The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.
Jung Kook, BTS and English Language K-Pop
A conversation about K-pop’s long march to American awareness, and the potential risks of that embrace. Guest: Kara.
01/12/2023 • 44 minutes 28 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Can Rap Bridge Its Generation Gap?
Is it possible for rappers to age gracefully? Where are the new stars? A discussion on the state of the genre and where it may be heading.
29/11/2023 • 1 hour 13 minutes 2 seconds
André 3000’s Experiments With Flutes and Fame
The acclaimed rapper’s first solo album contains no rapping. What does this sharp creative turn reveal about its maker? Guests: GQ's Zach Baron, and Sadie Sartini Garner.
25/11/2023 • 1 hour 3 minutes 32 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Mailbag! The Beatles, Taylor Swift and More
Taking viewer and listener questions on hot topics in pop music.
22/11/2023 • 53 minutes 50 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): What Is Going On With the Grammy Nominations?
Dissecting the contenders for the 2024 Grammy Awards, including top nominations for SZA, Olivia Rodrigo, boygenius, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Jon Batiste. Plus: Nathan Fielder's "The Curse."
15/11/2023 • 1 hour 4 minutes 35 seconds
PinkPantheress Leaves the Bedroom for the Wider Pop World
A conversation about the 22-year-old singer, songwriter and producer’s new album and the art of sampling. Guests: Kemi Alemoru and Lindsay Zoladz.
10/11/2023 • 51 minutes 43 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): ‘Priscilla’ and ‘The Golden Bachelor’ Plumb Heartbreak
Breaking down Sofia Coppola’s new film, an impressionistic take on Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s relationship, plus: the surprising depth of a reality TV spinoff.
08/11/2023 • 1 hour 7 minutes 7 seconds
Noah Kahan’s Rootsy Rock Revival
Revisiting the rustic mainstream sound of the early 2010s, the Vermont singer-songwriter has broken through with “Stick Season.” Guests: Vox's Rebecca Jennings and Billboard's Jason Lipshutz.
03/11/2023 • 47 minutes 35 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Is the Pop Music Machine Stuck in Place?
With certain headliners hogging up space, where are the new stars? We checked in on recent hits from the radio, streaming services and TikTok.
01/11/2023 • 1 hour 7 minutes 46 seconds
Who Is Troye Sivan Now?
A conversation about the pop star’s evolution on his new album, “Something to Give Each Other,” and the ceilings he may still face as an openly gay male performer. Guests: Harry Tafoya and Shaad D’Souza.
27/10/2023 • 39 minutes 57 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): The Britney Spears Memoir + ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
Reacting to “The Woman in Me,” the new book by Spears, and Martin Scorsese’s latest film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone.
25/10/2023 • 1 hour 2 minutes 1 second
Drake Takes On All Comers
The rapper’s new album, “For All the Dogs,” has stirred debate about maturity and misogyny, and led to questions about the next phase of his career. Guests: The Ringer's Justin Charity and Pitchfork's Dylan Green.
20/10/2023 • 46 minutes 2 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Movie + Bad Bunny Returns
A conversation about Swift’s concert film documenting her summer stadium sojourn. Plus: The new album “Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana.”
18/10/2023 • 1 hour 2 minutes 44 seconds
Do We Need Album Reviews Anymore?
A conversation about the history — and future — of album reviews in an increasingly fraught environment for music journalism and criticism.
12/10/2023 • 47 minutes 57 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Drake’s New Album Courts New Enemies
A discussion about “For All the Dogs” and the fever-pitch online discourse around Drake, his career and his public persona. Plus: reality TV drama.
11/10/2023 • 1 hour 7 minutes 33 seconds
Maren Morris: The (Deluxe) Interview
In a guest appearance, the country-pop singer discusses her recent decision to step back from country music because of Nashville’s poor track record of tolerance and diversity.
04/10/2023 • 1 hour 5 minutes 8 seconds
Zach Bryan Begins Building His Village
A conversation about the singer-songwriter’s post-politics approach to stardom, his dogged work ethic and his artistic coalition with fellow dissidents.
29/09/2023 • 59 minutes 5 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Doja Cat’s Rap Renaissance + Taylor Swift & Travis Kelce
Breaking down Doja Cat’s surprising new album, “Scarlet,” plus: Swift’s foray into football and Hasan Minhaj’s fibs.
27/09/2023 • 1 hour 4 minutes 34 seconds
Remembering Jimmy Buffett, Beach Bum Bard
A conversation about how the musician, who died this month at 76, turned a way of life into a song — and that song back into a very profitable way of life. Guest: Jon Pareles
Popcast (Deluxe): Breaking Down Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Guts,’ Part 2
A deep dive into whom the singer’s new songs might be about — and if it matters. Plus: Zach Bryan’s breakthrough and recent arrest.
13/09/2023 • 1 hour 11 minutes 19 seconds
Olivia Rodrigo’s Songs About Growing Pains
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter returns with “Guts,” an album informed by the opportunities and costs of her rapid rise. Guests: Caryn Ganz and Lindsay Zoladz.
12/09/2023 • 51 minutes 35 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): ‘Bottoms,’ ‘Hard Knocks’ & Uncovering Rap History
What we watched (and read!) this summer.
06/09/2023 • 1 hour 8 minutes 21 seconds
Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Speed Round, Part 2
A conversation about Swift’s relationship to celebrity, the tour date as destination event and how fans dressed up for the show. Guests: Caryn Ganz, Vrinda Jagota and Josh Duboff.
05/09/2023 • 1 hour 15 minutes 32 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe) Mailbag: Selena Gomez, BTS and Doja Cat!
Listener (and viewer!) questions on some recent releases, also including Renee Rapp, Earl Sweatshirt and Zach Bryan.
30/08/2023 • 1 hour 7 minutes 10 seconds
Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Speed Round, Part 1
A conversation about how the concert relates to Beyoncé’s stadium show, the role of dance in Swift’s spectacular and more. Guests: Wesley Morris, Brian Seibert and Bandsplain's Yasi Salek.
29/08/2023 • 1 hour 4 minutes 30 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): A Shocking No. 1 Hit and Addison Rae’s New EP
The rapid rise of Oliver Anthony Music’s “Rich Men North of Richmond,” plus: the playful pop of the TikTok star Addison Rae.
23/08/2023 • 1 hour 4 minutes 59 seconds
Dead & Company Said Farewell, but the Scene Is Very Alive
One of jam’s most definitive bands is still attracting new recruits, and younger generations are finding comfort in its community. Guests: JamBase's Scott Bernstein; and Marc Tracy.
22/08/2023 • 57 minutes 47 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Is There Such a Thing as the Song of the Summer?
Tracks by Morgan Wallen, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and more have dominated this summer — or at least attempted to.
16/08/2023 • 1 hour 7 minutes 47 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Lizzo, Travis Scott and the Limits of Persona
What can pop stars get away with? Plus: the deaths of Sinead O’Connor and Angus Cloud.
09/08/2023 • 1 hour 6 minutes 8 seconds
The Raw Art and Life of Sinead O’Connor
A conversation about her unlikely pop fame, complex relationship to stardom and powerful, signature music. Guests: Alfred Soto and Amanda Hess.
03/08/2023 • 1 hour 18 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Our Favorite Albums of the Year So Far
Peso Pluma, Ice Spice, Skrillex, 100 gecs and more.
02/08/2023 • 1 hour 1 minute 6 seconds
Jason Aldean’s Culture War Hit
After the country star’s “Try That in a Small Town” video was criticized as offensive, right-wing support sent the song to No. 2 on the singles chart. Guests: The Tennessean's Marcus K. Dowling; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Amanda Marie Martinez
28/07/2023 • 46 minutes 38 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): ‘Barbie,’ Jason Aldean’s Culture War and Drake’s Tour
Plus: Violent J in our 50 Rappers, 50 Stories project, new songs and new snacks.
26/07/2023 • 1 hour 16 minutes 44 seconds
50 Rappers, 50 Stories: Behind the Scenes
A look at how we assembled a sweeping collection of personal narratives, and the threads that tie them together. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Elena Bergeron and Keith Murphy.
23/07/2023 • 57 minutes 32 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Fans Misbehaving at Concerts, and Pinkydoll’s NPC TikTok
Plus: Music from Troye Sivan and Militarie Gun (as performed by Post Malone).
19/07/2023 • 1 hour 8 minutes 51 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Britney Spears’s Wembanyama Run-In and Taylor Swift’s ‘Revenge’
Plus: Lil Uzi Vert’s new No. 1 “Pink Tape,” and Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City.”
12/07/2023 • 1 hour 2 minutes 46 seconds
The Many Lives of Lil Durk
How the Chicago rap veteran reinvented himself, and became a star largely in the shadows. Guest: Fake Shore Drive's Andrew Barber.
11/07/2023 • 52 minutes 31 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Olivia Rodrigo Returns, Fall Out Boy Denies History
Plus: “Barbie” memes and the Grimace Shake attacks.
05/07/2023 • 53 minutes 44 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Kim Petras’s New LP and Jennifer Lawrence’s Return
Up for discussion this week: “The Idol” approaches its finale, the conclusion of Kesha and Dr. Luke’s legal battle and more.
29/06/2023 • 1 hour 9 minutes 56 seconds
Kylie Minogue’s ‘Padam Padam’ and the Queer Club-Pop Canon
The global star’s single has become the soundtrack of Pride this year, opening fresh conversations about pop divas and their gay fans. Guest: Vulture's Jason P. Frank
27/06/2023 • 51 minutes 20 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Pharrell Williams at Louis Vuitton and Gunna’s New LP
What’s the role of global celebrity in high fashion? Why hasn’t hip-hop penetrated the charts this year? And what’s the snack of the week?
21/06/2023 • 1 hour 17 minutes 36 seconds
The Joni Mitchell Renaissance
A conversation about how the singer-songwriter was received during her career peak, and how she is remaking her own music in her later years. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.
17/06/2023 • 42 minutes 6 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): The Rise of the A.I. Pop Star, Luke Combs’s ‘Fast Car’
Dissecting the recent wave of songs ‘by’ Drake and others, plus your questions about band reunions, a rundown of new songs and more.
14/06/2023 • 59 minutes 48 seconds
Popcast Mailbag! Frank Ocean, Peso Pluma, A.I. Grimes and More
You asked, we answered your questions about the weight of following a smash single and the persistence of genre. Guests: Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli, Lindsay Zoladz and Caryn Ganz.
09/06/2023 • 1 hour 1 minute 7 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Taylor Swift and Matty Healy, Plus ‘The Idol’
Breaking down Ice Spice’s new feature on Swift’s “Karma” remix, the explosion in pop music documentaries and more.
07/06/2023 • 1 hour 2 minutes 32 seconds
Popcast (Deluxe): Morgan Wallen, Indie Sleaze and ‘Survivor’
Introducing a new weekly video show from the Popcast team that breaks down the essential pop culture story lines of the moment.
31/05/2023 • 1 hour 2 minutes 11 seconds
On TikTok, Pop Music Speeds Up
A 12-year-old Miguel song has re-entered the Billboard charts, demonstrating how the app reshapes listening habits. Guest: Billboard's Elias Leight.
24/05/2023 • 36 minutes 58 seconds
Jessie Ware Is Dancing Into Her Second Act
A conversation about the British musician’s journey to her lush neo-disco manifesto “That! Feels Good!” Guests: Caryn Ganz and Lindsay Zoladz.
17/05/2023 • 44 minutes 37 seconds
Ed Sheeran Is Vindicated, But Other Copyright Battles Rage On
Do current protections account for how music is actually made now? Guest: Ben Sisario.
10/05/2023 • 47 minutes 21 seconds
Jai Paul Emerges From the Shadows, Somewhat
The elusive vocalist and producer performed his first shows last month. Do they mark the end of an arc, or a new beginning? Guests: Lindsay Zoladz and The New Yorker's Jia Tolentino.
04/05/2023 • 52 minutes 53 seconds
How Fred again.. Jolted Dance Music
A conversation about the genre's new wave of big-tent ambition, and the whimsical British artist at the heart of it. Guest: Foster Kamer.
24/04/2023 • 46 minutes 59 seconds
A Spree of Country Music Divorce Albums
Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce and Kacey Musgraves have reacted to breakups — and found freedom — in song. Guest: Marissa R. Moss.
17/04/2023 • 46 minutes 47 seconds
The Friendship Harmonies of boygenius
How Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus’s side project has become a major part of their music — and their lore. Guests: Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Cat Zhang.
