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A pair of courageous new memoirs from married music makers.
From Channel Orange to a Syrian wedding party.
A year's worth of essential listening.
Das Racist may be gone, but they shouldn't be forgotten soon.
In Michael Chabon's new novel, a record store in a troubled bohemia proves a setting as fantastic as any in the author's recent work.
A new study grapples with the long, complex legacy of blackface minstrelsy in performance.
Fiona Apple can be hard to like. Love is a different matter.
Before the era of the phonograph and radio, Americans were opening their ears.
"Outlaw country" singer-songwriter Todd Snider's storytelling talent is its own religion.
How a pair of best friends from Cincinnati are leading the best band in America.
Etta James's voice was a great beauty -- but she never forgot how to play rough.
Robert Christgau's annual rundown of the year's best in pop music.
Looking ahead sometimes means looking back.
Can a wordsmith read his way to comprehension of the global financial mess?
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