The Style Blog: music


Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Poll: People really hate the music kids are listening to these days

Out of 1,000 people, many think this the worst decade for music: Even though we’re only three years in.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:12 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Rascal Flatts admits yes, they did lip sync at the ACM Awards. Here’s why people are so mad about it.

The country music audience has very little tolerance for anything fake.

By Emily Yahr  |  11:02 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 01:08 AM ET, 04/07/2014

ACM Awards: Big winners, best and worst performances, most awkward moments

Miranda Lambert won big and there were lots of jokes about sex and marijuana.

By Emily Yahr  |  01:08 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Shakira, college basketball, ‘Noah’: Stuff people liked this week

The top TV shows, movies, albums and songs.

By Emily Yahr  |  02:07 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies, Music, TV

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Why does the Internet love remixing “Let It Go”? A Q&A with remix wizard RAC

“It has those qualities. It has that chorus. People heard it, and they heard potential.“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 03/25/2014

The month’s best music: YG, Obnox, 100s, Shakira and others

A ranked selection of notable new recordings we heard in March.

By Chris Richards  |  02:26 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 03/24/2014

GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie dies: Former bandmates pay tribute to the man known as Oderus Urungus

The one-of-a-kind heavy metal band was known for its outrageous costumes and concerts.

By Emily Yahr  |  01:24 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 03/19/2014

‘The Bachelor,’ ‘Need for Speed,’ ‘Frozen’: What people are watching and listening to

‘Need for Speed’ didn’t go No. 1, but it did drum up some interest.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:30 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies, Music, TV

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Miley Cyrus twerks at a New Orleans karaoke bar, regrets nothing

Cyrus, who took her act to the birthplace of twerking, clearly learned nothing from the VMAs.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:15 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Chainsmokers’ ‘#Selfie’ track: A study in desperation to go viral

Promoted by a social media company, the song puts one more nail in the coffin of the ‘organic’ viral music video.

By Emily Yahr  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Every act I saw at SXSW ranked and reviewed in the form of a haiku

This year’s decidedly mellower festival allowed space for contemplation

By Chris Richards  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 03/12/2014

‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ Rick Ross: What people are watching and listening to

People love zombies. And Jim Parsons.

By Emily Yahr  |  06:42 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies, Music, TV

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 03/11/2014

The happiest post we’ve ever done

Different cities around the world offer their own video takes on Pharrell’s hit “Happy.”

By David Beard  |  12:10 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 03/06/2014

The return of Lil Boosie -- and what to expect when your favorite rapper comes home from prison

The Baton Rouge rapper is out of prison, but that doesn’t always mean a return to stardom

By Chris Richards  |  12:28 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Janelle Monae at the White House? No surprise there -- she’s everywhere.

The R&B singer has had a slew of big-time appearances lately, though she’s still a bit under the radar.

By Emily Yahr  |  09:29 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/05/2014

Oscars, ‘Walking Dead,’ Schoolboy Q: What people are watching and listening to

The top TV shows, movies and albums of the week.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies, Music, TV

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/05/2014

A conversation with the Handsome Family, the band behind the ‘True Detective’ theme song, ‘Far From Any Road’

The veteran Americana band is experiencing a resurgence thanks to “Far From Any Road” being used as the theme song

By Rachel Lubitz  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music, TV

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/03/2014

Spike Jonze’s 10 best music videos, before he was an Oscar winner

By Chris Richards  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies, Music, Oscars

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Mambo Sauce’s Black Boo on creativity and sustainability in go-go music

The go-go vocalist appears on two new songs addressing his scene’s struggles

By Chris Richards  |  11:54 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 02/25/2014

The month’s best music: Eric Church, Shy Glizzy, Katy B, Temples and more

A selection of February’s most notable new recordings.

By Chris Richards  |  12:52 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/25/2014

‘The Voice’ judges covering each other’s songs? Best part of the season premiere.

Blake Shelton has a surprisingly solid handle on Shakira’s “Whenever, Whatever.“

By Emily Yahr  |  11:45 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music, TV

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Miley Cyrus covered Outkast, Flaming Lips and it wasn’t bad at all

Miley Cyrus delighted fans (and the Internet) when she covered Outkast and Flaming Lips on

By Bethonie Butler  |  11:54 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Kanye West headlines Bonnaroo, take 2. How’s this going to play out?

