New projects by Google and Sony use machine-learning technology to create music that essentially writes itself. Should we be scared—or excited?
Turn your ear a certain way, and you can hear her everywhere.
A day in the life of the singer-songwriter following the death of his wife, Geneviève.
How rap mixtapes evolved from a humble regional format to a worldwide phenomenon
After toiling in L.A. for years, Anderson .Paak just released one of the year’s best albums so far, earning himself a spot on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label. He talks with Jayson Greene about his family’s struggles with drugs and embracing fatherhood.
Chaos isn't the absence of a pattern; it's a pattern too complex to discern. Jayson Greene talks with some of Young Thug’s closest collaborators in an effort to figure out the secrets of his mercurial style.
Over the last seven years, 808s & Heartbreak has become a touchstone for musicians interested in exploring emotional and artistic upheaval. Jayson Greene details its lasting impact.
Jayson Greene talks with some of the key collaborators behind Dr. Dre’s Compton to find out how the 50-year-old hip-hop icon arrived at his uncharacteristically ragged and dark new sound.
The Superchunk frontman, Merge Records honcho, and overall indie rock immortal talks to Jayson Greene about the music of his life: combining Donald Duck and the Rolling Stones as a kid, seeing U2 and Grandmaster Flash at the same gig, and being blissfully confounded by Dirty Projectors.
Following the release of his revealing new memoir, the Southern rap icon talks to Jayson Greene about his favorite MC of all time, why he's a better grandfather than a father, and looking up to Coldplay, Lou Reed, and Elton John as songwriters.
Mackenzie Scott’s voice is the sound of poorly contained things exploding—and on her churning new album, she unleashes her power as a singer and songwriter like never before while exploring the space between love and hate. By Jayson Greene.
Drake and Kendrick Lamar’s new albums are vastly different hip-hop artifacts, but they both feature rappers honing in on their message by exploring the outer reaches of the most elemental tool available to them—their voices. By Jayson Greene.
At 21, Earl Sweatshirt is reckoning with the persona he’s built up so far—as a hermit, as a recluse, as a guy who names his new album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside—and finding a humane path through the misanthropy. By Jayson Greene.
Of all the singular sounds made by the Beatles, George Harrison’s lead guitar might be the most elusive. Jayson Greene teases out its haunting essence with the help of a few Harrison acolytes.
Questions about music's effect on the brain have stumped scientists for years, and "common knowledge" in this area can be riddled with rumors. Jayson Greene tries to separate fact from fiction.
In its 35 years on TV, "Soul Train" offered a crucial outlet for black American culture—Jayson Greene talks to writer Nelson George about his new book, which details the history of the show.
The comedian and actor talks to Jayson Greene about the music he'd play in various strange life situations, including Pere Ubu at a third-grade dance recital, Phil Collins at the end of the world, and classic rockers Nazareth at a Wookie wedding.