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Review: Beyoncé Is Bigger Than Coachella

Review: Beyoncé Is Bigger Than Coachella

Beyoncé‘s headlining performance at Coachella, one year after it was originally scheduled. Force and determination were evident throughout the two-hour concert.
David Foster, the Godfather of Schmaltz

David Foster, the Godfather of Schmaltz

David Foster at the Town Hall Theatre in Manhattan, N.Y.
Playlist: The Playlist: Nicki Minaj Is Ready to Rumble, and 11 More New Songs

Playlist: The Playlist: Nicki Minaj Is Ready to Rumble, and 11 More New Songs

Nicki Minaj returned this week, throwing jabs on two new tracks, “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li.”
Review: A Reverent Elvis Doc Separates the Trailblazer From His Tragedy

Review: A Reverent Elvis Doc Separates the Trailblazer From His Tragedy

Presley captivated the country with his blend of gospel, blues, country and bluegrass, of black and white influences. Yet the more popular he got, the more backlash he faced.
Album Review: Wye Oak Delves Inward and Opens Up on ‘The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs’

Album Review: Wye Oak Delves Inward and Opens Up on ‘The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs’

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak. The band’s new album, “The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs,” is filled with orderly patterns and thorny questions.
Playlist: The Playlist: Justin Bieber Boosts a Friend, and 14 More New Songs

Playlist: The Playlist: Justin Bieber Boosts a Friend, and 14 More New Songs

Justin Bieber appears on “Hard 2 Face Reality,” a new song by his longtime collaborator, Poo Bear.
Review: In a Big Room, Lorde Protects the Small Moments

Review: In a Big Room, Lorde Protects the Small Moments

The moments where Lorde veers from script are the most intriguing at her “Melodrama” arena tour.
Grace Jones on a Lifetime of Doing Whatever She Pleases

Grace Jones on a Lifetime of Doing Whatever She Pleases

Grace Jones opened her life to the filmmaker Sophie Fiennes starting in 2005. The result is the documentary “Bloodlight and Bami.”
Bob Dylan Sings About Gay Love

Bob Dylan Sings About Gay Love

The artists participating in the “Universal Love” project. Top row, from left, Bob Dylan, Kele Okereke, St. Vincent. Bottom row, from left, Valerie June, Kesha, Ben Gibbard.
Onstage, South Korean K-Pop Stars. In the Balcony, Kim Jong-un, Clapping.

Onstage, South Korean K-Pop Stars. In the Balcony, Kim Jong-un, Clapping.

A photo released by North Korea’s state news agency of a performance by South Korean musicians in Pyongyang on Sunday.
Onstage, South Korean K-Pop Stars. In the Balcony, Kim Jong-un, Clapping.

Onstage, South Korean K-Pop Stars. In the Balcony, Kim Jong-un, Clapping.

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, on balcony, top right center, drew thunderous applause when he appeared for a performance by South Korean musicians in Pyongyang on Sunday.
Playlist: The Playlist: A Vintage Surprise From the Weeknd, and 9 More New Songs

Playlist: The Playlist: A Vintage Surprise From the Weeknd, and 9 More New Songs

The Weeknd released a new EP, “My Dear Melancholy,” with little notice this week.
Can North Korea Handle a K-Pop Invasion?

Can North Korea Handle a K-Pop Invasion?

Red Velvet on stage in Tokyo, a few days before its Pyongyang debut. According to one Japanese fan, “If anyone can help achieve peace, they can.”
Can North Korea Handle a K-Pop Invasion?

Can North Korea Handle a K-Pop Invasion?

Red Velvet on stage in Tokyo, a few days before its Pyongyang debut. According to one Japanese fan, “If anyone can help achieve peace, they can.”
Dan Weiss’s Starebaby Mines the Loud Ground Where Jazz and Metal Meet

Dan Weiss’s Starebaby Mines the Loud Ground Where Jazz and Metal Meet

Dan Weiss onstage at the New School in January. His quintet, Starebaby, blends metal and jazz influences on its self-titled album.
Charlie Walk, Record Executive Accused of Harassment, Is Out at Republic

Charlie Walk, Record Executive Accused of Harassment, Is Out at Republic

Charlie Walk, the president of the Republic Group, and the company “have mutually agreed to part ways” following an investigation into allegations of harassment.
Frankie Cosmos’s Small World Gets Bigger

Frankie Cosmos’s Small World Gets Bigger

For her third album under the name Frankie Cosmos, Greta Kline is releasing “Vessel” on Sub Pop, the indie-rock institution that propelled Nirvana and the Postal Service.
Playlist: The Playlist: Shawn Mendes Shows His Scars, and 9 More New Songs

Playlist: The Playlist: Shawn Mendes Shows His Scars, and 9 More New Songs

Shawn Mendes is slated to release his third album sometime this year.
Smashing Pumpkins Say They’re Happy Now. Can They Keep It Together?

Smashing Pumpkins Say They’re Happy Now. Can They Keep It Together?

Three original members of the Smashing Pumpkins will mark the band’s 30th anniversary with a tour: from left, James Iha, Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder (who joined about a decade ago) and Jimmy