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Future’s Inferno: Monster, One Year Later

We know now that this was the fulcrum. The breaking point between Pop Star and Monster, the gruesome final rip of provisional sutures. The moment Future became something else—an oracle, or Faustian agent of temptation, or something else that sounds fucking absurd until you hear "Codeine Crazy" wasted at 3 a.m. Show More Summary

Kristin Hersh's Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt

Vic Chesnutt noticed the little things. His songs were populated by humble characters from small towns as they went about their ordinary business. But it was through these stories that Chesnutt tackled the heavier subjects. It’s howShow More Summary

Kristin Hersh's Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt

Vic Chesnutt noticed the little things. His songs were populated by humble characters from small towns as they went about their ordinary business. But it was through these stories that Chesnutt tackled the heavier subjects. It’s howShow More Summary

Carrie Brownstein Discusses Her Memoir

By the third page of her memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein seems to say it all. "My story starts as a fan," she writes. "And to be a fan is to know that loving trumps being beloved." Anyone who has devoted a life...Show More Summary

Ride's Nowhere at 25 and the Evolution of Shoegaze

Photo via Facebook"We tried to sorta marry punk rock and psychedelia, that’s what we were really trying to do," said Alan McGee, co-founder of Creation Records, in the 2014 documentary Beautiful Noise. "It’s no more complicated thanShow More Summary

You Used to Call Me on My: Hotlines in Pop Music

Months before Drake brought "hotline" back into pop vocabulary, dial-a-star numbers were already having a moment. Neon Indian, Tanlines, Shamir, and Speedy Ortiz weren’t just singing about hotlines—they’d set up connections between themselves...Show More Summary

Q&A: Tavi Gevinson

Photo by Hilton AlsWhen Tavi Gevinson, now 19-years-old and Editor-in-Chief of the richly-articulated Rookie Mag (as well an actress and fashion icon in her own right) talks about pop culture, her ideas about music, style, and adulthood...Show More Summary

Part of God's Plan: How Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar Portray Black Faith

Photo by Erez AvissarThe recent 20th anniversary of the Million Man March celebration in Washington, D.C. was themed "Justice or Else" and aimed at continuing to raise awareness around injustice and the economic, political, and social forces that impact people of color in America. Show More Summary

Laurie Anderson Discusses Her New Film Heart of a Dog

In the opening seconds of composer Laurie Anderson’s new film, an animated version of Anderson—which she identifies as a "dream body, the one I use to walk around in my dreams"—narrates a macabre but hysterical vision the artist once...Show More Summary

Quentin Tarantino, Johnny Cash and the White Fantasy of the Black Outlaw

"In a country that thinks it's divided by race, where actually it's divided by class, Johnny Cash's songs of hillbilly thug life go right to the heart of the American underclass." That's the first line of director Quentin Tarantino's short essay for Johnny Cash's 2000 anthology Murder. Show More Summary

Elvis Costello's Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

In his memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, Elvis Costello deviates from the rock star bio template, and resists recounting history in a straight line. Instead, Costello works circuitously about subjects near and dear, telling stories in bits and pieces with plenty of interludes, quips, and deviations thrown in. Show More Summary

Meet Composer Caroline Shaw, Kanye West’s New Pulitzer Prize-Winning Collaborator

Image via Instagram Last week, Kanye West performed "POWER" at a Democratic National Committee Fundraiser. Before he emerged, the curtain opened on a woman alone singing wordlessly, stacking her voice into a harmonized chorale and building to an arresting peak. Show More Summary

The Rap Year Book: Tupac's "California Love"

The first proper single of Tupac’s career was "Brenda’s Got a Baby" in 1991, and that’s kind of insane to think about, and it’s insane in two different ways: (1) because of what it is about, and (2) because of what Tupac eventually came...Show More Summary

The New Explosion of Bootleg Vinyl

At first glance, the sticker on the LP might not seem weird. "Rediscover the sound of vinyl," it beckons, promising music pressed on a "serious 180g" disc, as if part of some coordinated reissue campaign. In some sense, it is. Keyhole...Show More Summary

The End of the Erase Errata Era

This past January, influential and beloved punk band Erase Errata returned after an extended break to release Lost Weekend, their first full-length in 8 years. While less active than they were in the early 2000s, the band would occasionally play a handful of shows every year, and a new record hinted at more to come. Show More Summary

Deafheaven, Lana Del Rey, and California Malaise

Photo by Kristin CoferWhen Deafheaven announced New Bermuda in July, bandleader George Clarke offered a hazy sentiment in the press release suggesting that the title referred to "a new destination in life, a nebulous point of arrival."...Show More Summary

Greil Marcus’ Real Life Rock Redeems the List

Critic Greil Marcus may be the best known rock critic going—he’s famous for his insights but not for concision. His 2014 book, The History of Rock ‘n Roll in Ten Songs, opens with a five-page run-on. His sentences can be gorgeously knotty, their structure mimicking the circuitous cultural connections. Show More Summary

Patti Smith’s M Train Is the Happiest Depiction of Melancholia

Tucked away in the backwater of New York City’s West Village was a cafe called ‘ino. The Bedford Street spot was quintessential New York circa 1855, where you’d expect someone like Walt Whitman seated at one of their hardwood tables chomping on the end of a primitive pen. Show More Summary

Carl Only Knows: A New Biography of the Man Legally Known as the Beach Boys

While the recent biopic Love and Mercy continued the deification of Brian Wilson, it was his youngest brother Carl that led the Beach Boys for more than twice as long, both onstage and in the studio. Kent Crowley's Long Promised Road:...Show More Summary

"Locked Away" and the Evolution of Prison Songs

Photo via R. City Facebook Statistics only begin to tell the story: the United States has less than five percent of the world’s overall population, yet nearly 25 percent of its prisoners. Among black males born since the late 1970s,Show More Summary

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