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The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news. Continue Reading >>
The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news. << Show Less
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A Renaissance in American Hardcore Music A look at the recent burst of bands and how the scene operates as music, ethic and feeling. Guests: Stereogum's Tom Breihan and The Ringer's Chris Ryan.
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Snippet of Popcast: How Bobby Shmurda Danced Into the Hot 100 The 20-year-old East Flatbush rapper Bobby Shmurda has just jumped from No. 8 to No. 6 on the Billboard chart.
Snippet of Popcast: Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll? Popcast is joined by guest Taylor Lorenz, a culture and internet reporter, to discuss the effects that TikTok has had on the music industry. TikTok's platform relies on music of all genre's and some songs rise to the top of the charts just because of the popular app, is this the future of the music industry or just a bump in the road?
J. Cole Facing Music Critics and Basketball Critics J. Cole dropping "The Off Season" in mid-May and it earned him his sixth consecutive number-one album in the country. Every single song charted in the top forty and 4 songs debuted in the top ten of the Billboard Top 100.
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A Renaissance in American Hardcore Music A look at the recent burst of bands and how the scene operates as music, ethic and feeling. Guests: Stereogum's Tom Breihan and The Ringer's Chris Ryan.
The Robust Return of Beyoncé A deep dive on “Renaissance,” her relationship to queer music communities and her framing of authorship. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Wesley Morris, Jon Pareles and Salamishah Tillet.
Lizzo’s Complicated, Joyful Pop The singer, rapper and songwriter’s peppy empowerment songs have made her an outlier in a field dominated by melancholic music. Guests: The Ringer's Justin Charity; Lindsay Zoladz; and William Robin.
‘Elvis’ vs. Elvis How much do fantasy and imagination play into how we remember pop culture heroes? Guests: A.O. Scott and Alanna Nash.
What’s Next for Jack Harlow? He’s one of hip-hop’s biggest emerging stars, and he’s cutting a very different path than the white rappers who came before him. Guests: Hunter Harris, Larisha Paul and Peter Rosenberg.
Where Is Jazz Most at Home? The genre has long been filled with tension between mainstream outlets and the spaces in which the music is most likely to grow. Guests: Giovanni Russonello and WBGO's Nate Chinen.
Drake Hits the Nightclub How did the rapper arrive on the dance floor? And what subcultures and expectations might he experiment with next? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and The Baltimore Banner's Lawrence Burney.
Digging Into Bob Dylan and Lou Reed’s Archives Attempting to uncover unknown things about very well known people. Guest: Ben Sisario.
Mailbag Madness: Adele, Jack Harlow, the State of Rock’s Return The team answers your questions about Chance the Rapper, how the critics consider extramusical concerns and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
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