The Hold Steady singer’s new album collects small, graceful fables about the downtrodden raising each other up.
“The Heart Part 4” seems to announce a new album while taking aim at rivals, Donald Trump, and the state of the world.
His latest project borrows sounds from around the world for a successful party—but also hints at burnout.
The latest music-category mindbender for the internet age: Why is the rapper’s new release a “playlist” instead of an “album”?
Criticism of the rapper for firing a toy gun at a presidential lookalike fits a recent pattern of blowback to dark artistic expressions.
The rockers’ ninth album dabbles in mystery and psychedelia without sacrificing the band’s appeal.
The tracks on the Magnetic Fields’ new album take on Stephin Merritt’s biography year by year, but the underlying story is about art itself.
The composer Ramin Djawadi leads a concert tour that’s less a musical showcase than a rewind through the HBO drama’s six seasons.
The rapper is spending his good will—and $1 million in ticket sales—on Chicago Public Schools.
Ryan Murphy’s new FX series compellingly shows the sexist forces that pitted two titans against each other.
“Green Light,” the comeback single for the inventive pop star, is an upbeat announcement of change.
The rap star’s back-to-back new albums showcase his appeal with two very different sounds.
In another strange sign of the mounting culture wars, Viola Davis’s emotional Oscars tribute to artists has become political fodder.
The Fences Best Supporting Actress testified to art’s ability to tell the stories of regular people.
Did the prank with “Gary from Chicago” and his band of tourists humble Hollywood—or just condescend?
In “American Bitch,” Hannah confronts an author accused of sexual misconduct—and sees how her own past fits into a larger system.
His team-up with Calvin Harris and Migos on "Slide" scrambles some expectations, but mostly just sounds like summer.
She can’t seem to get her music or politics evaluated without a mention of her supposed rival Taylor Swift.
The 12 Years a Slave director’s video installation Ashes highlights that death is narrative but existence is not.
Sweden’s Jens Lekman brings a writerly eye and disco uplift to a new decade on Life Will See You Now.