06/04/2023 • 37 minutes 47 seconds
How Taylor Swift Shapes the Story of Her Eras
The pop superstar is back on tour for the first time since 2018, performing grand stadium shows that spin a narrative from her 10-album catalog. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
31/03/2023 • 47 minutes 47 seconds
The Inevitability of Ice Spice
A conversation about the ubiquitous Bronx rapper’s rise, and her boosts from the meme universe. Guest: Rolling Stone's Jeff Ihaza.
22/03/2023 • 49 minutes 44 seconds
The Return of Morgan Wallen (Who Never Went Away)
As the country star’s new album earns the biggest debut of the year, a conversation about the nature of his fame and the scope of his reprimand for using a racial slur. Guest: The New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh.
16/03/2023 • 54 minutes 15 seconds
Celebrating De La Soul, With Questlove
A conversation about the group’s impact and legacy as its music finally arrives on streaming services, just weeks after the death of one of its rappers, Dave Jolicoeur. Guests: Questlove and Joseph Patel.
08/03/2023 • 58 minutes 23 seconds
Pharrell and Luxury Fashion’s Hip-Hop Obsession
The hitmaker has been named a creative director at Louis Vuitton, building another bridge between two worlds with decades of history. Guest: Complex's Aria Hughes.
01/03/2023 • 42 minutes 22 seconds
SZA’s Very Roundabout Path to Success
A conversation about the singer and songwriter’s chart-topping “SOS,” and the different approach to star-making that brought her there. Guest: Danyel Smith.
18/02/2023 • 44 minutes 48 seconds
Lil Yachty Breaks Boundaries and Takes on Rap Conservatism
A conversation about the hip-hop eccentric’s experiments, and the benefits (and perils) of collaborating outside an artist’s established genre. Guests: Jayson Buford and The Ringer's Justin Charity.
Does respect from music’s premier awards show still carry weight? Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
07/02/2023 • 54 minutes 42 seconds
Blackpink, Aespa, NewJeans: The Evolution of K-Pop Girl Groups
Acts with growing profiles and unique personalities are taking increasingly different paths, as the genre’s globalization opens new doors. Guest: Tamar Herman.
26/01/2023 • 45 minutes 23 seconds
Ticketmaster Under the Magnifying Glass
The concert giant has long been the target of consumer complaints and artists’ ire. Recent incidents involving Taylor Swift and Bad Bunny have renewed focus on problems in the live marketplace. Guest: Ben Sisario.
19/01/2023 • 59 minutes 21 seconds
Jazz’s Year of Reckoning With Tradition
As the genre experiences a creative renaissance, has it become quietly radical to re-embrace the past? Guests: Harmony Holiday and Giovanni Russonello.
12/01/2023 • 44 minutes 17 seconds
The Year of Bad Bunny
With a blockbuster LP and a smash tour, the genre-melding superstar set a new bar for himself, and expanded the possibilities for Spanish-language pop worldwide. Guests: Billboard's Leila Cobo and The New York Times Magazine's Carina del Valle Schorske.
06/01/2023 • 57 minutes 31 seconds
Year-End Listener Mailbag: Your 2022 Questions, Part 2
Answering reader queries about the state of the music video, Morgan Wallen, SZA and Ethel Cain and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
31/12/2022 • 1 hour 5 minutes 6 seconds
Year-End Listener Mailbag: Your 2022 Questions, Part 1
You asked, we answered your queries about Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, the state of indie rock and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
28/12/2022 • 54 minutes 48 seconds
2022: The Songs of the Year
Let’s talk about tracks by Ice Spice, Cardi B, Ethel Cain and many more of the 70 picks on our critics’ lists. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
14/12/2022 • 50 minutes 37 seconds
The Best Albums of 2022? Let’s Discuss.
Our critics debate their year-end lists (and agree on Beyoncé and Rosalía!) in a wrap-up of the year in LPs. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
07/12/2022 • 59 minutes 37 seconds
2022: The Year in Atlanta Rap
The country’s most influential hip-hop scene has weathered a period of extraordinary upheaval. A look back at happened, and what’s next. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
01/12/2022 • 1 hour 5 minutes 27 seconds
Separating Big Business and Bad Behavior in ‘Tár’
The film about a renowned and embattled conductor puts a fresh spin on conversations about art, power and misdeeds. Guests: Vulture's Alison Wilmore and Zachary Woolfe.
16/11/2022 • 54 minutes 37 seconds
50 Years of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’
A conversation about the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s studio innovations, and melding of social consciousness and musical creativity. Guest: Jon Pareles.
09/11/2022 • 38 minutes 50 seconds
Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’: Listener Mailbag
The New York Times pop music team had its say; now a new panel answers questions about the blockbuster album. Guests: Madison Malone Kircher and Pitchfork's Quinn Moreland.
02/11/2022 • 54 minutes 11 seconds
Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’: Let’s Discuss
The blockbuster singer-songwriter’s 10th studio album finds her at a crossroads: Will she continue to reckon with her past, or forge another new path forward? Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz, Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
25/10/2022 • 1 hour 7 minutes 10 seconds
Remembering Loretta Lynn
A conversation about the country music titan’s sly radicalism and the many readings and misreadings of her work. Guest: Jewly Hight.
20/10/2022 • 46 minutes 18 seconds
The Young Women Who Make TikTok Weep
Songwriters who have found success on the app via emotional catharsis have expanded its range, and piqued the music industry’s interest. Guest: Stereogum's Rachel Brodsky.
12/10/2022 • 49 minutes 12 seconds
The Sudden Rise of Zach Bryan
The breakout country-folk singer and songwriter has found an audience for his old-fashioned artistry largely on a newer platform: streaming. Guest: Grady Smith.
05/10/2022 • 51 minutes 34 seconds
Popcast Live! The New Faces of 2022
Blondshell, Central Cee, Ethel Cain and more: a conversation about what’s breaking through, plus questions from the audience at our first live taping. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
22/09/2022 • 1 hour 23 minutes 46 seconds
The Perseverance of Megan Thee Stallion
The rapper’s rise has been accompanied by outside noise. How has she grown on record, and how have extra-musical narratives shaped her career? Guests: Rolling Stone's Mankaprr Conteh and Pitchfork's Heven Haile.
14/09/2022 • 48 minutes 38 seconds
What Is a ‘Fake’ Artist in 2022?
Firestorms over the “virtual rapper” FN Meka and faceless artists on Spotify have sparked conversations about alienation and creative agency. Guests: Joe Coscarelli; Garbage Day's Ryan Broderick; and Music Business Worldwide's Tim Ingham.
31/08/2022 • 59 minutes 27 seconds
Rage Against the Machine, Roaring On
A conversation about the band’s return, its evolving message and the nature of comeback tours. Guests: Rolling Stone's Andy Greene and the writer and "Summer of Soul" producer Joseph Patel.
24/08/2022 • 46 minutes 19 seconds
Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’: The Speed Round
The conversation continues about one of the year’s most ideologically provocative pop albums, its queer inspirations and its credits. Guests: Naima Cochrane, Vulture's Jason P. Frank, Resident Advisor's Kiana Mickles and Patrik Sandberg.
17/08/2022 • 1 hour 15 minutes 44 seconds
A Renaissance in American Hardcore Music
A look at the recent burst of bands and how the scene operates as music, ethic and feeling. Guests: Stereogum's Tom Breihan and The Ringer's Chris Ryan.
11/08/2022 • 54 minutes 7 seconds
The Robust Return of Beyoncé
A deep dive on “Renaissance,” her relationship to queer music communities and her framing of authorship. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Wesley Morris, Jon Pareles and Salamishah Tillet.
02/08/2022 • 56 minutes 28 seconds
Lizzo’s Complicated, Joyful Pop
The singer, rapper and songwriter’s peppy empowerment songs have made her an outlier in a field dominated by melancholic music. Guests: The Ringer's Justin Charity; Lindsay Zoladz; and William Robin.
27/07/2022 • 50 minutes 15 seconds
‘Elvis’ vs. Elvis
How much do fantasy and imagination play into how we remember pop culture heroes? Guests: A.O. Scott and Alanna Nash.
13/07/2022 • 57 minutes 35 seconds
What’s Next for Jack Harlow?
He’s one of hip-hop’s biggest emerging stars, and he’s cutting a very different path than the white rappers who came before him. Guests: Hunter Harris, Larisha Paul and Peter Rosenberg.
07/07/2022 • 1 hour 1 minute 9 seconds
Where Is Jazz Most at Home?
The genre has long been filled with tension between mainstream outlets and the spaces in which the music is most likely to grow. Guests: Giovanni Russonello and WBGO's Nate Chinen.
29/06/2022 • 53 minutes 4 seconds
Drake Hits the Nightclub
How did the rapper arrive on the dance floor? And what subcultures and expectations might he experiment with next? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and The Baltimore Banner's Lawrence Burney.
22/06/2022 • 1 hour 2 minutes 44 seconds
Digging Into Bob Dylan and Lou Reed’s Archives
Attempting to uncover unknown things about very well known people. Guest: Ben Sisario.
15/06/2022 • 43 minutes 36 seconds
Mailbag Madness: Adele, Jack Harlow, the State of Rock’s Return
The team answers your questions about Chance the Rapper, how the critics consider extramusical concerns and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
08/06/2022 • 1 hour 8 minutes 29 seconds
Can Harry Styles’s Music Catch Up to His Fame?
How his time in One Direction and a powerful online fan base have shaped the pop star’s career. Guests: The Atlantic's Kaitlyn Tiffany, and Lindsay Zoladz.
01/06/2022 • 57 minutes 46 seconds
Kendrick Lamar’s Anxiety Era
During his five-year pause between albums, the rapper has been reckoning — with his own evolution, and the narrative that’s been constructed for him. Guests: Rolling Stone's Jeff Ihaza; New York magazine and Vulture's Craig Jenkins; and The Nation's Stephen Kearse.
24/05/2022 • 58 minutes 51 seconds
How Gossip Is Remaking Online Hip-Hop Media
Actual music can seem like an afterthought as digital coverage of the genre has tilted toward tabloidism. Are there other paths forward? Guests: HipHopDX's Jerry Barrow; Complex's Andre Gee; and Genius's Rob Markman.
18/05/2022 • 1 hour 23 seconds
Why We Collect
A conversation about the urge to accumulate treasured items and the stories objects can hold. Guest: The New Yorker's Hua Hsu.
11/05/2022 • 56 minutes 26 seconds
A Decade of Drill Rap
Pop Smoke, Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign and more have taken the sound that emerged in Chicago in different directions. What might come next? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and David Drake.
08/05/2022 • 1 hour 8 minutes 14 seconds
Machine Gun Kelly’s Pop-Punk Pivot
After decreasing returns in the hip-hop world, the musician and actor stepped into a revival that had roots in SoundCloud rap, and a champion in Travis Barker. Guests: Meaghan Garvey and Arielle Gordon.
27/04/2022 • 46 minutes 38 seconds
Will Smith, Before the Slap
Plenty has been said about Oscars night. But what about the rapper-turned-actor’s remarkable journey up to that point? Guest: Andscape's Soraya Nadia McDonald.
21/04/2022 • 47 minutes 22 seconds
The 2022 Grammys: Let’s Discuss
What are the awards at this point, and who benefits from them? Guests: Jon Pareles, Wesley Morris and Lindsay Zoladz.
05/04/2022 • 59 minutes 40 seconds
Charli XCX’s Ever-Evolving Pop
The singer and songwriter’s career has inspired dance parties as well as spirited conversations about her ambitions and aesthetic innovations. Guests: Hazel Cills and Shaad D’Souza.
30/03/2022 • 46 minutes
The Many Worlds of Rosalía
The Spanish phenom’s music takes in a host of global influences, making her one of the most sonically ambitious and critically dissected pop artists today. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
23/03/2022 • 53 minutes 17 seconds
The Sounds of Ukrainian Pop
A conversation about some of the country’s stars, the musical traditions they work within and how they have grappled with the war. Guest: Vogue's Liana Satenstein.
15/03/2022 • 39 minutes 59 seconds
Reggaeton’s Global Expansion and Wide-Open Future
As the genre grows in worldwide popularity, it is engaging with the pop music mainstream and stratifying into subsets, introducing new opportunities and dilemmas. Guests: Isabelia Herrera and Katelina Eccleston.
08/03/2022 • 53 minutes 39 seconds
The Enigma of Big Thief
A conversation about the space the breakout Brooklyn band occupies in contemporary indie-rock circles, and its latest album. Guests: Rolling Stone's Jon Dolan and Pitchfork's Sam Sodomsky.
02/03/2022 • 52 minutes 13 seconds
Remembering Betty Davis, a Futuristic Funk Force
A conversation about her unique music, her short career and the path that led to her rediscovery. Guests: Jon Pareles, Maureen Mahon and Oliver Wang.
