Popcast

By The New York Times

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The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends and news.


Episode Date
Charlie Puth and Shawn Mendes, Would-Be Pop Kings
01:08:56

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.

Jun 16, 2018
Kanye West’s ‘Ye’ Is Here: Let’s Discuss
01:14:22

The rapper’s polarizing eighth album arrived surrounded by a celebrity circus and provided few answers.

Jun 06, 2018
Drake vs. Pusha-T, Unpacked
00:56:46

An excavation of the skeletons animating the back-and-forth between the two rappers — and a conversation about who’s inching ahead.

May 31, 2018
Yes, We Stuck With ‘American Idol’
00:54:20

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.

May 26, 2018
Pursuing R. Kelly: The Reporter Who Never Gave Up
00:37:52

For two decades, accusations of sexual impropriety have been leveled at the R&B superstar. And Jim DeRogatis has been covering the story.

May 23, 2018
‘Girls’ Gone Wrong: Who Gets to Make a Gay Love Song?
00:53:29

The Rita Ora track was positioned as a celebration of bisexuality, but struck a sour note with critics who found its lyrics problematic. 

May 18, 2018
Avicii: Overexposed and Underappreciated?
01:05:31

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.

May 04, 2018
Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar Break Boundaries
01:16:56

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.

Apr 25, 2018
Pop’s Category Killers, From Live Nation to Spotify, Under the Microscope
00:43:39

In recent weeks, the businesses that present music to the public have undergone major shifts.

Apr 20, 2018
Cardi B Arrives at the Top
01:05:48

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.

Apr 12, 2018
Logic, XXXTentacion and Hip-Hop Morality in 2018
01:09:22

A conversation about the earnest rapper and the SoundCloud renegade, both successes of modern internet-driven rap fandom.

Apr 06, 2018
Kacey Musgraves and Ashley McBryde, Country Traditionalists With a Twist
00:57:53

Two new albums put a spotlight on Nashville’s ongoing, agonized relationship with female performers.

Mar 30, 2018
Ashlee Simpson: You Asked, We Answered
01:18:19

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.

Mar 16, 2018
Was Ashlee Simpson Underappreciated? Discuss
01:14:25

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.

Mar 09, 2018
Lucy Dacus, Soccer Mommy, the Breeders and the Future of Indie Rock
00:56:58

A conversation about carefully considered creative paths — and how pristine voices with powerful messages are amplified — as three strong new albums arrive

Mar 02, 2018
In Defense of Soundtracks. And Fergie.
01:13:18

What’s responsible for the recent soundtrack renaissance that brought albums from “Black Panther” and “The Greatest Showman” to the top of the charts?

Feb 24, 2018
The Complex Intersection Where Rap and the Legal System Collide
00:45:50

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.

Feb 16, 2018
Justin Timberlake Down, Meek Mill Up: How Twitter Swings Public Opinion
01:18:00

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.

Feb 09, 2018
Can the Grammys Be Fixed?
00:58:15

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?

Jan 30, 2018
Hear What Music Will Sound Like in 2018
01:07:03

Flamboyant hip-hop, promising punk rock, intricate bluegrass and more: a conversation about the artists we’re looking forward to following this year.

Jan 26, 2018
Remembering the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan
00:52:33

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

Jan 19, 2018
In Streaming, One Goliath Creates Many Davids
01:02:53

Streaming has established itself as the dominant mode of music distribution. What could go wrong? Quite a lot, it turns out.

Jan 12, 2018
Is Today’s Jazz Finally Outrunning the Past?
01:05:01

Jazz could have spent 2017 looking backward, focusing on the centennials of foundational figures. But instead, several strains of contemporary jazz thrived. 

Jan 05, 2018
Will Eminem Ever Change?
00:54:12

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?

Dec 22, 2017
The Popcast Answers Your Burning Questions About Pop Music in 2017
01:05:17

Our readers picked the topics of conversation, which included Fergie, the state of streaming and evolutions in Latin pop

Dec 18, 2017
In 2017, Pop Music Made Triumph Out of Tough Times
01:13:32

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.

