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

Spin Time Records is D.C.’s neighborhood record shop no matter where you are

The online record store sells D.C. area artists exclusively. Is there a bricks-and-mortar version in its future?

November 24, 2021

The Grammys are trying to change. So why does it feel like they’re moving backward?

This year’s nominee slate offers some unexpected names but the same old problems.

November 23, 2021

Grammy night is coming — and go-go music finally has a shot

A new eligibility change means D.C.’s dance music can be recognized on its own terms.

November 22, 2021

Adele’s ‘30’ has more to offer than dazzling sadness

The superstar’s super-hyped new album processes her divorce in more ways than one.

November 19, 2021

Young Dolph’s heaviest rhymes made this lethal world feel lighter

The slain Memphis rapper’s music offered two kinds of catharsis: righteous outrage and good humor.

November 18, 2021

Silk Sonic get on a nostalgic Soul Train that’s too sleek, too sanitized

Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak have mastered ’70s funk cosplay — but where’s the funk?

November 15, 2021

Inclusion at the CMAs? Sounds nice. So why that nasty cheer for Morgan Wallen?

Wednesday’s awards show reaffirmed Nashville’s commitment to dollars over decency.

November 11, 2021

The best things to do in the D.C. area the week of Nov. 11-17

Virtual film festivals, in-person holiday markets, hot concerts and the Phillips Collection's 100th birthday top this week's must-do events.

November 11, 2021

Deep in her career, Dee Clark is teaching us to dance through our deepest feelings

The veteran District DJ spins a marathon set at Culture Coffee Too on Saturday.

November 11, 2021

The Astroworld tragedy is impossible to understand, even if you’ve spent a lifetime in crowds

How did this happen? Who is responsible? How do we stop it from happening again?

November 7, 2021