By ridiculing Kid Cudi’s substance use and depression, he proves how much guts his rival had in fighting stigmas.
Her “personal” comeback album uses retro references in songs that don’t quite communicate what makes her special.
You Want It Darker gravely and beautifully accepts God and mortality.
Guitar rock, rap, and electronic music will compete for induction again.
The debut album by the rap group uses satire to voice anxieties about racism, prejudice, and cultural appropriation.
The Swedish Academy hasn’t redefined “literature.” It’s simply praised the written byproduct of a musical career.
Death Cab for Cutie and Aimee Mann have promisingly kicked off 30 days of anti-Trump songs.
Conservative pundits have drawn bizarre parallels between Donald Trump’s misogynistic comments and rap.
The singer’s anti-body-shaming crusade has gone to impolite places.
Atrocity Exhibition is part of a wave of rap albums powerfully confessing to emotional struggle—while trying not to glorify it.
The influential indie singer’s experimental third album is at its best when it lets humanity shine through the noise.
The 23 minutes of Please Forgive Me sum up a few 2016 pop trends.
The “Perfect Illusion" video is a chaotic but minimalist crowd-surfing fantasy, and not much else.
Its partnership with Tinder is another unflashy way the most popular streaming service is competing against Apple’s and Tidal’s exclusives.
His debut Mykki injects some yearning into a party-starting formula.
The rapper won’t be pinned down over questions of retirement or racism but still wants the public to see his vulnerability.
“Daydreaming” gets reimagined again and again.
Her headrush of a comeback single makes a bid to revive rock—but not irony.
Her unusually lackadaisical and supposedly final album A.I.M. makes some peace with an unjust world.
"The Greatest” doesn’t feel like charity, it feels like art.