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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.

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

The Many Lives of Doja Cat

5/18/2020
The pop star took an extremely nonlinear path to No. 1, and continues to push the boundaries of online behavior. Guest: Lakin Starling.

Duration:00:46:44

Remembering Tony Allen and Florian Schneider, Two Pillars of Rhythm

5/11/2020
Thousands of miles apart, and with radically different tools, both musicians were innovating. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; and Joseph Patel.

Duration:01:01:03

The Triumphant Return of Fiona Apple, Pop Music Renegade

4/30/2020
A conversation about everything “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” and beyond. Guests: Jenn Pelly and Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:00:53:14

Beyond ‘Trolls’ and ‘Frozen’: What Are Our Kids Listening To?

4/19/2020
Children’s films lean heavily on pop, but the elementary school set has access to a whole universe of music now. Guests: The New York Times's Gilbert Cruz, Jeremy Egner, Dave Itzkoff and Dave Renard.

Duration:01:00:49

Dua Lipa, Dance-Pop Crusader

4/11/2020
The English pop star has given fans an upbeat album at a very dark time. Guest: Caryn Ganz.

Duration:00:47:56

Sam Hunt and Kenny Rogers, Country Music Rule-Benders

4/5/2020
Both artists pulled Nashville in fresh directions, and gave the genre growing pains. Guests: Bill Friskics-Warren and Natalie Weiner.

Duration:00:56:40

What Is the Role of Criticism in a Crisis?

3/27/2020
The coronavirus pandemic has upended the world, and the arts are reeling. Pop music critics are asking (and facing) hard questions. Guests: The Ringer's Rob Harvilla, New York's Craig Jenkins and Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:00:57:06

What Music Should I Listen to in a Crisis?

3/20/2020
Pop critics from around the country recommend pick-me-ups: Pharrell, the Pointer Sisters, Helado Negro and more.

Duration:01:17:14

How Will Pop Music Respond to the Coronavirus?

3/19/2020
The ways the pandemic has already reshaped the year, and what might happen in pop next. Guests: The New York Times's Ben Sisario and Jon Pareles.

Duration:00:59:29

The Unrelenting Space Jams of Tame Impala

3/8/2020
How has Kevin Parker built and sustained his successful psych-rock project — and where will he head next? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Jillian Mapes.

Duration:00:43:48

The Death of Pop Smoke and the Future of Brooklyn Drill

2/28/2020
The 20-year-old rapper was poised to carry the scene’s sound to the world. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

Duration:00:59:26

Justin Bieber Is Back With Confessions, Personal and Musical

2/21/2020
One of pop’s biggest stars returns with an album that has unexpected kinship with new music from Harry Styles and Selena Gomez. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:01:01:35

Answering Your Questions About Britney, Billie, Aaliyah and More

2/14/2020
The Popcast opens its mailbag in the second of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times’s Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

Duration:01:08:40

Answering Your Questions About Taylor, Mitski, Emo and More

2/7/2020
The Popcast opens its mailbag in the first of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Duration:01:03:55

When Did the Super Bowl Halftime Show Become Political?

2/1/2020
A conversation about how its meaning has evolved over the last two decades. Guests: The New York Times's Elena Bergeron and The Undefeated's Soraya Nadia McDonald.

Duration:00:57:06

The Grammys, Dissected: Out With the Old, in With the Billie, Lizzo and Tyler

1/28/2020
Did the deserving artists win? Was Aerosmith terrible? The debates rage on our post-awards show. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz, Wesley Morris and Jon Pareles.

Duration:01:11:11

How TikTok Is Killing the Radio Songwriter

1/17/2020
Songs that work in 15-second bursts are different from tracks that succeed on the FM dial. Guests: The writer Aimee Cliff and GodMode's Nick Sylvester.

Duration:00:53:06

In 2019, Jazz Reckoned With Old Boundaries, and Marched Past Them

1/11/2020
A conversation about the best jazz albums of the year, and what they tell us about the genre’s future. Guests: Martin Johnson and Giovanni Russonello.

Duration:00:56:00

Were These the Best Albums of the 2010s?

12/31/2019
A revealing (and hilarious) look back at our year-end lists from the past decade. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Joe Coscarelli.

Duration:01:15:53

Debating the Best Albums of 2019

12/20/2019
How do you measure a year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Duration:00:57:22