Recent Features

28 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best World Music of 2015

Selections from Brazil, Cuba, Gaza, Mali, and Romania, highlight this list compiled by five enthusiastic world music writers.

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The Best Regional Mexican Music of 2015

Whether norteño or banda, regional Mexican music had rich and vibrant year in 2015.

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23 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

A Shane Black Christmas

Issues like regret, redemption, and red-eyed depression hit everyone in December -- the only difference is, it’s usually not followed by a shootout and attempted kidnapping.

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22 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best Electronic Music of 2015

Electronic music is one of the broadest reaching genres by design, and 2015 showcases that as well as any other year on record.

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The Best Holiday Films Mischievously Undermine the Values They Superficially Promote

These holiday movies are more about messing up one’s life and finding second chances than they are about expressing joy to the world.

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The Best New / Emerging Artists of 2015

There was no shortage of new and exciting music in 2015. From the rise of a major new jazz talent challenging boundaries to ever more experimental R&B, this crop of artists gave us a lot of great music this year.

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18 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best K-Pop of 2015

At the end of 2015, the Korean pop scene looks hopeful in a way it hasn’t in previous years.

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‘Asking For It’ Is a Harrowing Read, But Offers Hope, Too

Kate Harding offers a damning survey of rape culture’s tenacious hold on American society, and argues that recognizing the problem is the first step to fixing it

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17 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best R&B of 2015

Modern R&B could very well be in the midst of a new, insanely fruitful Golden Age.

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‘The Voice’ at 100: Frank Sinatra Jr. Speaks Out

On the centennial of his legendary father’s birth, Frank Sinatra Jr. strives to defend the Sinatra legacy, and keep his father’s music alive

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16 Dec 2015 // 2:29 AM

James Baldwin Matters

There's a reason why Ta-Nehesi Coates is often compared to James Baldwin, and there's a reason why Baldwin's work is so relevant in the age of Black Lives Matter.

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16 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best Progressive Rock/Metal of 2015

While one-dimensional emulations of various styles dominate the charts, the acts within progressive rock/metal continue to create masterpieces for a very finite audience.

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Making Movies to Survive in ‘The Wolfpack’

The Wolfpack is less about the power of movie consumption and more about the power of movie creation.

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15 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best Metal of 2015

In a year rife with division, one band brought metal fans worldwide together like no other.

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Maserati Remains Fun, Friendly With ‘Rehumanizer’

Don't worry about whether Maserati is rock band, post rock band, Krautrock band. In the end, it's just fun.

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What Can Mushrooms Tell Us About the End of Capitalism?

An anthropologist ties together mushrooms, salvage accumulation, and the end of capitalism’s progress narrative.

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The 30 Best Album Re-Issues of 2015

The music world saw amazing reissues from all over the genre map, spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and experimental to folk.

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It’s in the Blood: A Conversation with History Writer Tim Hannigan

Treading the lines between journalist and academic, travel writer and scholar, author Tim Hannigan talks about his latest book and his unorthodox approach to writing historical narratives.

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11 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best Americana of 2015

From the old guard reaffirming its status to upstarts asserting their prowess, personal tales voiced by true artists continue to connect on an emotional level.

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X = Why? Annette Peacock’s ‘X-Dreams’

In 1978, legendary music artist Annette Peacock released X-Dreams, a phantasmagorical exercise in harnessing the slipstreams of dreamed noises.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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