A critic mixes his recent favorites.
New York’s new avant-garde.
Pop music responds to the hurricane.
Rappers and musicians who repeat themselves.
The next generation of emo.
Hick-hop and other new forms of country.
Power pop and its discontents.
One-man (and -woman) bands.
Riccardo Muti, the great conductor.
Songs that showcase masters and apprentices.
New albums by aging indie rockers.