The Post’s pop critic says: ‘His performance alone might be worth the entire Bonnaroo ticket price.’

By Emily Yahr  |  02:15 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/18/2014

What you should be listening to: Angel Olsen; Rome Fortune; Lydia Loveless

Notable new recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 02/11/2014

What you should be listening to: Katy B; Miloh Smith; Irene Kelley

A weekly selection of notable recordings.

By Chris Richards  |  12:25 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Why “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is going to feel like a night at the Black Cat circa 1996

Former “SNL” cast member Fred Armisen will lead the new “Late Night” band

By Chris Richards  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music, TV

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 02/10/2014

It’s been 10 years since Kanye West released ‘The College Dropout’

A closer look at Kanye West’s ambitious debut might shed some light on the “Yeezus” we know today.

By Bethonie Butler  |  06:04 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 02/04/2014

What you should be listening to: Young Thug; Disclosure and Mary J. Blige; Romeo Santos and Drake; Ty Dolla Sign

A weekly selection of notable recordings.

By Chris Richards  |  12:25 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 02/03/2014

An obsessive Bob Dylan fan deludes himself into justifying that Chrysler ad, in 5 steps

Maybe the Super Bowl spot wasn’t that bad after all

By David Malitz  |  01:04 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music, TV

Posted at 09:02 PM ET, 02/02/2014

Super Bowl halftime review: Bruno Mars shines in his big moment

The 28-year-old star proved up to the task and didn’t need any help from veteran rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers

By Chris Richards  |  09:02 PM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Richard Powers on the power of music to wake us up

His new novel “Orfeo” offers a lifetime’s worth of great listening.

By Ron Charles  |  10:03 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Music

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Introducing Forgotify, the site that streams Spotify’s 4 million never-played songs

A fifth of the massive online music catalogue -- some 4 million songs -- have never been played.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:57 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Love stories from the couples who got married at the Grammys

33 couples got married on-stage during the public ceremony as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed “Same Love“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 01/28/2014

For Pete Seeger, music and politics were inextricable

The folk music legend refused to let American protest music vanish on his watch.

By Chris Richards  |  12:28 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Pete Seeger, Neil Diamond and me

Summer camp concerts by the folk legend make for a lasting memory

By Justin Bank  |  12:19 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Musicians, activists remember folk icon Pete Seeger

Tributes pouring in from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Michael Moore and others

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:40 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Did Grammy-winner Macklemore used to tweet homophobic jokes?

Twitter users are calling two of Macklemore’s old tweets homophobic, but the truth is a bit more nuanced.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:52 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Who is Daft Punk? A quick explainer for confused Grammy-watchers

We answer the Internet’s most pressing questions about the duo who won best album of 2014.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:11 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Humblebrags, bad dancing, selfies -- Grammys prove stars are (kind of) just like us

Beneath the designer clothes, we share a lot of the same behavior

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:42 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Grammys 2014 FAQ: Where to watch the show, the pre-show, the fashion

Everything you need to know about Sunday’s musical extravaganza.

By Emily Yahr  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music, TV

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Five “Grammy moments” that never should have happened

The manufactured duets that dominate the Grammy telecast need to stop

By Chris Richards  |  12:43 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Beliebers stand by their man in wake of Justin Bieber’s arrest

Like them or hate them, Bieber’s fans are steer the cultural conversation.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:52 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 01/23/2014

DUI drag-racing, felony egging, Anne Frank: A short history of Justin Bieber’s year of troublemaking

This whole egging controversy marks the 12th “scandal” the Biebs has suffered in the past year alone.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:11 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Lorde’s “Royals” -- the go-go version?

A new remix re-contextualizes a pop hit resistant to context.

By Chris Richards  |  10:40 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 01/21/2014

What you should be listening to: Wylie and the Wild West; Oochie; Warpaint

A weekly selection of notable recordings.

By Chris Richards  |  09:37 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/19/2014

Did Drake just change the arc of his career on “Saturday Night Live”?

The brooding rap star was good during his highest-profile foray into comedy. Maybe too good.

By Chris Richards  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music, TV

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 01/17/2014

The latest in country music publicity: Get murdered on prime-time television

Charlie Worsham talks about kicking the bucket for ‘Bones’

By Chris Richards  |  02:08 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music, TV

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Travis Jackson -- founder of Windian Records and drummer of the Points -- has died

The 34-year-old was one of the most recognizable faces in D.C.’s rock scene.

