Sunday, December 16 2012
The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.
Thursday, December 13 2012
The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.
Tuesday, December 11 2012
The indie community has long embraced the poppiest of popstars. So it’s hard to figure out why it took until 2012 for it to embrace Taylor Swift.
Thursday, December 6 2012
In 2012, you could be forgiven for being dismissive of the country music genre entirely -- to a point. For as long as country exists as a genre, there will be songwriters who are devoted to embodying their own vision of what “country” means, which sometimes means pushing the genre around.
Monday, October 29 2012
In which Taylor Swift ups the ante on consistency and sincerity in Top 40 music (and product). Cut to shot of the critical community balking on their next move.
Monday, June 9 2014
Two critical catfights are claiming to have buried art-forms which have shaped our civilisation for decades and centuries apiece. Are they entitled to do that?
Monday, March 18 2013
Listening to the NRA's Wayne LaPierre speak around the massacring of children without missing a beat, it's easy to agree with Lewis Black that this century is starting to look just as physically dangerous as the last one—even if, as Steven Pinker claims, it's actually more peaceful.
Sunday, October 21 2012
It’s hard to determine anyone in the genre who has built up more of an aura of hype and expectation around each new release than Taylor Swift. Each album takes a different step outwards.
Sunday, May 9 2010
Taylor Swift’s Fearless tour in Kansas City saw her go so far as to perform a mid-song hug-a-thon with her audience -- rather like a presidential candidate working the crowd -- except, as my brother said, “I went to a John Kerry rally, and he didn’t hug anybody.”
Tuesday, October 30 2012
More varied in its offerings, but also more disjointed than her previous work, Red sounds like a transitional album for Taylor Swift, as her musical profile undergoes a modern-rock makeover.
Monday, November 29 2010
All of Speak Now engages in the act of making our story hers, and her story ours, which is what pop stars do well.
Thursday, November 9 2006
Sixteen years old, blonde, willowy, and undeniably gorgeous, Taylor Swift is every marketing man’s wet dream girl
Tuesday, August 19 2014
Few can deny that Swift is a talented songwriter, but there are only so many times she can attack her "haters" before that trope feels as worn as a months-old US Weekly still sitting on the top of your toilet.
Tuesday, November 16 2010
Taylor Swift's popularity has been bubbling for years now, and if the first-week US sales of her latest release, Speak Now, prove to be the climax, they could also prove to be historical. Think about it: who else has the potential to break the million-in-a-week mark ever again?
Friday, September 18 2009
The reaction to rapper Kanye West's interruption of singer Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech had snowballed in interesting ways. Even the President
Monday, November 5 2012
LOS ANGELES — When Taylor Swift’s album “Red” was released last week, the pop singer’s most ardent fans wasted no time downloading the digital
Monday, December 20 2010
As she accepted her award for favorite female country artist at November's American Music Awards, Taylor Swift said, "I only want to thank the fans."
Wednesday, February 24 2010
PHILADELPHIA — This isn't a bad time to be a teenage singer from Pennsylvania with the name Taylor. That's what Taylor Bright, a 16-year-old from Mount
Wednesday, February 3 2010
On the day after the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, the question I got most from readers was this: Is that all there is? The National
Friday, January 29 2010
All the single ladies, all the single ladies. For this year's Grammys, it's all about the single ladies — and the married one, too. Beyonce, whose