They DO Make Music as Good as the Old Days: New Recommendations for Boomers and Gen X

If you wish you could listen to new music as good as B.B. King or Alanis Morissette or even Sly & the Family Stone, we've got good news!

BB King playing guitar.
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Anyone can be in the conversations about Taylor Swift’s grip on pop culture or Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter country turn. You don’t even have to know the music. At some point it’s not even about the music. 

But if you want to be in conversations that are about music, maybe with your kids or grandkids, or your friends who insist there’s nothing new worth hearing out there, it can be tricky. Same if you simply want to find new music you like. It’s out there. But there’s so much music being released, so many different types and genres to so many different markets. 

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Contributing Writer

Steve Hochman has covered popular music at the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard and Variety as well as serving as music critic for public radio shows on KPCC Los Angeles and KQED San Francisco. He’s a co-author of the recent Melissa Etheridge graphic biography, Heartstrings, and has written liner notes for a wide range of album releases. Currently he is a lead writer for Spin magazine, New Orleans’ OffBeat and the Bluegrass Situation.