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Past articles by Jon:

Bonnie Raitt Faces Mortality With Compassion and Hope

On her latest album, “Just Like That,” the singer-songwriter brings new depth to songs of love and loss. → Read More

Mitski Steps Back Into the Darkness

On her new album, “Laurel Hell,” the singer-songwriter delves into electronics and ambivalence. → Read More

Alicia Keys, on and Off the Digital Grid

Her new double album, “Keys,” shows how thoroughly the production can transform her songs. → Read More

13 Albums That Revisit (and Redefine!) Holiday Classics

Fresh seasonal releases from Kelly Clarkson, Bryson Tiller, Nat King Cole and Pistol Annies span genres and generations. → Read More

Pee Wee Ellis, James Brown’s Partner in Funk, Dies at 80

As musical director for the bands behind Mr. Brown and also Van Morrison, Mr. Ellis helped forge new hybrids, meshing pop, jazz, R&B and more. → Read More

Halsey Connects Past and Future in 'If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power'

On “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power,” the 26-year-old musician enlists a longtime role model and takes one step back from confessionals. → Read More

DMX’s Posthumous All-Star Track, and 9 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Griff, Kidd G, Masayoshi Fujita and others. → Read More

Punk-Rock Teens’ Anti-Hate Anthem, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Blk Jks, Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, City Girls and others. → Read More

Sophie, Musician Who Pushed the Boundaries of Pop, Is Dead at 34

The producer and performer distilled speed, noise, melody and clarity, working simultaneously at the experimental fringes of dance music and the center of pop. → Read More

Grammys Snubs and Surprises: The Weeknd, Luke Combs and BTS

Some of pop music’s biggest names didn’t get nominations for the 2021 awards, while a diverse list of lesser-known acts filled out the ballot. → Read More

Jeff Tweedy’s Homesick Tune, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Palberta, Anderson .Paak, Chai and others. → Read More

Maren Morris Pleads With America, and 8 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Halsey, Priya Ragu, Jorja Smith and others. → Read More

Jennifer Lopez and Maluma’s Romantic Duel, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Oneohtrix Point Never, Bryson Tiller, La Dame Blanche and others. → Read More

Prince’s Vault Reveals a Brilliant Trove With ‘Sign O’ the Times’

The reissue of his 1987 masterpiece unveils dozens of unheard songs. → Read More

Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper’s Wholesome Team-Up, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Sam Smith, Salem, Steve Arrington and others. → Read More

Alicia Keys Has Passion, Advice and Aplomb on ‘Alicia’

The singer and songwriter’s seventh album grapples with other people’s expectations and offers words of uplift. → Read More

Bruce Springsteen’s Classic E Street Tune, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Janelle Monáe, Sidi Touré, Mickey Guyton and others. → Read More

Too Pop? Too Weird? A.G. Cook of PC Music Is Stepping Out on His Own

An innovative producer known for warping the line between the mainstream and the experimental is making a double debut, releasing two albums in two months. → Read More

SZA’s Surprise Return, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Ava Max, Tricky, Bill Callahan and others. → Read More

VMAs Recap: Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, and More

Lady Gaga transported viewers to “Chromatica” (in a mask) at an event that tried to make a virtual collection of performances and speeches appear like a communal celebration. → Read More