By Chris Richards  |  04:43 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 01/16/2014

D.C.’s embattled go-go scene is getting organized

Activist Ron Moten is fighting for the preservation of the city’s music.

By Chris Richards  |  12:16 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Debunking the Rick Rubin myth

How did one of today’s most legendary record producers get a reputation for infallibility?

By Chris Richards  |  01:05 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Wale documentary to air on Revolt

A new TV special follows the D.C. rap star as he connects with his Nigerian roots.

By Chris Richards  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 01/14/2014

What you should be listening to: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks; Sicko Mobb; Seixlack

A weekly selection of recommended recordings.

By Chris Richards  |  12:13 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Music

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Beyonce gives her legion of haters another reason to be outraged

Is the singer purposefully blocking out Jesus in a recent Instagram photo? Or are her haters really reaching on this one?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:39 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Six overlooked albums from 2013

From the demented pop of Pretty and Nice to the mutated jazz of Dawn of Midi, some of the best albums of the year that you probably didn’t hear

By Chris Richards  |  10:17 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Music

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Beyoncé criticized for sampling audio from Challenger disaster on her new album

Snippet of audio from 1986 space shuttle explosion appears on her new song “XO,” which the singer says “was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Who’s apologizing for race-related insensitivity now? Ani DiFranco and Questlove.

Two musicians come under fire -- and apologize -- for race-related issues

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:04 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 12/18/2013

A vote for Chic, but not for Nirvana: A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer voter explains her ballot.

Music critic Maura Johnston on her five choices for this year’s inductees.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:24 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Flying Lotus; La Mecanica Popular; Sevyn Streeter

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  01:03 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 12/17/2013

KISS, Nirvana, Hall & Oates to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Nirvana, KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Hall & Oates will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

By Chris Richards  |  08:23 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 12/16/2013

An appropriately sparkly map of where people tweeted about the new Beyonc album

Users sent more than 1.2 million tweets in the 12 hours after she dropped her surprise album

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:17 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Great album, Beyonc . Now please find your place in line behind Speedy Ortiz.

Her new album is the year’s 17th best.

By Chris Richards  |  12:53 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Support for “Kunsthalle” proposal grows

Key players line up to support Franklin School as ‘Kunsthalle’ arts space.

By Philip Kennicott  |  12:57 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture, Music

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Gorgeous Children; 7 Days of Funk; R. Kelly

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  03:38 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Music

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 12/09/2013

With “Saturday,” Rebecca Black has become YouTube’s most self-aware troll

What comes after “Friday“? Now we have the answer.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:21 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 08:01 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Billy Joel, Buddy Guy on the Kennedy Center Honors red carpet

Before Honors recipients Martina Arroyo, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, Shirley MacLaine and Carlos Santana were feted at the Kennedy Center, a stream of actors, journalists and past honorees walked the red carpet.

By Style staff  |  08:01 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Kennedy Center Honors, Music

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 12/06/2013

The best pop singles of 2013

Pop music critic Chris Richards picks his favorite songs of the year.

By Chris Richards  |  12:53 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Shooter Jennings, Twiggy Ramirez, Jamey Johnson; Todd Terje; Fat Trel, Uptown XO, Garvey the Chosen

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  04:02 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Danielle Bradbery, Lil St. Louis, Rutherford Chang

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  11:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 11/25/2013

TLC’s American Music Awards performance: A cause to mourn the girl group

TLC’s performance of “Waterfalls” with Lil Mama brought a mixture of depression and confusion.

By Veronica Toney  |  09:47 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Jhene Aiko, Liquor Store, Blood Orange

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  12:40 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 11/19/2013

You will spend the next hour watching this new video for Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”

Interactive, 16-channel video features Drew Carey, the Property Brothers, Danny Brown and more. It’s insane.

By David Malitz  |  12:12 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Lily Allen, “Hard Out Here” -- It’s trending, but is it good?

The British singer makes a buzzy return by taking on the likes of Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke in her new song and video.

