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52 minutes | 5 days ago
New Jazz That Agitates for Change
A conversation about strong recent debuts, and how canon and community can be in tension. Guests: Giovanni Russonello and Marcus J. Moore.
55 minutes | 20 days ago
Remembering Sophie, Architect of Future Pop
Exploring the legacy of a producer and performer who imagined an approach to music without borders. Guests: Sasha Geffen and Pitchfork's Philip Sherburne.
68 minutes | a month ago
The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 2
Remembering Fred the Godson, Adam Schlesinger and Cristina. Guests: Kurt B. Reighley; Complex's Shawn Setaro; and Ben Sisario.
64 minutes | a month ago
Olivia Rodrigo and ‘Drivers License’ Aren’t Going Anywhere
A conversation about the year’s first genuine pop phenomenon, and the long arc of the Disney machine. Guests: Joe Coscarelli; Vulture's Justin Curto; and Larisha Paul.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Inside the Bull Market for Songwriting Rights
The emergence of Hipgnosis has helped turn the battle for catalogs into an arms race that shows no signs of slowing down. Guest: Ben Sisario.
77 minutes | 2 months ago
How Zev Love X Became MF Doom
Conversations about the legacy of the beloved rap figure’s early career, which set the table for the artist he would become. Guests: Stretch Armstrong, Bobbito Garcia and Dante Ross.
77 minutes | 2 months ago
2020 Popcast Listener Mailbag: Taylor, Dua, MGK and More
Answering your questions about the year’s biggest stars, and also some of its curious flops. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’: Let’s Discuss
A second album written and recorded during pandemic lockdown carries the singer and songwriter further from conventional pop. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
70 minutes | 3 months ago
The Best Albums of 2020? Let’s Discuss.
An absence of live music refocused attention on records, and work by Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift and Run the Jewels spoke loudly.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
Saweetie, City Girls and the Female Rapper Renaissance
Streaming, social media and the tireless work of trailblazers have helped change the hip-hop landscape.
54 minutes | 4 months ago
Who Will Control Britney Spears’s Future?
While her father remains the head of her estate for now, the pop star has signaled she’s ready for change. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Vanessa Grigoriadis.
66 minutes | 4 months ago
Ariana Grande, a Pop Star for the Post-Pop Star Age
A conversation about her unique route to the top of the charts — and what’s next. Guests: Lindsay Zoladz and Shaad D’Souza.
65 minutes | 4 months ago
The Many Mariah Careys
A conversation about her memoir, her range of contributions to pop music and her secret alt-rock album. Guests: New York's Allison P. Davis; Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
60 minutes | 5 months ago
Luke Combs’s Country Stardom and the Remaking of the Bro
The Nashville star learned from the genre’s past and carved his own path. Guest: Grady Smith.
43 minutes | 5 months ago
Will Pop Music of the Future Rely on Actual Musicians, or Avatars?
The pandemic has sped up how digital look-alikes are reshaping stardom. Guest: The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak.
52 minutes | 6 months ago
Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll?
“Old Town Road” showed the app’s potential as a hit generator. But its relationship to the business is far more complex. Guest: Taylor Lorenz.
48 minutes | 6 months ago
Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, Preserving Pop’s Old Guard
Six albums into major-label careers with “Chromatica” and “Smile,” where do these two stars fit in? Guest host: Caryn Ganz. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.
57 minutes | 6 months ago
Remembering Riley Gale of Power Trip, a Thrash Titan
The band’s 34-year-old frontman helped break down barriers between scenes, and was known for singularly wild live shows. Guests: Dan Franklin; James Khubiar; and Andy O’Connor.
54 minutes | 6 months ago
How Merchandise Bundles Undid the Album Chart
For today’s biggest artists, an album release isn’t just about the music. Guest: Ben Sisario.
58 minutes | 7 months ago
The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 1
Remembering Joe Diffie, Mona Foot and DJ Black N Mild. Guests: Hits' Holly Gleason; Jacob Bernstein; and Elena Bergeron.
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