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What Do Rally Playlists Say About the Candidates?

Presidential campaigns have a sound. We analyzed the playlists of 10 presidential candidates to see how the songs align with their core message. → Read More

Sleater-Kinney Grasps at a New Sound on ‘The Center Won’t Hold’

The punk band teams with the pop shape-shifter St. Vincent on an album that loses a lot of the group’s unique aesthetic. → Read More

Woodstock’s Contradictions, 50 Years Later

The 1969 festival was an epiphany and an indulgence. With five decades of hindsight, it still poses questions about the utopian ideals that surrounded it and our relationship to them today. → Read More

The Playlist: The Unstoppable ‘Old Town Road,’ and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by King Princess, Rick Ross and Drake, Four Tet and others. → Read More

Beyoncé Reimagines ‘The Lion King’ as Global 21st-Century Pop

On a companion to the remade film’s official soundtrack, the pop superstar seeks full-fledged fusions with African musicians. → Read More

The Playlist: Miranda Lambert Stomps Back, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Wilco, Sam Smith, Iggy Pop and others. → Read More

The Playlist: Ed Sheeran’s Tender Duet, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Rosalía, Post Malone, Rhi and others. → Read More

Gary Duncan, San Francisco Psychedelic Rocker, Dies at 72

A guitarist, singer and songwriter, Mr. Duncan was, a former bandmate said, the “engine” of the group Quicksilver Messenger Service. → Read More

Jesca Hoop Gazes Gently Into Darkness on ‘Stonechild’

On her fifth solo album, the singer and songwriter teams with the producer John Parish, and strange things still happen in her music. → Read More

The Playlist: Brittany Howard’s Fresh Funk, and 13 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Willie Nelson, the Hives, Julia Michaels and others. → Read More

For the Black Keys, Rock Lives. It Just Had to Wait

Success led to burnout for the blues-rock duo. But after a five-year break, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney return with their ninth album, “Let’s Rock.” → Read More

Thom Yorke Lightens Up, Ever So Slightly

On his new solo album, “Anima,” the Radiohead frontman pushes beyond solitude and suggests that the dread that fills many of his songs is not all-consuming. → Read More

The Playlist: Drake’s Moody Celebration, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Miley Cyrus’s alter ego, Spoon, Philip Bailey and others. → Read More

The Playlist: Taylor Swift Seeks Harmony, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Madonna, Sturgill Simpson, Vagabon and others. → Read More

Bruce Springsteen Looks West, With Strings and Sorrows

On “Western Stars,” the songwriter revisits Laurel Canyon pop, experimenting with genre and narratives. → Read More

The Playlist: Sheryl Crow’s All-Star Girl Gang, and 12 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Bon Iver, Future, Avicii, Jai Paul and others. → Read More

Bob Dylan’s Glam Hootenanny: Returning to Rolling Thunder

Dylan’s 1975 tour was his most peculiar: nostalgic, theatrical, fiery. → Read More

The Playlist: Cardi B Is Stressed, and 13 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Sleater-Kinney, Katy Perry, Rosalía and others. → Read More

For Kishi Bashi, History Teaches Compassion

The songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi’s fourth album, “Omoiyari,” filters lyrics about the Japanese-American internment through sounds rooted in Laurel Canyon pop. → Read More

The Playlist: Mavis Staples Demands Change, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by the Lumineers, Clairo, Flying Lotus and others. → Read More