By Chris Richards  |  02:01 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 11/13/2013

The Time Jumpers explain their chemistry -- and Vince Gill talks Taylor Swift

Country star explains why he’s a Taylor fan, and his Time Jumpers bandmates explain how an 11-member group can all get along

By Chris Richards  |  12:54 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 11/12/2013

The music industry is going after Rap Genius -- and the law is on its side

A major industry group is demanding that lyrics sites like Rap Genius pay up or take down song lyrics that belong to their artists.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:38 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, Music

Posted at 05:28 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Sky Ferreira, Gyptian, GEMS, Laraaji

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  05:28 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 11/07/2013

CMA Awards: Pondering the future of country music on the red carpet

The conversation rarely gets deep on the red carpet, but as the stars strolled past at the 47th CMA Awards we did our best to ask about the state of country music.

By Chris Richards  |  09:53 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 11/05/2013

How does a song get from Shane McAnally’s guitar to country radio? Explaining the complex process in the making of a country hit.

Nashville’s star songwriter talks about how a hit song is made, from writing to radio, and the many, many steps in between.

By Chris Richards  |  10:34 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Kelley Stoltz, Juana Molina and Julie Roberts

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Music

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 10/24/2013

5 things to know about Lorde

Meet Lorde, the 16-year-old singer/songwriter whose song ‘Royals’ has topped the Hot 100 chart for the past four weeks.

By Bethonie Butler  |  12:19 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Critic’s Notebook: Lil Durk, Brandy Clark, Best Coast

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  01:03 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Cass McCombs, Kelela, Prince Royce -- Critic’s Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Tink, Deap Vally, Oneohtrix Point Never: Critic’s Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Music

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Danny Brown, Boogarins, Earnest Pugh: Critic’s Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  06:03 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Chvrches, Alan Jackson, Asia Argento: Critic’s Notebook

New albums from the Scottish electro-pop trio and country’s greatest traditionalist.

By Chris Richards  |  10:07 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Britney Spears, “Work B -- - -- -” -- It’s trending, but is it good?

Of course it’s not good.

By Chris Richards  |  12:48 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:01 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Powder Mill, Goldfrapp, Gucci Mane: Critic’s notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  09:01 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin and more to perform at White House Latin music event

Latest “In Performance at the White House” event, hosted by the President and First Lady, will also feature Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and more

By Lauren McEwen  |  05:09 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Keith Urban’s free NFL show in Baltimore: What you didn’t see on TV

The country star and "American Idol" judge played a lot more songs, and even threw in some Ravens-themed lyrics.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:39 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 09/06/2013

Katy Perry on ‘Roar’ video, ‘Prism’ album cover

Perry's new video turns her into the queen of the jungle and she debuts her new "Roar" fan contest.

By Veronica Toney  |  09:18 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:08 AM ET, 08/26/2013

Robin Thicke, Daft Punk and other VMA highlights and lowlights

Fun from 'N Sync, Miley, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

By Allison Stewart  |  06:08 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 08/23/2013

Kanye West and Taylor Swift may meet again at 2013 Video Music Awards

Five years since West interrupted Swift, they return to VMAs.

By Lauren McEwen  |  03:14 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Who should win at the VMAs? See our critic's picks.

See our critic Allison Stewart's picks for the top categories.

By Allison Stewart  |  10:13 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Justin Timberlake, *NSync rumored to join performers at MTV's VMAs

The boy band is said to be reuniting for the first time in 10 years for Sunday's live show.

By Cara Kelly  |  11:46 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music, TV

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Ras Nebyu, Charlie Worsham, Lulacruza and Goodie Mob: Critic's Notebook

Critic's notebook

By Chris Richards  |  06:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Janelle Mon e on stereotypes, the female rock star and 'The Electric Lady'

Monae was in Washington this week to share songs from her new album, ‘The Electric Lady’.

By Veronica Toney  |  02:05 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 08/13/2013

New album inspired by Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative

By Lauren McEwen  |  02:13 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 08/12/2013

Pillbuster, K.Michelle, Steve Arrington and Dam-Funk: Critic's Notebook

Critic's Notebook

By Chris Richards  |  06:16 PM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 08/12/2013

Lady Gaga, 'Applause' It's trending, but is it good?

A regular feature in which we assess the quality of a pop song trending online.

By Chris Richards  |  03:23 PM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:02 PM ET, 08/05/2013

Shy Glizzy, Derrick Hodge, Father's Children: Critic's Notebook

Notable new recordings from D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy, reunited D.C. funk band Father's Children and Philly-rooted jazz bassist Derrick Hodge

By Chris Richards  |  09:02 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 08/02/2013

Missing #Lollapalooza? Watch live video and social media updates here

Watch live video and curation of the best of social media to combat your festival blues.

