Essays

tv

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

Anyone who's ever been in a megachurch will easily recognize the stereotypes.
Josh Terry
8.16.19
Essays

Girl Talk Has Quietly Become a Great Rap Producer

A new track with Young Nudy is just the latest in a long run of excellent hip-hop singles that the mash-up star has been involved with.
Colin Joyce
8.15.19
tv

You Need to Watch 'Lodge 49,' TV's Most Bizarre Show

The show's real joys come from hanging out with its eccentric and empathetic characters.
Josh Terry
8.13.19
Essays

I Hadn't Seen My Addict Father in Years—Then I Ran Into Him on the Street

I spotted my dad hanging out in a sketchy alley in my hometown. He didn't even recognize me when I introduced myself.
Jordan Foisy
8.12.19
Essays

'Succession' Questions the Competence of Powerful White Men

In the season two premiere of the HBO show, we learn that patriarch Logan Roy might be just as clueless as everyone else.
Eric Thurm
8.12.19
Remembering Things

Remembering the Time Slipknot Threatened to Sue Burger King Over Chicken Fries

The masked band's new album 'We Are Not Your Kind' makes this a perfect time to revisit their bizarre legal feud with a fast food chain.
Colin Joyce
8.9.19
Essays

Bon Iver's 'i,i' Is Justin Vernon at His Most Alive

The ambitious fourth LP from the Wisconsin artist's band is the thrilling culmination of his career so far.
Josh Terry
8.9.19
Essays

'Free Meek' Is a Portrait of America's Broken Justice System

Meek Mill's new Amazon docuseries contextualizes his experiences in the larger problem of mass incarceration and state supervision in the U.S.
Ann-Derrick Gaillot
8.9.19
Obituaries

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.
Brian Coney
8.8.19
Essays

Lil Nas X Played the Chart Game and Won

'Old Town Road' made Billboard Hot 100 history this week, by gaming remixes and boldly going where Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber didn’t.
Gary Suarez
7.30.19
Essays

Chance The Rapper Isn't the Underdog Anymore

His debut album 'The Big Day' is massive and messy, but the Chicago standard-bearer is still having fun.
Josh Terry
7.29.19
Essays

Jack Antonoff Makes a Lot of Music and None of It Is Good

The prolific songwriter and producer's new band Red Hearse is a reminder that most of his music is boring in the same way.
Josh Terry
7.18.19
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