Dec 08, 2017
After 40 Years, U2 Is Still Huge. Why?
00:41:55

A conversation about the band’s 14th album, “Songs of Experience,” and its ongoing quest for bigness.

Dec 02, 2017
Remembering Lil Peep
00:58:22

The 21-year-old rapper, who died last week, found a unique way to unite the languages of hip-hop and emo.

Nov 22, 2017
Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Has Arrived. Let’s Discuss.
01:11:42

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.

Nov 14, 2017
Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Is Almost Here. Let’s Discuss.
00:47:59

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.

Nov 09, 2017
How Will Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Be Remembered?
00:40:42

A new biography of the magazine’s founder has been praised by our critic and slammed by its subject.

Nov 03, 2017
What Are the Billboard Charts Really Measuring?
00:54:16

Changes to the formulas used to build albums and singles charts will weigh paid streams more than free ones. What will the impact be?

Oct 27, 2017
The Persistence of Pink and Kelly Clarkson, Outspoken Pop Survivors
00:55:24

Two of the music world’s biggest voices and boldest personalities are back. Deep into successful careers, where have their paths diverged?

Oct 20, 2017
Shania Twain Was Country’s Crossover Queen. What Is She Now?
00:47:11

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.

Oct 13, 2017
Tom Petty, a Secret Punk on Rock’s Mount Rushmore
00:33:42

He was a student of the ’60s who learned from his elders, but put his own deliberate spin on rock ’n’ roll.

Oct 04, 2017
National Anthem Protests, From ‘Jazzing the Banner’ to Taking a Knee
00:47:57

“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.

Sep 29, 2017
Bye, Bro. In Country Music, It’s the Year of the Gentleman.
01:03:02

Nashville has been undergoing a gender crisis for most of the 2010s. Is the latest development — kinder men — a solution?

Sep 22, 2017
From Instagram to ‘Bodak Yellow,’ Cardi B Has Arrived
00:55:10

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.

Sep 15, 2017
Women Dominating Rock: There’s More to the Conversation
00:56:13

What happens when the media shines a light on feminist punk? A conversation about D.I.Y. scenes and representation.

Sep 11, 2017
The Popcast Answers Your Questions About Beyoncé, Music Videos and More
01:07:27

On this week’s episode, our readers picked the topics of conversation, which include Lil Wayne, merchandise and Camila Cabello.

Sep 02, 2017
Is SoundCloud a Business or a Community?
00:30:53

If the music-streaming service disappeared, a culture might vanish too. A conversation about where the tech and culture worlds collide.

Aug 25, 2017
Kesha and Taylor Swift Find New Voices
00:45:12

On “Rainbow,” Kesha steps away from her old persona but keeps her former spark. In court, Taylor Swift speaks with no filter. 

Aug 18, 2017
What Keeps Phish Fans Coming Back for More?
00:41:47

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.

Aug 11, 2017
Is Arcade Fire Its Own Worst Enemy?
00:35:53

As the band released its most divisive album yet, it embarked on a rollout that confused its narrative even further. 

Aug 04, 2017
Celebrating Two of Rock’s Big Voices, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell
00:59:21

A conversation about two singers in different bands who left significant musical and emotional legacies

Jul 28, 2017
Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless
00:46:57

Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal: Seemingly every major streaming service has suffered through some controversy lately

Jul 21, 2017
From Jay-Z to Prodigy, It’s Time to Talk About Hip-Hop’s Elders
01:13:34

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

Jul 14, 2017
Can K-pop Conquer America?
00:55:42

Fanaticism about this Korean genre is on the rise in the United States, but it hasn’t cracked mainstream pop culture

Jun 30, 2017
Hip-Hop’s Punk Moment Has Arrived
01:05:22

SoundCloud rap is a raw, rowdy, rebellious movement fueled by young rappers looking outside the genre for inspiration.

