Chris Richards

Washington, D.C.

Pop music critic

Education: George Washington University

Chris Richards has been The Washington Post's pop music critic since 2009. Before joining The Post, he freelanced for various music publications.
Latest from Chris Richards

Kendrick Lamar’s new album feels vulnerable and virtuosic

With “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” the generational rap star makes the narrative details feel intimate and overwhelming.

May 16, 2022

The best things to do in the D.C. area the week of May 12-18

Catch the return of a popular drive-in movie series and the European Union Open House, and snag tickets for next week’s Jazz in the Garden.

May 12, 2022

Hologram is mapping out a new hardcore head space

The visceral and vivid D.C. hardcore band headlines Slash Run on May 13.

May 11, 2022

The best things to do in the D.C. area the week of April 28-May 4

This weekend brings the reopening of Glen Echo Park's carousel, the debut of the Project Glow festival, and the return of neighborhood book and music festivals.

April 28, 2022

Straw Man Army’s clear-eyed punk songs look hard into a dark future

The New York punk duo’s timely new album, “SOS,” refuses to sink into despair

April 26, 2022

As Jason Aldean plays to the right, his sound takes a quiet left turn

The country star once said talking politics was a “no win” for artists like him. Then everything changed — including his music.

April 22, 2022

Get ready for Asesinato, because they won’t

The purposely unrehearsed hardcore band brings its feral sound to Slash Run.

April 20, 2022

Listening again to a bloated list of Grammy nominees for album of the year

The Recording Academy upped the number of nominees from eight to 10, eroding the prestige of what was once the night’s top prize.

March 31, 2022

Taylor Hawkins understood rock-and-roll as a joyful noise

The Foo Fighters drummer — who has died at 50 — often wore a smile as big as his sound

March 26, 2022

Goonew made rap music feel timeless in his own way

The Maryland rapper — who was killed Friday — was innovative and influential

March 19, 2022