Popcast

New York Times

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.

Location:

New York, New York

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Blackpink, Aespa, NewJeans: The Evolution of K-Pop Girl Groups

1/26/2023
Acts with growing profiles and unique personalities are taking increasingly different paths, as the genre’s globalization opens new doors. Guest: Tamar Herman.

Duration:00:45:23

Ticketmaster Under the Magnifying Glass

1/19/2023
The concert giant has long been the target of consumer complaints and artists’ ire. Recent incidents involving Taylor Swift and Bad Bunny have renewed focus on problems in the live marketplace. Guest: Ben Sisario.

Duration:00:59:21

Jazz’s Year of Reckoning With Tradition

1/12/2023
As the genre experiences a creative renaissance, has it become quietly radical to re-embrace the past? Guests: Harmony Holiday and Giovanni Russonello.

Duration:00:45:47

The Year of Bad Bunny

1/6/2023
With a blockbuster LP and a smash tour, the genre-melding superstar set a new bar for himself, and expanded the possibilities for Spanish-language pop worldwide. Guests: Billboard's Leila Cobo and The New York Times Magazine's Carina del Valle Schorske.

Duration:00:58:31

Year-End Listener Mailbag: Your 2022 Questions, Part 2

12/31/2022
Answering reader queries about the state of the music video, Morgan Wallen, SZA and Ethel Cain and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Duration:01:06:37

Year-End Listener Mailbag: Your 2022 Questions, Part 1

12/28/2022
You asked, we answered your queries about Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, the state of indie rock and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Duration:00:55:51

2022: The Songs of the Year

12/14/2022
Let’s talk about tracks by Ice Spice, Cardi B, Ethel Cain and many more of the 70 picks on our critics’ lists. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:00:52:29

The Best Albums of 2022? Let’s Discuss.

12/7/2022
Our critics debate their year-end lists (and agree on Beyoncé and Rosalía!) in a wrap-up of the year in LPs. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:01:01:33

2022: The Year in Atlanta Rap

12/1/2022
The country’s most influential hip-hop scene has weathered a period of extraordinary upheaval. A look back at happened, and what’s next. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.

Duration:01:06:55

Separating Big Business and Bad Behavior in ‘Tár’

11/16/2022
The film about a renowned and embattled conductor puts a fresh spin on conversations about art, power and misdeeds. Guests: Vulture's Alison Wilmore and Zachary Woolfe.

Duration:00:54:37

50 Years of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’

11/9/2022
A conversation about the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s studio innovations, and melding of social consciousness and musical creativity. Guest: Jon Pareles.

Duration:00:38:50

Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’: Listener Mailbag

11/2/2022
The New York Times pop music team had its say; now a new panel answers questions about the blockbuster album. Guests: Madison Malone Kircher and Pitchfork's Quinn Moreland.

Duration:00:54:11

Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’: Let’s Discuss

10/25/2022
The blockbuster singer-songwriter’s 10th studio album finds her at a crossroads: Will she continue to reckon with her past, or forge another new path forward? Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz, Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:01:07:10

Remembering Loretta Lynn

10/20/2022
A conversation about the country music titan’s sly radicalism and the many readings and misreadings of her work. Guest: Jewly Hight.

Duration:00:46:18

The Young Women Who Make TikTok Weep

10/12/2022
Songwriters who have found success on the app via emotional catharsis have expanded its range, and piqued the music industry’s interest. Guest: Stereogum's Rachel Brodsky.

Duration:00:49:12

The Sudden Rise of Zach Bryan

10/5/2022
The breakout country-folk singer and songwriter has found an audience for his old-fashioned artistry largely on a newer platform: streaming. Guest: Grady Smith.

Duration:00:53:36

Popcast Live! The New Faces of 2022

9/22/2022
Blondshell, Central Cee, Ethel Cain and more: a conversation about what’s breaking through, plus questions from the audience at our first live taping. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Duration:01:24:41

The Perseverance of Megan Thee Stallion

9/14/2022
The rapper’s rise has been accompanied by outside noise. How has she grown on record, and how have extra-musical narratives shaped her career? Guests: Rolling Stone's Mankaprr Conteh and Pitchfork's Heven Haile.

What Is a ‘Fake’ Artist in 2022?

8/31/2022
Firestorms over the “virtual rapper” FN Meka and faceless artists on Spotify have sparked conversations about alienation and creative agency. Guests: Joe Coscarelli; Garbage Day's Ryan Broderick; and Music Business Worldwide's Tim Ingham.

Duration:01:01:25

Rage Against the Machine, Roaring On

8/24/2022
A conversation about the band’s return, its evolving message and the nature of comeback tours. Guests: Rolling Stone's Andy Greene and the writer and "Summer of Soul" producer Joseph Patel.

Duration:00:48:16