Mitchell Tanaka, Chapman University
The 20 year-long music project, which tackles heavy topics like memory loss, has attracted a unique and melancholic following online.
Sarah Gudenau, Oakland University
The 2015 hip-hop concept album has a renewed importance because of its social and political commentary on racial inequality, institutional discrimination and African American culture.
Kaitlyn Nuebel, University of Pittsburgh
Katy Perry’s latest release is an optimistic album about overcoming adversity, a message that many people need to hear right now.
Caleb Mullenneaux, St. Olaf College
The singer-songwriter is painting a complex picture of the United States in his soon to be released album, ‘The Ascension.’
Srishti Tyagi, Cornell University
Lifestyle creators used to be notoriously family-friendly. How did LaurDIY break out of her PG persona in her new podcast?
Emma Tavangari, UC Berkeley
The Barcelona singer spent her childhood learning music long associated with revolution. Now, Rosalía is revolutionizing the music industry herself.
Aubrey Doerr, Chapman University
The pandemic isn’t over, and music fans are getting antsy. Do these concerts scratch the itch, and are they COVID-safe?
Hannah Reynoso, University of Iowa
Because of her youthful spirit, Siwa is an inspiration to young kids, but people are quick to criticize the superstar for her over-the-top style.
Emma Smith, Wesleyan University
The new podcast is helping people learn how to deal with their fear of watching horror movies.
Juliana Fujii, Biola University
Beyoncé’s latest release is a celebration of Black beauty to empower Black women. The project unites African music and cultures in a visual masterpiece.
Activists, influencers and celebrities are opening up to Jamil about body image, mental health and many other important issues.
The stars of ‘The L Word’ have started a quarantine podcast that embodies what it means to survive a pandemic alongside the wit of your best friend.
James C. Loftis, University of North Texas
Learn the first stages of becoming a podcaster from an amateur who has already made mistakes, so you don’t have to!
Over the past few months, EDM artists have been collaborating left and right. Here are some of the most exciting projects released in the age of COVID.
Some on the app are roleplaying as Holocaust victims. Regardless of intent, the fad is disrespectful, to say the least.
Music has become a multisensory experience. Check out a brief history of how music incorporated the two art forms to reimagine visuals and audio united.
Tess McGrinder, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
While arguments over music may seem trivial to some, learning to accept genres outside of your usual taste can lead to an open mind in other areas of your life.
Julia Greene, Columbia College Chicago
The British band embraces dialogue clips on their second album, which reflects on political, social and emotional struggles in their signature style.
Major players in the music industry have been suffering from the effects of the pandemic. Music That Never Sleeps is hoping to offset the damages.
Starr Shapiro, Columbia University
The thrilling listening experience proves that the genre is our best chance at getting a taste of live theater during the pandemic.
Here are three amazing universe-building concept albums that you need to add to your Spotify queue.
Eva Halvax, University of Arizona
The new single captures the reality of pandemic social limitations while staying true to the heart of summer romance.
Renee Cantor, University of Pittsburgh
Sibling acts like the Jackson 5, the Jonas Brothers, HAIM and the Bee Gees need to make room because there’s a new and ferocious sister duo that’s here to stay.
Audrey Martin, Boston University
Since the release of Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album, some fans have been speculating about possible double meanings in songs like ‘betty.’
England’s trip-hop icons aren’t afraid to tackle climate change, economic disparity and other contemporary issues transpiring in the world in their new audio-visual EP.
Their latest record is far more than just a collection of songs: Here’s a closer look at how the band has changed the game when it comes to debuting new music.
Danielle Kuzel, Florida State University
The Portland hip-hop musician is growing both lyrically and artistically.
Nora Markey, Wesleyan University
The up-and-coming surf rock pop band uses mundane, everyday scenarios to express deep longing in their most recent album, ‘You and Your Friends.’
Jackie Sizing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The musician’s new song announces her return, and in the aftermath of her divorce from Liam Hemsworth, her independence.
Emily Jewett, University of San Diego
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s collab isn’t as scandalous as the internet wants you to believe.
Abigail Campos, University of Texas at San Antonio
The show supplied our generation with great and forgettable covers alike. Which ones stand the test of time?
