The experimental pop singer Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards intensifies her politics and dance grooves for i can feel you creep into my private life.
FX’s American Crime Story uses lavish detail to tell of an iconic designer’s murder—and what it said about society.
The Fifth Harmony ex-member’s solo debut reconciles singalong fun with the hazy, reserved mood that has ruled the charts lately.
Pop is now as political as it was in the ’60s, the author Dorian Lynskey says.
While Black Mirror frets about individualism taken too far, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams on Amazon returns to the terror of the collective.
The disturbing viral video critiques food-porn culture, its creator says.
HBO’s The Last Five Years examines how the star unraveled—and recemented—his own legend in his final phase.
“Filthy” is a sci-fi curveball of a comeback single for the Super Bowl performer—but also a weirdly familiar one.
The acclaimed depiction of gay romance forgoes politics and doesn’t mention AIDS—but there are hints at a broader, darker context for its story.
The rapper’s attempts to troll Donald Trump come at the end of a year of political pop, some of it as clunky as his.
An unlikely, controversial relationship didn’t seem so unlikely to a certain segment of Force Awakens viewers.
Cuts from LCD Soundsystem, Jay-Z, and more
Rian Johnson’s sensational Star Wars film recognizes that to keep an old franchise vital, you have to break its rules.
The Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe also made it in a less-than-forward-looking induction class.
Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber’s followers, and the One Direction diaspora succeeded with PG, easy-listening pop.
Top picks from a year of personal stories, protest songs, and escapism
Whether landing magazine covers or making political statements, stars are avoiding the scrutiny of traditional interviews.
Songs of Experience, the band’s 14th album, offers unsolicited therapy to the nation.
The hip-hop mogul’s public righteousness pushed two women to tell stories of his alleged mistreatment of them in the ’90s.
The experimentalist pairs airy flutes with harsh electronica in her latest album, as she explores how music and love intertwine.