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Live Review: 13 Standout Sets at a Milestone New Orleans Jazz Fest

Live Review: 13 Standout Sets at a Milestone New Orleans Jazz Fest

The pianist Ellis Marsalis was part of the first Jazz Fest. This year his four musician sons — Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason — joined him to perform his own compositions.
Woodstock 50’s Backer Says the Festival Is Off. Its Promoter Is Holding Out Hope.

Woodstock 50’s Backer Says the Festival Is Off. Its Promoter Is Holding Out Hope.

A festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock appears to be all but dead.
Live Review: Bad Bunny, the Inexhaustible Pop Recalibrator, Lights Up Madison Square Garden

Live Review: Bad Bunny, the Inexhaustible Pop Recalibrator, Lights Up Madison Square Garden

The Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny showed off his sui generis charisma and style at a sold-out Madison Square Garden concert.
in her words: Why Music Festivals Need More Beyoncés

in her words: Why Music Festivals Need More Beyoncés

Beyoncé’s performance at Coachella last year nodded to the musical legacy of historically black colleges.
Taylor Swift Releases ‘Me!,’ a New Song Featuring Brendon Urie

Taylor Swift Releases ‘Me!,’ a New Song Featuring Brendon Urie

Taylor Swift surprised fans in front of a butterfly mural by the artist Kelsey Montague labeled with the name of her new single, “Me!”
Jazz Fest at 50: The Stubbornness and Joy of New Orleans

Jazz Fest at 50: The Stubbornness and Joy of New Orleans

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival has proved ambitious and resilient, surviving deficits, rainouts and the aftermath of hurricanes over its half-century history.
Michael Jackson Musical Creators: ‘We’re Not Judge and Jury’

Michael Jackson Musical Creators: ‘We’re Not Judge and Jury’

A billboard for the planned Michael Jackson musical is already up on 44th Street in New York’s theater district.

Diary of a Song: Watch Lizzo Make ‘Juice,’ a Pop Anthem as Irresistible as She Is

How a flute-playing, twerking, social-media-dominating rapper and singer built a song that packs all her joy and charm into three danceable minutes.

Diary of a Song: Watch Lizzo Make ‘Juice,’ a Pop Anthem as Irresistible as She Is

Watch how a flute-playing, twerking, social-media-dominating rapper and singer built a party song that packs all of her joy and charm into three danceable minutes.
Michael Jackson Biographers Face History, and the Mirror

Michael Jackson Biographers Face History, and the Mirror

“Leaving Neverland” has several Michael Jackson biographers revising their books.
Dissecting Taylor Swift’s April 26 clues

Dissecting Taylor Swift’s April 26 clues

Taylor Swift is plotting something again. This is not a surprise; the pop megastar is always plotting something. At least, that’s what it seems like since she has spent her entire career as a puzzle
Critic’s Pick: Cage the Elephant Returns, Suspended Between Rowdiness and Regret

Critic’s Pick: Cage the Elephant Returns, Suspended Between Rowdiness and Regret

Cage the Elephant’s songs connect to rock’s past, but the band doesn’t linger on any particular style or era.
Streaming Movie Review: Beyoncé the Creator: ‘Homecoming’ Review

Streaming Movie Review: Beyoncé the Creator: ‘Homecoming’ Review

Beyoncé preparing for her Coachella performance in 2018, the focal point of a new Netflix documentary, “Homecoming.”
‘Homecoming’ Documentary Comes With a Surprise: A Beyoncé Live Album

‘Homecoming’ Documentary Comes With a Surprise: A Beyoncé Live Album

Beyoncé announced a Netflix documentary called “Homecoming” about her 2018 Coachella performance. But she had another surprise in store.
Faith Politics on the Rise as Indonesian Islam Takes a Hard-Line Path

Faith Politics on the Rise as Indonesian Islam Takes a Hard-Line Path

A mosque with a large black cube, a replica of the one in Mecca, on the rooftop of a shopping mall in South Jakarta, Indonesia. Thousands of mosques around the country bear Middle Eastern motifs
Faith Politics on the Rise as Indonesian Islam Takes a Hard-Line Path

Faith Politics on the Rise as Indonesian Islam Takes a Hard-Line Path

A mosque with a large black cube, a replica of the one in Mecca, on the rooftop of a shopping mall in South Jakarta, Indonesia. Thousands of mosques around the country bear Middle Eastern motifs

Lens: 50 Years After Altamont: The End of the 1960s

A reluctant rock concert attendee, Bill Owens nevertheless photographed the disastrous 1969 music festival Altamont and the close of an era.

Lens: 50 Years After Altamont: The End of the 1960s

A reluctant rock concert attendee, Bill Owens nevertheless photographed the disastrous 1969 music festival Altamont and the close of an era.

Streaming Movie Review: ‘Guava Island’ Review: Donald Glover’s Island Getaway Is a Casual Charmer

The star, along with Rihanna and his “Atlanta” collaborators, crafts a freewheeling paean to the pleasures of taking it easy.
Donald Glover’s ‘Guava Island’ Debuts After Coachella Set as Childish Gambino

Donald Glover’s ‘Guava Island’ Debuts After Coachella Set as Childish Gambino

The musician and TV creator’s new project, a 55-minute film with Rihanna, is available now to stream on Amazon.