Music Popcast

Music Popcast


New York Times music critics Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen talk each week about the latest pop music news, the top songs, the best albums, the biggest stars — and the up and coming stars you haven't heard of yet.


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.

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.

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.

Popcast: Division and Unity in Pop, and Beyond  

Can the cultural events of the last couple of weeks connect to macro political realities?

Popcast: A Tribe Called Quest Returns  

A discussion of the group’s legacy and how it fits into the current hip-hop landscape

Pocast: 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.

Popcast: Nu-Dance Rises With Help From Streaming  

This week, Jon Caramanica and guests discuss club music.

Dylancast: Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize!  

Our music and book critics discuss Dylan, the musician, and Dylan, the writer.

Popcast: Tyler Glenn at the Crossroads  

His fiery solo album questions almost everything he used to believe in.

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.

Popcast: The Next Teen Star Machine  

Shawn Mendes broke out on Vine. The next breeding ground for pop stars might be, a social music app for teens.

Popcast: Fall Preview  

The pop music team discusses some of their favorite upcoming fall releases.

Popcast: The Return of New York Rap  

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Young M.A. represent an unexpected moment.

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.

Popcast: Frank Ocean Returns  

A roundtable discussion on the release of the musician’s latest works.

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.

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.

Popcast: A Send-Off for Ben Ratliff  

Mr. Ratliff, a music critic at The Times since 1996, discusses his tenure.

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.

Popcast: Dissecting the Legacy of Alan Vega and Suicide  

Days after Mr. Vega’s death, the journalist Geeta Dayal discusses Suicide’s early days.

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