Jun 23, 2017
Katy Perry, Lorde and Halsey: How to Make a Pop Album in 2017
00:55:13
Three female pop stars, three different approaches: a conversation about their new albums, on Popcast.
Jun 16, 2017
Why We’re Still Listening to the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’
00:30:26
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.
Jun 09, 2017
Latin Pop Thrives, No Bieber Required
00:47:29
“Despacito” is the first Spanish-language song to top the chart since “Macarena,” but there are many more interesting shifts in Latin pop today.
Jun 02, 2017
Festivals That Inspire Awe, and Festivals That Lead to Criminal Investigations
00:46:38
Music fests are ubiquitous, but only some are curated well enough to be thrilling. And there’s the Fyre Festival.
May 26, 2017
Harry Styles and John Mayer, Teardrops on Their Guitars
00:39:04
The One Direction member and the pop-blues poster boy have a few things in common.
May 19, 2017
Paramore Returns, Headed Straight For the 1980s
00:30:35
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?
May 12, 2017
Finding Feist’s Pleasure and Pain
00:25:48
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?
May 05, 2017
How Lil Uzi Vert Turned Rap Into Rock and Became a Pop Star
00:46:43
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?
Apr 28, 2017
A Deep Dig on Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole’s Hip-Hop’s Values
00:55:20
The two rappers recall an earlier time in the genre’s history, in terms of aesthetics and politics. How do they fit in today?
Apr 21, 2017
How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Chainsmokers?
00:49:21
In three years, the duo has had several hits while offending all sorts of people. What does its sound say about EDM?
Apr 14, 2017
Jazz in 2017: The Music Is Thriving, Though Support Is in Peril
00:39:26
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.
Apr 07, 2017
Drake Changed Hip-Hop’s Sound. Can He Change the Business?
00:57:55
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.
Mar 27, 2017
How Chuck Berry Became a Rock ’n’ Roll Mastermind
00:23:52
He wrote the guitar licks, told the clever stories, duckwalked across the stage and forever changed popular music
Mar 22, 2017
The Billboard Charts Are Wackier Than Ever: What’s Going On?
00:56:13
Streaming figures into chart positions now, a fact that has started yielding some very odd results.
Mar 17, 2017
The Greatest Trick Ed Sheeran Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World He’s an Underdog
00:43:57
The British singer/songwriter is a record-smashing superstar, but he still plays the spurned lover. How does he do it?
Mar 10, 2017
What Future and Migos Tell Us About Atlanta’s Rap Dominance
00:58:35
A panel discusses Migos, Lil Yachty and more of the city’s budding stars on Popcast.
Mar 03, 2017
What Happens When Nashville Outsiders Become Country’s Big Stars?
01:10:46
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.
Feb 24, 2017
Were There Any Real Winners at the Grammys?
00:57:27
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.
Feb 14, 2017
Will the Grammy Awards End With a Big Surprise?
00:37:50
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.
Feb 10, 2017
Punk Rock Is Alive and Well, No Politics Required
00:44:39
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.
Feb 03, 2017
The War Over ‘La La Land’: Gotta Hear Both Sides
00:49:57
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.
Jan 27, 2017
The Crooner in Chief: Barack Obama’s Musical Legacy
00:53:57
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.
Jan 20, 2017
Hip-Hop’s Elders and Youth Go to Battle (Again)
00:52:00
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.
Jan 13, 2017
Mariah Carey and New Year’s Eve: Is the Fantasy Over?
00:52:20
A panel discusses Ms. Carey's recent New Year's Eve performance and career.
Jan 06, 2017
10 Songs That Tell the Story of 2016
00:58:27
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."
Dec 30, 2016
The Year in Jazz Music
00:42:35
A roundtable of writers discuss trends and notable moments of the year.