23/02/2022 • 49 minutes 1 second
Mitski, In and Out of the Spotlight
The indie-rock musician’s albums inspire deep feelings and attract ever-bigger audiences, but in many ways she remains a mystery. Guests: New York's E. Alex Jung and Pitchfork's Cat Zhang.
16/02/2022 • 49 minutes 50 seconds
Spotify’s Ongoing Joe Rogan Problem
The controversy over the star podcaster and misinformation raised thorny questions about the streaming service’s role as a platform, and exacerbated its conflicts with musicians. Guests: Ben Sisario and New York's Nick Quah.
09/02/2022 • 57 minutes 23 seconds
Remembering Greg Tate, Critic and Catalyst
Conversations with two of his contemporaries about the fertile scenes he covered, and the indelible impression he left. Guests: Michael A. Gonzales and Joan Morgan.
01/02/2022 • 1 hour 33 seconds
A Killing Jolts Sweden’s Rap Scene
A conversation about hip-hop’s evolution in the country, and how a high-profile shooting thrust the music into the spotlight. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Petter Hallen and Alex Marshall.
26/01/2022 • 54 minutes 39 seconds
What’s Left for the Weeknd to Conquer?
“Dawn FM” suggests at least one future direction for the pop powerhouse, who’s spent a decade making careful moves. Guest: The Ringer's Rob Harvilla.
18/01/2022 • 45 minutes 48 seconds
2021 in Jazz: Intimacy and Conversation
Throughout the pandemic, the music’s flexibility has become an asset. Where will artists take it next? Guests: Giovanni Russonello and Marcus J. Moore.
12/01/2022 • 44 minutes 3 seconds
Bonus Episode: Lana Del Rey’s American Fever Dreams
As a New Year's treat, we've recovered an old episode sidelined by technical issues (thank you, Pedro!): a discussion of Lana Del Rey’s “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” and the long arc of her career. Guests: Mina Tavakoli and Lindsay Zoladz.
01/01/2022 • 53 minutes 8 seconds
What We Forgot to Talk About in 2021
A catch-up round table on a host of topics: Maneskin, Jazmine Sullivan, Kelly Clarkson, a Real Housewife’s music career and much more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
28/12/2021 • 59 minutes 4 seconds
TikTok’s Music Critics Reflect on 2021
Four of the app’s voices on pop name their favorite releases of the year and discuss developing taste in the age of the algorithm. Guests: Margeaux Labat, Eric Morris, Cam Sullivan-Brown and Hunter White.
21/12/2021 • 1 hour 2 minutes 14 seconds
The Best Albums of 2021? Let’s Discuss.
Our critics spar over their year-end lists (and agree on Olivia Rodrigo and Tyler, the Creator) in a wrap-up of the year in LPs. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
14/12/2021 • 56 minutes 55 seconds
Remembering Stephen Sondheim, Musical Theater Visionary
A conversation about his legacy, his engagements with pop music and whether he has any true inheritors. Guests: Jesse Green and Elisabeth Vincentelli.
07/12/2021 • 39 minutes 53 seconds
Adele Returns, From Beyond Space and Time
Will we ever see a star who unites audiences like this British musician again? Guests: Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Jillian Mapes.
30/11/2021 • 46 minutes 28 seconds
The Emotional and Financial Business of Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’
What does the rerecorded song from “Red” say about how power and the past have shaped her career? Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Lindsay Zoladz.
17/11/2021 • 36 minutes 52 seconds
Remembering the Velvet Underground Through the Mirror of Film
A conversation about how the band was experienced in its time, and how Todd Haynes’s new documentary explores the world that birthed it. Guests: Jon Pareles and A.O. Scott.
16/11/2021 • 39 minutes 35 seconds
How the Mosh Pit and ‘Raging’ Came to Hip-Hop
The tragedy at Travis Scott’s Astroworld turned attention to how rap festival performances are increasingly oriented toward the rowdy. Guest: Masked Gorilla and Masked Records' Roger Gengo.
09/11/2021 • 41 minutes 29 seconds
Popcast Mailbag! Halsey, Nicki, TikTok and, of Course, Taylor
Answering your questions about pop’s big names, the state of the music video and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
03/11/2021 • 1 hour 15 minutes 18 seconds
glaive and Hyperpop’s Breakthrough Moment
A conversation about one teen’s rapid ascent, and what the future might hold for a singer and sound evolving in real time. Guest: The Fader's Alex Robert Ross.
19/10/2021 • 48 minutes 12 seconds
The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 3
Remembering Jacob Desvarieux, John Davis and Chucky Thompson. Guests: The New Yorker's Doreen St. Felix; Billboard's Gil Kaufman; Jeff Mao.
12/10/2021 • 56 minutes 57 seconds
The Reporters Who Covered R. Kelly on His Trial and Conviction
A conversation about the testimony, the meaning of the verdict and the long quest for proper recompense for the singer’s victims. Guests: Troy Closson and Jim DeRogatis.
05/10/2021 • 44 minutes 55 seconds
Bringing Aaliyah Into the Streaming Era
A conversation about the tug of war over her musical legacy, and how her songs — even without a digital presence — impacted the evolution of contemporary R&B. Guests: Naima Cochrane; Billboard's Gail Mitchell and Dan Rys.
28/09/2021 • 58 minutes 17 seconds
Kacey Musgraves, Country Music Chameleon
The singer and songwriter’s “Star-Crossed” documents the end of her marriage. But reports of her divorce from Nashville have been greatly exaggerated. Guests: Amanda Hess and The Guardian's Laura Snapes.
21/09/2021 • 55 minutes 7 seconds
Is Drake Tired of Drake?
“Certified Lover Boy” dominated the charts, but something seems to have shifted in the most influential pop star of the past decade. Guests: The Ringer's Charles Holmes and Rolling Stone's Jeff Ihaza.
14/09/2021 • 1 hour 53 seconds
Miss the Old Kanye? Try the New Kanye.
West has always been dreaming big, speaking loudly, courting controversy and channeling all of that into music. But one thing has changed. Guests: Vibe's Datwon Thomas and The Ringer's Justin Charity.
07/09/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 11 seconds
Lorde Steals Her Sunshine Back
How successful is a sunny new phase of her career, and what does it mean to choose to move away from the expectations of superstardom? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.
30/08/2021 • 54 minutes 50 seconds
The Style of Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Era
How West has used fashion to signify musical evolution, how he’s been regarded by the fashion industry and how other musicians are following in his footsteps. Guests: GQ's Rachel Tashjian and Vogue's Steff Yotka.
24/08/2021 • 47 minutes 45 seconds
The Lox, Triumphant at Verzuz
A conversation about New York hip-hop in the 1990s and early 2000s, and a night that brought the spirit of battle back to the pandemic-era staple. Guests: Jayson Rodriguez and Jayson Buford.
16/08/2021 • 56 minutes 53 seconds
Billie Eilish’s New Pop Perspective
How has the teenage phenomenon’s songwriting, and her relationship to the larger music machine, evolved between albums? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.
09/08/2021 • 58 minutes 16 seconds
Lil Nas X in the Pop Stratosphere
A conversation about his unconventional path to success, his unconventional methods of maintaining it and his possible futures beyond it. Guest: Jazmine Hughes.
23/07/2021 • 39 minutes 12 seconds
When Pop Music Trolls Grow Up
New albums from Doja Cat and Tyler, the Creator place their makers — children of the internet with a taste for friction — in a new light. Guest: The Ringer's Justin Charity.
19/07/2021 • 50 minutes 1 second
The (Not So?) Tentative Return of Live Music
A look at the challenges touring musicians faced over the last year, and how the industry is adjusting to the new normal. Guest: Ben Sisario.
12/07/2021 • 30 minutes 33 seconds
Britney Spears Takes On Her Conservatorship
An exploration of how the arrangement has intersected with her work, the latest legal updates and what might come next. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Liz Day and Samantha Stark.
01/07/2021 • 48 minutes 39 seconds
In the Weeds of ‘In the Heights’
A conversation about bringing musicals to the big screen, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s artistic choices and the critical blowback to the film’s casting. Guests: Sandra Garcia, Isabelia Herrera and Lena Wilson.
18/06/2021 • 52 minutes 9 seconds
Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ Breakthrough
Few artists making pop music have risen to the top in the past several years. What made this Disney star click with listeners? Guests: Olivia Horn and Lindsay Zoladz.
04/06/2021 • 56 minutes 50 seconds
J. Cole, Triumphant (at His Own Pace)
The rapper ’s sixth No. 1 album is here. Listen to a conversation about his career, and the long exchange between hip-hop and basketball. Guests: The New York Times's Elena Bergeron and Rap Portraits' Yoh Phillips.
29/05/2021 • 1 hour 24 seconds
The Beatific Re-emergence of Beverly Glenn-Copeland
A conversation about his winding path to a receptive, ready audience — and how music can be a bulwark against cynicism and trauma. Guests: Taja Cheek and Mina Tavakoli.
14/05/2021 • 47 minutes 3 seconds
Where Is Country Music Making Room for Women?
Nashville remains challenging for women artists. But some rising performers are breaking through on radio — and TikTok. Guests: Marissa Moss and Natalie Weiner of the Don’t Rock the Inbox newsletter.
09/05/2021 • 52 minutes 9 seconds
The Sing-Rap Generation Branches Out
How melody has continued to reshape hip-hop via the work of Polo G, Rod Wave, Lil Tjay and more rising artists. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.
26/04/2021 • 51 minutes 53 seconds
When a TikTok Influencer Dances, Who Gets Credit?
Addison Rae’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show sparked conversations about appropriation and how dance has been central to the platform. Guest: Taylor Lorenz.
16/04/2021 • 39 minutes 56 seconds
The Telling of DMX’s Life Story
A conversation about the intense potency of the rapper’s music and religious fervor, and what it was like to interview him. Guest: Smokey Fontaine, the co-author of the 2002 book “E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.”
11/04/2021 • 58 minutes 3 seconds
Taylor, Billie, Demi, Blackpink: The Pop Star Documentary Boom
A conversation about the influx of films made about (and by) current stars and its implications for the format. Guests: The Observer's Simran Hans; and Caryn Ganz.
02/04/2021 • 59 minutes 29 seconds
The Grammys, Improbably, Made It Work
The show navigated a year of crisis, minted a new generation of stars and didn’t fixate on boomers. Guests: Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli, Ben Sisario, Lindsay Zoladz and Caryn Ganz.
16/03/2021 • 1 hour 3 minutes 24 seconds
TikTok and the Pop Music Rough Draft
The wildly popular platform has reshaped pop during the coronavirus pandemic, and changed how record labels grapple with unpredictable virality. Guest: Caryn Ganz.
13/03/2021 • 50 minutes 7 seconds
New Jazz That Agitates for Change
A conversation about strong recent debuts, and how canon and community can be in tension. Guests: Giovanni Russonello and Marcus J. Moore.
02/03/2021 • 49 minutes 54 seconds
Remembering Sophie, Architect of Future Pop
Exploring the legacy of a producer and performer who imagined an approach to music without borders. Guests: Sasha Geffen and Pitchfork's Philip Sherburne.
15/02/2021 • 53 minutes 40 seconds
The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 2
Remembering Fred the Godson, Adam Schlesinger and Cristina. Guests: Kurt B. Reighley; Complex's Shawn Setaro; and Ben Sisario.
05/02/2021 • 1 hour 6 minutes 31 seconds
Olivia Rodrigo and ‘Drivers License’ Aren’t Going Anywhere
A conversation about the year’s first genuine pop phenomenon, and the long arc of the Disney machine. Guests: Joe Coscarelli; Vulture's Justin Curto; and Larisha Paul.
31/01/2021 • 1 hour 3 minutes 54 seconds
Inside the Bull Market for Songwriting Rights
The emergence of Hipgnosis has helped turn the battle for catalogs into an arms race that shows no signs of slowing down. Guest: Ben Sisario.
19/01/2021 • 44 minutes 53 seconds
How Zev Love X Became MF Doom
Conversations about the legacy of the beloved rap figure’s early career, which set the table for the artist he would become. Guests: Stretch Armstrong, Bobbito Garcia and Dante Ross.
07/01/2021 • 1 hour 17 minutes 2 seconds
2020 Popcast Listener Mailbag: Taylor, Dua, MGK and More
Answering your questions about the year’s biggest stars, and also some of its curious flops. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
23/12/2020 • 1 hour 16 minutes 58 seconds
Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’: Let’s Discuss
A second album written and recorded during pandemic lockdown carries the singer and songwriter further from conventional pop. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
15/12/2020 • 58 minutes 21 seconds
The Best Albums of 2020? Let’s Discuss.