By Cara Kelly  |  02:48 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 07/30/2013

Five facts about Robin Thicke before 'Blurred Lines'

The singer has had a decade-long career before his summer hit.

By Veronica Toney  |  11:46 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 07/30/2013

Backstreet Boys, "In A World Like This": It's trending, but is it good?

It's trending. But is it any good?

By Chris Richards  |  06:03 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:02 PM ET, 07/29/2013

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin, GEMS, R.L. Grime: Critic's Notebook

Country star Gill pays tribute to the Bakersfield sound; plus new tunes from a D.C. duo and a top trap producer

By Chris Richards  |  10:02 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Ikonika, Weekend, South Rail: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  02:49 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/17/2013

WATCH: MTV announces 2013 Video Music Award nominees

Justin Timberlake, Macklemore and Lewis top the list of contenders with six nods each.

By Cara Kelly  |  11:00 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Jay-Z turns 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' into performance art

One Song. Six Hours. Last night Jay-Z performed "Picasso Baby" as performance art at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea, New York.

By Veronica Toney  |  12:01 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Music

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail": Lots of hype, little inspiration

Jay-Z's latest album "Magna Carta...Holy Grail" is an uninspired collection. Did his recent output serve as foreshadowing?

By Veronica Toney  |  03:55 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:02 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Rose Windows, Matic808: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  09:02 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 07/01/2013

BET Awards 2013: Charlie Wilson, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Snoop Dogg steal the show

At the 2013 BET Awards awards were given, but performances stole the show.

By Veronica Toney  |  10:34 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies, Music

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Miley Cyrus's 'We Can't Stop,' is par for course of pop stardom

The music video is par for the course of pop stardom.

By Cara Kelly  |  11:18 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Battle of the ridiculous: 'The Wolf of Wall Street' vs. 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

An analysis of who produced the most ridiculous video make rounds on the Internet.

By Jessica Goldstein and Cara Kelly  |  10:25 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 06/13/2013

#TBT: Music Festivals from Woodstock to Summer Jam

From Summer Jam to Woodstock, we take a look at archive images of the hey-day of music festivals.

By Cara Kelly  |  01:21 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Disclosure, Iamsu!: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  12:14 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Rain and mud dictate fashion at Governors Ball Music Festival

Poncho-chic dominates, at least early on during the rainy weekend

By Cara Kelly  |  03:52 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fashion, Music, MusicFest

Posted at 07:58 PM ET, 06/08/2013

Kanye West promotes "Yeezus" with video projections in D.C. Saturday night

The bold marketing campaign for new album "Yeezus" comes to the seven different spots in the nation's capital

By Chris Richards  |  07:58 PM ET, 06/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 06/06/2013

CMT Awards: Big winners, best performances, cringe-worthy moments

Miranda Lambert and newcomer duo Florida Georgia Line took home the most trophies at the annual music video award show. Plus: Best and worst moments.

By Emily Yahr  |  07:35 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music, TV

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Eric Strickland, Eleanor Friedberger, Classixx: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:57 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 05/28/2013

The Devil, Little Mix, the Underachievers: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  12:05 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 05/21/2013

Roomrunner, Tree, Patty Griffin: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  11:22 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Miguel kicks, Bieber gets booed and more Billboard Music Awards moments

Five top moments from the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

By Veronica Toney  |  03:32 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Billboard Music Awards fashion: Ke$ha, Taylor Swift and more

Style seen at the show was disjointed, ranging from expect from Taylor Swift to Ke$ha's revealing mini.

By Cara Kelly  |  12:53 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fashion, Music

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Sheila E., an inspiration to drummers of all ages and genders

Once a protege of Prince in the '80s, she's now inspiring new generations

By Lauren McEwen  |  06:15 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Randy Rogers Band, Britta Persson, Chapin Sisters: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:19 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Mikal Cronin, R.L. Grime, Little Boots: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  09:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman -- mourning a musician fixated on death

The world of metal says goodbye to trailblazer who played "impossibly fast."

By Chris Richards  |  12:01 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Chris Kelly of Kris Kross dies: A look at his enduring place in hip-hop

Chris Kelly, one half of rap duo Kris Kross, died Wednesday at the age of 34. He left a lasting impression on many fellow artists.

