Our thirtieth year has already been one of considerable change: new publisher, new visual design, new multimedia opportunities, and new content sections. And there’s more on the horizon. Starting with 31.1, we’ll be turning JPMS over to a new editorial team led by Eric Weisbard and Robin James, but before we do, we’re taking a moment to settle into the groove, however fleetingly.

As promised, the Field Notes section continues as a robust forum for reflection on the state of popular music studies. We kick off with Allison McCracken’s outstanding keynote at the 2018 IASPM-US meeting in Nashville. Continuing her exploration, begun in Real Men Don’t...

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