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Pearl Jam Dances to a Different Beat, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Megan Thee Stallion, Hayley Williams, Jessie Reyez and others. → Read More

Will Lizzo Rule the Grammys Like She Owned 2019?

She has eight nominations Sunday night, a performance slot and the devotion of fiercely loyal fans. What’s behind this Lizzo momentum? Let’s discuss. → Read More

5 Grammy Artists You Need to Hear

The dozens of categories include many musicians worth discovering. Listen to our critics’ picks here. → Read More

Behind a ‘Best New Artist’ Nod: Yola’s 20 Years of Experience

The 36-year-old singer and songwriter’s “genre-fluid” country-soul music has been nominated for four Grammy Awards. → Read More

Eminem’s Clumsy Statement on Gun Violence, and 9 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Thundercat, U.S. Girls, Sunny Jain and others. → Read More

At Globalfest, Rowdy Sounds From Around the World

The event’s 17th edition was a raucous, invigorating showcase of musicians demanding international attention. → Read More

Neil Peart, Drummer and Lyricist for Rush, Dies at 67

His drumming was at once intricate and explosive, expanding Rush’s power-trio dynamics. His lyrics transformed the band’s songs into elaborate suites. → Read More

Justin Bieber’s Flavorless Pivot to R&B, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Alicia Keys, Mac Miller, Michael Stipe and others. → Read More

The Playlist: Drake’s Palate Cleanser, and 7 More New Songs

Hear tracks by the Sunday Service Choir, Kehlani and Keyshia Cole, the Secret Sisters and others. → Read More

New Year’s Eve: A Procrastinator’s Guide to Music and Comedy Shows

You can still grab tickets for the Strokes at Barclays Center, jazz in the Village or comedy in Brooklyn. Here’s where to groove, laugh and ring in 2020. → Read More

Pop Music in 2019: An Escape From Isolation?

Over the last decade, pop’s sonic spaces grew isolated and claustrophobic. But this year the pendulum started to swing back toward solidarity, and even a glimpse of optimism. → Read More

The Playlist: Taylor Swift’s Nostalgic Tune, and 12 More Holiday Songs

Hear new seasonal tracks by Blink-182, Keith Urban, Macklemore and others. → Read More

How Pop and Jazz Revisited the Past in 13 Boxed Sets

Reissued and repackaged recordings are a chance to reconsider careers and unearth gems. (They also make nice gifts.) → Read More

Gershon Kingsley, Master of Electronic Sounds, Dies at 97

One of the first composers to embrace the Moog synthesizer, he gave the world the enduring instrumental hit “Pop Corn,” among many other works. → Read More

The Playlist: Kesha Simmers, and 9 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Usher, Kaytranada, Martha Wash and others. → Read More

Camila Cabello and Harry Styles, Teen-Pop Alumni, Think Bigger

Both emerged from groups created on “The X Factor.” And both are releasing their second solo albums, showing listeners they have the ambition to go their own way. → Read More

The 54 Best Songs of 2019

Young women blurring genres, global artists pushing boundaries and a rapper playing with a meme made the most exciting tracks of the year. → Read More

The Playlist: The Weeknd’s Cold Heart, and 8 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, Grimes, Kali Uchis and others. → Read More

More Prince, More Pleasure: The Joys of the Expanded ‘1999’

Prince’s fifth album, rereleased on its 37th anniversary with a wealth of material from his vault, captures the moment he broke down barriers and became a rock star. → Read More

The Playlist: Paul McCartney’s Upbeat Outtakes and 9 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Soccer Mommy, Wye Oak, Lewis Capaldi and others. → Read More