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Recent articles by Jon:

Lil Baby Takes a Stand, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by John Prine, Raphael Saadiq, Ambrose Akinmusire and others. → Read More

The Legacy of Fela Kuti’s Music of Resistance: Hear 15 Essential Songs

In the late 1960s, Fela decided that he had no use for love songs or party tunes; he wanted to challenge unjust authority. → Read More

Lady Gaga's 'Chromatica' Is Here. Let's Discuss.

On “Chromatica,” Lady Gaga strives to bring introspection to the dance-pop that made her a star. But hallmarks like her audaciousness and sense of adventure are in shorter supply. → Read More

Bobby Digital Dies at 59; His Reggae Rhythms Spread Worldwide

The producer born Robert Dixon was responsible for hits like the Shabba Ranks song “Dem Bow,” which became a staple of global pop. → Read More

Dolly Parton Promises Hope, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Rosalía and Travis Scott, Nicole Atkins, Bright Eyes and others. → Read More

Mory Kante, Million-Selling African Singer and Bandleader, Dies at 70

Incorporating electric instruments and elements of Western pop, he gave many Western listeners an accessible introduction to African music. → Read More

Carly Rae Jepsen’s Summery Throwback, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Phoebe Bridgers, Polo G, Neil Young and others. → Read More

Moses Sumney and Perfume Genius: Complex Voices of Desire

Two new albums by musicians who have taken on a spectrum of love and longing explore more ambitious sonic possibilities. → Read More

Aventura’s Stripped-Down Livestream, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Future, Rico Nasty, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and others. → Read More

Little Richard: An Ecstasy You Couldn’t Refuse

He was a challenge to 1950s proprieties, wrapped in a package of pleasure and freedom. Hear 15 of his essential songs. → Read More

Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s Slow Dance, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Bob Dylan, Rhiannon Giddens, Jamie xx and others. → Read More

Florian Schneider’s 10 Essential Songs, in Kraftwerk and Beyond

The German musician, who died at 73, shaped sounds that provided templates for countless varieties of electronic dance music, rock and hip-hop. → Read More

Tony Allen, Drummer Who Created the Beat of Afrobeat, Dies at 79

With the Nigerian bandleader Fela and later on his own, he merged West African styles with American jazz and funk, reaching listeners worldwide. → Read More

Beyoncé Amps Up ‘Savage,’ and 12 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Oasis, Haim, Kenny Chesney and others. → Read More

Brian Eno’s 15 Essential Ambient Works

Listen to atmospheric soundtracks for uneasy times. → Read More

The Rolling Stones Still Miss You, and 13 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Juice WRLD, Evanescence, Jónsi and others. → Read More

Meet Zsela, a Singer Perfecting the Art of Taking It Slowly

The 25-year-old vocalist and songwriter has been tinkering with the unhurried songs on her debut EP, “Ache of Victory,” for years. → Read More

Moraes Moreira, 72, Dies; Brazilian Songwriter and ‘Cowboy of Sound’

His songs, written with a shifting assortment of lyricists, forged musical hybrids with his Bahian roots and celebrated Brazil’s multicultural vitality. → Read More

Fiona Apple Is Back and Unbound: Let’s Discuss

“Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” the singer and songwriter’s first album since 2012, is a bold, cathartic, challenging masterpiece. Our critics have a lot to say about it. → Read More

Bon Iver’s Plea, and 8 More New Songs

Hear tracks by the Streets, Norah Jones, American Football and others. → Read More