Popcast

Popcast

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New York Times music critics Jon Pareles and Jon Caramanica 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.

Episodes

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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