By Bethonie Butler  |  05:31 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Charli XCX, Lori McKenna, Iggy and the Stooges, Allison Miller: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:00 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Brother Ah on playing with John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra and more

The WPFW DJ talks about working with some of the biggest names in jazz.

By Chris Richards  |  12:38 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Phoenix, Colin Stetson, GrandeMarshall: Critic's Notebook

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  09:56 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Coachella: Twitter #Music and highlights from Weekend 1

The social media service unveiled their new music sharing app in time for the second weekend, and chronicled some of the best moments from weekend one.

By Cara Kelly  |  11:50 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Media, Music, MusicFest

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Daft Punk, 'Get Lucky' -- It's trending, but is it good?

The first official taste of the highly-anticipated new album by the French electronic duo.

By Chris Richards  |  10:58 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Anna Kendrick's 'Cups (When I'm Gone)' gets a music video

"Pitch Perfect"'s viral hit " Cups(When I'm Gone)" now has a music video directed by "Pitch Perfect" director Jason Moore.

By Veronica Toney  |  05:26 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Movies, Music

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013

Critic's Notebook: Thee Oh Sees, Cassie

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Not going to #Coachella? Let us ease your festival envy

Let us ease your festival envy with the best of social media, photos and live video.

By Cara Kelly  |  01:52 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music, MusicFest

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Vinyl record sales have hit their highest point since 1997

Vinyl sales have hit their highest point since 1997 -- the same year Hanson's "MMMBop" topped the charts

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:11 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Critic's Notebook: Bleached, Deadstring Brothers

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:37 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/02/2013

Critic's Notebook: Gretchen Wilson, Hiss Golden Messenger, Daft Punk

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  11:07 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Critic's Notebook: Cigarette, Yelawolf, Alice Smith

Critic's Notebook | Notable recordings including: Cigarette, Yelawolf, Alice Smith.

By Chris Richards  |  10:47 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Why Michelle Shocked’s anti-gay rant was shocking

What really shocked me about the folk singer's San Francisco rant.

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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Critic's Notebook: DJ Rashad, Julian Lynch, Disclosure

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:34 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 03/15/2013

#RIPMetronome: A eulogy in Twitter meter

A eulogy in 17 tweets for a bygone technology.

By Katherine Boyle  |  11:09 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Music

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 03/14/2013

SXSW: Nick Cave broods and Life Stinks doesn't stink at all

Big names such as Nick Cave and Paramore deliver impressive sets while the obscure Life Stinks offers its own thrills (and a cheap cassette)

By Chris Richards  |  01:10 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 03/13/2013

SXSW: Chelsea Light Moving -- A familiar face with a new band

The new band from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore represents both sides of the annual music extravaganza.

By Chris Richards  |  02:13 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Critic's Notebook: Shooter Jennings, Marcus Canty

Waylon's son stays on his own outlaw path and local R

By Chris Richards  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 03/08/2013

SXSW: D.C. edition (or how to fake it 'til you make it)

If you can't make it to Austin this year for SXSW, Chris Richards tells us how to fake it in D.C.

By Fahima Haque and Veronica Toney  |  08:26 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Marvin Gaye's Daughter: "My Dad Was a Generous Soul"

Marvin Gaye's Daughter Says His Sister's Play Opens Old Wounds

By DeNeen L. Brown  |  11:15 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Critic's Notebook: Rhye, Helado Negro, Young Thug

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  09:59 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Critic's Notebook: 3rd and Union, Moon B

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:11 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Adele is halfway to an EGOT after her Oscar win

She needs a Tony and an Emmy, but the singer has no plans for Rolling in the Deep: The Musical."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:43 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music, oscars

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 02/22/2013

What if hit records were books? Artist finds hit of his own

By David Beard  |  05:09 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Martyn on growing up sci-fi, learning to DJ, and why EDM is meant for stadiums instead of clubs

The Holland-born DJ-producer explains why EDM is meant for stadiums instead of clubs

By Chris Richards  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 02/21/2013

'Harlem Shake' hits No. 1 as Billboard adds YouTube views to chart formula

Bauuer's viral hit benefits from new measurements in determining songs on the Hot 100

By Chris Richards  |  01:02 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:46 PM ET, 02/18/2013

Critic's Notebook: Fat Trel and Louie V Mob, Iceage, Chelsea Light Moving

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  09:46 PM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Critic's Notebook: Jose James, Kevin Gates, Mikky Echo

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:21 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Grammy Awards lack a dance component

The best dance performance at the Grammys was not at the Grammys.

