It’s Crop Top Season, and This Year There’s Even More Skin

In the music video for “Solar Power” — her first single in four years — Lorde frolics on a beach, surrounded by people who dance and dine and pass her a bong made from a fennel bulb. This is not the Lorde the world has come to know: a young

Taylor Swift and the Wisdom of Youth

When she was 18, Taylor Swift wrote a song called “Fifteen.” “Back then I swore I was going to marry him someday, but I realized some bigger dreams of mine,” she sang, sounding more like a wizened great-grandmother than a rising senior. “Fifteen” is evocative, if a little sanitized: Nimble

Best Albums of 2020

Jon Pareles | Jon Caramanica | Lindsay Zoladz Jon Pareles Simmering Emotions, Louder Explosions In a year of distancing, anxiety, protests and polarization, musicians were separated from audiences and, often, each other. Some 2020 albums were already well underway before the pandemic; others were made under quarantine, with long-distance collaborations

How Hyperpop, a Small Spotify Playlist, Grew Into a Big Deal

One night this past February, osquinn got into an argument on Twitter and decided to make a song about it. From her bedroom in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, the 15-year-old logged onto a server on the text, voice and video chat app Discord, where around 50 of her internet

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Returns to No. 1 for a Seventh Week

A good rule of thumb for the 21st-century music business: Never count Taylor Swift out. This week, Swift returns to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with “Folklore,” her surprise quarantine LP, claiming its seventh nonconsecutive week at the top. No other title has collected this many No. 1

Panic! at the Disco’s Flourishes Weren’t Just Dramatic. They Were Theater.

Fifteen years ago, a mysterious top-hatted figure and a parade of circus performers interrupted a wedding in a music video with an unconventional soundtrack: an energetic pop-punk song with a bouncy, carnivalesque cello opening. This is how Panic! at the Disco announced itself in the “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”

A Last Dance for Leonard Cohen

The last time Leonard Cohen appeared in public was in mid-October 2016 at a Los Angeles news conference for his 14th studio album, “You Want It Darker,” just a few weeks before his death. Behind him hung a Canadian flag and beside him sat his son, Adam, a musician who