How Bad Brains Created the Best Funk Metal Album 30 Years Ago
'I Against I' calcified a combination of hard rock and funk into something sexy, heavy, and thoroughly modern.
The Photographer Who Inspired "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"
We talked to Lawrence Schiller, whose photographs of the counterculture movement inspired Tom Wolfe, about how the new text offers the "full picture of set and setting."
What Sun Ra's Poetry Can Teach Us About Afrofuturism
"What I would like to see is a scholarly edition of his poems," says the author of a new book on Sun Ra. "I think they're worthy of that treatment..."
The Moment I Knew I Wanted to Work in the Music Business
I reached out to people who have spent the their adult lives recording, overseeing, organizing, or critiquing popular music to find out how they got into the industry.
Want to Make More Money? Get Better at Memorizing Basic Facts
According to a new book, there's a correlation between how knowledgeable you are and your income and happiness.
What UGK’s ‘Ridin Dirty’ Means to Houston's Souped-Up Car Culture
Souped-up cars are so central to 'Ridin Dirty' that Bun and Pimp actually appear in a whip on the cover. In celebration of the record's 20th anniversary, we hopped on the phone with some of Houston's most influential slab artists to talk about the...
How Nitrous Oxide Inspired Early Psychedelic Literature
A conversation with author Mike Jay on nitrous oxide's remarkable history.
What the Taylor Swift vs. Kanye Beef Tells Us About the Meaning of Life
Steven Hydens's new book 'Your Favorite Band is Killing Me' focuses on famous music rivalries like Oasis vs. Blur and Taylor Swift vs. Kanye to reveal that these beefs were about something more than drunken VMA speeches or Noel Gallagher's big mouth.
Salvaging a Good Time from the Wreckage of Levitation 2016
The official festival got rained out, but a network of smaller shows featuring Animal Collective, Sleep, Boris, Slowdive, and more saved the day.
A Weed Chef’s Quick Guide to Making Non-Disgusting Edibles
The average pot enthusiast is more likely to dump an ounce of mids into some brownie batter than whip up something digestible and effective, so we asked JeffThe420Chef, author of The 420 Gourmet, to share some of his best tips to help up your...
Ten Years of "Shoes," the Story of the First Great Viral Music Video, Betch
Oh my god, we found Kelly, and we interviewed her.
How Burglars Hack Cities to Steal Your Stuff
A new book takes a look at our everyday urban environments through the eyes of the criminals aiming to break into them.