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Taylor Swift’s New Album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department,’ Could Use an Editor: Review

Over 16 songs (and a second LP), the pop superstar litigates her recent romances. But the themes, and familiar sonic backdrops, generate diminishing returns.

Published on: April 20, 2024, 1:26 am

St. Vincent Dives Headfirst Into the Darkness

Seven albums and 17 years into an acclaimed solo career, the musician Annie Clark said she craved “a pummeling” on her new LP: “I want something to feel dangerous.”

Published on: April 18, 2024, 7:38 pm

Review: Thomas Adès Meets the Profound Beauty of Schubert

The Danish String Quartet returned to Carnegie Hall with its Doppelgänger project, pairing Schubert’s String Quintet and a premiere by Adès.

Published on: April 19, 2024, 3:28 pm

Jorie Graham’s Poetry of the Earth and Humanity, Set to Music

The composer Matthew Aucoin, Graham’s former student, and the director Peter Sellars have adapted her poems into the operatic “Music for New Bodies.”

Published on: April 18, 2024, 8:11 pm

‘Stereophonic’ Review: Hitmakers Rendered in Sublime Detail

In David Adjmi’s new play, with songs by Will Butler, a ’70s band’s success breeds tension, and punches up the volume on Broadway.

Published on: April 20, 2024, 3:59 am

Harvard’s Taylor Swift Scholars Have Thoughts on ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

The students taking Harvard University’s class on the singer are studying up. Their final papers are due at the end of the month.

Published on: April 19, 2024, 9:01 pm

Mariinsky Dancers Barred From Youth Ballet Gala in New York

Two dancers from the Russian company were set to perform at a benefit for a prestigious competition for young dancers, but they were sidelined after protests by pro-Ukrainian activists.

Published on: April 19, 2024, 7:05 pm

7 Songs That Reference Tortured Poets

Taylor Swift said she channeled them; Patti Smith, Lana Del Rey, the Smiths and others cited them.

Published on: April 19, 2024, 6:00 pm

Mandisa Hundley, ‘American Idol’ Singer, Dies at 47

She performed and produced music with Christian themes and won a Grammy Award in 2013.

Published on: April 19, 2024, 8:29 pm

Taylor Swift and Post Malone’s Regretful Duet, and 9 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Arooj Aftab, Cigarettes After Sex, Claire Rousay and others.

Published on: April 19, 2024, 11:03 pm

Taylor Swift Lyrics: Who’s Mentioned on ‘Tortured Poets Department?

Ex-boyfriends may be alluded to. Travis Kelce, too, fans believe. And some actual poets.

Published on: April 19, 2024, 10:42 pm

Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Arrives

The pop superstar’s latest album was preceded by a satellite radio channel, a word game, a return to TikTok and an actual library. For her fans, more is always welcome.

Published on: April 19, 2024, 2:56 pm

Philharmonic Opens Inquiry After Misconduct Allegations Are Revived

The New York Philharmonic commissioned an outside investigation into its culture after a magazine article explored how it handled an accusation of sexual assault in 2010.

Published on: April 18, 2024, 9:51 pm

Dickey Betts, Fiery Guitarist With Allman Brothers Band, Dies at 80

He traded licks with Duane Allman and proved to be a worthy sparring partner. He also wrote, and sang, the band’s biggest hit, “Ramblin’ Man.”

Published on: April 19, 2024, 1:30 am

Why Electro’s Exacting Duo Justice Wanted to Break Its Own Rules

For “Hyperdrama,” Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay’s first album in eight years, the duo added genre experiments and guests to its arsenal of bangers.

Published on: April 18, 2024, 4:38 pm

Hipgnosis Agrees to $1.4 Billion Deal to Sell to Concord

Hipgnosis, which owns the rights to songs by Justin Bieber and Neil Young, helped kick-start a rush on catalog sales. But its future has been in doubt.

Published on: April 18, 2024, 6:15 pm

Vampire Weekend’s New Album Goes Underground and All Over

Digging into “Only God Was Above Us,” an LP that’s both catchy and complex.

Published on: April 17, 2024, 10:16 pm

It’s Drake vs. Everybody … Who’s Winning?

Breaking down the convoluted recent beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar (and Future, Metro Boomin, the Weeknd, ASAP Rocky, Rick Ross and more).

Published on: April 17, 2024, 9:09 pm

Sons of Paul McCartney and John Lennon Release New Song

James McCartney teamed with Sean Ono Lennon for “Primrose Hill,” a ballad with echoes of the Beatles aesthetic.

Published on: April 17, 2024, 7:10 pm

Marian Zazeela, an Artist of Light and Design, Dies at 83

She pivoted from painting to lighting exhibitions, performance art, graphic design and minimalist music, performed with her husband, the composer La Monte Young.

