Kayne West performing in New York City, 2012

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two writers dig to the bottom of why other people’s bad taste in music bothers us so much, and along the way, lay out the new rules for thinking and writing about pop.

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Sitting around what looks like a conference table with a small group of musicians, guitarist Moacyr Luz (center) leads his samba group.

In Rio, A Universe Of Samba

In Brazil, samba isn’t just the music of Carnival. With throngs headed to the country for this summer’s World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, samba de rota has become an act of cultural resistance.

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Eminem, in a still from his video for "Don't Front," a bonus track on The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

Eminem: The Great Confounder

It’s almost as if, on The Marshall Mathers LP 2, he’s trying everything to be accepted and unacceptable, all at once. Yet his ability to be lyrically captivating through it all is astounding.

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