Janet Jackson, Blink-182, Erykah Badu, Pearl Jam, Liz Phair, and more of the most essential tickets of the year
New releases to look forward to in the coming months, from Cardi B, Lana Del Rey, Kelela, Fever Ray, Popcaan, and more.
Documentaries on Sinéad O’Connor and Phil Elverum, thrilling videos from Rosalía and Björk, a genius “Grunge Frasier” parody, and more.
From Haru Nemuri’s punk-inflected J-pop to Coco & Clair Clair’s spaced-out diss tracks, Ralphie Choo’s computerized flamenco and MUNA’s synth-pop fireworks, here are some standout pop songs and albums from this year.
From Atlanta to Memphis to Detroit; from lightspeed Jersey club rap to diamond-hard New York drill; rap overflowed with energy again this year.
From Rina Sawayama hot sauce to Alvvays mousepads to Björk Christmas ornaments, here are unique gift ideas for every type of music fan.
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Ambient cumbia, postmodern pow wow, modular improv jams, raptor house—these are the songs and albums that defined the year in electronic music.
From Alvvays’ panoramic anthems to Chat Pile’s scorched-earth sludge, Soul Glo’s bruising hardcore to Wet Leg’s wily indie rock, these are the rock albums that stood out this year.
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From Miami to Memphis, Atlanta to Houston, these are the songs that turned the South into the center of hip-hop.
Whether it was a fond remembrance of a lost friend through the lens of ’90s pop culture, an impassioned testimonial to the power of Black women in pop, an intimate look at the life of a hip-hop genius, or Nick Cave’s frank conversations on grief and loss, the best music books this year kept it personal.
The best under-the-radar finds in hip-hop, rock, ambient, and more
From the throwback thump of Erykah Badu and D’Angelo to the freaky futurism of Aaliyah and Ginuwine to the unbridled horniness of Jodeci and Janet Jackson