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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.

KOKOKO! Electrify on the Intensely Innovative ‘Butu’

KOKOKO! Electrify on the Intensely Innovative ‘Butu’

KOKOKO!’s Butu is full of heat and movement, from the traffic sounds that start the opening track “Butu Ezo Ya” to the final claps of razor-sharp “Salaka Bien”.

Rory Block Pays Tribute to Bob Dylan and New York Roots

Rory Block Pays Tribute to Bob Dylan and New York Roots

Blues singer/guitarist Rory Block reaches back to her youth for inspiration in this tribute to Bob Dylan, choosing tunes that “touched her heart and soul”.

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.

Dirty Three Prove the Theory That Love Changes Everything

Dirty Three Prove the Theory That Love Changes Everything

Dirty Three continue their long career of making organic, meditative post-rock jazz that always humbly approaches a single moment, without pretense or distraction.

Laurie Lewis Knows We Are Just a Blink Compared to ‘Trees’

Laurie Lewis Knows We Are Just a Blink Compared to ‘Trees’

Folk singer-songwriter Laurie Lewis reminds us to be kind to each other and appreciate the good things in life, like trees and the natural world—and John Prine.

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

‘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.

Willie Nelson Finds a Peak at ‘The Border’

Willie Nelson Finds a Peak at ‘The Border’

Willie Nelson’s The Border is one of his best late-era albums thanks to his ability to subtly add heft to an ostensibly straightforward country LP.

2 Tone: Race, Music, and Pop Culture in Thatcher’s UK

2 Tone: Race, Music, and Pop Culture in Thatcher’s UK

2 Tone found a sweet spot between punk anger and pop sensibility that mirrored the myriad poles they were trying to bridge in their band members and audiences.

MONO Recommit with Life-Affirming ‘Oath’

MONO Recommit with Life-Affirming ‘Oath’

MONO return with a post-rock album about faith and commitment, which serves as a fitting epitaph for their long-term artistic collaboration with Steve Albini.