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

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

Red Hot Chili Peppers made an LP on their own terms with Californication. They silenced the doubters and launched the second act of their extraordinary career.

Summer 2024 European Music Festivals Light Up Major Cities

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.

A Mind-Opening Preview of Fantasia Film Festival 2024

A Mind-Opening Preview of Fantasia Film Festival 2024

Our preview of Fantasia Festival 2024 highlights ten films that stimulate viewers’ emotional, cultural, and social intellect.

Upon the Edge of No Escape: Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ at 45

Upon the Edge of No Escape: Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ at 45

A unique-sounding album, Unknown Pleasures retains the dark mystery of Ian Curtis and Joy Division while anticipating future moods and genres.

Godzilla the Union Buster

Godzilla the Union Buster

There’s a bitter irony in how Oscar-winning Godzilla Minus One, produced by a notorious union-busting production company, is celebrated for its message of collective strength.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Opus Remains Powerful and Prescient

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Opus Remains Powerful and Prescient

Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You! Black Emperor reminds us that sometimes the most powerful protest is (nearly) wordless.

Gracie Abrams and the Secret of Confessional Writing

Gracie Abrams and the Secret of Confessional Writing

The strong hooks on The Secret of Us provide the missing third dimension to Gracie Abrams’ songs and create a winning formula that could sustain more albums. 

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

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

The K-pop market is oversaturated, but ARTMS cut through the technicolor noise by remixing and defying lore conventions to create something drastically new.

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of June 2024

MetalMatters: The Best Metal Albums of June 2024

In June’s best metal, Crypt Sermon offer hooks in doom form, Insect Ark stay on the experimental path, and Ulcerate offer despair with technical death metal.

The Art of Psychological Warfare

The Art of Psychological Warfare

From marketing manipulation to all-out psychological warfare, Stories Are Weapons clarifies how our world – and worldview – is seldom our own.

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

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

Sci-fi movies Unknown Terror, The Colossus of New York and Destination Inner Space inject monsters into personal melodrama for masculine redemption.

The 50 Best Albums of 2024 So Far

The 50 Best Albums of 2024 So Far

The 50 best albums of 2024 offer sublime music as major artists return with new work and brilliant new sounds bubble up from the underground and worldwide.