David Berman Knew Exactly How to Find Beauty in Sadness
Across a long career of music, poetry, and visual art, the Silver Jews songwriter married despair and absurdity. Few artists better reflected how complicated it is to be alive.
The Slow Return of Duster, the Lo-Fi Trio Who Secretly Changed Indie Rock
After 17 years, the California trio are back in the studio and putting the finishing touches on an archival set for Numero Group. It's a good opportunity to dig into their "desperate, purring distress."
A Quick Guide to the Unkillable Power of Irish Country Music
Why the genre has basically remained unchanged for decades—and how that's made it a prime meme breeding ground.