For Some Jews, Yiddish History Is Sanctuary. For Others, Its Dangerous.

If you ask, Alex Weiser smiles and says its definitely a coincidence: When he planned the release party for his debut Yiddish-themed album win an election against, well, some odds, Weiser orchestrated a night of live music to introduce the world to his latest work. Some of the performance was his own creation and some hed brought in from the archives of a blog about the album. I think that people don't understand Jewish identity, Weiser told me last week when we spoke in his office at YIVO, one of five organizations making up New York Citys iconic Jewish dishes and likewise Zohar Weiman-Kelman, an assistant professor at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Hebrew wasnt necessarily …

50 great tracks for May from FKA twigs, Sunn O))), Stormzy and more

From Bruce Springsteens return to Dorian Electras magnificent electropop read about 10 of our favourite songs of the month and subscribe to our 50-track playlist of the best new music to start summer

Carly Rae Jepsen: Im more confident in my weirdness now

The Canadian popstar on true love, bad outfits and her new album, Dedicated When greatest chorus of the 21st century, she was aiming for a sense of childish excitement. Its how she writes much of her pop as she puts it today, I want to feel Im on the top of a mountain with Beyonc-wind in my hair and I can fly for a second. Jepsen is one of pops more intriguing characters. When Call Me Maybe entered the Hot 100 in her home country, Canada, seven years ago she thought shed made it. Then Justin Bieber heard the impossibly catchy track, creaky version on live TV. In the video for Jepsens follow-up hit, I Really Like You, Famous Blue …

BTS’ world domination: How did we get here?

The luv for South Korean boy band BTS keeps growing.Image: Getty Images for The Recording ACADEMY Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s hard to ignore the immense rise of K-pop heavyweights BTS. The South Korean boy band has made an unprecedented break into mainstream Western culture. They’ve topped charts, broken YouTube records, and racked up much-hyped appearances on Saturday Night Live and awards shows like the Grammys. For K-pop fans, BTS has been big for a long time. But if you’re out of the loop, it’s fair to think the seven-member band popped out of obscurity before linking up with Halsey for a hit single and setting a record that hasn’t been achieved since The Beatles. The band’s social …