An absence of live music refocused attention on records, and work by Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift and Run the Jewels spoke loudly.
09/12/2020 • 1 hour 9 minutes 9 seconds
Saweetie, City Girls and the Female Rapper Renaissance
Streaming, social media and the tireless work of trailblazers have helped change the hip-hop landscape.
29/11/2020 • 54 minutes 52 seconds
Who Will Control Britney Spears’s Future?
While her father remains the head of her estate for now, the pop star has signaled she’s ready for change. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Vanessa Grigoriadis.
18/11/2020 • 53 minutes 31 seconds
Ariana Grande, a Pop Star for the Post-Pop Star Age
A conversation about her unique route to the top of the charts — and what’s next. Guests: Lindsay Zoladz and Shaad D’Souza.
10/11/2020 • 1 hour 5 minutes 55 seconds
The Many Mariah Careys
A conversation about her memoir, her range of contributions to pop music and her secret alt-rock album. Guests: New York's Allison P. Davis; Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
22/10/2020 • 1 hour 4 minutes 39 seconds
Luke Combs’s Country Stardom and the Remaking of the Bro
The Nashville star learned from the genre’s past and carved his own path. Guest: Grady Smith.
04/10/2020 • 59 minutes 59 seconds
Will Pop Music of the Future Rely on Actual Musicians, or Avatars?
The pandemic has sped up how digital look-alikes are reshaping stardom. Guest: The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak.
28/09/2020 • 43 minutes 18 seconds
Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll?
“Old Town Road” showed the app’s potential as a hit generator. But its relationship to the business is far more complex. Guest: Taylor Lorenz.
17/09/2020 • 51 minutes 22 seconds
Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, Preserving Pop’s Old Guard
Six albums into major-label careers with “Chromatica” and “Smile,” where do these two stars fit in? Guest host: Caryn Ganz. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.
09/09/2020 • 48 minutes 22 seconds
Remembering Riley Gale of Power Trip, a Thrash Titan
The band’s 34-year-old frontman helped break down barriers between scenes, and was known for singularly wild live shows. Guests: Dan Franklin; James Khubiar; and Andy O’Connor.
01/09/2020 • 56 minutes 56 seconds
How Merchandise Bundles Undid the Album Chart
For today’s biggest artists, an album release isn’t just about the music. Guest: Ben Sisario.
22/08/2020 • 53 minutes 42 seconds
The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 1
Remembering Joe Diffie, Mona Foot and DJ Black N Mild. Guests: Hits' Holly Gleason; Jacob Bernstein; and Elena Bergeron.
18/08/2020 • 58 minutes 27 seconds
The Welcome Return of the Chicks
How would Nashville be different if it hadn’t pushed the trio away? A conversation about “Gaslighter” and beyond. Guests: Jewly Hight and Slate's Carl Wilson.
10/08/2020 • 55 minutes 17 seconds
Answering Your Questions About Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’
Readers asked about Bon Iver, country music, Jack Antonoff and more. Guests: Northwestern University's Lauren Michele Jackson and Lindsay Zoladz.
04/08/2020 • 1 hour 27 minutes 25 seconds
Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’: Let’s Discuss
On an album made entirely in quarantine, the singer and songwriter embarks in a fresh direction. Guests: Jon Pareles, Caryn Ganz and Joe Coscarelli.
28/07/2020 • 1 hour 4 minutes 24 seconds
Remembering Ennio Morricone, the Film Score Maestro
His music was dynamic, bold and idiosyncratic, setting a high bar for composers connecting sound and vision. Guests: Jon Pareles and Joshua Rothkopf.
20/07/2020 • 53 minutes 12 seconds
The Timely Agitation of Run the Jewels
Killer Mike and El-P’s anti-government and pro-justice hip-hop feels like it anticipated the current moment. Guest: Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce.
09/07/2020 • 1 hour 5 minutes 20 seconds
Pop Superfans Are Getting Politically Active. What Happens Next?
A subset of passionate listeners are asking for more of their heroes than simply music. Guest: Denisha Kuhlor.
30/06/2020 • 55 minutes 44 seconds
Lil Baby Is Warming Up to the Spotlight
His protest song “The Bigger Picture” marks a high point in his evolution from reluctant up-and-comer to one of hip-hop’s reliable superstars. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
21/06/2020 • 42 minutes 34 seconds
The Long, Complicated History of ‘Urban’ Music
As the music industry reckons with racial inequality, one of the first old structures to fall has been a term that dates back to the 1970s. Guest: Nelson George.
15/06/2020 • 58 minutes 26 seconds
How Did The Source Cover the 1992 Los Angeles Uprisings?
Two former editors look back at the magazine’s on-the-ground reporting following the Rodney King verdict. Guests: James Bernard and Reginald Dennis.
07/06/2020 • 47 minutes 56 seconds
After Missteps, Pop Stars Apologize … and Sometimes Push Back
Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat and how some in the limelight bristle at social media condemnation. Guest: The Ringer's Justin Charity.
01/06/2020 • 1 hour 14 minutes 4 seconds
The Many Lives of Doja Cat
The pop star took an extremely nonlinear path to No. 1, and continues to push the boundaries of online behavior. Guest: Lakin Starling.
18/05/2020 • 46 minutes 14 seconds
Remembering Tony Allen and Florian Schneider, Two Pillars of Rhythm
Thousands of miles apart, and with radically different tools, both musicians were innovating. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; and Joseph Patel.
11/05/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 3 seconds
The Triumphant Return of Fiona Apple, Pop Music Renegade
A conversation about everything “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” and beyond. Guests: Jenn Pelly and Lindsay Zoladz.
30/04/2020 • 53 minutes 14 seconds
Beyond ‘Trolls’ and ‘Frozen’: What Are Our Kids Listening To?
Children’s films lean heavily on pop, but the elementary school set has access to a whole universe of music now. Guests: The New York Times's Gilbert Cruz, Jeremy Egner, Dave Itzkoff and Dave Renard.
19/04/2020 • 1 hour 49 seconds
Dua Lipa, Dance-Pop Crusader
The English pop star has given fans an upbeat album at a very dark time. Guest: Caryn Ganz.
11/04/2020 • 47 minutes 56 seconds
Sam Hunt and Kenny Rogers, Country Music Rule-Benders
Both artists pulled Nashville in fresh directions, and gave the genre growing pains. Guests: Bill Friskics-Warren and Natalie Weiner.
05/04/2020 • 56 minutes 40 seconds
What Is the Role of Criticism in a Crisis?
The coronavirus pandemic has upended the world, and the arts are reeling. Pop music critics are asking (and facing) hard questions. Guests: The Ringer's Rob Harvilla, New York's Craig Jenkins and Lindsay Zoladz.
27/03/2020 • 57 minutes 6 seconds
What Music Should I Listen to in a Crisis?
Pop critics from around the country recommend pick-me-ups: Pharrell, the Pointer Sisters, Helado Negro and more.
20/03/2020 • 1 hour 5 minutes 2 seconds
How Will Pop Music Respond to the Coronavirus?
The ways the pandemic has already reshaped the year, and what might happen in pop next. Guests: The New York Times's Ben Sisario and Jon Pareles.
19/03/2020 • 59 minutes 29 seconds
The Unrelenting Space Jams of Tame Impala
How has Kevin Parker built and sustained his successful psych-rock project — and where will he head next? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Jillian Mapes.
08/03/2020 • 43 minutes 16 seconds
The Death of Pop Smoke and the Future of Brooklyn Drill
The 20-year-old rapper was poised to carry the scene’s sound to the world. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.
28/02/2020 • 58 minutes 54 seconds
Justin Bieber Is Back With Confessions, Personal and Musical
One of pop’s biggest stars returns with an album that has unexpected kinship with new music from Harry Styles and Selena Gomez. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.
21/02/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 3 seconds
Answering Your Questions About Britney, Billie, Aaliyah and More
The Popcast opens its mailbag in the second of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times’s Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
14/02/2020 • 1 hour 8 minutes 40 seconds
Answering Your Questions About Taylor, Mitski, Emo and More
The Popcast opens its mailbag in the first of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
07/02/2020 • 1 hour 3 minutes 55 seconds
When Did the Super Bowl Halftime Show Become Political?
A conversation about how its meaning has evolved over the last two decades. Guests: The New York Times's Elena Bergeron and The Undefeated's Soraya Nadia McDonald.
01/02/2020 • 57 minutes 6 seconds
The Grammys, Dissected: Out With the Old, in With the Billie, Lizzo and Tyler
Did the deserving artists win? Was Aerosmith terrible? The debates rage on our post-awards show. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz, Wesley Morris and Jon Pareles.
28/01/2020 • 1 hour 11 minutes 11 seconds
How TikTok Is Killing the Radio Songwriter
Songs that work in 15-second bursts are different from tracks that succeed on the FM dial. Guests: The writer Aimee Cliff and GodMode's Nick Sylvester.
17/01/2020 • 53 minutes 6 seconds
In 2019, Jazz Reckoned With Old Boundaries, and Marched Past Them
A conversation about the best jazz albums of the year, and what they tell us about the genre’s future. Guests: Martin Johnson and Giovanni Russonello.
11/01/2020 • 56 minutes
Were These the Best Albums of the 2010s?
A revealing (and hilarious) look back at our year-end lists from the past decade. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Joe Coscarelli.
31/12/2019 • 1 hour 15 minutes 22 seconds
Debating the Best Albums of 2019
How do you measure a year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
20/12/2019 • 57 minutes 22 seconds
Juice WRLD and the Crisis of SoundCloud Rap-Era Fame
Success is coming faster than ever for a new generation of musicians. But at what price? Guests: David Turner; the directors Ramez Silyan and Sebastian Jones.
13/12/2019 • 51 minutes 54 seconds
Would Prince Have Wanted His Rough Drafts Made Public?
A memoir and a deluxe edition of “1999” offer a new perspective on the meticulous artist. Guests: Jon Pareles, Naima Cochrane, Keith Murphy and Jay Smooth.
08/12/2019 • 52 minutes 9 seconds
Dissecting the 2020 Grammy Nominations
Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead the way. But has the Recording Academy’s relationship to pop changed? Guests: The full New York Times pop music team.
22/11/2019 • 52 minutes 17 seconds
Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Lana Del Rey: Pop Stars (and Their Fans) Clap Back
Are artists responsible when their fan armies can be weaponized? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.
20/11/2019 • 1 hour 10 minutes 20 seconds
Can Reality Television Produce a Plausible Rap Star?
Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow” is the most recent example of the reality-TV business trying to get into the hip-hop business. Guests: Complex's Frazier Tharpe and Stereogum's Tom Breihan.
11/11/2019 • 57 minutes 19 seconds
Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King,’ From the Gospel Perspective
Gospel music insiders on the rapper’s turn to religious music and how his album relates to contemporary holy hip-hop. Guests: Root's Hasan James and The Journal of Gospel Music's Robert Marovich.
30/10/2019 • 1 hour 4 minutes 37 seconds
The Rise of DaBaby, From Memes to the Mosh Pit
The year’s most consistent new hip-hop star combines intense rhymes with online savvy. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
19/10/2019 • 1 hour 14 minutes 23 seconds
The Highwomen, Miranda Lambert and the Women Invigorating Country Music
Nashville has long marginalized female performers, songwriters and producers. But a wave of artists is fighting back. Guests: Jada Watson and Natalie Weiner.
11/10/2019 • 1 hour 3 minutes 24 seconds
Is 100 gecs the End of Pop, or a New Beginning?
One of the year’s most unlikely breakthroughs is a duo that makes disorienting, genre-jumbling music. Guests: Eli Enis and The Fader's Larry Fitzmaurice.
05/10/2019 • 1 hour 5 minutes 5 seconds
A New Flood of English-Spanish Pop Is Here. Is It Opportunism or Progress?
Collaborations have flourished in the wake of “Despacito,” some sounding natural, some sounding forced. Guest: Remezcla's Eduardo Cepeda.
29/09/2019 • 1 hour 4 minutes 25 seconds
How Does Post Malone Sound Like Everything and Nothing?
A conversation about his rapid rise and the questions — about genre and race — glossed over along the way. Guests: Pitchfork's Jayson Greene and The New York Times Magazine's Jonah Weiner.
22/09/2019 • 59 minutes 20 seconds
Young Thug Gets His Due, But Is It Too Late?
One of the decade’s most copied rappers finally reached No. 1 on the album chart, years after his aesthetic rubbed off on hip-hop. Guest: Andrew Nosnitsky.
07/09/2019 • 1 hour 9 minutes 16 seconds
What’s the Point of Album Covers in the Post-Album Era?
