Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine. Book-in-progress: Two Wheels Good: A Bicycle History of the World (2017-ish).

Mister Softee’s Greatest Hit — We are just one-third of the way through 2016, and we have already been so overwhelmed by the loss of musical heroes that it feels impossible to make room for more grief. But Les Waas, who died on April 19 at age 94, deserves a page in our Book of Lamentations.

Corinne Bailey Rae on New Album 'The Heart Speaks in Whispers' — "I'm not shy!" says Corinne Bailey Rae, loudly while laughing -- and only a fool would argue with her. The 37-year-old English singer-songwriter, sitting in a Manhattan ­restaurant on a blustery day, is petite, just 5 feet 3 inches tall, but her luxuriant hair adds inches to her height.

Prince and the Competition — One of the more impressive artifacts making the Internet rounds in the last 24 hours is a video, recorded at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, of an all-star band playing the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

His Majesty, Prince — Which is why the taut, radio-friendly Musicology has struck so many listeners as a delightful surprise. Just twelve songs and forty-seven minutes long, it's a proper album, not another three hour, triple-CD set like Prince's behemoth Emancipation (1996), and it sounds super.

Billboard Cover: Marc Anthony on Magnus Media, Opposing Donald Trump and More — He has sold more than 10 million records, survived a high-profile marriage to J.Lo and is now -- from a lavish new home base in Miami -- building a management company of musicians and athletes to rival Jay Z's Roc Nation. As he "steps up" against Trump, the GOP and music-business-as-usual, the odds are in his favor.

Lionel Richie’s Hello sums up the American singer’s appeal — Open the Internet Browser Click Tools (or "gear" icon at top right hand corner) > Internet Options > Privacy > Advanced Check Override automatic cookie handling For First-party Cookies and Third-party Cookies click Accept Click OK and OK Enabling Cookies in Internet Explorer 10, 11 Open the Internet Browser Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

'American Idol' Tribute Essay — Technically speaking, the end of American Idol will come on April 7, when the groundbreaking musical reality show crowns its 15th and final champion, confetti drops from the rafters of Hollywood's Dolby Theatre and a verklempt Ryan Seacrest bids America good night and Godspeed. Historians, though, might trace the show's demise to an earlier date.

The secret history of the name Jody. — I was born at 8:15 p.m. on June 21, 1969, in New York City-as good a setting as any for a Jewish farce. I'm told that my mother and father took a few days to decide on a name for their child, and I have evidence to prove it: a tiny New York Hospital bracelet, with a type-written tab identifying its wearer as "Rosen Baby Boy."

Elton John’s ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’ Is Anything But Wild: Album Review — "What a wonderful crazy night that was," sings Elton John on the title track of his 33rd studio album -- a song that is neither crazy nor, to be frank about it, wonderful.

Grammys: Who Will Win and Who Should Win? — Jody Rosen Is this Kendrick Lamar's year? The stars seem to be aligned for Lamar, who has a near-record 11 ­nominations. To Pimp a Butterfly was the year's most acclaimed album. It's contemporary, but its mix of vintage sources nods in the direction of the "real music" hallowed by the core Grammys voting bloc.
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