At first we were afraid, we were petrified—but this Memorial Day weekend might be the time to shake up quarantine solitude with a playlist of empowering pop.
The pop star’s daring album How I’m Feeling Now tries to make online hedonism match the real thing.
The “Tutti Frutti” singer and rock-and-roll pioneer, dead at age 87, embodied the word irrepressible.
The rapper is back with Dark Lane Demo Tapes—a batch of songs taking comfort in an antisocial status quo.
The Mountain Goats’ latest release is authentically a product of this pandemic, but it’s also nicely indifferent to it.
They might not know how magnets work, but the group’s members do know that cultural figureheads should simply tend to their communities during this time.
Smaller, slower, fewer, isolated—the values of virus containment look eerily like modern luxury aesthetics.
Fetch the Bolt Cutters, the singer’s first album in eight years, argues that confinement can intensify one’s connection to the greater human whole.
Hollywood’s short-form entertainment app slices and dices the traditional mediocrity that the internet has allowed viewers to escape from.
Listening that revolves around headphones, singular geniuses, aesthetic subcultures, and record-industry behemoths is not what’s generating heat right now.
The “Lean on Me” and “Lovely Day” singer, dead at 81, was too great a talent and too independent an individual to be eclipsed by his own influence.
The Fountains of Wayne front man, who died of complications from the coronavirus, made big songs about small triumphs.
Is it any coincidence that the No. 1 song in the country is about loneliness and empty streets—or that it’s making people dance like Richard Simmons in their bedrooms?
No new friends. No new plans. Where is there to go in isolation but backwards and inward?
Top singers and actors are live-streaming from quarantine, appearing equally bored and technologically inept.
What good are songs about touch and sweat during a pandemic?
Riz Ahmed’s The Long Goodbye is the latest hip-hop album to address the state of the U.K with deep sorrow and scorching anger.
Many LGBTQ voters think that the first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate seems too straight. But there’s a way of seeing his rise as a case study in queer performance.
The irrepressible single is a return to form not only for the singer, but also for her genre.
The singer’s new album, Miss Anthropocene, combines angsty music styles with a supposedly environmental purpose—but mostly to indulge the thrill of submission.