ALBUM REVIEW | POP
In latest, Fiona Apple dares you, and you listen 
"The Idler Wheel …," Apple’s first album in seven years, is pop music as self-flagellation. 
(CHAD BATKA FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES)

ALBUM REVIEW | POP

In latest, Fiona Apple dares you, and you listen

"The Idler Wheel …," Apple’s first album in seven years, is pop music as self-flagellation.

(CHAD BATKA FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES)

Father’s Day gift guide 2012 
He may claim he doesn’t need anything, but chances are he’d like to get his hands on one of these gifts.

Father’s Day gift guide 2012 

He may claim he doesn’t need anything, but chances are he’d like to get his hands on one of these gifts.

YVONNE ABRAHAM
Sweet deal for soda 
Massachusetts is one of only 12 states in the country that essentially subsidize soda, forgoing sales taxes to make it cheaper than it should be - and thus easier to guzzle in huge quantities.
(Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty)

YVONNE ABRAHAM

Sweet deal for soda

Massachusetts is one of only 12 states in the country that essentially subsidize soda, forgoing sales taxes to make it cheaper than it should be - and thus easier to guzzle in huge quantities.

(Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty)

ALBUM REVIEW | ROCK
Patti Smith mixes pop, poetry, memory 
"Banga" is a classic Smith album in that it mixes pop panache with punk sensibilities and poetic ruminations.
(EDUARDO VERDUGO/AP)

ALBUM REVIEW | ROCK

Patti Smith mixes pop, poetry, memory

"Banga" is a classic Smith album in that it mixes pop panache with punk sensibilities and poetic ruminations.

(EDUARDO VERDUGO/AP)

ALBUM REVIEW | POP
Soul searching suits John Mayer well 
- “Born and Raised" is an honest, and oftentimes compelling, statement on Mayer’s road to redemption.
(ETHAN MILLER/GETTY IMAGES)

ALBUM REVIEW | POP

Soul searching suits John Mayer well

- “Born and Raised" is an honest, and oftentimes compelling, statement on Mayer’s road to redemption.

(ETHAN MILLER/GETTY IMAGES)

 Rubblebucket brings sound, spectacle to the party 
- The idiosyncratic eight-piece band has fused its own fashion of heady dance-pop that somehow just works.
(PETER DEAN RICKARDS)

Rubblebucket brings sound, spectacle to the party

- The idiosyncratic eight-piece band has fused its own fashion of heady dance-pop that somehow just works.

(PETER DEAN RICKARDS)

ALBUM REVIEW | POP
Sinead O’Connor, ‘How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?’
- Produced by longtime collaborator John Reynolds, O’Connor sounds more alive and confident than she has in a long time.

ALBUM REVIEW | POP

Sinead O’Connor, ‘How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?’

- Produced by longtime collaborator John Reynolds, O’Connor sounds more alive and confident than she has in a long time.

Whitney Houston, superstar of records, films, dies
- Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior, and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

Whitney Houston, superstar of records, films, dies

- Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior, and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

Why does ‘Someone Like You’ make people cry?
- The Grammy for best pop solo performance will be announced Sunday. But even if Adele’s heart-wrenching hit doesn’t win, it still wears an unofficial crown: "Tearjerker of the Year."

Why does ‘Someone Like You’ make people cry?

- The Grammy for best pop solo performance will be announced Sunday. But even if Adele’s heart-wrenching hit doesn’t win, it still wears an unofficial crown: "Tearjerker of the Year."

PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW
Sharing images of two revolutions
- “Pictures Tell the Story: Photographs by Ernest C. Withers From the Decaneas Archive” captures a revolution in US race relations and a global revolution in popular music.
(ERNEST C. WITHERS/COURTESY OF DECANEAS ARCHIVE)

PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW

Sharing images of two revolutions

- “Pictures Tell the Story: Photographs by Ernest C. Withers From the Decaneas Archive” captures a revolution in US race relations and a global revolution in popular music.

(ERNEST C. WITHERS/COURTESY OF DECANEAS ARCHIVE)