Dec 23, 2016
Pop Music Trends in 2016
00:38:10
The pop music team discusses news themes and what may shape it for years to come.
Dec 16, 2016
The Best Albums of 2016
00:53:13
This week, The New York Times music team reflects on albums that defined 2016.
Dec 09, 2016
For Bruno Mars and the Weeknd, the Past as Muse
00:43:17
This week, a discussion of new releases by both artists who have more in common than it may appear.
Dec 02, 2016
Revisiting Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo'
00:53:28
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.
Nov 25, 2016
Mourning the Greats: Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and Mose Allison
00:29:25
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.
Nov 18, 2016
Popcast: Division and Unity in Pop, and Beyond
00:52:30
Can the cultural events of the last couple of weeks connect to macro political realities?
Nov 12, 2016
Popcast: A Tribe Called Quest Returns
00:42:31
A discussion of the group’s legacy and how it fits into the current hip-hop landscape
Nov 05, 2016
Popcast: What’s Next for Kesha?
00:29:11
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.
Oct 29, 2016
Popcast: Nu-Dance Rises With Help From Streaming
00:37:06
This week, Jon Caramanica and guests discuss club music.
Oct 22, 2016
Dylancast: Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize!
00:26:51
Our music and book critics discuss Dylan, the musician, and Dylan, the writer.
Oct 15, 2016
Popcast: Tyler Glenn at the Crossroads
00:23:46
His fiery solo album questions almost everything he used to believe in.
Oct 08, 2016
Popcast: Finding the Joy (and Humor) in Bon Iver’s Pain
00:31:25
The new Bon Iver album abandons many of the musical choices that informed much of his earlier music.
Sep 30, 2016
Popcast: The Next Teen Star Machine
00:35:11
Shawn Mendes broke out on Vine. The next breeding ground for pop stars might be Musical.ly, a social music app for teens.
Sep 23, 2016
Popcast: Fall Preview
00:30:43
The pop music team discusses some of their favorite upcoming fall releases.
Sep 16, 2016
Popcast: The Return of New York Rap
00:57:05
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Young M.A. represent an unexpected moment.
Sep 10, 2016
Popcast: Stardom in the Age of Social Media
00:51:47
With celebrities so accessible online they have to go above and beyond when meeting fans in the arena.
Sep 02, 2016
Popcast: Frank Ocean Returns
00:52:52
A roundtable discussion on the release of the musician’s latest works.
Aug 25, 2016
Popcast: Race and Hip-Hop, a Conversation
00:37:19
A discussion about the current wave of white rappers trying to elide conversations about race, with varying success.
Aug 19, 2016
Popcast: Janet Jackson and the Legacy of ‘Control’
00:32:52
A discussion on how pop failed Ms. Jackson for years, and what it has done for her lately.
Aug 12, 2016
Popcast: A Send-Off for Ben Ratliff
00:47:30
Mr. Ratliff, a music critic at The Times since 1996, discusses his tenure.
Aug 05, 2016
Popcast: Gucci Mane and Atlanta Hip-Hop
00:37:04
Jon Caramanica explains how Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty and 21 Savage are all part of the same long line.
Jul 29, 2016
Popcast: Dissecting the Legacy of Alan Vega and Suicide
00:37:36
Days after Mr. Vega’s death, the journalist Geeta Dayal discusses Suicide’s early days.
Jul 22, 2016
Popcast: The Return of Pop-Punk and Emo
00:31:31
Pop music writers discuss Blink-182’s influence on modern pop-punk bands.
Jul 15, 2016
Popcast: J Balvin’s Reggaeton Mission
00:20:28
Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss how the Latin music superstar is rewriting the rules.
Jul 08, 2016
Popcast: Prince’s Fateful Flight and Judith Hill’s Story
00:25:35
For those looking to understand Prince’s musical life in his final years, the larger story of Ms. Hill is illuminating.
Jun 24, 2016
Popcast: Techno’s Dual Identity
00:34:52
A discussion of techno as youth music and heritage culture.
Jun 10, 2016
Popcast: Hip-Hop Concerts and the Police
00:43:15
