• The VICE Reader

    An Excerpt from 'New Orleans: The Underground Guide'

    Author Michael Patrick Welch is tired of people thinking of New Orleans as a bunch of brass bands and Mardi Gras parades—the city's music scene includes that stuff, but it's also a paradise of sludge metal and bounce rap.

  • I Saw Nirvana Play to Two Hundred People, in 2014

    Last night, an all-star cast of musicians gathered around to help eulogize and celebrate a great band that disappeared a little too soon. With booze. And lots of it. Oh yeah, they played a shit ton of songs too. And it has been a long, long, long time.

  • Jay Z, White Devils, and the 'New York Post'

    On April 1, Jay Z showed up at a Brooklyn Nets game sporting a large medallion of the Five Percenters’ Universal Flag. Once white people figured out what the medallion represented—a community founded upon the notion that black men are the supreme beings of the universe—they went…

  • The Basic Bitch's Guide to Coachella 2014

    If you’re a Basic Bitch, you LITERALLY LIVE for Coachella. You’ve been shopping on Nasty Gal for, like, the past three months and have a shit-ton of neon crop tops. Basic Bitches love music, but they love music festivals even more, because DRUNK! SUN! INSTAGRAM! DANCING!

  • The 'New York Times' Doesn't Know Shit About Poptimism

    Over the weekend, New York Times Magazine published a piece on how pop music coverage focused too much on, well, the popular stuff. It was at times incoherent and flat-out wrong, and it showed if nothing else a lack of curiosity about finding solid coverage of left-field a…

  • The Faint Are Back, and They Have a Bunch of Crazy Gadgets Now

    Dance-punk patriarchs the Faint are releasing their first studio album in six years. To promote it, the band is embarking on a national tour that features a whole bunch of new software and technology designed by the band members themselves.

  • Can Prison Silence the Sound of Vybz Kartel?

    Vybz’s trial was one of the most talked-about events in Jamaica, inspiring hundreds of headlines and editorials in print, on TV, and on the internet. Now that he has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, will we hear from the Worl’ Boss ever again?

  • Radiohead Is for Boring Nerds

    Sure, in the grand scheme of things, it’s much better to have musicians like Thom Yorke than a shameless cash-hungry scumbag like Gene Simmons. Thom seems like a nice guy and all, but let's be honest: He’s just a strange little British man who dances like a spider monkey.

  • Brace Yourself, Juggalo Bitcoins Are Coming

    If you're wondering why the world needs a Juggalo-specific currency, you're asking the wrong question. Why doesn't the world need a Juggalo-specific currency?

  • All the Times 'TIME' Magazine Was Racist and Therefore High on Molly

    Last week, TIME.com ran a story called “The Party Drug Molly Can Make You a Racist.” The problem is, that’s not actually true. Then again, there's now a logical explanation for TIME’s historical racism: They were obviously high on Molly.

  • The Miley Cyrus Porn Parody, Reviewed

    I watched as porn versions of Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Liam Hemsworth, and Robin Thicke had sex with someone pretending to be America's least favorite sweetheart. Spoiler: There were a lot of gross dicks.

  • Steve Aoki Throws Cakes Because He's a Really Anxious Guy

    Aoki is not just a normal dude—or a normal DJ, at that. He's one of the few superstars who's taken the idea of crowd interaction at EDM parties to an entirely new level. His stunts have become legend—especially the one where he lobs a cake into the crowd.

  • 'Houston Rap Tapes' Collects the Best Photographs of Houston's Hip-Hop Scene

    Houston Rap Tapes illustrates Houston's hip-hop history with interviews by Lance Scott Walker and the photos of Peter Beste. I was feeling hyped about the book, so I called Lance to discuss his interviews and the history of Houston rap.

  • The Timeless Art of Porno Music

    For the past decade, James Lynch has soundtracked films like Evil Head (a parody of Evil Dead) and Not Another Porn Movie (a meta-parody ahead of its time) with original songs, parodies, and instrumentals.