s

On ‘Empire’: The Show, the Music and the Calamitous Finale

Jon Caramanica and Gilbert Cruz, of The Times, and Justin Charity, of Complex, discuss “Empire.”
20/03/1547m 31s

Blurred Legal Lines

Ben Sisario, Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the “Blurred Lines” copyright trial.
13/03/1532m 44s

Madonna is Still Madonna On ‘Rebel Heart’

Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss “Rebel Heart,” the new album by Madonna.
06/03/1519m 8s

Who Is Boots?

Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss the 28-year-old singer, songwriter and producer.
20/02/1522m 36s

Grammys Post-Mortem

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Kanye West, Beck, Iggy Azalea, Papa John’s and other stars of the show.
10/02/1530m 2s

Björk Gets Personal

Jon Pareles tells Ben Ratliff about club-hopping with Björk in Iceland and listening to her new album, “Vulnerica,” which was released last week.
30/01/1526m 57s

Departed Tastemakers: ASAP Yams and Kim Fowley

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss two connectors with keen ears, who died last week.
23/01/1521m 15s

Sleater-Kinney Returns

Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles are joined by Caryn Ganz, of RollingStone.com, to discuss “No Cities to Love,” the new album by Sleater-Kinney.
16/01/1523m 11s

All About Meghan Trainor

Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss Ms. Trainor as surprise, as a formula, as contrivance and as a product of Nantucket, hip-hop and Nashville.
09/01/1523m 13s

The Year in Jazz 2014

Jon Pareles, Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff discuss the movements of jazz in 2014.
02/01/1536m 52s

The Year in Pop 2014

Ben Ratliff, Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen discuss pop music’s dominant themes, lessons and preoccupations in 2014.
19/12/1429m 7s

The Best Albums of 2014

The pop critics of The New York Times discuss their lists of the Top 10 albums of the year.
12/12/1443m 29s

The Pop Savvy of ‘Beyond the Lights’

Jon Caramanica and A.O. Scott discuss what this modern update of “The Bodyguard” gets right about the music business.
05/12/1427m 21s

London Calls Mary J. Blige

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Mary J. Blige and her new album, “The London Sessions.”
21/11/1431m 41s

How Bobby Shmurda Danced Into the Hot 100

The 20-year-old East Flatbush rapper Bobby Shmurda has just jumped from No. 8 to No. 6 on the Billboard chart.
14/11/1427m 34s

Dave Grohl’s ‘Sonic Highways’

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss “Sonic Highways,” the new album and HBO mini-series by Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.
07/11/1433m 7s

Listening to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Taylor Swift’s poppy new album.
27/10/1438m 24s

The Myth of Scott Walker

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Scott Walker and “Soused,” his new album with the drone-metal band Sunn O))).
17/10/1429m 56s

Tinashe, FKA Twigs and the Semantics of R&B

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the singers Tinashe and FKA twigs, and whether they point toward a new conception of R&B.
10/10/1429m 16s

Parsing Steve Coleman’s Genius

Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen discuss the jazz saxophonist, a recent winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant.
26/09/1420m 15s

What We Talk About When We Talk About Chris Brown

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the challenges of appraising Chris Brown.
19/09/1430m 1s

U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’: Gift or Spam?

Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss the new U2 album, released this week for free in iTunes.
12/09/1423m 22s

Our Vacations with Ariana Grande and Kate Bush

Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss new projects by Ms. Grande and Ms. Bush.
05/09/1431m 15s

The Alchemist

Ben Ratliff talks to Jennifer Herrema of the band Black Bananas.
08/08/1431m 50s

Songs of the Summer

Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss some of the most popular songs of the summer.
01/08/1429m 9s
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