Essays

10.11.19

Big Thief’s ‘Two Hands’ Finds a Radical Strength in Kindness

Their second album this year launches the four-piece to new heights.

10.8.19

I Thought Oktoberfest Would Suck, But Then I Remembered I’m a Trash Person

In theory I should have hated everything about the world’s largest beer festival, but somehow I thrived.

10.4.19

Wilco Haven’t Just Endured, They’ve Gotten Better

'Ode To Joy’ cements their legacy as the greatest band of our time.

10.2.19

The 56 Times We Told My Grandfather That My Grandmother Was Dead

Now that she’s gone, our family is only beginning to understand their codependent life together.

9.25.19

Why Do So Many Women Love 'Law & Order: SVU'?

Ahead of the premiere of its 21st season, we talked to women about why they love a show that largely revolves around rape and sexual assault.

9.23.19

What Really Happened at 'Storm Area 51'

For starters, no one was vaporized (or if they were, the CIA did a really good job of covering it up).

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9.13.19

'House of Sugar' Is (Sandy) Alex G's Most Essential Album

The eighth studio LP from the Philadelphia songwriter best captures Alex Giannascoli's thrilling idiosyncrasies.

9.3.19

'South Park' Made It Cool Not to Care. Then The World Changed

20 years after the groundbreaking 'South Park' movie, is it time for the show's proudly childish point of view to grow up?

8.29.19

Baja Beach Fest Was a Game-Changing Showcase of Latinx Excellence

The electrifying beachfront gathering—which featured Bad Bunny, Becky G, and J Balvin—felt like a line in the sand for the future of música urbana.

8.27.19

The VMAs Are Pointless Now

Even Missy Elliott's electrifying performance and long-overdue props couldn't save the show from its focus-grouped blandness.

8.23.19

Showtime's ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ Nails the Desperation of MLMs

The new dramedy on direct sales and its victims stars a thrilling Kirsten Dunst.

8.16.19

HBO's ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ Brutally Skewers Christian Hypocrisy

Anyone who's ever been in a megachurch will easily recognize the stereotypes.

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