Tuesday, June 24 2014
The 2014 FIFA World Cup theme song highlights one of the worst trends in a global society: culture boiled down to a sort of triumphant universal human-ness.
Monday, June 23 2014
The record industry makes huge efforts to reissue rock CDs, but nowhere near as much effort for hip-hop CDs.
Friday, June 20 2014
Some bands echoed the Dead Kennedys' anti-Moral Majority messages; others embodied right-wing religion.
Thursday, June 19 2014
Time (The Revelator) conjures a hazy post-millennial American dream of disappointment and ambition that's disturbed by what it sees and hears.
Wednesday, June 18 2014
South African jazz singer Nicky Schrire has made three tremendous records, but she isn't well known. That ought to change.
Tuesday, June 17 2014
The Washington Post film critic wasn't wrong in wondering aloud about the impact Hollywood can have on the typical young male.
Monday, June 16 2014
Suddenly, movies from all walks of the Marvel Universe began to rage against the big screen with three distinct universes vying for control of box office gold.
Friday, June 13 2014
A recent Planet Money episode about worker analytics provokes two things: a memory of a troubling past, and troubling vision of the future of work.
Thursday, June 12 2014
Still Life's narrative borders on Shakespearean levels of romantic tragedy and social commentary, making it the most poetic and philosophical in Opeth’s catalogue.
Wednesday, June 11 2014
Truths and beauties grapple throughout According to What?, a retrospective of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
As the cynosure of the counterculture, Eve Babitz knew everybody worth knowing; slept with everybody worth sleeping with and better still, made herself felt in every encounter.
Tuesday, June 10 2014
Two critical catfights are claiming to have buried art-forms which have shaped our civilisation for decades and centuries apiece. Are they entitled to do that?
Monday, June 9 2014
The story is far from over for The Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, but what of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? What of the incredible saga of all of those also-ran comic book films?
Friday, June 6 2014
With the publication of his third novel, Tash Aw's celebrity status is now assured. But do the books equal the hype?
Thursday, June 5 2014
Anchorman 2 is bigger, bolder, brasher and more bizarre than its antecedent, but it also gives a pertinent critique of the medium it has chosen to satirise.
Wednesday, June 4 2014
Living out of step fits right in with Dondero's songs of tough and kindhearted outcasts, eccentrics and survivors who live out of sight, but in plain sight.
Tuesday, June 3 2014
With Mad Men now wrapped up until spring 2015, it's time we stop resisting the trend of this new television practice. It ain't over, but it's still a finalé.
Monday, June 2 2014
Marvel Comics rules the box office today (three films based on Marvel Comics occupied the top 10 in May 2014 alone), but getting there was a long, hard, slow road.
Friday, May 30 2014
What was Van Vechten really writing about during the Harlem Renaissance; black culture as it existed in its own right, or how he viewed it through his own complicated prism?
Thursday, May 29 2014
Riot grrrls wrote, recorded and produced a wealth of cultural objects. They left trails of scribbles, screams and lipstick traces in MP3 blogs and online archives, awaiting release.