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.
Jun 03, 2016
Popcast: Arthur Russell
00:24:35
New York Times music critics discuss Mr. Russell’s wide-angle, slow-release significance.
May 27, 2016
Popcast: Chance the Rapper and Drake
00:32:44
New York Times music critics discuss the latest albums by both artists.
May 20, 2016
Popcast: Radiohead and James Blake
00:24:17
New York Times critics compare the latest releases.
May 12, 2016
Popcast: Britney Spears
00:33:56
A discussion of Ms. Spears’s conservatorship.
May 08, 2016
Popcast: Beyoncé Serves Up ‘Lemonade’
00:39:16
New York Times critics and writers discuss the singer’s new album.
Apr 26, 2016
Popcast: Remembering Prince
00:38:26
New York Times culture critics discuss Prince’s music and impact.
Apr 22, 2016
Popcast: Caetano Veloso
00:41:30
Mr. Veloso, the great Brazilian singer and songwriter, discusses current events in his country.
Apr 22, 2016
Popcast:Country Music Agitators
00:36:32
New York Times music critics discuss Sturgill Simpson and Merle Haggard.
Apr 16, 2016
Popcast: Jazz Artists in Exile
00:37:24
New York Times music critics discuss recent biopics about Miles Davis and Chet Baker.
Apr 08, 2016
Popcast: Jazz in Museums
00:33:40
Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff on the ways jazz is being presented at museum spaces.
Mar 25, 2016
Popcast: Gwen Stefani Returns
00:29:14
Ben Ratliff, Times music critic and Caryn Ganz, Times pop music editor, discuss the singer’s new album.
Mar 18, 2016
Popcast: The Art and Future of Criticism
01:00:15
New York Times critics gather to discuss their newly released books.
Mar 11, 2016
Popcast: Macklemore’s Aesthetic Mission
00:56:26
Jon Caramanica chats with the rapper about the role of music in creating change.
Feb 26, 2016
Popcast: Kanye West”s Unfinished Album
00:53:03
A roundtable discussion on “The Life of Pablo.”
Feb 19, 2016
Popcast: Beyonce and Rihanna Take a Different Approach
00:52:42
Times critics discuss the recent music releases of each singer.
Feb 12, 2016
Popcast: R&B’s New Identity
00:26:33
New York Times music critics discuss changes within the genre.
Jan 29, 2016
Popcast: Tropical House Movement
00:29:41
Ben Ratliff and Michaelangelo Matos discuss the genre.
Jan 22, 2016
Popcast: Love, Death and David Bowie
00:47:06
A conversation about the pop star’s life and work with the philosopher Simon Critchley, author of “Bowie.”
Jan 13, 2016
Popcast: Jazz Moments of 2015
00:35:02
New York Times music critics discuss the year in jazz.
Jan 08, 2016
Popcast: Making Sense of 2015 in Music
00:30:46
Music critics for The New York Times talk about the themes, currents and big ideas that defined the year.
Dec 30, 2015
Popcast: Best Songs of 2015
00:33:44
Music critics for The New York Times discuss their favorite songs.
Dec 23, 2015
Popcast: Best Albums of 2015
00:39:21
Music critics for The New York Times discuss the year’s highlights.
Dec 18, 2015
Popcast: Joe Casey of Protomartyr
00:25:55
Ben Ratliff chats with Mr. Casey about the lyrics on the band’s album and more.
Dec 11, 2015
Popcast: Sophie and Grimes
00:24:10
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss their approaches to music.
Dec 04, 2015
Popcast: The Return of Adele
00:32:57
Jon Caramanica and Jon Pareles discuss her new album, “25.”
Nov 13, 2015
Popcast: Taylor Swift and Drake, Friendship vs. Partnership
00:35:12
The stars have found both help and hindrance from those who surround them.
Nov 06, 2015
Popcast: Joanna Newsom
00:30:20
Ben Ratliff and Melissa Marturano talk about the critique of Ms. Newsom and her music.
Oct 30, 2015
Popcast: Justin Bieber Is Back. Thank Poo Bear.
00:13:31
The Times’s pop music squad on the unlikely songwriter behind “Where Are Ü Now” and “What Do You Mean?”
Oct 16, 2015
Popcast: The Influence of ‘808s and Heartbreak’
00:37:37
Times music critics discuss the influence of Kanye West’s album on current musical styles.
Oct 09, 2015
Popcast: Janet Jackson Returns With ‘Unbreakable’
00:16:16
Times music critics discuss Ms. Jackson’s new album and tour.
Oct 02, 2015
Lin-Manuel Miranda On How Hip-Hop Influenced Him and ‘Hamilton’
