As the NBC sitcom comes to an end, the art director, Adam Rowe, discusses how it imagined heaven, hell, and what’s in between.
Billie Eilish’s whispery goth pop is genuinely odd—but she’s benefiting from old biases concerning race and genre.
The pop star’s first new song since a near-fatal overdose offers no comfort other than the mere fact of its existence.
The picture of the Recording Academy that the former head Deborah Dugan paints is of an organization encrusted by years of self-dealing and mismanagement.
Two new albums, Manic and Rare, air inner turmoil bluntly while staying catchy and controlled.
The rapper’s “Darkness” video tries to fight gun violence while also glorifying it.
The absorbing posthumous album Circles shows the rapper considering his own fragility.
RuPaul’s patchy Netflix comedy portrays a queer art form as one of healing, not rebellion.
The HBO show’s second season continues to stylishly embody the fascinating contradiction of priests as people.
At the Golden Globes, the host told celebrities not to lecture about politics—as he lectured about politics.
Three fan-fiction writers dissect the divisive ending of the Disney trilogy—and the role of romance in the series.
Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning elaborates on well-known allegations from last year’s documentary. It also incorporates, and interrogates, the assertions of the singer’s defenders.
Like all Star Wars stories, the show’s first season humanized robots. But it also showed why humans try to make themselves into machines.
The last installment of Disney’s Star Wars trilogy takes a storytelling approach diametrically opposed to what made the original series good.
Fine Line is the latest major pop album to go all in on classic rock while updating—or at least repurposing—its message.
The year’s most memorable songs, by Beyoncé, James Blake, Hot Chip, and more
The musician, who co-created some of the year’s standout records, from Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey, is always asking, “How do you cut all the bullshit out?”
Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill addresses headline-making issues by using pop rock of the ’90s. The play’s creators say they’re honoring what those songs were always about.
Our staffers pick the most resonant and exciting music of the year.
The hugely popular 21-year-old rapper, who died after a reported seizure, captured inner instability with ingenious sing-alongs.