Popcast

197 EpisodesProduced by The New York Times

The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends and news.

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What Makes for a Great Celebrity Profile?

September 20th, 2018

1:04:36

Writing in-depth features about stars can be an art form. But it’s been changing in recent years. Guests: The New York Times Magazine's Vanessa Grigoriadis; GQ's Zach Baron.

Remembering Mac Miller, Low-Key Hip-Hop Bellwether

September 15th, 2018

1:12:05

The 26-year-old rapper and producer stood at the crossroads of movements that have been shaping popular music over the past decade. Guests: ItsTheReal's Eric and Jeff Rosenthal; Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce; and Eric Re…

Remembering The Village Voice, Music Criticism's Crucible: Part 2

September 10th, 2018

1:05:02

Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Ann Powers, Evelyn McDonnell, Chuck Eddy, Rob Ha…

Remembering The Village Voice, Music Criticism's Crucible: Part 1

September 10th, 2018

1:13:37

Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Robert Christgau, Jon Pareles, Nelson George, Ky…

How We Arrived at Ariana Grande’s Big Moment

August 28th, 2018

58:40

“Sweetener” has taken the singer to new heights at a moment of transition for the top ranks of female vocalists. Guests: The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz; VF.com's Josh Duboff; and Billboard's Nolan Feeney.

Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, Rivals With Common Problems

August 21st, 2018

55:44

One is an old-style hip-hop star, one comes from a newer school. But both are facing challenges making effective albums and defining their artistic identities. Guests: David Turner and Briana Younger.

Aretha Franklin: The Artist We Knew, and the Woman We Didn’t

August 17th, 2018

1:12:48

The Queen of Soul leaves a towering legacy. How will we remember her? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Wesley Morris; and David Ritz.

The Shrinking Space Between Band T-Shirt and High Fashion

August 10th, 2018

1:19:19

Merch has become a crucial part of a musician’s rise. Here’s how it’s evolved. Guests: Procell's Brian Procell; The Cut's Emilia Petrarca; and Grailed's Lawrence Schlossman.

Can Guns N’ Roses, or Any Artist, Erase an Unflattering Moment?

August 4th, 2018

1:13:02

What happens when a band wipes a stain from its historical record? Or when physical albums vanish, replaced by different digital versions? Guests: Mark Richardson; Rolling Stone's Christopher R. Weingarten; and The Ne…

Who’s in Charge of Telling Whitney Houston’s Story?

July 27th, 2018

1:06:17

Two documentaries have attempted to unpack the life of one of pop’s transformative figures, whose complex legacy is still riddled with questions. Guests: Naima Cochrane; Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak; Alan Light; and The Tim…

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