pop and rock music

David Berman, Silver Jews Leader and Indie-Rock Poet, Dies at 52

David Berman, Silver Jews Leader and Indie-Rock Poet, Dies at 52

With wry songs full of black humor, his band became an underground favorite in the 1990s, and a new group, Purple Mountains, was set to tour.
How Woodstock Hobbled the American Rock Festival for 30 Years

How Woodstock Hobbled the American Rock Festival for 30 Years

It was a hippie dream. But while some hailed peace and love, others saw damaged property, poor sanitation and a threat to public safety.
Review: In ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ Paradise by the LED Light

Review: In ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ Paradise by the LED Light

A post-apocalyptic Peter Pan story with book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman is a masterpiece of overstatement. But try not to sing along.
Beatles Fans Come Together on Abbey Road for a 50-Year Anniversary

Beatles Fans Come Together on Abbey Road for a 50-Year Anniversary

Hundreds of people gathered at a London crosswalk, where musical history was made at a zebra crossing.

5 Woodstock Myths, Debunked

Did Jimi Hendrix perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” for thousands, and did Joni Mitchell sing about her experience at the festival? A few key fact checks.
Lebanon’s Blasphemy Wars Strike a Popular Rock Band

Lebanon’s Blasphemy Wars Strike a Popular Rock Band

The decision to cancel a concert by Mashrou’ Leila is jolting the Lebanese out of their complacency about the withering of their country’s freedoms.
This Summer Stinks. But at Least We’ve Got ‘Old Town Road.’

This Summer Stinks. But at Least We’ve Got ‘Old Town Road.’

Lil Nas X’s smash single shows how digital media is creating a shared global culture in an otherwise atomized age.
How Santana Hallucinated Through One of Woodstock’s Best Sets (His Own)

How Santana Hallucinated Through One of Woodstock’s Best Sets (His Own)

High on mescaline he got from Jerry Garcia, “I asked, over and over, ‘Just help me stay in tune and on time.’”
Excavating the Lost Work of Peter Laughner, a Rock ’n’ Roll Tragedy

Excavating the Lost Work of Peter Laughner, a Rock ’n’ Roll Tragedy

The Ohio musician, who died in 1977 at 24, was a member of the influential bands Rocket From the Tombs and Pere Ubu. A new boxed set collects his recordings.
Barry Manilow Just Wanted to Write the Songs. He’s Still Singing Them.

Barry Manilow Just Wanted to Write the Songs. He’s Still Singing Them.

Performing, in this case on Broadway, is a big chunk of the 76-year-old musician’s life, but he finds it torture. (Not that anyone would be able to tell.)
Joan Baez on 3 Days of Pregnancy and Priggishness at Woodstock

Joan Baez on 3 Days of Pregnancy and Priggishness at Woodstock

While the masses danced naked in the mud, this folk heroine preached about politics and avoided eating anything suspicious.
Woodstock’s Contradictions, 50 Years Later

Woodstock’s Contradictions, 50 Years Later

The 1969 festival was an epiphany and an indulgence. With five decades of hindsight, it still poses questions about the utopian ideals that surrounded it and our relationship to them today.
Katy Perry and Others Must Pay $2.8 Million Over ‘Dark Horse,’ Jury Says

Katy Perry and Others Must Pay $2.8 Million Over ‘Dark Horse,’ Jury Says

The jury had found that the singer, her record company and collaborators were liable for copyright infringement because parts of the song resembled a Christian rap song by the artist Flame.
Katy Perry and Others Must Pay $2.8 Million in Dispute Over ‘Dark Horse,’ Jury Says

Katy Perry and Others Must Pay $2.8 Million in Dispute Over ‘Dark Horse,’ Jury Says

The jury had found that the singer, her record company and collaborators were liable for copyright infringement because parts of the song resembled a Christian rap song by the artist Flame.
The Disastrous Woodstock 50: What Went Wrong?

The Disastrous Woodstock 50: What Went Wrong?

An announcement with no tickets. Four permit requests rejected by one small town. How the event celebrating the anniversary of a landmark rock festival crumbled.
Sleater-Kinney Asked St. Vincent for a Creative Spark. The Trio Blew Up.

Sleater-Kinney Asked St. Vincent for a Creative Spark. The Trio Blew Up.

After two and a half decades, the acclaimed band ventures into a different sound on its ninth album, “The Center Won’t Hold” — and moves onward without its longtime drummer.
Elvis Presley Needed a Reboot in July 1969. So Did Las Vegas.

Elvis Presley Needed a Reboot in July 1969. So Did Las Vegas.

Elvis’s bona fides were in question when he returned to the stage after more than eight years. His ’69 comeback show was a make-or-break gamble.
Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Billboard’s Singles Record

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Billboard’s Singles Record

The “country-trap” track notched a 17th week at the top of the Hot 100, becoming the chart’s longest-running No. 1 song.
Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Billboard’s Singles Record

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Billboard’s Singles Record

The “country-trap” track notched a 17th week at the top of the Hot 100, becoming the chart’s longest-running No. 1 song.
Bursting Onto the Stage Like a ‘Bat Out of Hell’

Bursting Onto the Stage Like a ‘Bat Out of Hell’

The musical based on the grandiose Meat Loaf album shines a light on its songwriter, Jim Steinman, and the many twists and turns it took to get both projects made.