00:59:17
Jon Caramanica and Mr. Miranda discuss the songs and rappers that inspired him and his work.
Sep 25, 2015
Popcast: Jen Shyu Explores the Unknown
00:30:01
Times critics discuss the jazz artist whose music incorporates poetry and dreams.
Sep 18, 2015
Popcast: Jon Batiste and ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’
00:25:52
Times music critics discuss Mr. Batiste’s role as bandleader on the show.
Sep 10, 2015
Popcast: 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
00:20:29
The night belonged to those who shocked without needing to perform.
Sep 01, 2015
Popcast: The Weeknd
00:55:46
Times critics discuss The Weeknd’s music and new album, “Beauty Behind the Madness.”
Aug 28, 2015
Popcast: ‘Where Are Ü Now’
00:14:04
Times music critics discuss Justin Bieber’s collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo.
Aug 25, 2015
Carly Rae Jepsen Grows Up
00:30:46
With “Emotion,” the singer known best for “Call Me Maybe” embraces a seductive side to her music.
Aug 21, 2015
Popcast: ‘Straight Outta Compton’
01:20:30
Jon Caramanica and Reginald C. Dennis, a founding editor of XXL magazine, discuss N.W.A and the film.
Aug 14, 2015
Drake’s Bully Pulpit
01:07:17
Jon Caramanica, Minya Oh and Rawiya Kameir discuss Drake and OVO Fest.
Aug 07, 2015
Popcast: Titus Andronicus
00:26:36
Ben Ratliff and Joe Coscarelli discuss the New Jersey punk band and their new album.
Jul 31, 2015
Popcast: Prince Royce, Pitbull and Multilingual Pop Music
00:37:08
Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd discuss international and multilingual pop.
Jul 24, 2015
Reggae’s Summer Flirtation
00:24:32
A look at the desire for a reggae or reggae-like worldwide pop hit between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Jul 17, 2015
Hip-Hop’s Silent Majority
01:10:33
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.
Jul 10, 2015
Apple Music and Beats 1
00:28:23
Ben Ratliff and Ben Sisario discuss Apple Music, the much-anticipated music-streaming service to be launched June 30.
Jun 26, 2015
Popcast: “Tomatoes” Giving Country Its Bite
00:33:15
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the women of country music.
Jun 19, 2015
Popcast: Tenement’s Bright Double Album
00:28:25
Ben Ratliff, Maria Sherman and Liz Pelly discuss the band’s new album and punk music.
Jun 12, 2015
Jason Derulo Glides Across Genres
00:26:05
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss Jason Derulo’s new album.
Jun 05, 2015
ASAP Rocky Returns to a Haze
00:21:25
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss ASAP Rocky’s new album.
May 29, 2015
Shamir’s Distinctive Voice
00:22:49
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the singer’s blend of different genres.
May 22, 2015
Joey Alexander, the Young Jazz Sensation
00:28:18
Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen discuss Joey Alexander’s debut album.
May 15, 2015
U2 Prepares to Go on Tour
00:21:07
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss U2 and “Songs of Innocence” as the group heads out on a world tour.
May 08, 2015
New Albums By Zac Brown Band and Tyler Farr
00:22:26
Joe Coscarelli and Jon Caramanica discuss records from country dissenters and what, if anything, country’s borders mean anymore.
May 01, 2015
Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Get Down
00:26:05
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the tenor saxophonist and his roots in the thriving Los Angeles jazz scene.
Apr 24, 2015
How Much Festival Is Too Much Festival?
00:33:33
Jon Caramanica, Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss the vicissitudes and artistic value of music festivals.
Apr 17, 2015
The Ongoing Evolution of Charles Lloyd
00:27:35
Jon Pareles and Nate Chinen discuss the jazz saxophonist, flutist and band leader Charles Lloyd.
Apr 10, 2015
Kendrick Lamar, Dissenting From the Mainstream as He Influences It
00:26:12
Discussing the rapper’s new album, “To Pimp A Butterfly.”
Mar 27, 2015
On ‘Empire’: The Show, the Music and the Calamitous Finale