What was once a large canvas for grand statements is now a tiny digital mark. Guest: Chips's Teddy Blanks.
29/08/2019 • 55 minutes 37 seconds
Is Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ the Beginning or the End of an Era?
Breaking down the sounds, the themes, the obscure (and not-so-hidden) messages and more on her seventh album. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
27/08/2019 • 1 hour 6 minutes 43 seconds
A Tribute to David Berman, Who Never Hid His Truth
Conversations about his songwriting, his struggles and his striking sweetness outside of music. Guests: Jeff Johnson; The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich; and Nick Weidenfeld.
16/08/2019 • 1 hour 15 minutes 18 seconds
Funkmaster Flex and Tyler, the Creator’s Unlikely Buddy Comedy
The Hot 97 D.J. and the hip-hop disrupter shared the wildest interview of the year. Guests: Rolling Stone's Charles Holmes and Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.
02/08/2019 • 1 hour 10 minutes 19 seconds
How Many Streams Is a T-Shirt Worth? Breaking Down Chart Dilemmas.
There’s more data about music consumption than ever before. That doesn’t mean we understand who’s the most popular. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Ben Sisario.
26/07/2019 • 1 hour 32 seconds
The Loudness of João Gilberto, Bossa Nova’s King of Quiet
A look back at the Brazilian musician’s innovations as one of the genre’s primary architects. Guest: Ben Ratliff
19/07/2019 • 55 minutes 50 seconds
How Hootie & the Blowfish Inspired Both Love and Hate
Critics who were writing about the band at the peak of its fame look back at how the group became so bitterly divisive. Guests: Jim DeRogatis and Danyel Smith.
08/07/2019 • 53 minutes 54 seconds
Taylor vs. Scooter: The Pop Music Civil War of 2019
The superstar complained that the powerful manager acquired her master recordings, setting off a debate that divided the industry. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli
03/07/2019 • 1 hour 4 minutes 48 seconds
The Unexpectedly Deep Musical Roots of Hootie & the Blowfish
“Cracked Rear View” catapulted the band to superstardom. But the group made great music long before — and after — anyone paid attention. Guest: former A&R representative Tim Sommer
01/07/2019 • 57 minutes 51 seconds
Why Are the Movies So Obsessed With Pop Stars?
From “Rocketman” to “Her Smell,” “Blaze” to “Vox Lux,” the film industry seems to think all musicians have the same ups and downs. Guests: The New York Times's A.O. Scott; Vanity Fair's K. Austin Collins; Kristen Yoonsoo Kim.
21/06/2019 • 1 hour 14 minutes 57 seconds
Can Record Labels Be Trusted to Preserve Music History?
A 2008 fire destroyed master recordings for a who’s who of popular music. A new investigation explores the damage done. Guest: The New York Times Magazine's Jody Rosen
13/06/2019 • 1 hour 13 minutes 33 seconds
Bob Dylan’s Excellent Adventure
The Rolling Thunder Revue was more than a tour: It was a chance for the songwriter to play with the truth. Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles
11/06/2019 • 41 minutes 50 seconds
Megan Thee Stallion and Rap’s Rising Generation of Women
Hip-hop has historically been inhospitable to female performers. A new class is finding fresh paths to break through. Guests: The Atlantic's Hannah Giorgis and Vulture's Hunter Harris.
25/05/2019 • 30 minutes 9 seconds
Are AirPods Worth the Costs?
Apple’s wireless earbuds have led to questions about personal tech as environmental scourge and punch line. Guests: The New York Times's Brian X. Chen and Motherboard's Caroline Haskins.
20/05/2019 • 1 hour 3 minutes 8 seconds
Vampire Weekend, Indie Rock Heretics Turned Anxious Jam Band
Ezra Koenig’s literate group has returned, sparking questions about how it was received in the past, and where it stands in the current climate. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; The Ringer's Rob Harvilla
13/05/2019 • 52 minutes 44 seconds
The Return of Bikini Kill and the Long Tail of Riot Grrrl
A movement of punk-powered feminism that began in the early 1990s has a fresh urgency in 2019. Guests: Evelyn McDonnell, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Caryn Ganz
05/05/2019 • 41 minutes 49 seconds
How Gospel and Pop Learn From Each Other
From Kanye West to serpentwithfeet to the Stellar Awards returning to BET, the genres’ dialogue has been evolving. Guest: The New Yorker's Briana Younger
30/04/2019 • 1 hour 12 minutes 3 seconds
Is Billie Eilish the Future of Pop?
The 17-year-old musician has been revising the rules of young stardom. But she may be more of a classicist than her aesthetic would suggest. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli; Meaghan Garvey
19/04/2019 • 59 minutes 19 seconds
Lil Nas X and the Long History of Country-Rap
“Old Town Road” is the latest flash point in the two-decades-long dialogue between Nashville and hip-hop. Guest: Average Joes Entertainment's Shannon Houchins
07/04/2019 • 46 minutes 58 seconds
Boy Bands, Now Featuring Grown Men
Backstreet’s back, the New Kids put out a new single and groups in the K-pop ecosystem are thriving. Why are boy bands so central to pop music? Guests: Jezebel's Maria Sherman and Billboard's Andrew Unterberger
29/03/2019 • 1 hour 20 minutes 7 seconds
How a Viral Rap Star Rocketed From Meme to Hit
Blueface’s “Thotiana” is a nearly perfectly engineered hit of the social media age. Guests: The Fader's Ben Dandridge-Lemco and Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.
21/03/2019 • 55 minutes 40 seconds
Can Michael Jackson’s Legacy Ever Really Be Derailed?
The documentary “Leaving Neverland” details devastating allegations of sexual abuse. How do fans process them, and Jackson’s body of work? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Aisha Harris and Ben Sisario
07/03/2019 • 59 minutes 30 seconds
The Hip-Hop Superstar as Local Newsmaker
Musicians often make headlines; balancing coverage of their art with coverage of the accusations they face isn’t always easy. Guest: The South Florida Sun Sentinel's Brett Clarkson
01/03/2019 • 41 minutes 1 second
Behind the Ryan Adams Investigation
The musician has been accused of dangling career opportunities while pursuing female artists for sex, then turning domineering and vengeful. He denies the claims. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik.
18/02/2019 • 41 minutes 40 seconds
The 2019 Grammys Make Up for Last Year, Somewhat
After a terrible ceremony that minimized women and nonwhite artists, the Recording Academy tried something else: the opposite. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
12/02/2019 • 56 minutes 35 seconds
Maggie Rogers and Sharon Van Etten Break Free From Old Expectations
Two singer-songwriters at different points in their careers are staking claim to new creative ground. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli; The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz
01/02/2019 • 1 hour 4 seconds
Fyre Festival’s Post-Mortems: We’ve Still Got Questions
Two documentaries examining Billy McFarland’s debacle aim to shed new light on the scammers and victims. Guests: The New York Times's Aisha Harris, Wesley Morris and Melena Ryzik.
25/01/2019 • 57 minutes 38 seconds
Listening to Pop Music’s Class of 2019
From British punk-rap to 1970s-influenced country to morbid electronic pop, a guide to new artists to watch. Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles.
18/01/2019 • 52 minutes 38 seconds
Bad Bunny Is Just Getting Started
His was the defining voice of 2018. What’s next for this Puerto Rican new-pop superstar? Guests: Remezcla's Eduardo Cepeda and Isabelia Herrera; and Rolling Stone's Suzy Exposito.
12/01/2019 • 1 hour 11 minutes 48 seconds
The New Battles Over the Direction of Jazz
What did the music, innovations and arguments of 2018 tell us about where the genre is headed next? Guests: John Murph and Giovanni Russonello
04/01/2019 • 1 hour 11 minutes 51 seconds
Your Questions About Pop Music, Answered (or Ruled Unanswerable)
The Popcast wraps 2018 discussing Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, streaming and crying. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli
27/12/2018 • 1 hour 15 minutes 30 seconds
A New Kind of Pop Star Has Arrived
K-pop, Latin trap and melodic hip-hop — once regarded as subgenres — have become the center of the pop conversation. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli
21/12/2018 • 1 hour 20 minutes 49 seconds
Listening to the Best Songs of 2018
The 1975’s millennial anthem, “Shallow” and a lot of Bad Bunny: Why did these tracks define the year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz
13/12/2018 • 50 minutes 2 seconds
How the Grammy Nominations Really Made Us Feel
Music's big awards show is trying to make big changes. So what do these nominations tell us? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles. Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz
08/12/2018 • 38 minutes 2 seconds
Debating the Best Albums of 2018: Janelle Monáe, Soccer Mommy and More
Drake, Mitski, Ariana Grande — whose albums defined the year? (And will albums matter next year?) Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz
07/12/2018 • 58 minutes 42 seconds
6ix9ine’s Troubled Past and Uncertain Future
A conversation about the Brooklyn rapper’s arrest and musical prospects as he releases “Dummy Boy” while behind bars. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli.
01/12/2018 • 1 hour 4 minutes 19 seconds
The Gentle Return of Mariah Carey
With her 15th album, “Caution,” the singer has entered a new phase of her long career. Guests: Michael Arceneaux; Jezebel's Julianne Escobedo Shepherd; The New Yorker's Briana Younger.
29/11/2018 • 1 hour 5 minutes 38 seconds
Kane Brown, Pistol Annies and Country Music’s Inclusion Problem
The tug of war between how the genre advertises itself and how it’s actually evolving is growing more tense. Guests: Nick Murray; Natalie Weiner.
17/11/2018 • 1 hour 1 minute 7 seconds
Remembering Roy Hargrove, Who Brought Jazz History Into Tomorrow
The trumpeter, who died at 49, was a singular figure dedicated to keeping jazz’s past in dialogue with its future. Guests: The New York Times's Giovanni Russonello; Jozen Cummings.
09/11/2018 • 1 hour 2 minutes 9 seconds
Robyn, Pop’s Reluctant Pacesetter
With “Honey,” the Swedish star returns to a landscape she’s quietly shaped for over 20 years. Guests: The New York Times's Caryn Ganz; the Guardian's Laura Snapes; Jezebel's Hazel Cills
02/11/2018 • 55 minutes 58 seconds
BTS Conquered America. What’s Next for K-Pop?
Now that K-pop is successful on its own terms, the questions it faces are changing. Guest: Billboard's Jeff Benjamin.
26/10/2018 • 1 hour 26 minutes 28 seconds
For Those About to Rock, An Uncertain Fate
Is rock music in 2018 a sound, a mood or a retail category? Where do Twenty One Pilots, the 1975 and Greta Van Fleet fit in? Guests: The New York Times's Caryn Ganz; Rolling Stone's Kory Grow; the Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz
20/10/2018 • 1 hour 18 minutes 23 seconds
‘A Star Is Born’ Is Here. Let’s Discuss.
What does Bradley Cooper’s remake starring Lady Gaga say about the pop music business — and the film industry — today? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Manohla Dargis, Caryn Ganz, Wesley Morris and Jon Pareles
11/10/2018 • 1 hour 14 minutes 37 seconds
How Lil Wayne Became One of Hip-Hop’s Most Durable Stars
Tracing the rapper’s evolution from a teen in New Orleans to his long-awaited album “Tha Carter V.” Guests: XXL's Vanessa Satten; The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli
05/10/2018 • 1 hour 23 minutes 44 seconds
Should They Stay or Should They Go? Pop Stars and Retirement
Why do some artists stick around and others choose to retreat? Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles
28/09/2018 • 34 minutes 15 seconds
What Makes for a Great Celebrity Profile?
Writing in-depth features about stars can be an art form. But it’s been changing in recent years. Guests: The New York Times Magazine's Vanessa Grigoriadis; GQ's Zach Baron.
20/09/2018 • 1 hour 4 minutes 36 seconds
Remembering Mac Miller, Low-Key Hip-Hop Bellwether
The 26-year-old rapper and producer stood at the crossroads of movements that have been shaping popular music over the past decade. Guests: ItsTheReal's Eric and Jeff Rosenthal; Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce; and Eric Renner Brown.
15/09/2018 • 1 hour 12 minutes 5 seconds
Remembering The Village Voice, Music Criticism's Crucible: Part 2
Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Ann Powers, Evelyn McDonnell, Chuck Eddy, Rob Harvilla and Tom Breihan.
10/09/2018 • 1 hour 5 minutes 2 seconds
Remembering The Village Voice, Music Criticism's Crucible: Part 1
Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Robert Christgau, Jon Pareles, Nelson George, Kyle Gann and Joe Levy.
10/09/2018 • 1 hour 13 minutes 37 seconds
How We Arrived at Ariana Grande’s Big Moment
“Sweetener” has taken the singer to new heights at a moment of transition for the top ranks of female vocalists. Guests: The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz; VF.com's Josh Duboff; and Billboard's Nolan Feeney.