By Sarah Kaufman  |  10:53 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dance, Music

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Grammy fashion: Best, worst and just boring

A stream of unimaginative black dresses made this year's red carpet a snooze.

By Cara Kelly  |  09:45 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fashion, Music

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/10/2013

Grammys 2013 FAQ: Where, when and why to watch

From Frank Ocean to fun., everything you need to know to prepare for Sunday's 55th annual Grammy Awards.

By Jessica Goldstein  |  10:30 AM ET, 02/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  grammys, Music

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Grammy picks: A critic vs. streaming data

Spotify used listener data to predict Grammy winners. Does it align with who our music critic think should win?

By Cara Kelly  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Critic's Notebook: My Bloody Valentine, Lucrecia Dalt, Holly Williams, Le1f

My Bloody Valentine returns after a 20-plus year absence. Plus, new recordings by Lucrecia Dalt, Holly Williams and Le1f.

By Chris Richards  |  10:19 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Critic's Notebook, Music

Posted at 09:36 PM ET, 02/03/2013

Beyonce brings sexy back to Super Bowl halftime

Beyonce's halftime performance set the stage for more to come.

By Chris Richards  |  09:36 PM ET, 02/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Critic's Notebook: Lonnie Holley, Future, Western Medication

Notable recordings from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  10:09 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  critics notebook, music

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Did Beyonce lip sync her National Anthem performance? Are you surprised?

Less than 24 hours after the social mediaverse collectively patted her on the back for a bright rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner," Beyonce is being accused of lip-syncing it.

By Chris Richards  |  07:37 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Critic's Notebook: Pro Era, Dawn Richard, Nosaj Thing

Critic's Notebook: Pro Era, Dawn Richard, Nosaj Thing

By Chris Richards  |  12:15 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  critics notebook, music

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 12/21/2012

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ reaches 1 billion YouTube views

The invisible horse dance continues to break records.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:22 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Paul McCartney to front a reunited Nirvana?

The group is expected to perform at the 12.12.12 benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

By Chris Richards  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Frank Ocean with a side of fun.: Picking this year’s most deserving Grammy winners

R&B rookie and bombastic pop-rock band among this year’s most nominated acts

By Chris Richards  |  09:56 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Dave Brubeck, ‘Take Five,’ and his longtime collaborator credited with the jazz legend’s biggest hit

Charlie Parker credited with the jazz legend’s biggest hit.

By Matt Schudel  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Bob Dylan predicts an Obama win: “A landslide”

The music legend made the prediction at a show in Wisconsin.

By Maura Judkis  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 10/29/2012

Our favorite rainy day songs # HurricanePlaylist

Monday so far feels decidedly calm, so here’s my top 5 songs about the rain.

By Chris Richards  |  11:59 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 10/10/2012

Nats’ “Take on Me” fans aren’t afraid to take on the high notes

Watch Nats fans and Michael Morse sing his at-bat music, and listen to other covers of A-ha’s famous song.

By Maura Judkis and Chris Richards  |  10:31 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 09/26/2012

‘Gangnam Style’: Beating a dead (invisible) horse (dance)

Witness the evolution of a meme as “Gangnam Style” goes from funny to annoying to “UGH, NOT AGAIN.”

By Maura Judkis  |  04:05 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music, culture

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/26/2012

Andy Williams dies: Remembering ‘Moon River’

The singer who made the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” song his signature theme died at the age of 84.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/23/2012

‘Gangnam Style’s’ invisible horse dance craze: Giddyup

A Korean pop song and its silly equestrian-inspired dance moves are taking over.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dance, music

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 08/22/2012

‘Hot Cheetos and Takis’: How rap teaches kids to write

The music video featuring pint-sized rappers has gone viral and got a great review in Rolling Stone.

By Maura Judkis  |  04:02 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Paul Ryan incurs the rage of Rage Against the Machine

Guitarist Tom Morello blasted the contestant for saying he liked their controversial music.

