The 2017 Music Issue


Irish Rap Had to Get Brutally Honest to Make Its Mark

A new generation of largely Dublin rappers is taking aim at political inequalities and the stereotypes holding their scene back.


Welcome to the Naked, Paint-Dripping World of New Weird Britain

There's a new wave of underground musicians, sound artists, producers and bands creating immersive worlds for their audiences to participate in.


Why People Shut Up When Obongjayar Opens His Mouth

Off the back of his outstanding sophomore EP 'Bassey', we sat down with the London-based Nigerian artist to see what he's getting up to next.


Maybe the People Would Be the Times

One writer remembers the 1970s New York City music scene, which we have to thank for everything.


The Shape of Punk to Comp

How cheap compilation CDs helped revive a genre.


Meet Some of the People Who Put Together Our Music Issue

Writer Luc Sante, photographer Shaquille Dunbar, and more helped make our Music issue.


In Austin, Country Dancing Isn't Corny Anymore

The city's honky tonk resurgence is two-stepping into the future, with a twist.


New Orleans Is Bubbling Over

A young collective called The Pink Room Project is pushing the city's musical legacy into the future, catching the eye of Solange in the process.


Inside the FBI's File on The Fugs: The "Most Vulgar Thing the Human Mind Could Possibly Conceive"

Buried in a bureau file on the Doors is correspondence about how dirty the Fugs were.


Behind the Cover of Our 2017 Music Issue

New York photographer Darin Mickey provided us with a bit of existentialism.


Mija Is EDM's Last Great Hope

The self-made 25-year-old DJ is poised to become one of the biggest names in contemporary dance music, as well as a one-woman art factory.


Lil Wayne Changed the Internet Forever

A decade ago, Weezy's string of releases reimagined what rap could be, and created a blueprint musicians are still following today.