28/08/2018 • 47 minutes 41 seconds
Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, Rivals With Common Problems
One is an old-style hip-hop star, one comes from a newer school. But both are facing challenges making effective albums and defining their artistic identities. Guests: David Turner and Briana Younger.
21/08/2018 • 55 minutes 44 seconds
Aretha Franklin: The Artist We Knew, and the Woman We Didn’t
The Queen of Soul leaves a towering legacy. How will we remember her? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Wesley Morris; and David Ritz.
17/08/2018 • 1 hour 12 minutes 48 seconds
The Shrinking Space Between Band T-Shirt and High Fashion
Merch has become a crucial part of a musician’s rise. Here’s how it’s evolved. Guests: Procell's Brian Procell; The Cut's Emilia Petrarca; and Grailed's Lawrence Schlossman.
10/08/2018 • 1 hour 19 minutes 19 seconds
Can Guns N’ Roses, or Any Artist, Erase an Unflattering Moment?
What happens when a band wipes a stain from its historical record? Or when physical albums vanish, replaced by different digital versions? Guests: Mark Richardson; Rolling Stone's Christopher R. Weingarten; and The New York Times's Caryn Ganz.
04/08/2018 • 1 hour 13 minutes 2 seconds
Who’s in Charge of Telling Whitney Houston’s Story?
Two documentaries have attempted to unpack the life of one of pop’s transformative figures, whose complex legacy is still riddled with questions. Guests: Naima Cochrane; Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak; Alan Light; and The Times's Joe Coscarelli.
27/07/2018 • 1 hour 6 minutes 18 seconds
When Superfans Attack
A writer critiqued Nicki Minaj online; the rapper’s fans responded in force. How does celebrity fandom become a vicious tool online, and what’s behind stan culture? Guests: iOneDigital's Janeé Bolden; Who? Weekly's Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber; The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
21/07/2018 • 1 hour 11 minutes 51 seconds
Drake: Platinum in a Day, but Still at a Crossroads
With his new double album, “Scorpion,” the rapper and singer is grappling with brand maintenance. Is he innovating, and where can he go next? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Reggie Ugwu; Sheldon Pearce; and Jasmine Sanders.
05/07/2018 • 1 hour 17 minutes 58 seconds
Kanye West: You Asked, We Answered
Was "Ye" rushed, and does it matter? How do women fit into Kanye’s world? Are conversations about politics with him fruitless? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Reggie Ugwu, and the Ringer's Justin Charity.
27/06/2018 • 1 hour 23 minutes 54 seconds
XXXTentacion, Mourning and Morality
The 20-year-old broke out of the SoundCloud rap scene and reached No 1. But he faced accusations of violent crimes against a woman, and leaves behind a troubling legacy. Guests: Noisey's Lawrence Burney and Miami New Times's Tarpley Hitt.
22/06/2018 • 58 minutes 14 seconds
Charlie Puth and Shawn Mendes, Would-Be Pop Kings
Boy bands are on the rise and young male singers have some choices to make. A conversation about two performers with their sights set on pop ubiquity.
16/06/2018 • 1 hour 9 minutes
Kanye West’s ‘Ye’ Is Here: Let’s Discuss
The rapper’s polarizing eighth album arrived surrounded by a celebrity circus and provided few answers.
06/06/2018 • 1 hour 14 minutes 24 seconds
Drake vs. Pusha-T, Unpacked
An excavation of the skeletons animating the back-and-forth between the two rappers — and a conversation about who’s inching ahead.
31/05/2018 • 56 minutes 46 seconds
Yes, We Stuck With ‘American Idol’
Maddie Poppe won the show, rebooted on ABC with a new cast of judges. What worked, what didn’t and who really stood out? Two longtime “Idol” enthusiasts discuss.
26/05/2018 • 54 minutes 21 seconds
Pursuing R. Kelly: The Reporter Who Never Gave Up
For two decades, accusations of sexual impropriety have been leveled at the R&B superstar. And Jim DeRogatis has been covering the story.
23/05/2018 • 37 minutes 52 seconds
‘Girls’ Gone Wrong: Who Gets to Make a Gay Love Song?
The Rita Ora track was positioned as a celebration of bisexuality, but struck a sour note with critics who found its lyrics problematic.
18/05/2018 • 53 minutes 40 seconds
Avicii: Overexposed and Underappreciated?
The 28-year-old producer and D.J., who died last month in Oman, was a pop savant and an EDM innovator who left behind a complicated legacy.
04/05/2018 • 1 hour 5 minutes 33 seconds
Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar Break Boundaries
A Coachella set stunning in scope and execution. The first Pulitzer Prize winner who isn’t from classical or jazz. A conversation about the two artists’ triumphs.
25/04/2018 • 1 hour 16 minutes 56 seconds
Pop’s Category Killers, From Live Nation to Spotify, Under the Microscope
In recent weeks, the businesses that present music to the public have undergone major shifts.
20/04/2018 • 43 minutes 56 seconds
Cardi B Arrives at the Top
The 25-year-old’s LP “Invasion of Privacy” is part of her broad-scale pop culture takeover. A conversation about her rise and debut album.
12/04/2018 • 1 hour 6 minutes 9 seconds
Logic, XXXTentacion and Hip-Hop Morality in 2018
A conversation about the earnest rapper and the SoundCloud renegade, both successes of modern internet-driven rap fandom.
06/04/2018 • 1 hour 9 minutes 34 seconds
Kacey Musgraves and Ashley McBryde, Country Traditionalists With a Twist
Two new albums put a spotlight on Nashville’s ongoing, agonized relationship with female performers.
30/03/2018 • 57 minutes 53 seconds
Ashlee Simpson: You Asked, We Answered
Part two of our conversation about the mid-2000s pop star features debates about her MTV reality show and “S.N.L.” debacle, and a listener mailbag.
16/03/2018 • 1 hour 18 minutes 21 seconds
Was Ashlee Simpson Underappreciated? Discuss
In the mid-2000s, the pop singer had platinum albums and an MTV reality show. Hear the first of two conversations about Ms. Simpson’s misunderstood career.
09/03/2018 • 1 hour 14 minutes 25 seconds
Lucy Dacus, Soccer Mommy, the Breeders and the Future of Indie Rock
A conversation about carefully considered creative paths — and how pristine voices with powerful messages are amplified — as three strong new albums arrive
02/03/2018 • 56 minutes 58 seconds
In Defense of Soundtracks. And Fergie.
What’s responsible for the recent soundtrack renaissance that brought albums from “Black Panther” and “The Greatest Showman” to the top of the charts?
24/02/2018 • 1 hour 13 minutes 18 seconds
The Complex Intersection Where Rap and the Legal System Collide
A conversation with a criminal lawyer about the racial politics of legal representation, the Meek Mill saga and the future prospects of incarcerated would-be stars.
16/02/2018 • 45 minutes 50 seconds
Justin Timberlake Down, Meek Mill Up: How Twitter Swings Public Opinion
The internet’s response to the two musicians after the Super Bowl shows how criticism works these days. Rapid-fire groupthink online can be strong enough to have real-world impact.
09/02/2018 • 1 hour 17 minutes 49 seconds
Can the Grammys Be Fixed?
Big stars didn’t show up. Ratings were down. Hip-hop was once again shut out of the major categories. Can “music’s biggest night” represent what’s really happening in music?
30/01/2018 • 58 minutes 15 seconds
Hear What Music Will Sound Like in 2018
Flamboyant hip-hop, promising punk rock, intricate bluegrass and more: a conversation about the artists we’re looking forward to following this year.
26/01/2018 • 1 hour 6 minutes 56 seconds
Remembering the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan
The lead singer of the Irish rock band, who died at 46, wrote songs in the 1990s that deeply touched young women and Irish listeners while appealing to a worldwide audience
19/01/2018 • 52 minutes 33 seconds
In Streaming, One Goliath Creates Many Davids
Streaming has established itself as the dominant mode of music distribution. What could go wrong? Quite a lot, it turns out.
12/01/2018 • 1 hour 2 minutes 53 seconds
Is Today’s Jazz Finally Outrunning the Past?
Jazz could have spent 2017 looking backward, focusing on the centennials of foundational figures. But instead, several strains of contemporary jazz thrived.
05/01/2018 • 1 hour 5 minutes 1 second
Will Eminem Ever Change?
After a brief break from the spotlight, the rapper returned with “Revival,” an album that revisited familiar tropes and sounds. Where can he go from here?
22/12/2017 • 54 minutes 12 seconds
The Popcast Answers Your Burning Questions About Pop Music in 2017
Our readers picked the topics of conversation, which included Fergie, the state of streaming and evolutions in Latin pop
18/12/2017 • 1 hour 5 minutes 17 seconds
In 2017, Pop Music Made Triumph Out of Tough Times
From Lorde to Kendrick Lamar, many of the albums and songs on our critics’ best-of lists showcased the work of musicians meeting difficult circumstances with artistic fortitude.
08/12/2017 • 1 hour 13 minutes 32 seconds
After 40 Years, U2 Is Still Huge. Why?
A conversation about the band’s 14th album, “Songs of Experience,” and its ongoing quest for bigness.
02/12/2017 • 33 minutes 49 seconds
Remembering Lil Peep
The 21-year-old rapper, who died last week, found a unique way to unite the languages of hip-hop and emo.
22/11/2017 • 58 minutes 22 seconds
Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Has Arrived. Let’s Discuss.
Ms. Swift plays a different game on her sixth album — making pop music that directly competes with the rest of the field’s dominant players.
14/11/2017 • 1 hour 11 minutes 42 seconds
Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Is Almost Here. Let’s Discuss.
She hasn’t done interviews, but the pop star has been leaving hints about what to expect on her sixth album. Our writers listen to the signs.
09/11/2017 • 47 minutes 59 seconds
How Will Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Be Remembered?
A new biography of the magazine’s founder has been praised by our critic and slammed by its subject.
03/11/2017 • 40 minutes 42 seconds
What Are the Billboard Charts Really Measuring?
Changes to the formulas used to build albums and singles charts will weigh paid streams more than free ones. What will the impact be?
27/10/2017 • 47 minutes 30 seconds
The Persistence of Pink and Kelly Clarkson, Outspoken Pop Survivors
Two of the music world’s biggest voices and boldest personalities are back. Deep into successful careers, where have their paths diverged?
20/10/2017 • 55 minutes 24 seconds
Shania Twain Was Country’s Crossover Queen. What Is She Now?
In the 15 years since she last released an album, the music industry has undergone big changes, but Ms. Twain’s new LP still debuted at No. 1.
13/10/2017 • 47 minutes 11 seconds
Tom Petty, a Secret Punk on Rock’s Mount Rushmore
He was a student of the ’60s who learned from his elders, but put his own deliberate spin on rock ’n’ roll.
04/10/2017 • 33 minutes 43 seconds
National Anthem Protests, From ‘Jazzing the Banner’ to Taking a Knee
“The Star-Spangled Banner” has long been a site of dissent and disagreement. A conversation about the history of the anthem, and those who have protested it.
29/09/2017 • 47 minutes 57 seconds
Bye, Bro. In Country Music, It’s the Year of the Gentleman.
Nashville has been undergoing a gender crisis for most of the 2010s. Is the latest development — kinder men — a solution?
22/09/2017 • 1 hour 3 minutes 2 seconds
From Instagram to ‘Bodak Yellow,’ Cardi B Has Arrived
The rapper behind one of the summer’s biggest hits has made swift moves in the music industry, and is making waves in the fashion world, too.
15/09/2017 • 55 minutes 10 seconds
Women Dominating Rock: There’s More to the Conversation
What happens when the media shines a light on feminist punk? A conversation about D.I.Y. scenes and representation.
11/09/2017 • 56 minutes 13 seconds
The Popcast Answers Your Questions About Beyoncé, Music Videos and More
On this week’s episode, our readers picked the topics of conversation, which include Lil Wayne, merchandise and Camila Cabello.
02/09/2017 • 1 hour 7 minutes 27 seconds
Is SoundCloud a Business or a Community?
If the music-streaming service disappeared, a culture might vanish too. A conversation about where the tech and culture worlds collide.
25/08/2017 • 30 minutes 53 seconds
Kesha and Taylor Swift Find New Voices
On “Rainbow,” Kesha steps away from her old persona but keeps her former spark. In court, Taylor Swift speaks with no filter.
18/08/2017 • 45 minutes 12 seconds
What Keeps Phish Fans Coming Back for More?
The band just completed a 13-show run in New York where it didn’t repeat any songs, and its fans are already hungering for the next residency.