By Maura Judkis  |  01:00 PM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 07/31/2012

Snoop Dogg becomes Snoop Lion

The rapper changed his name after a spiritual awakening.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:48 AM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Fans mourn Kitty Wells, Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt — and more from the world of pop music

And more from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  05:34 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Cookie Monster’s “Call Me Maybe” parody: The best one yet

“Call Me Maybe” parodists can call it quits: Nothing will top this ode to sharing cookies.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:29 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 07/10/2012

Woody Guthrie’s timeless songs

Our Guthrie playlist offers a glimpse into his vast repertoire.

By Joe Heim  |  08:52 AM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 07/05/2012

Frank Ocean comes out, discusses first love on Tumblr

Ocean wrote: “4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19. He was too.”

By Chris Richards  |  12:47 PM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/05/2012

Food truck tunes: What’s your lunchtime playlist?

Food trucks use music to entice customers and get them hungry for food from around the world.

By Clinton Yates  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 07/03/2012

Did Chuck Brown’s mourners “clash” with police?

The Atlantic has chimed in with a lament for Washington’s endangered go-go scene.

By Chris Richards  |  03:23 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 07/03/2012

Hendrix biopic won’t include Hendrix songs — and more from the world of pop music

Plus, more from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  01:02 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Flaming Lips aim for Guinness Book — and more from the world of pop music

Updates from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  05:00 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 06/21/2012

A brief note from David Berman of Silver Jews

The cult-favorite songwriter comments on his band’s recently re-released early recordings.

By David Malitz  |  02:22 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music | Tags:  music

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City, ‘Good Time’: It’s trending, but is it good?

It’s trending, but is it good?

By Chris Richards  |  01:35 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Mike Auldridge receives NEA National Heritage Fellowship — and more from the world of pop music

Plus, more from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  12:16 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Animal Collective to return to Merriweather Post Pavilion, and more from the world of pop music

Plus, more from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  11:03 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 06/11/2012

‘Big Day Coming’ traces indie-rock roots of Jersey band, Yo La Tengo

Jesse Jarnow tells the band’s story, following the long-running indie-pop group from its early years to its unlikely brush with mainstream success during the mid ‘90s.

By Aaron Leitko  |  01:14 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music, books

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Strathmore stretches its wings with every kind of music you can name

For its 2012-2013 season Strathmore is offering performances for every musical taste.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:47 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Strathmore, Strathmore Music Center, Patti Lupone, Dianne Reeves, Marvin Hamlisch

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 06/05/2012

Nicki Minaj refuses to apologize to New York radio station — and more from the world of pop music

This week’s pop music roundup.

By Chris Richards  |  11:34 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 06/01/2012

A chat with Logan Westbrooks, the man who helped break Chuck Brown’s ‘Bustin’ Loose’

Logan Westbrooks helped Brown climb the charts in 1979 with the godfather’s signature anthem “Bustin’ Loose.”

By Chris Richards  |  12:34 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 05/30/2012

Doc Watson’s flatpicking folk sounds (video)

Listen to recordings from Watson’s Grammy-winning albums.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:38 AM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/25/2012

Eurovision: The funniest videos, and a D.C. watch party

What makes a good Eurovision entry? High camp.

By Maura Judkis  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 05/23/2012

“Call Me Maybe”: The song of summer 2012

The infectious bubblegum pop hit has spawned viral tributes and business cards

By Maura Judkis  |  06:50 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Bob Schieffer and Honky Tonk Confidential booked for Smithsonian on Flag Day

Schieffer and the award-winning band will play a selection of Civil War music in a special program for Flag Day at the National Museum of American History.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:53 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob Schieffer, Honky Tonk Confidential, National Museum of American History, Civil War music, Broadcast Music Inc. Archives Confederate Music Collection, Flag Day

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Listen to 2011 National Recording Registry additions: Prince, Donna Summer, Dolly Parton

Recordings by Prince, Donna Summer, and Edward R. Murrow will be preserved.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:39 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Austin City Limits announces line-up; Jay-Z unveils roster for Made In America festival — and more from the world of pop music

Jay-Z unveils roster for Made In America festival — and more from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  11:26 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 05/21/2012

The Bee Gees, Donna Summer: A 1979 Washington Post primer explains disco

“Disco music is for dancing, not listening.”

By Maura Judkis  |  01:59 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Bee Gees songs: Their number one hit singles

The Bee Gees spent a lot of time at the top of the charts.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:35 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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