pop and rock music

Remembering Aretha Franklin

In a musical career of more than five decades, Aretha Franklin had more than 100 singles on the Billboard charts. But more important, says Jon Pareles, chief popular music critic for The New York
How the Blaze’s Emotional Dance Music Brings Listeners to Tears

How the Blaze’s Emotional Dance Music Brings Listeners to Tears

Guillaume and Jonathan Alric of the Blaze, a French electronic music duo whose primary source of creative inspiration comes from feelings.
Review: Ethan Hawke Is Just Right as a ’90s Indie-Rocker in ‘Juliet, Naked’

Review: Ethan Hawke Is Just Right as a ’90s Indie-Rocker in ‘Juliet, Naked’

Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd in “Juliet, Naked,” a film adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel.
‘Seriously Ill’ Aretha Franklin Visited by Luminaries, While Others Pay Tribute

‘Seriously Ill’ Aretha Franklin Visited by Luminaries, While Others Pay Tribute

Aretha Franklin performing at an event for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in Manhattan in 2017. She is ailing and “surrounded by family members” at home, a spokeswoman for her family said.
How ‘Summer in the City’ Became the Soundtrack for Every City Summer

How ‘Summer in the City’ Became the Soundtrack for Every City Summer

Little did members of Lovin’ Spoonful know that a few months after this photo was taken, their song would be a huge hit and that they — and New York — would be at the center of a brief pop rock
Missed the Summer Music Festivals? Stream These Classic Performances at Home

Missed the Summer Music Festivals? Stream These Classic Performances at Home

From left: Freddie Mercury at Wembley Stadium in 1986; Lauryn Hill during a taping of “MTV Unplugged” in 2001.
Review: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Squeeze Triumph From Reconciliation

Review: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Squeeze Triumph From Reconciliation

Beyoncé and Jay-Z united onstage on their joint On the Run II tour, which followed a cycle of albums that turned marital strife into art.
Freed From a Gilded Cage, a Famed Saudi Investor Returns to the Markets

Freed From a Gilded Cage, a Famed Saudi Investor Returns to the Markets

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced a $270 million transaction with the French music-streaming company Deezer on Thursday. It was his first big deal since he was released from custody after what Saudi
Freed From a Gilded Cage, a Famed Saudi Investor Returns to the Markets

Freed From a Gilded Cage, a Famed Saudi Investor Returns to the Markets

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced a $270 million transaction with the French music-streaming company Deezer on Thursday. It was his first big deal since he was released from custody after what Saudi
Art Review: Stripes and Tangles of Neon, Under the Hamptons Sun

Art Review: Stripes and Tangles of Neon, Under the Hamptons Sun

Keith Sonnier’s “Dis-Play II” (1970/2018). The installation, at the Dan Flavin Art Institute, involves illumination by five colored neons — and by black lights and strobes.
Playlist: The Playlist: Blood Orange’s Fragile Pop, and 11 More New Songs

Playlist: The Playlist: Blood Orange’s Fragile Pop, and 11 More New Songs

Dev Hynes (who records as Blood Orange) has released two songs in advance of his next album, “Negro Swan.”
Review: Ye Olde Go-Go’s Songs Hit the Renaissance in ‘Head Over Heels’

Review: Ye Olde Go-Go’s Songs Hit the Renaissance in ‘Head Over Heels’

Taylor Iman Jones, center, as the loyal handmaiden Mopsa in the new musical “Head Over Heels” at the Hudson Theater.
Some Music Festivals Balk at Booking 50% Female Acts. One Just Did It.

Some Music Festivals Balk at Booking 50% Female Acts. One Just Did It.

Fever Ray performing in February. In November the act will play the Iceland Airwaves Festival, which recently announced that half its acts will be women.
Target’s CBGB Tribute Draws Backlash, Followed by an Apology

Target’s CBGB Tribute Draws Backlash, Followed by an Apology

The facade of CBGB, which closed in 2006. Target was met with a backlash after opening a new East Village store with a temporary facade similar to the club’s.
Billy Joel’s Got a Good Job and Hits in His Head

Billy Joel’s Got a Good Job and Hits in His Head

Billy Joel recently played his 100th show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Will he hit a 200th show there? “Don’t bet the farm,” he said.
Demi Lovato Is Said to Be Hospitalized for Drug Overdose

Demi Lovato Is Said to Be Hospitalized for Drug Overdose

Demi Lovato performed in concert in Lisbon last month.
Annoyed by Restaurant Playlists, a Master Musician Made His Own

Annoyed by Restaurant Playlists, a Master Musician Made His Own

The prolific musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto at Kajitsu, a Manhattan restaurant where he created the music playlist.
Can 48 Artists in 14 Rooms Capture Michael Jackson?

Can 48 Artists in 14 Rooms Capture Michael Jackson?

A cover for Interview magazine from 2009 by the artist KAWS is included in the exhibition “Michael Jackson: On the Wall” at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Is the Year’s Biggest Album. But Can You Find It in Stores?

Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Is the Year’s Biggest Album. But Can You Find It in Stores?

Drake’s “Scorpion” surpassed a million in sales before the physical CD ever reached stores like the FYE in Ridgewood, Queens.