Popcast podcast

Popcast

The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

 

#482

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. Guest host: Jon Pareles. Guests: The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich and Pitchfork's Matthew Strauss. ... Read more

17 Apr 2024

39 MINS

39:32

17 Apr 2024


#481

Popcast (Deluxe): 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). ... Read more

17 Apr 2024

1 HR 19 MINS

1:19:43

17 Apr 2024


#480

Beyoncé, ‘Cowboy Carter’ and Filling in History’s Gaps

A conversation about how the pop superstar’s genre experiments explore race and power, and the implicit politics that come with them. Guests: Marcus K. Dowling and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd. ... Read more

09 Apr 2024

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:11

09 Apr 2024


#479

Popcast (Deluxe): Listening to Beyoncé & Future (and the Discourse)

How conversation about very specific aspects of the new albums “Cowboy Carter” and “We Don’t Trust You” can obscure talk of their musical quality. ... Read more

03 Apr 2024

1 HR 23 MINS

1:23:00

03 Apr 2024


#478

Lil Jon: The Popcast (Deluxe) Interview

An in-depth interview with the Atlanta hip-hop and EDM legend, tracing his path through punk, skateboarding and crunk music on the way to this year’s Super Bowl. ... Read more

27 Mar 2024

1 HR 44 MINS

1:44:51

27 Mar 2024


#477

The Justin Timberlake Conundrum

His sixth solo album, “Everything I Thought It Was,” has been met with critical dismissal and weaker sales. Where can the onetime pop superstar turn next? Guests: Steven J. Horowitz and Joshunda Sanders. ... Read more

26 Mar 2024

59 MINS

59:23

26 Mar 2024


#476

Popcast (Deluxe): Is Reality TV in a New Golden Age?

Catching up on recent hit shows like “Love Is Blind,” “The Traitors” and “Survivor,” including how social media has added another layer of reality. ... Read more

21 Mar 2024

1 HR 20 MINS

1:20:37

21 Mar 2024


#475

Popcast (Deluxe): What’s an Industry Plant Anyway? Plus: Ariana Grande

Discussing the quick ascent of the downtempo R&B singer 4batz, the new Ariana Grande album, “eternal sunshine,” music at the Oscars and more. ... Read more

14 Mar 2024

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:55

14 Mar 2024


#474

Tate McRae, Dua Lipa and the Fight to Be ‘Main Pop Girl’

A conversation about a title that emerged from stan communities, and how it’s played a role in pop singers’ careers. Guests: Vulture's Jason P. Frank and Rolling Stone's Larisha Paul. ... Read more

13 Mar 2024

56 MINS

56:57

13 Mar 2024


#473

girl in red: The Popcast (Deluxe) Interview

An interview with the Norwegian singer girl in red (Marie Ulven) about her second album, “I’m Doing It Again Baby!,” opening for Taylor Swift and more. ... Read more

06 Mar 2024

1 HR 14 MINS

1:14:43

06 Mar 2024


#472

Popcast (Deluxe): Is TikTok Done? 4 Crises Holding the App Back

Once addictive and effective, TikTok is struggling with commercialization, a shifting relationship with the music industry and more. ... Read more

28 Feb 2024

51 MINS

51:10

28 Feb 2024


#471

Remembering Toby Keith and His Complexities

A conversation about his loudest (and quieter) moments, and how patriotism has played into country music. Guest: David Cantwell. ... Read more

27 Feb 2024

42 MINS

42:40

27 Feb 2024


#470

Popcast (Deluxe): Pop Stars vs. the Attention Economy

Jennifer Lopez’s new film and album, “This Is Me … Now,” plus other confusing recent rollouts for pop stars including Dua Lipa, Justin Timberlake and Camila Cabello. ... Read more

22 Feb 2024

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:18

22 Feb 2024


#469

Covering the Rise of Tracy Chapman

In 1988, “Fast Car” turned the singer-songwriter into a star. She was skeptical of the spotlight, and learning to wield her power. Guest: Steve Pond. ... Read more

21 Feb 2024

34 MINS

34:08

21 Feb 2024


#468

Popcast (Deluxe): Usher, Beyoncé and Ye Lead a Busy Week in Pop

Recapping the Super Bowl halftime show, two new singles from Beyoncé, Ye’s “Vultures 1” album and more. ... Read more

15 Feb 2024

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:52

15 Feb 2024


#467

How Usher Arrived at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

A conversation about his long career path through several generations of R&B, and what he might do on such a big stage. Guests: Thomas Hobbs and Danielle Amir Jackson. ... Read more

08 Feb 2024

51 MINS

51:31

08 Feb 2024


#466

2024 Grammys, Dissected: Taylor, Miley, SZA, Tracy, Joni and More

Was this the year the awards got it correct? Guests: Caryn Ganz, Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz. ... Read more

07 Feb 2024

52 MINS

52:58

07 Feb 2024


#465

Popcast (Deluxe): Will Taylor, SZA or Olivia Win Big at the Grammys?

A breakdown of the major categories and most interesting competitions at the 66th annual awards on Sunday. ... Read more

31 Jan 2024

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:36

31 Jan 2024


#464

Popcast (Deluxe): Playboi Carti, Waxahatchee and 12 More to Watch

A breakdown of new albums and songs for 2024 (and a handful of possible but dubious releases). ... Read more

24 Jan 2024

52 MINS

52:02

24 Jan 2024


#463

Pitchfork, the Early Years

With the music website’s future uncertain, Ryan Schreiber and Chris Kaskie look back at its start. ... Read more

24 Jan 2024

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:21

24 Jan 2024


#462

An Elastic and Impressive Moment in Jazz

A rundown of impressive recent releases and a look at who benefits (and suffers) when artists working outside formal jazz idioms are lumped into conversations about the genre. Guests: Marcus J. Moore and Giovanni Russonello. ... Read more

19 Jan 2024

57 MINS

57:19

19 Jan 2024


#461

Popcast (Deluxe): Lil Nas X, Ariana Grande and 21 Savage Kick Off 2024

Pop’s premier troll returns while one of its biggest voices turns her attention to gossip, and the first blockbuster rap album of the year arrives. ... Read more

17 Jan 2024

49 MINS

49:44

17 Jan 2024