Insomniac had to cancel their 2020 electronic music festival due to COVID-19, but fans are already hyped for next year’s show — tickets were gone within a day.
The artist’s renowned songwriting has gone from red to monochrome to the full spectrum of colors to create vivid imagery in every line.
Madalyn Watson, Baylor University
Comedian Dan Cummins is a master of laughs. But with the help of his wife, Lynze Cummins, he’s reaching a new audience interested in comedy and the supernatural alike.
As he rises from obscurity to stardom, the singer’s new album combines bright, reckless sound with dark lyrics about the pressures of fame.
The young singer songwriter dropped her first single during the pandemic and its sound masterfully reflects its contemplative lyrical content.
At just 20 years old, the singer-songwriter passionately weaves lyrics about teenage romance and heartbreak into her debut EP.
The new Spotify exclusive podcast allows longtime viewers of the beloved program to explore the decisions and stories that made the show a work of genius.
Playlists are king on the streaming platform. These five users take their playlist curation to the next level.
How has a game — once looked down upon and talked of in such negative light — garnered so much attention in recent years? Listening to people having fun playing the game certainly helped.
Even though I became obsessed with the theatrical masterpiece four years after everyone else, there are some upsides to experiencing the musical in 2020.
The posthumously released album serves as both an incredible tribute to the talent of the late rapper and an inside look at the artist’s inner turmoil.
From poor advertising to musical sets that were too short, the virtual festival left many fans confused and disappointed.
Chloe Hamer, Pitzer College
In her new podcast, the former first lady is speaking with her friends and family on a wide range of interesting and empowering topics.
The singer’s latest album, an unexpected surprise from isolation, is an ode to storytelling with empathetic lyrics and mystical sounds.
Katherine Brand, University of Michigan
The popular singers’ recent behavior on social media has fans concerned that she is being manipulated by a controlling conservatorship.
The EP channels anxieties toward a bleak reality, employing the upbeat nature of indie-pop alongside feelings of loss, emptiness and the desire to escape.
All of the concerts in the NPR Music series are great, but these six are guaranteed to get you moving and grooving.
Gabrielle Pascal, Hofstra University
Before Elvis ever took the stage, this woman was combining gospel, blues and jazz to pioneer the genre we all know today.
On their latest album, the band embraces the complexities of divorce and heartbreak with a radical vulnerability that enchants every listener.
Luke Gair, Sewanee: The University of the South
Rather than indulge in empty symbolism and stale motives, Swift’s eighth album reminds listeners why they fell in love with her work back in the early 2000s.
The album was leaked just days before its planned release, but this PR disaster paved the way for other big-name artists to turn out early releases.
Alicia Furlan, University of Pittsburgh
‘Songs for Carmella: Lullabies and Sing-Alongs’ challenges societal expectations of the role of women in the workplace and at home.
McKenna Uzelac, Columbia University
100 gecs’ latest release is a remix album that features artists like Charlie XCX, Fall Out Boy and Kero Kero Bonito.
The podcast takes a conspiracy theory seriously to reveal how the CIA has influenced art in the past — and could very well still be doing so.
Hosts Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat not only recount compelling tales of heinous crimes, but offer important advice for staying alive.
The musician pairs the melancholy with the joyful aspects of life, creating a balance of carefree nostalgia.
Yasmeen Ludy, University of Michigan
Will the real Lady A please stand up? Lady Antebellum renamed themselves to shed racist connotations, but didn’t realize their chosen moniker was taken.
Whether they’re playing D&D or giving terrible (but funny!) advice, these five on-going series remind us how important sharing a laugh with our family members can be.
You know who Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley are, so now it’s time to learn about the artists behind some of their greatest hits, Charles Singleton and Rose Marie McCoy.
Olivia Dimond, Bates College
Like any piece of historical fiction, the musical takes some artistic license, but fans are now wondering if the show has gone too far.
Megan Stager, University of Pittsburgh
This calmer style of electronic music is the genre’s answer to the heavy bass and loud synths of EDM.
Even before the pandemic, connecting with others was never easy. Here are stories stressing the complexity and worthiness of human interaction in all kinds of situations and relationships.