00:47:31
Jon Caramanica and Gilbert Cruz, of The Times, and Justin Charity, of Complex, discuss “Empire.”
Mar 20, 2015
Blurred Legal Lines
00:32:44
Ben Sisario, Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the “Blurred Lines” copyright trial.
Mar 13, 2015
Madonna is Still Madonna On ‘Rebel Heart’
00:19:08
Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff discuss “Rebel Heart,” the new album by Madonna.
Mar 06, 2015
Who Is Boots?
00:22:36
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss the 28-year-old singer, songwriter and producer.
Feb 20, 2015
Grammys Post-Mortem
00:30:02
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Kanye West, Beck, Iggy Azalea, Papa John’s and other stars of the show.
Feb 10, 2015
Björk Gets Personal
00:26:57
Jon Pareles tells Ben Ratliff about club-hopping with Björk in Iceland and listening to her new album, “Vulnerica,” which was released last week.
Jan 30, 2015
Departed Tastemakers: ASAP Yams and Kim Fowley
00:21:15
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss two connectors with keen ears, who died last week.
Jan 23, 2015
Sleater-Kinney Returns
00:23:11
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.
Jan 16, 2015
All About Meghan Trainor
00:23:13
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.
Jan 09, 2015
The Year in Jazz 2014
00:36:52
Jon Pareles, Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff discuss the movements of jazz in 2014.
Jan 02, 2015
The Year in Pop 2014
00:29:07
Ben Ratliff, Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen discuss pop music’s dominant themes, lessons and preoccupations in 2014.
Dec 19, 2014
The Best Albums of 2014
00:43:29
The pop critics of The New York Times discuss their lists of the Top 10 albums of the year.
Dec 12, 2014
The Pop Savvy of ‘Beyond the Lights’
00:27:21
Jon Caramanica and A.O. Scott discuss what this modern update of “The Bodyguard” gets right about the music business.
Dec 05, 2014
London Calls Mary J. Blige
00:31:41
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Mary J. Blige and her new album, “The London Sessions.”
Nov 21, 2014
How Bobby Shmurda Danced Into the Hot 100
00:27:34
The 20-year-old East Flatbush rapper Bobby Shmurda has just jumped from No. 8 to No. 6 on the Billboard chart.
Nov 14, 2014
Dave Grohl’s ‘Sonic Highways’
00:33:07
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss “Sonic Highways,” the new album and HBO mini-series by Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.
Nov 07, 2014
Listening to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’
00:38:24
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Taylor Swift’s poppy new album.
Oct 27, 2014
The Myth of Scott Walker
00:29:56
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Scott Walker and “Soused,” his new album with the drone-metal band Sunn O))).
Oct 17, 2014
Tinashe, FKA Twigs and the Semantics of R&B
00:29:16
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss the singers Tinashe and FKA twigs, and whether they point toward a new conception of R&B.
Oct 10, 2014
Parsing Steve Coleman’s Genius
00:20:15
Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen discuss the jazz saxophonist, a recent winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant.
Sep 26, 2014
What We Talk About When We Talk About Chris Brown
00:30:01
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss the challenges of appraising Chris Brown.
Sep 19, 2014
U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’: Gift or Spam?
00:23:22
Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles discuss the new U2 album, released this week for free in iTunes.
Sep 12, 2014
Our Vacations with Ariana Grande and Kate Bush
00:31:15
Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss new projects by Ms. Grande and Ms. Bush.
Sep 05, 2014
The Alchemist
00:31:50
Ben Ratliff talks to Jennifer Herrema of the band Black Bananas.
Aug 08, 2014
Songs of the Summer
00:29:09
Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss some of the most popular songs of the summer.
Aug 01, 2014