The quiet, revolutionary power of one of the soul-music legend’s biggest hits, 50 years after his death
Whether landing magazine covers or making political statements, stars are avoiding the scrutiny of traditional interviews.
The collection of misfit horns and damaged violins being played to draw attention to shortages in public funding for arts education
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.
Released 50 years ago, “I Am the Walrus” is endlessly analyzable, and yet somehow analysis-proof.
How a beloved song with origins in 16th-century Europe captures both a holiday’s spirit of unity and a country’s legacy of exclusion
If All I Was Was Black, the soul legend’s third album with Jeff Tweedy, is a world-wise call for empathy and change.
The rapper—who died at the age of 21—fused hip-hop, emo, and a magnetic persona that earned him legions of fans in a short time.
The editor Jann Wenner has been accused of trading work for sex—as a new book describes his “jovial sexual harassment” and other forms of self-gratification.
The singer’s hugely anticipated new album nestles moments of lovelorn bliss among chaos, noise, and trend chasing.
The country-music ceremony mostly focused on uplift, unity, and maintaining the status quo in the face of tragedy.
A cease-and-desist letter to a blogger earned rebuke from the ACLU and attention to the star’s white-supremacist following.
A melody can carry an undeniable purpose even before it gets paired with a lyric.
Karin Dreijer of The Knife’s first solo album in eight years offers bustling, bizarre dance music about sex dreams and nightmares.
The singer’s soul-influenced new album comes at a time when the notion of an idol for all of America seems quixotic.
The pianist and singer, who died at 89, was one of the few remaining links to the era when jazz, blues, boogie, and R&B were melding to form a new genre.
The late singer’s autobiographical documentary conveys a man in charge of his own narrative—and reticent to reveal all.
Her bubbly new Reputation track confirms that she’s trying on an edgier persona with a familiar musical swerve.