Anna Barnard, St. Olaf College
Creating your own show might sound daunting, but it can be a simple process if you follow these suggestions.
The artist’s simple rhythms, addictive melodies and evocative lyrics have converged into a masterful EP that demonstrates his songwriting and production genius.
The musician’s latest release is apathy in musical form, and not in a good way.
If you’re into electronic dance music, you know artists like Calvin Harris and Flume. But do you know the names of the vocalists featured in their songs?
Queen Bey is back with a new visual album that aims to uplift Black culture, but not everyone is excited about it.
Tamara Kamis, Cornell University
Want to get even more from your reading experience? Let your ears in on the fun.
Emilia Chavez, Rice University
Check out Politico’s podcast to hear diverse and empowering messages from women in business and politics.
Madelyn Haasken, Bemidji State University
Using beautiful melodies, catchy beats and lyrics that stick with you, this music reflects the struggles of these tumultuous times.
With virtual music festivals and concerts on the rise, these up-and-comers are starting to gain traction as fans tune in to their livestreams.
The self-proclaimed ‘one man boy band’ has kept busy by making music and advocating for mental health amidst the global pandemic.
The famous country singer, who has been called the Great Unifier, has a diverse group of fans because of her all-encompassing love for humanity.
On her commanding second album, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter writes about the fears that come with depression and a life of touring.
Farah Javed, CUNY Baruch College
Ryan Tedder’s band has been releasing versatile hits for nearly two decades, but they still remain under the radar.
The Washington D.C. trio puts catchy piano melodies at the center of their sound, and wears their love of Queen on their sleeves.
So, you want to make music? The first steps don’t have to be hard or pricey when you know where to start.
The Minneapolis-born country-folk artist uses his music to create narratives worth sharing.
Whether it’s with their happy music or their inspiring lyrics, these songs will help keep you afloat through all of life’s stresses.
Hannah Docter-Loeb, Wesleyan University
The video-sharing app uses a variety of different types of sounds and phrases, but just where exactly did these catchy snippets come from?
Whether you’re strapped for time, want to learn more about the environment or have the need to comprehend how the mind works, there’s something for you.
American pop culture has been defined by black excellence for decades. From Gordon Parks to Aaliyah, black artists continue to influence the new generation.
Acting as an anthem for protests around the world, the rap duo’s latest album is far from the first time the group has encouraged social change.
While country music has grown overproduced and glamorous, this young, gritty musician embodies the traditions that built the genre.
Throughout Perfume Genius’ latest album, Mike Hadreas embraces emotional excess and channels it into one of the best indie pop efforts of the year.
With her new album, many listeners had hoped the artist would create music that cemented her genius. Instead, fans were left underwhelmed.
Virtual concerts are proving popular as major players in the musical world work hard to find new ways to engage their fans despite the need for social distancing.
One of the most visionary acts in electronic music is back with a new release that renews and alters elements of their previous work.
Boasting poetic lyrics and lighter melodies, the Brooklyn native’s latest album is a concept record exploring what it means to have everything.
The actor and musician’s fourth studio album shows just how much he has matured both musically and creatively throughout his career.
In a bold statement about the absurdity of the current music industry, this musical duo takes their sound to satirical extremes.
Reem Farhat, Fordham University
Fans of Korean idols and idol groups are organizing around the world to crash alt-right Twitter hashtags and boost black activism on YouTube.
Some say that the release runs a little long, but its experimentation, as well as lyrics that are both sentimental and politically charged, make it something memorable.
Nayeli G. Pena, Colorado College
Hailing from the U.K., the band mixes hip-hop, jazz, indie rock, pop and ambient house — and they haven’t let quarantine dampen their prospects.
Asha MacKay, Wellesley College
The up-and-coming artist shares her distinctive voice and style with her livestreamed performances and new EP, ‘Otherside.’
Michelle Young, Simon Fraser University
Contemporary rhythm and blues has been one of the most prominent musical styles over the past few years — what are these global newcomers adding to the mix?
Kali Johnson, Gustavus Adolphus College
The Canadian singer took the world by storm, and now with a newfound voice, she is determined to defeat the odds set upon her by the media.
The single may have come out two years ago, but the song remains even more relevant today.
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