How Jack White’s Third Man Records Made a Mark on Nashville

In March 2009, when Jack White, Ben Swank, and Ben Blackwell opened Third Man Records’ headquarters in Nashville, they didn’t have grand ambitions to invade the city’s already-bustling music scene. Their plan was to absorb Tennessee’s rich music history while they began to press and distribute White’s and his colleagues’ …

The Best Songs of 2017 (So Far)

Vulture is looking back at the best releases so far in 2017. This list has been updated to include October releases. What is a single supposed to do? Can one song really change an entire worldview? Now that all music is easily available whenever we want it, how do we …

All 73 Sade Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best

If Sade didn’t exist, no one could have invented her. Over a career spanning six albums and 33 years, the art the singer, backed by her band, has never been anything less than inimitable. Yet given that her delivery is instantly recognizable and impossible to replicate, it’s something a marvel …

Why It’s Time to Reconsider Witch House

In TV, movies, and real life, women have been at the forefront the year’s biggest stories — so this Halloween season, we’re looking at pop culture’s most wicked depictions female power. In 2000, nu-metal band Papa Roach released a video for the song “Broken Home.” It’s about the fallout a …

Exploring Darius Rucker’s Impact on Modern Country Music

The year 1995 was one flux in rock. Through Nirvana’s posthumous Unplugged in New York LP, Kurt Cobain’s tortured ghost could still be heard around the hour on the radio, and Hole’s Live Through This singles rang out as rejoinders. Dave Grohl hit the ground running with the self-titled Foo …

Pink on Lashing Out at Donald Trump, Dr. Luke, and Her New Album

The night before we meet in a multilevel room at the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, Pink was watching news about a Trump-encouraged political stunt involving Vice-President Mike Pence traveling to Indianapolis for a Colts–49ers game and walking out after several players refused to stand during the National Anthem, in solidarity …

Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway Show, Reviewed

Bruce Springsteen has played every kind stage imaginable — hole-in-the-wall bars, 80,000-capacity stadiums, White House sitting rooms — and, as a bandleader in command a sound as big as this country is wide, surveyed the expanse America through hopes, dreams, and the subtle pull the open road. He is a …

How Much Higher Can St. Vincent Climb?

The evolution St. Vincent over the last decade can best be described as a congealing. Most musicians’ careers undergo a coming-together, in which their artistic identities become more and more defined as they gain popularity and success with each record cycle. But the guitarist and songwriter born Annie Clark has …