If you look at it broadly, the country music scene can appear frustratingly stagnant, with little growth for women and trailblazers. But from every corner, a rising generation is making progress.
Monáe’s Dirty Computer can be found on just about every list of the best albums of 2018 — and it topped NPR’s. The songwriter, actress and self-styled media exec says it could only have happened now.
Balms’ new single unleashes an atmospheric bummer — the kind that billows ominously, only to reveal a dark scene once the shroud has dissipated.
Gina Apostol’s dizzying new novel begin in present-day Manila before diving into the late 19th century — and the tortuous relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines.
Malek sang at the top of his lungs while playing Queen’s iconic lead singer in the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Still, he says, “No one can sing like Freddie Mercury.”
This week’s essential new releases includes the warped and wild pop sounds of My Brightest Diamond, a stunning instrumental record from Ed Harcourt, punk with heart and humor from Art Brut and more.
NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of the Beastie Boys about their new memoir, Beastie Boys Book.
Poet-turned-rapper Mona Haydar explores the beauty and drawbacks of her religion on her latest EP Barbarican.
“It’s juvenile. It’s irritating. Yet it’s also fiendishly clever in the way it anticipates and dismantles every argument that could be made against it,” says critic Scott Tobias.