11/08/2017 • 41 minutes 47 seconds
Is Arcade Fire Its Own Worst Enemy?
As the band released its most divisive album yet, it embarked on a rollout that confused its narrative even further.
04/08/2017 • 35 minutes 53 seconds
Celebrating Two of Rock’s Big Voices, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell
A conversation about two singers in different bands who left significant musical and emotional legacies
28/07/2017 • 59 minutes 21 seconds
Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless
Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal: Seemingly every major streaming service has suffered through some controversy lately
21/07/2017 • 46 minutes 57 seconds
From Jay-Z to Prodigy, It’s Time to Talk About Hip-Hop’s Elders
A new album from Jay-Z, documentaries about Sean Combs and Dr. Dre, and the death of Prodigy have stirred new thinking about older artists
14/07/2017 • 1 hour 13 minutes 34 seconds
Can K-pop Conquer America?
Fanaticism about this Korean genre is on the rise in the United States, but it hasn’t cracked mainstream pop culture
30/06/2017 • 55 minutes 42 seconds
Hip-Hop’s Punk Moment Has Arrived
SoundCloud rap is a raw, rowdy, rebellious movement fueled by young rappers looking outside the genre for inspiration.
23/06/2017 • 1 hour 5 minutes 22 seconds
Katy Perry, Lorde and Halsey: How to Make a Pop Album in 2017
Three female pop stars, three different approaches: a conversation about their new albums, on Popcast.
16/06/2017 • 55 minutes 13 seconds
Why We’re Still Listening to the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’
Our pop music critics are not fans of record anniversaries, but 50 years after the creation of “Sgt. Pepper,” there are still lessons to be learned from the album.
09/06/2017 • 30 minutes 26 seconds
Latin Pop Thrives, No Bieber Required
“Despacito” is the first Spanish-language song to top the chart since “Macarena,” but there are many more interesting shifts in Latin pop today.
02/06/2017 • 47 minutes 29 seconds
Festivals That Inspire Awe, and Festivals That Lead to Criminal Investigations
Music fests are ubiquitous, but only some are curated well enough to be thrilling. And there’s the Fyre Festival.
26/05/2017 • 46 minutes 38 seconds
Harry Styles and John Mayer, Teardrops on Their Guitars
The One Direction member and the pop-blues poster boy have a few things in common.
19/05/2017 • 39 minutes 4 seconds
Paramore Returns, Headed Straight For the 1980s
One of the most impressive rock bands working in the mainstream has taken a left turn. Where is Paramore headed, and how did it inspire scores of artists?
12/05/2017 • 30 minutes 35 seconds
Finding Feist’s Pleasure and Pain
The singer-songwriter’s new album is a low-fi exploration of extreme emotions. How does it relate to her earlier hits, and how did she get here?
05/05/2017 • 25 minutes 48 seconds
How Lil Uzi Vert Turned Rap Into Rock and Became a Pop Star
He’s a rapper, a social media phenomenon, the guy yelling “ya” on Migos’s hit “Bad and Boujee.” What’s the secret of Uzi’s success?
28/04/2017 • 46 minutes 43 seconds
A Deep Dig on Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole’s Hip-Hop’s Values
The two rappers recall an earlier time in the genre’s history, in terms of aesthetics and politics. How do they fit in today?
21/04/2017 • 55 minutes 21 seconds
How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Chainsmokers?
In three years, the duo has had several hits while offending all sorts of people. What does its sound say about EDM?
14/04/2017 • 49 minutes 21 seconds
Jazz in 2017: The Music Is Thriving, Though Support Is in Peril
Kamasi Washington and some Los Angeles musicians are producing vital recordings, but N.E.A. funding is uncertain. A conversation about the state of jazz.
07/04/2017 • 39 minutes 27 seconds
Drake Changed Hip-Hop’s Sound. Can He Change the Business?
His release isn’t an album or a mixtape, but a playlist — a move that could position him to shift the music industry once again.
27/03/2017 • 57 minutes 55 seconds
How Chuck Berry Became a Rock ’n’ Roll Mastermind
He wrote the guitar licks, told the clever stories, duckwalked across the stage and forever changed popular music
22/03/2017 • 23 minutes 52 seconds
The Billboard Charts Are Wackier Than Ever: What’s Going On?
Streaming figures into chart positions now, a fact that has started yielding some very odd results.
17/03/2017 • 56 minutes 13 seconds
The Greatest Trick Ed Sheeran Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World He’s an Underdog
The British singer/songwriter is a record-smashing superstar, but he still plays the spurned lover. How does he do it?
10/03/2017 • 43 minutes 57 seconds
What Future and Migos Tell Us About Atlanta’s Rap Dominance
A panel discusses Migos, Lil Yachty and more of the city’s budding stars on Popcast.
03/03/2017 • 58 minutes 35 seconds
What Happens When Nashville Outsiders Become Country’s Big Stars?
The city synonymous with the country music business is in transition. How is it dealing with rapid change, and the Trump era? A panel discusses on Popcast.
24/02/2017 • 1 hour 10 minutes 46 seconds
Were There Any Real Winners at the Grammys?
It was an awards show filled with flubs, tear, apologies and protests. The New York Times pop music writers discuss Adele, Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper and more on Popcast.
14/02/2017 • 57 minutes 27 seconds
Will the Grammy Awards End With a Big Surprise?
The New York Times pop team debates whether Sturgill Simpson will pull out a surprise victory in a night stacked with Adele vs. Beyoncé face-offs.
10/02/2017 • 37 minutes 50 seconds
Punk Rock Is Alive and Well, No Politics Required
The current political climate doesn’t come up even once during the latest Popcast, a conversation about Japandroids, the Menzingers and the state of rock.
03/02/2017 • 44 minutes 39 seconds
The War Over ‘La La Land’: Gotta Hear Both Sides
The toast of Hollywood has divided our culture writers. Two of the movie’s boosters go to battle with two of its critics in this week’s Popcast.
27/01/2017 • 49 minutes 57 seconds
The Crooner in Chief: Barack Obama’s Musical Legacy
He brought soul and hip-hop into the White House like no president before him. A discussion of Mr. Obama’s most powerful musical moments, on this week’s Popcast.
20/01/2017 • 53 minutes 57 seconds
Hip-Hop’s Elders and Youth Go to Battle (Again)
Should rap’s young stars have more reverence for the genre’s pioneers, and vice versa? A conversation about hip-hop’s latest generation-gap struggles.
13/01/2017 • 52 minutes
Mariah Carey and New Year’s Eve: Is the Fantasy Over?
A panel discusses Ms. Carey's recent New Year's Eve performance and career.
06/01/2017 • 52 minutes 20 seconds
10 Songs That Tell the Story of 2016
A round table of pop experts discuss the year in tracks, from Maren Morris's "Rich" to Twenty One Pilots' "Ride" to Rihanna's "Sex With Me."
30/12/2016 • 58 minutes 27 seconds
The Year in Jazz Music
A roundtable of writers discuss trends and notable moments of the year.
23/12/2016 • 42 minutes 35 seconds
Pop Music Trends in 2016
The pop music team discusses news themes and what may shape it for years to come.
16/12/2016 • 38 minutes 10 seconds
The Best Albums of 2016
This week, The New York Times music team reflects on albums that defined 2016.
09/12/2016 • 53 minutes 13 seconds
For Bruno Mars and the Weeknd, the Past as Muse
This week, a discussion of new releases by both artists who have more in common than it may appear.
02/12/2016 • 43 minutes 17 seconds
Revisiting Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo'
After a series of bizarre shows, Kanye West canceled the remainder of his "Saint Pablo" tour last week. This weekend, we're listening back to the conversation Jon Caramanica led at the time of the album's release.
25/11/2016 • 53 minutes 28 seconds
Mourning the Greats: Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and Mose Allison
This year has seen the loss of Prince, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, and, now, three more towering figures have died. A look at their legacies.
18/11/2016 • 29 minutes 26 seconds
Popcast: Division and Unity in Pop, and Beyond
Can the cultural events of the last couple of weeks connect to macro political realities?
12/11/2016 • 52 minutes 30 seconds
Popcast: A Tribe Called Quest Returns
A discussion of the group’s legacy and how it fits into the current hip-hop landscape
05/11/2016 • 42 minutes 31 seconds
Popcast: What’s Next for Kesha?
The pop star has been locked in an ugly contract dispute with Dr. Luke; two writers who have examined her case break down the pop star’s situation.
29/10/2016 • 29 minutes 11 seconds
Popcast: Nu-Dance Rises With Help From Streaming
This week, Jon Caramanica and guests discuss club music.
22/10/2016 • 37 minutes 6 seconds
Dylancast: Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize!
Our music and book critics discuss Dylan, the musician, and Dylan, the writer.
15/10/2016 • 26 minutes 51 seconds
Popcast: Tyler Glenn at the Crossroads
His fiery solo album questions almost everything he used to believe in.
08/10/2016 • 23 minutes 46 seconds
Popcast: Finding the Joy (and Humor) in Bon Iver’s Pain
The new Bon Iver album abandons many of the musical choices that informed much of his earlier music.
30/09/2016 • 31 minutes 25 seconds
Popcast: The Next Teen Star Machine
Shawn Mendes broke out on Vine. The next breeding ground for pop stars might be Musical.ly, a social music app for teens.
23/09/2016 • 35 minutes 11 seconds
Popcast: Fall Preview
The pop music team discusses some of their favorite upcoming fall releases.
16/09/2016 • 30 minutes 43 seconds
Popcast: The Return of New York Rap
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Young M.A. represent an unexpected moment.
10/09/2016 • 57 minutes 5 seconds
Popcast: Stardom in the Age of Social Media
With celebrities so accessible online they have to go above and beyond when meeting fans in the arena.
02/09/2016 • 51 minutes 47 seconds
Popcast: Frank Ocean Returns
A roundtable discussion on the release of the musician’s latest works.
25/08/2016 • 52 minutes 52 seconds
Popcast: Race and Hip-Hop, a Conversation
A discussion about the current wave of white rappers trying to elide conversations about race, with varying success.
19/08/2016 • 37 minutes 19 seconds
Popcast: Janet Jackson and the Legacy of ‘Control’
A discussion on how pop failed Ms. Jackson for years, and what it has done for her lately.
12/08/2016 • 32 minutes 52 seconds
Popcast: A Send-Off for Ben Ratliff
Mr. Ratliff, a music critic at The Times since 1996, discusses his tenure.
05/08/2016 • 47 minutes 30 seconds
Popcast: Gucci Mane and Atlanta Hip-Hop
Jon Caramanica explains how Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty and 21 Savage are all part of the same long line.
29/07/2016 • 37 minutes 4 seconds
Popcast: Dissecting the Legacy of Alan Vega and Suicide
Days after Mr. Vega’s death, the journalist Geeta Dayal discusses Suicide’s early days.
22/07/2016 • 37 minutes 36 seconds
Popcast: The Return of Pop-Punk and Emo
Pop music writers discuss Blink-182’s influence on modern pop-punk bands.
15/07/2016 • 31 minutes 31 seconds
Popcast: J Balvin’s Reggaeton Mission
Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss how the Latin music superstar is rewriting the rules.
08/07/2016 • 20 minutes 28 seconds
Popcast: Prince’s Fateful Flight and Judith Hill’s Story
For those looking to understand Prince’s musical life in his final years, the larger story of Ms. Hill is illuminating.
24/06/2016 • 25 minutes 35 seconds
Popcast: Techno’s Dual Identity
A discussion of techno as youth music and heritage culture.
10/06/2016 • 34 minutes 52 seconds
Popcast: Hip-Hop Concerts and the Police
After a fatal shooting at a T.I. concert, Jon Caramanica and Joe Coscarelli discuss rap, race and security with Minya Oh, a.k.a. Miss Info, and Joie Manda of Interscope Records.
03/06/2016 • 43 minutes 15 seconds
Popcast: Arthur Russell
New York Times music critics discuss Mr. Russell’s wide-angle, slow-release significance.
27/05/2016 • 24 minutes 35 seconds
Popcast: Chance the Rapper and Drake
New York Times music critics discuss the latest albums by both artists.
20/05/2016 • 32 minutes 44 seconds
Popcast: Radiohead and James Blake
New York Times critics compare the latest releases.
12/05/2016 • 24 minutes 17 seconds
Popcast: Britney Spears
A discussion of Ms. Spears’s conservatorship.
08/05/2016 • 33 minutes 56 seconds
Popcast: Beyoncé Serves Up ‘Lemonade’
New York Times critics and writers discuss the singer’s new album.
