Why do the catchy lyrics always get stuck in your head? This book about pop music explains.


What rhythms make us dance? Why is Max Martin so good at making pop jams?

Listen up! A critic picks three new audiobooks for your playlist.

The Innocents

"The Innocents" Set in the early 19th century, Michael Crummey's fifth novel is a brilliant, harrowing, and supremely moving tale of Evered and Ada, orphaned at ages 11 and 9 on an isolated cove in Newfoundland. The two survive by trading the cod they manage to catch and preserve for...

How Justin Bieber’s new song, ‘Intentions,’ helps women in Los Angeles

Everyday Angelenos are the stars of Justin Bieber’s new music video. A far cry from “Yummy” — Bieber’s bubblegum-pop comeback single — the singer’s latest effort, “Intentions,” tackles real-life challenges faced by women living...

Review: Ex-Supertramp star Roger Hodgson warmly dazzles at Foxwoods

Nearing his 70th birthday in fine voice and spirit, songwriter takes a warm and grateful look back.

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Rick's List Reliable Old Friends Edition

Taking comfort in the familiar.

‘No more deaths’: A victory for ‘trail angels’ and migrants

Gifts from “trail angels,” dropped off anonymously as goodwill gestures, have been a longstanding tradition in backpacking communities.

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