Published on: April 17, 2024, 5:18 pm

Nadia Boulanger, Music’s Greatest Teacher, Wrote an Opera

Nadia Boulanger’s “La Ville Morte” was repeatedly thwarted by death and World War I, then nearly lost. Finally, it is having its American premiere.

Published on: April 19, 2024, 4:02 pm

Lincoln Center’s Summer Festival to Focus on Civic Bonds

The third edition of Summer for the City will feature hip-hop, comedy, classical music and more, under the motto “life, liberty and happiness.”

Published on: April 17, 2024, 4:00 pm

Taylor Swift Sells a Rainbow of Vinyl Albums. Fans Keep Buying Them.

Artists across pop genres are finding success with colored vinyl and different variants of their releases. For Swifties, the urge to collect them all is strong.

Published on: April 19, 2024, 2:58 pm

6 New Songs You Should Hear Now

Hear tracks from Tyla, Chappell Roan, Young Miko and more.

Published on: April 16, 2024, 6:00 pm

Anthony Davis Puts His Operatic Spin on Edith Wharton

Anthony Davis has written operas based on recent history. But now he is adapting, and dramatically changing, Wharton’s 1912 novel “The Reef.”

Published on: April 16, 2024, 5:25 pm

La Scala Opera Taps Fortunato Ortombina to Succeed Dominique Meyer

Fortunato Ortombina, the general director of Teatro La Fenice, Venice’s opera house, will succeed Dominique Meyer, a respected French impresario.

Published on: April 16, 2024, 3:35 pm

FKA twigs Dances Martha Graham: ‘This Is Art in Its Truest Form’

Once a young bunhead, the acclaimed musical artist is taking the stage with the Martha Graham Dance Company. For her, it’s holy grail territory.

Published on: April 16, 2024, 6:32 pm

Taylor Swift and Beyoncé Avoided a Collision on the Charts. (Again.)

Pop’s two reigning queens are often cast as rivals, but they have continually supported each other — and spaced out their album releases.

Published on: April 19, 2024, 2:59 pm

The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ Film Will Stream After 54 Years on Disney+

Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s unloved — or misinterpreted? — 1970 documentary, the source for Peter Jackson’s “Get Back,” will stream on Disney+.

Published on: April 16, 2024, 1:00 pm

Maurice El Medioni, Pianist Who Fused Jewish and Arab Music, Dies at 95

An Algerian, he combined the music of his Sephardic roots with Arab traditions, incorporating boogie-woogie and other influences to create a singular style.

Published on: April 18, 2024, 5:45 pm

Philharmonic Sidelines 2 Players It Tried to Fire for Misconduct

The New York Philharmonic said the musicians would not perform for now, after a magazine article brought new attention to allegations of misconduct. They have denied wrongdoing.

Published on: April 15, 2024, 10:45 pm

Coachella 2024: 15 Looks That Did the Most

The music festival had plenty of memorable fashion. Most (but not all) of it was ostentatious.

Published on: April 17, 2024, 7:09 pm

Rico Wade and Organized Noize’s 10 Essential Songs

The producer helped shape and boost the sound of Atlanta rap starting in the mid-1990s. His death at 52 was announced last Saturday.

Published on: April 15, 2024, 6:18 pm

Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’ Spends a Second Week at No. 1

“Cowboy Carter” tops the Billboard 200 for a second week, boosted by physical sales of her album on CD and vinyl.

Published on: April 16, 2024, 5:52 pm

How the Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt Became a Chronicler of Black Jazz History

Inspired by the drummer Arthur Taylor’s “Notes and Tones” collection of interviews with fellow musicians, Pelt started his own book series, “Griot.”

Published on: April 15, 2024, 9:02 am

What to See, Eat and Do in New Haven, Conn.

Though the academic scene continues to imbue this coastal Connecticut city with a certain gravitas, surrounding neighborhoods are showing off their own cultural capital in the realms of art, food, music and more.

Published on: April 15, 2024, 9:00 am

Review: Under Manfred Honeck, the Philharmonic Becomes One

In a program of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, a guest conductor coaxes a sumptuous sincerity from the orchestra’s musicians.

Published on: April 14, 2024, 5:14 pm

At Carnegie Hall, Weimar Is Irresistible but Vaguely Defined

Carnegie’s intermittently illuminating festival “Fall of the Weimar Republic” has suffered from interjections of too much standard repertory.

Published on: April 14, 2024, 3:39 pm

Rico Wade, an Architect of Atlanta Hip-Hop, Dies at 52

As one-third of the production team Organized Noize, he nurtured the careers of Outkast, Goodie Mob and Future from the confines of his mother’s basement, known as the Dungeon.

Published on: April 18, 2024, 7:13 pm