Dan DiPiero ponders the origin and category of The Ophelias’ latest album "Crocus."
Paris Shih charts his own path of self-discovery through the growth of the Taiwanese girl group S.H.E.
Frances An analyzes two takes on the same song, “Qua Cơn Mê” (“After the Nighmare”), about the aftermath of the Vietnam War.
Becky Zhang follows the evolution of Taylor Swift's aesthetic with the release of her latest album "folklore."
Dan DiPiero talks about music nostalgia during the pandemic and how it shapes his attitudes and politics.
Dan DiPiero finds traces of the postmodern in a new album by Reid Anderson, Dave King, and Craig Taborn.
Mitch Therieau examines the cultural reception of late-career pop and rock songs.
Sophia Stewart pens an ode to a band with "profound candor" and staying power.
Andrew Zingg reconnects with his grandfather's bossa nova legacy through Alfredinho Jacinto Melo's influential club Bip-bip in Rio de Janeiro.
“Born in the U.S.A.” is a song of audible rage, but this rage is entirely inseparable from its production, from its angular and glossy trappings.