Music Reviews

The Folk Implosion Begin Again with ‘Walk Thru Me’

After a quarter century, Lou Barlow and John Davis of the Folk Implosion return with an album that testifies to their enduring friendship.

Dead & Company Dazzle in the Desert with Sphere Residency

SUSS Nail Ambient Country Vibes with ‘Birds & Beasts’

AJ Lee & Blue Summit Take Bluegrass to the ‘City of Glass’

Rui Gabriel Comes of Age on the Reflective Triumph ‘Compassion’

Kasabian Deliver Infectious Grooves on ‘Happenings’

Pandora Boxx Offers a Smile and a Laugh With Debut Album

Fire-Toolz’s ‘Breeze’ Dares to Imagine Joy Within Chaos

Travis’ Tenth Studio Album ‘L.A. Times’ Lacks Consistency

Music Features

RJD2 Refines His Signature Sound on ‘Visions Out of Limelight’

RJD2 felt he was getting pigeonholed for his sample-based style, only to be lambasted when diverting from it. On his new album, he embraces his true muse.

Joyce Manor’s ‘Never Hungover Again’ Is a Timeless Snapshot of Fading Youth

Leaving Records Are Bigger and Weirder Than Ever Turning 15

Blaxploitation Movies and Music Are the Story of the 1970s

The Buddy Movie That Is Lake Street Dive

A Comeback Story for the Ages: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication at 25  

Summer 2024 European Music Festivals Light Up Major Cities

Film

Thriller ‘The White Rabbit’ Ensnares Viewers in Hitchcockian Fashion

Thriller short film The White Rabbit ensnares viewers with a joke, a nightmare, and an illusion in a sly interplay that evokes Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

Blaxploitation Movies and Music Are the Story of the 1970s

A Mind-Opening Preview of Fantasia Film Festival 2024

Godzilla the Union Buster

Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinematic Melodrama: ‘Victims of Sin’

Retro Monsters and Sexual Politics Dominate These Three Sci-Fi Movies

‘The Underground Railroad’ and Cinema’s Origins in White Supremacy

Books

‘Mettlework’ Excavates Myths of American Motherhood

Poet and author Jessica E. Johnson’s memoir Mettlework excavates myths of motherhood and girlhood in mining towns across America.

The US Military’s Secret War on Comic Books

Championing Change: Eddie Ahn’s Graphic Memoir ‘Advocate’

Blaxploitation Movies and Music Are the Story of the 1970s

Lindsey Drager’s ‘The Avian Hourglass’ Is Wonderfully Weird

Television

‘The Underground Railroad’ and Cinema’s Origins in White Supremacy

In adapting the alternative history The Underground Railroad, Barry Jenkins and his crew made cinema – a medium with origins in white supremacy – work for them.

‘The Boys’ Season 4 Is a Bloody Descent into Hell

Crime Sells in TV: ‘The Responder’, ‘Shardlake’, and ‘Eric’

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

They Tenderly Scream “Camp” and We Lovingly Scream Back

Interviews

RJD2 Refines His Signature Sound on ‘Visions Out of Limelight’

RJD2 felt he was getting pigeonholed for his sample-based style, only to be lambasted when diverting from it. On his new album, he embraces his true muse.

Thriller ‘The White Rabbit’ Ensnares Viewers in Hitchcockian Fashion

Leaving Records Are Bigger and Weirder Than Ever Turning 15

The Buddy Movie That Is Lake Street Dive

K-Pop Finally Has Its Meta-Moment with the Dynamic Art of ARTMS

Lists

Summer 2024 European Music Festivals Light Up Major Cities

Sure, Glastonbury and Rock Werchter dazzle with pastoral grandeur, but if you’re more of a city-dweller, check out the best European music festivals this summer.

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The 50 Best Albums of 2024 So Far

25 of the Best Country Songs of the 1990s

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