This Taxi Driver Was a Superstar in Ethiopia

In the 1960s and 70s, Hailu Mergia was a famous musician in Addis Ababa. But in the 80s, he made the painful decision to leave. Now he's poised for a comeback.
Avery L. White
vice shorts

New Short Film Discusses Black Identity as an American Ex-Pat in Paris [NSFW]

'The Leftovers' creator Damon Lindelof talks to Tamara P. Carter about her new series short, 'The Paris Project'.
VICE Staff
Dancing VS the State

The Racist Legacy of NYC’s Anti-Dancing Law

The cabaret law—and its prejudicial history—is one of the city's darkest secrets.
Eli Kerry and Penn Bullock
music videos

[Premiere] A Solo Jazz Pianist Gets Overtaken by a Fractal Universe in This Gorgeous Music Video

Pianist Tigran Hamasyan’s hypnotic “The Cave of Rebirth” meet Julius Horsthuis’ infinite fractal landscapes in a stunning music video directed by Ruben van Leer.
Kevin Holmes
thump mix

THUMP Mix: Toro Y Moi & The Mattson 2

Chaz Bundick and the West Coast jazz duo serve up 34 minutes of psych-rock, French pop, and 70s soul.
Max Mertens
thump news

A Dungeons & Dragons Game Takes a Gristly Turn in BadBadNotGood and Kaytranada's "Violet" Video

The Montreal producer stars as a playable character in the latest clip from the Toronto experimental jazz group.
Max Mertens

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..."
Patrick Lyons
The Music Issue

We Reviewed Some of October's Best Music

From Jenny Hval's latest album, 'Blood Bitch,' to alto saxophonist Steve Lehman's avant-garde jazz and hip-hop inspired 'Sélébéyone,' we took a listen to this month's best new albums.
Ben Shapiro; Kyle Kramer; Angus Harrison; Andrew
The Photo Issue 2016

Groundbreaking Images by the Founder of the First Women's Photographic Agency in the UK

"If somebody wanted a photograph of a person doing a certain job, we would send them a photograph of a woman doing it."
Val Wilmer

Daedelus' Chaotic Jazz Collab Meets Abstract 3D Animations [Premiere]

Strangeloop’s new video for Kneedelus’ “Loops” is pure machine chaos.
DJ Pangburn
The Borders Issue

Kamasi Washington's Father Helped Mold Him into a Jazz Master

Kamasi Washington's dad, Rickey, played an essential role in the talented musician's life, challenging and nurturing him so that he could become the man and artist he is today.
Wilbert L. Cooper
thump exclusive stream

Stream the Debut EP From Luke Abbott's New Psychedelic Jazz Project, Szun Waves

'At Sacred Walls' was recorded in James Holden's top-secret studio in London.
MacEagon Voyce