Budapest’s famed Sziget Festival Official dazzles in our part two coverage, but the challenges of keeping it viable are pressing.
The immigrant punks of Gogol Bordello are back with odes to world wandering and anarchic party spirit on Seekers and Finders.
Chantal Akerman’s remarkable film JEANNE DIELMAN 23 shares many qualities with Vermeer’s paintings of domestic interiors in its obsession with frontality and its exquisite concern with the rich textures of Interior space.
Byung-Chul Han argues that love, sex, and even theory are disappearing in consumer cultures because our systems of finances and behaviors erode the Other in favor of sameness.
THE AGONY OF EROS is out now via The MIT Press.
Producer Nick Phillips talks with us about the classic 1957 studio encounters between a mature Thelonious Monk and an up-and-coming John Coltrane are now remastered for high-quality vinyl. #jazz
With tempers frayed and friendships tested following the #Brexit referendum, it's easy to lose sight of what it means to be British at all.
BREXIT AND THE BRITISH: WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE? is out now via Haus Publishing.
Filled with colorful characters and playful plot twists, the hillbilly heist Logan Lucky UK proves that Steven Soderbergh still loves a good con game.
BBQ is all the rage in hip, young London with amazing new restaurants and parties all over town. Learn how Tabasco is enhancing traditional BBQ cultures adding a jolt to a super thick and delicious Nigerian hamburger, a zing to Jamaican jerk chicken, and a bit of zest to Filipino BBQ chicken. #sponsor
How the Netflix original series Narcos “otherizes Colombia and the Latin American through its single-story focus.
Ray Wylie Hubbard delivers another collection of spare, beautiful songs of grace and damnation. #PMPick
#PREMIERE: Dan Zanes teams up with Valerie June on this brilliant remake of the 1942 Lead Belly single "Take This Hammer".
It's from the new LP LEAD BELLY, BABY! that releases 8/25 via Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
Michael Curtiz's THE BREAKING POINT is the most faithful screen adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.
Daniel Wolff examines how one tragedy in 1913 Calumet Michigan survived through the anger of topical folk music to be told by self-mythologized characters Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.
GROWN-UP ANGER is out now via HarperCollins.
The Sziget Festival Official -- possibly the most diverse cultural event in the world -- celebrates a quarter century of love and freedom.
KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko talks about his group's career and their new album in this extensive interview.
HELL YEAH is out Friday via earMUSIC.
#PREMIERE: British indie pop artist Nick Mulvey shares a paired down performance video of his hit "Mountain to Move". His new LP Wake Up Now releases 9/8 via Harvest Records.
With his new foray into '80s progressive pop, Steven Wilson does something unusual: writes happy songs. TO THE BONE is out Friday via Caroline Records.
The way Orphan Black always put women at the center of its story is what will be most remembered and missed.
Ann Powers' GOOD BOOTY addresses how America’s erotic musical journey is inseparable from other important issues such as race, gender, cultural appropriation, and sexual harassment that goes beyond just getting off in the bedroom to the ultrasmooth sounds of Barry White.
This insightful documentary on David Lynch brings advanced closure to lingering questions we may have when Twin Peaks: The Return ends its triumphant televisual revival in September.
Rationality, in the moral sense, is an act of love because it is an attempt to bring the world closer, not drive it away. Rationality is not an inherent human trait, it is a choice. #Charlottesville
Author and comic book historian Tim Hanley explores the far more than nine lives of DC Comics' #Catwoman in this thoroughly in-depth biography/cultural contextualization.
Out now via Chicago Review Press.
Andrei Tarkovsky’s cinema dialogues with the current chaos of rising authoritarian regimes in the West and the threat of nuclear devastation as the United States and North Korea rattle their sabers.
STALKER is out now via The Criterion Collection.
Reading WALKING IN BERLIN is the next best thing to traveling back in time to visit the capital of the Weimar Republic as it was in 1929. Out now via The MIT Press.
Grizzly Bear returns with Painted Ruins, the band's best album to date.
On Shanghai dance halls of the late '30s and a vinyl tango artifact that survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
The absence of life-or-death consequences in Daishu Ma's debut graphic novel LEAF lowers the stakes while raising the novel’s quiet complexity. Out now via Fantagraphics Books Inc.
Already one of the greatest rappers in history, this is the kind of late-career artistic gem that will cement JAY-Z’s place on rap’s Mount Rushmore.
Joshua Green’s swift and incisive political war story DEVIL’S BARGAIN tells how Steve Bannon's years-long nationalist insurgent campaign culminated in the election of Donald Trump.
DEVIL’S BARGAIN is out now via Penguin Random House.
The return of Twin Peaks fundamentally reshapes the theme of the entire text, refashioning it into a meditation upon reflection, and the inability to know oneself.
EMA talks with us about her new album Exile in the Outer Ring that tackles issues like the harmful effects of gentrification and the political divisions rife in our societies.
EXILE IN THE OUTER RING is out Friday via City Slang.
David F. Sandberg takes a straightforward approach to horror in this atmospheric, immersive, The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle: Creation
UNCOMFORTABLY HAPPILY considers the radical notion of expecting less of one's self. Out now via Drawn and Quarterly.
Amanda Lipitz’s debut film STEP is an unrepentant hug in a world more accustomed to gut punches.
Critics are hailing Lorde's sophomore effort as a pop masterpiece, but does her new album live up to the hype or does its meaning get lost in the 'Melodrama'?
#PREMIERE: Denver's The Yawpers impress on their new concept album and offer up a catchy, pop number in "Reunion" to conclude the affair.
BOY IN A WELL releases 8/18 via Bloodshot Records.
Whom to love and whom to hate in war and film? An #interview with Land of Mine director and cast.
Forged out of the most horrific of contexts, Kesha's RAINBOW emerges with such absolute confidence of vision that it instantly goes down as one of the best pop albums of the year.
As a teen 30 years ago buying Rolling Stone meant buying the hipness and cool that said you were serious about music and culture.
Impossibly Norwegian in style and substance, Anja Garbarek's 'Smiling and Waving' describes the most ordinary lives lost in the voids of the most extraordinary riddles.
PREMIERE: Americana's Eilen Jewell realizes a life long dream with her new blues album and a kicking title track in "Down Hearted Blues", the Bessie Smith classic. Jewell's new album releases 9/22 via Signature Sounds Recordings.
Is a feminist revolution unfolding on Game of Thrones and Twin Peaks?
The world has reached a point where clichéd cartoon depictions of authoritarianism feel like pointed political commentary. When you're living a cliché, those clichés seem less cliché. It’s fucking weird.
Coronet Blue seems to be TV's earliest incarnation of the amnesiac hero, and moreover the amnesiac spy.
Not only did Jerry Rubin pioneer the idea of social networking and share his enthusiasm for innovative technology like Apple computers in the early ‘80s, he advocated for socially conscious entrepreneurship, the aspiration of countless GenXers and Millennials.
DID IT! Is out soon via Fantagraphics Books Inc.
Blancmange seemed cut out to be the perfect '80s synthpop duo. So why didn't it quite turn out that way? This set of deluxe reissues helps explain.
After 45 years, Randy Newman's SAIL AWAY remains one of the most beautiful, difficult, evocative testimonies to lust, desire, and America's collective racist past.
Books like Chuck Klosterman's X may represent a new kind of history lesson. Out now via Blue Rider Press.
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