Music Reviews

Cat Power Sings Bob Dylan at the London Palladium

Cat Power and her band are not a simulacrum of Bob Dylan; they gracefully step into the songs, striking the right balance between honoring and making it anew.

Ugandan Jon Muq’s Music Is Warm and Familiar on ‘Flying Away’

Communal Grooves Are Unstoppable on Aba Diop’s ‘Revolution Sabar’

Amen Dunes Dabbles in Electronics But Delivers Human Connection 

Melissa Aldana and Lage Lund Evoke Wayne Shorter on New LP

The Lovely Eggs Explore Everyday Struggles and Triumphs

BeachLife Festival Hangs 10 with Incubus and DEVO

The Avett Brothers Are in Long-Term Career Mode

Beth Gibbons Ventures Out on ‘Lives Outgrown’

Music Features

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of May 2024

In May’s best metal, the Hope Conspiracy return to pure hardcore form, Unleash the Archers claim power metal fame and Primitive Warfare declare war against all.

The Ophelias Want to Devastate You

Cat Power Sings Bob Dylan at the London Palladium

Slum Village Boldly Take Hip-Hop to the Disco

Sunny Day Real Estate’s Emo Classic ‘Diary’ Turns 30

Lady Wray Ignites Berlin with Joy 

“I Just Want to Hear Everything”: A Conversation with Paul Weller

Film

The Eerie Beauty in Horror Film ‘I Saw the TV Glow’

With horror film I Saw the TV Glow, Jane Schoenbrun creates an eerie, emotional journey into the intersection of identity and popular culture. 

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2024: The Good, the Unremarkable, and the Dead on Arrival

Is ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ An Act of Surrender?

‘Time of the Heathen’ Mixes Atomic Angst with Racial Woes

Philosophies and Ironies in Éric Rohmer’s ‘Tales of the Four Seasons’

Is the ‘Barbie’ Movie Performative Subversion or Meaningful Rebellion?

Debut Drama ‘Mabel’ Rejects the ‘Matilda’-Like Dream of Childhood

Books

Tommy Orange Testifies to the Power of Cultural Reclamation

In Wandering Stars masterful storyteller Tommy Orange shifts our lens from historically imposed assimilation to contemporary cultural reclamation.

This Lesbian Fashion History Is a Perfectly Tailored Fit

Patric Gagne Calls for Empathy in ‘Sociopath: A Memoir’

No Such Thing as Failure: Nintendo’s Failed Virtual Boy

The Beatles Shake Britain: The Beginning of Beatlemania

Television

‘World of Giants’ Is Cold War Sci-Fi Espionage with a Small Difference

World of Giants is catnip and dog-nip and gopher-nip for connoisseurs of classic sci-fi TV ’50s style, aka, the art of really short half-hour storytelling.

They Tenderly Scream “Camp” and We Lovingly Scream Back

21 Beacon Street’s Impossible Missions

‘The Sympathizer’ Fractures Identity into a Knockout Kaleidoscopic Tale

‘Sugar’ Is an Intoxicating Celebration of Classic Hollywood

Interviews

The Ophelias Want to Devastate You

The sad queer folk rock anthems of Ohio’s the Ophelias have pierced through the noise, and now, no matter how unusual the venue, they’re road-testing new tunes.

Slum Village Boldly Take Hip-Hop to the Disco

“I Just Want to Hear Everything”: A Conversation with Paul Weller

Dark-Pop Queen CXLOE and Her ‘Shiny New Thing’

Straight from No Man’s Land: A Conversation with Texas Bluesman Scott H. Biram

Lists

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of May 2024

In May’s best metal, the Hope Conspiracy return to pure hardcore form, Unleash the Archers claim power metal fame and Primitive Warfare declare war against all.

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2024: The Good, the Unremarkable, and the Dead on Arrival

JazzMatters: The Best Jazz of March-May 2024

Ambient Matters: The Best Ambient Albums of April 2024

Snow Blinded: My 15 Favorite Styx Songs