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.


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.

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.

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."

The Year in Jazz Music  

A roundtable of writers discuss trends and notable moments of the year.

Pop Music Trends in 2016  

The pop music team discusses news themes and what may shape it for years to come.

The Best Albums of 2016  

This week, The New York Times music team reflects on albums that defined 2016.

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.

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