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Ben Williams

October 6, 2008 |
In Conversation: Debbie Harry and Santogold

Rock stars past and present on the invention, influence, and half-life of New York punk.

August 25, 2008 |
The Beefcake in the Backcourt

Another way in which ripped, raffish Rafael Nadal and his cardigan-wearing Swiss rival aren’t anything alike.

April 14, 2008 |
The New York Canon: Pop Music

The birth of rap, the nurturing of punkóthat would be plenty. But there’s more.

February 25, 2008 |
The Dandy’s Progress

André Benjamin has already nailed a few careers (musician, actor), but what he’d really like to do is impress Beau Brummell with his new clothing line.

December 17, 2007 |
The Year in Pop

Radiohead rediscovered their instincts, Rihanna’s great summer hit was all about rain, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire made it cool to be a geek.

September 3, 2007 |
Emotionally Rescued

Alicia Keys pours her personal ordeals into a strong, satisfying new batch of pop songs.

August 20, 2007 | Feature
Playing Favorites

We asked six music obsessives to pick a recent album they can’t stop listening to.

July 23, 2007 | Feature
Influences: 50 Cent

50 talked to Ben Williams about the difference between himself and Eminem, the art of beef, and Dubya.

November 30, 2006 | The Pop Music Review
A Steady Diet of Coke

Like the thugs in The Wire, the latest crop of rappers turns to hard drugs to fuel their gruesome, operatic narratives.

September 18, 2006 | The Pop Music Review
The Men Who Would Be Prince

Justin Timberlake and OutKast both drape themselves in Prince’s purple robesóbut only one finds a true fit.