• Feeling Spaces and Spatial Feelings: On The Ophelias’ Crocus

    Dan DiPiero ponders the origin and category of The Ophelias’ latest album "Crocus."

    Between Wives: S.H.E and the Making of a Homosocial Myth

    Paris Shih charts his own path of self-discovery through the growth of the Taiwanese girl group S.H.E.

    Nostalgia and Delirium in “Qua Cơn Mê”

    Frances An analyzes two takes on the same song, “Qua Cơn Mê” (“After the Nighmare”), about the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

    t-swift is a dialectic

    Becky Zhang follows the evolution of Taylor Swift's aesthetic with the release of her latest album "folklore."

    Bracing For Impact: Music, Millennials, and What Comes After COVID-19

    Dan DiPiero talks about music nostalgia during the pandemic and how it shapes his attitudes and politics.

    This and The Coming Crisis: Reid Anderson, Dave King, and Craig Taborn’s Golden Valley is Now

    Dan DiPiero finds traces of the postmodern in a new album by Reid Anderson, Dave King, and Craig Taborn.

    The National’s Anthem

    Sophia Stewart pens an ode to a band with "profound candor" and staying power.

    Cultural Patrimony: A Tribute to Alfredinho Jacinto Melo

    Andrew Zingg reconnects with his grandfather's bossa nova legacy through Alfredinho Jacinto Melo's influential club Bip-bip in Rio de Janeiro.

    Pop Formalism

    “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.