26/04/2016 • 39 minutes 16 seconds
Popcast: Caetano Veloso
Mr. Veloso, the great Brazilian singer and songwriter, discusses current events in his country.
22/04/2016 • 41 minutes 30 seconds
Popcast: Remembering Prince
New York Times culture critics discuss Prince’s music and impact.
22/04/2016 • 38 minutes 26 seconds
Popcast:Country Music Agitators
New York Times music critics discuss Sturgill Simpson and Merle Haggard.
16/04/2016 • 36 minutes 32 seconds
Popcast: Jazz Artists in Exile
New York Times music critics discuss recent biopics about Miles Davis and Chet Baker.
08/04/2016 • 37 minutes 24 seconds
Popcast: Jazz in Museums
Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff on the ways jazz is being presented at museum spaces.
25/03/2016 • 33 minutes 40 seconds
Popcast: Gwen Stefani Returns
Ben Ratliff, Times music critic and Caryn Ganz, Times pop music editor, discuss the singer’s new album.
18/03/2016 • 29 minutes 14 seconds
Popcast: The Art and Future of Criticism
New York Times critics gather to discuss their newly released books.
11/03/2016 • 1 hour 15 seconds
Popcast: Macklemore’s Aesthetic Mission
Jon Caramanica chats with the rapper about the role of music in creating change.
26/02/2016 • 56 minutes 26 seconds
Popcast: Kanye West”s Unfinished Album
A roundtable discussion on “The Life of Pablo.”
19/02/2016 • 53 minutes 3 seconds
Popcast: Beyonce and Rihanna Take a Different Approach
Times critics discuss the recent music releases of each singer.
12/02/2016 • 52 minutes 42 seconds
Popcast: R&B’s New Identity
New York Times music critics discuss changes within the genre.
29/01/2016 • 26 minutes 33 seconds
Popcast: Tropical House Movement
Ben Ratliff and Michaelangelo Matos discuss the genre.
22/01/2016 • 29 minutes 41 seconds
Popcast: Love, Death and David Bowie
A conversation about the pop star’s life and work with the philosopher Simon Critchley, author of “Bowie.”
13/01/2016 • 47 minutes 6 seconds
Popcast: Jazz Moments of 2015
New York Times music critics discuss the year in jazz.
08/01/2016 • 35 minutes 2 seconds
Popcast: Making Sense of 2015 in Music
Music critics for The New York Times talk about the themes, currents and big ideas that defined the year.
30/12/2015 • 30 minutes 46 seconds
Popcast: Best Songs of 2015
Music critics for The New York Times discuss their favorite songs.
23/12/2015 • 33 minutes 44 seconds
Popcast: Best Albums of 2015
Music critics for The New York Times discuss the year’s highlights.
18/12/2015 • 39 minutes 21 seconds
Popcast: Joe Casey of Protomartyr
Ben Ratliff chats with Mr. Casey about the lyrics on the band’s album and more.
11/12/2015 • 25 minutes 55 seconds
Popcast: Sophie and Grimes
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss their approaches to music.
04/12/2015 • 24 minutes 10 seconds
Popcast: The Return of Adele
Jon Caramanica and Jon Pareles discuss her new album, “25.”
13/11/2015 • 32 minutes 57 seconds
Popcast: Taylor Swift and Drake, Friendship vs. Partnership
The stars have found both help and hindrance from those who surround them.
06/11/2015 • 35 minutes 12 seconds
Popcast: Joanna Newsom
Ben Ratliff and Melissa Marturano talk about the critique of Ms. Newsom and her music.
30/10/2015 • 30 minutes 20 seconds
Popcast: Justin Bieber Is Back. Thank Poo Bear.
The Times’s pop music squad on the unlikely songwriter behind “Where Are Ü Now” and “What Do You Mean?”
16/10/2015 • 13 minutes 31 seconds
Popcast: The Influence of ‘808s and Heartbreak’
Times music critics discuss the influence of Kanye West’s album on current musical styles.
09/10/2015 • 37 minutes 37 seconds
Popcast: Janet Jackson Returns With ‘Unbreakable’
Times music critics discuss Ms. Jackson’s new album and tour.
02/10/2015 • 16 minutes 16 seconds
Lin-Manuel Miranda On How Hip-Hop Influenced Him and ‘Hamilton’
Jon Caramanica and Mr. Miranda discuss the songs and rappers that inspired him and his work.
25/09/2015 • 59 minutes 17 seconds
Popcast: Jen Shyu Explores the Unknown
Times critics discuss the jazz artist whose music incorporates poetry and dreams.
18/09/2015 • 30 minutes 1 second
Popcast: Jon Batiste and ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’
Times music critics discuss Mr. Batiste’s role as bandleader on the show.
10/09/2015 • 25 minutes 52 seconds
Popcast: 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
The night belonged to those who shocked without needing to perform.
01/09/2015 • 20 minutes 29 seconds
Popcast: The Weeknd
Times critics discuss The Weeknd’s music and new album, “Beauty Behind the Madness.”
28/08/2015 • 55 minutes 47 seconds
Popcast: ‘Where Are Ü Now’
Times music critics discuss Justin Bieber’s collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo.
25/08/2015 • 14 minutes 4 seconds
Carly Rae Jepsen Grows Up
With “Emotion,” the singer known best for “Call Me Maybe” embraces a seductive side to her music.
21/08/2015 • 30 minutes 46 seconds
Popcast: ‘Straight Outta Compton’
Jon Caramanica and Reginald C. Dennis, a founding editor of XXL magazine, discuss N.W.A and the film.
14/08/2015 • 1 hour 20 minutes 30 seconds
Drake’s Bully Pulpit
Jon Caramanica, Minya Oh and Rawiya Kameir discuss Drake and OVO Fest.
07/08/2015 • 1 hour 7 minutes 17 seconds
Popcast: Titus Andronicus
Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss the New Jersey punk band and their new album.
31/07/2015 • 26 minutes 36 seconds
Popcast: Prince Royce, Pitbull and Multilingual Pop Music
Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd discuss international and multilingual pop.
24/07/2015 • 37 minutes 8 seconds
Reggae’s Summer Flirtation
A look at the desire for a reggae or reggae-like worldwide pop hit between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
17/07/2015 • 24 minutes 32 seconds
Hip-Hop’s Silent Majority
Hip-hop’s mainstream can often be confused with prosperity gospel, so it’s striking that in 2015, at least a couple of the genre’s biggest selling stars want nothing to do with such narratives.
10/07/2015 • 1 hour 10 minutes 33 seconds
Apple Music and Beats 1
Ben Ratliff and Ben Sisario discuss Apple Music, the much-anticipated music-streaming service to be launched June 30.
26/06/2015 • 28 minutes 23 seconds
Popcast: “Tomatoes” Giving Country Its Bite
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the women of country music.
19/06/2015 • 33 minutes 15 seconds
Popcast: Tenement’s Bright Double Album
Ben Ratliff, Maria Sherman and Liz Pelly discuss the band’s new album and punk music.
12/06/2015 • 28 minutes 25 seconds
Jason Derulo Glides Across Genres
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss Jason Derulo’s new album.
05/06/2015 • 26 minutes 5 seconds
ASAP Rocky Returns to a Haze
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss ASAP Rocky’s new album.
29/05/2015 • 21 minutes 25 seconds
Shamir’s Distinctive Voice
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the singer’s blend of different genres.
22/05/2015 • 22 minutes 49 seconds
Joey Alexander, the Young Jazz Sensation
Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen discuss Joey Alexander’s debut album.
15/05/2015 • 28 minutes 18 seconds
U2 Prepares to Go on Tour
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss U2 and “Songs of Innocence” as the group heads out on a world tour.
08/05/2015 • 21 minutes 7 seconds
New Albums By Zac Brown Band and Tyler Farr
Joe Coscarelli and Jon Caramanica discuss records from country dissenters and what, if anything, country’s borders mean anymore.
01/05/2015 • 22 minutes 26 seconds
Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Get Down
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the tenor saxophonist and his roots in the thriving Los Angeles jazz scene.
24/04/2015 • 26 minutes 5 seconds
How Much Festival Is Too Much Festival?
Jon Caramanica, Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss the vicissitudes and artistic value of music festivals.
17/04/2015 • 33 minutes 33 seconds
The Ongoing Evolution of Charles Lloyd
Jon Pareles and Nate Chinen discuss the jazz saxophonist, flutist and band leader Charles Lloyd.
10/04/2015 • 27 minutes 35 seconds
Kendrick Lamar, Dissenting From the Mainstream as He Influences It
Discussing the rapper’s new album, “To Pimp A Butterfly.”
27/03/2015 • 26 minutes 12 seconds
On ‘Empire’: The Show, the Music and the Calamitous Finale
Jon Caramanica and Gilbert Cruz, of The Times, and Justin Charity, of Complex, discuss “Empire.”
20/03/2015 • 47 minutes 31 seconds
Blurred Legal Lines
Ben Sisario, Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the “Blurred Lines” copyright trial.
13/03/2015 • 32 minutes 44 seconds
Madonna is Still Madonna On ‘Rebel Heart’
Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss “Rebel Heart,” the new album by Madonna.
06/03/2015 • 19 minutes 8 seconds
Who Is Boots?
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss the 28-year-old singer, songwriter and producer.
20/02/2015 • 22 minutes 36 seconds
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Kanye West, Beck, Iggy Azalea, Papa John’s and other stars of the show.
10/02/2015 • 30 minutes 2 seconds
Björk Gets Personal
Jon Pareles tells Ben Ratliff about club-hopping with Björk in Iceland and listening to her new album, “Vulnerica,” which was released last week.
30/01/2015 • 26 minutes 57 seconds
Departed Tastemakers: ASAP Yams and Kim Fowley
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss two connectors with keen ears, who died last week.
23/01/2015 • 21 minutes 15 seconds
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles are joined by Caryn Ganz, of RollingStone.com, to discuss “No Cities to Love,” the new album by Sleater-Kinney.
16/01/2015 • 23 minutes 11 seconds
All About Meghan Trainor
Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss Ms. Trainor as surprise, as a formula, as contrivance and as a product of Nantucket, hip-hop and Nashville.
09/01/2015 • 23 minutes 13 seconds
The Year in Jazz 2014
Jon Pareles, Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff discuss the movements of jazz in 2014.
02/01/2015 • 36 minutes 52 seconds
The Year in Pop 2014
Ben Ratliff, Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen discuss pop music’s dominant themes, lessons and preoccupations in 2014.
19/12/2014 • 29 minutes 7 seconds
The Best Albums of 2014
The pop critics of The New York Times discuss their lists of the Top 10 albums of the year.
12/12/2014 • 43 minutes 29 seconds
The Pop Savvy of ‘Beyond the Lights’
Jon Caramanica and A.O. Scott discuss what this modern update of “The Bodyguard” gets right about the music business.
05/12/2014 • 27 minutes 21 seconds
London Calls Mary J. Blige
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Mary J. Blige and her new album, “The London Sessions.”
21/11/2014 • 31 minutes 41 seconds
How Bobby Shmurda Danced Into the Hot 100
The 20-year-old East Flatbush rapper Bobby Shmurda has just jumped from No. 8 to No. 6 on the Billboard chart.
14/11/2014 • 27 minutes 34 seconds
Dave Grohl’s ‘Sonic Highways’
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss “Sonic Highways,” the new album and HBO mini-series by Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.
07/11/2014 • 33 minutes 7 seconds
Listening to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Taylor Swift’s poppy new album.
27/10/2014 • 38 minutes 24 seconds
The Myth of Scott Walker
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Scott Walker and “Soused,” his new album with the drone-metal band Sunn O))).
17/10/2014 • 29 minutes 56 seconds
Tinashe, FKA Twigs and the Semantics of R&B
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the singers Tinashe and FKA twigs, and whether they point toward a new conception of R&B.
10/10/2014 • 29 minutes 16 seconds
Parsing Steve Coleman’s Genius
Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen discuss the jazz saxophonist, a recent winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant.
26/09/2014 • 20 minutes 15 seconds
What We Talk About When We Talk About Chris Brown
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the challenges of appraising Chris Brown.
19/09/2014 • 30 minutes 1 second
U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’: Gift or Spam?
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss the new U2 album, released this week for free in iTunes.
12/09/2014 • 23 minutes 22 seconds
Our Vacations with Ariana Grande and Kate Bush
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss new projects by Ms. Grande and Ms. Bush.
05/09/2014 • 31 minutes 15 seconds
Ben Ratliff talks to Jennifer Herrema of the band Black Bananas.
08/08/2014 • 31 minutes 50 seconds
Songs of the Summer
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss some of the most popular songs of the summer.