The Promise of Redemption in 'All the Names They Used for God'

This debut collection of stories by Anjali Sachdeva explores how our new gods are just as untrustworthy and capricious as the old ones.

'Yellow Negroes' Draws the Plight of Undocumented Lives

In short narrative sequences, Yellow Negros and Other Imaginary Creatures explores the relationship of identity as a fluid, existential understanding of culture as an ordered environment.

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages Bring Soul and Passion to Their First Video (premiere)

Soul band extraordinaire Barrence Whitfield & The Savages produce their first ever music video for the heavy blues rock number "Let's Go to Mars". New album 3/2 via Bloodshot Records

U.S. Girls Listen to the Sinister Voice in All of Us on 'A Poem Unlimited' ​​​​

U.S. Girls 's latest release, In a Poem Unlimited, reveals a dark sense of humor about living in the modern world. Out via 4AD

Nathan Fake Surprises with 'Sunder' EP That Captures the Raw Adrenaline of Its Creation + Interview

For Nathan Fake 's new EP #Sunder, ​the idea was to hit record and just see what happens. Fake tells us all about it in an interview and the record is out today via Ninja Tune .

Olden Yolk: Olden Yolk (album review)

Olden Yolk Refashion '60s Folk-Rock for the Modern Ear on Debut Album

There's Fun to Be Found in Artistic Appropriation

'Beg, Steal, and Borrow: Artists Against Originality gives some history -- and brings some levity -- to the subject of unoriginality.

Margo Price and Suzanne Santo: Honky-Tonk Women Take Good with the Badassery on Tour

Margo Price and Suzanne Santo : Honky-Tonk Women Take Good with the Badassery on Tour

Mighty New Worlds and Mightier Complications in 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #24'

Kyle Higgins explores and expands the world of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, creating opportunities and complications for the powerful Shattered Grid event.

What Is Trans*?

What Is #Trans? Jack Halberstam provides a deep examination into how and why we name who and what we are.

Director Alex Garland on Nature and the Absence of Gender in 'Annihilation'

Annihilation Movie director Alex Garland discusses his personal approach to filmmaking and the beauty of nature and math -- and video games.

The Musical Atmosphere in BigYuki's 'Reaching for Chiron'

The jazz/hip-hop/electronica music of keyboardist BIGYUKI — featured on the last Tribe Called Quest album — is a true hybrid that, surprisingly, contains more Louis Armstrong that you might think.

Keiji Haino and SUMAC Join Forces for 'American Dollar Bill'

Japanese rock insurrectionary Keiji Haino and Northwest art metal trio SUMAC improvise über-heavy body music on #AmericanDollarBill out today via Thrill Jockey Records.

Rupert Holmes Is So Much More Than the Piña Colada Man

Rupert Holmes, the acclaimed singer/songwriter, novelist, and Tony Award-winning writer of musicals reflects on a career in which that rum drink is but an aftertaste.

Mia Dyson's "Diamonds" Is All About Being Who You Truly Are (premiere)

#PREMIERE: Aussie blues rocker Mia Dyson 's "Diamonds" shatters the idea of hiding behind the image of what people want you to be.

ionnalee Brings a "Full on Requiem" to the Album Format

INTERVIEW: After three compelling audio-visual albums as iamamiwhoami , a profound health scare inspired Jonna Lee to relaunch as bold, talented solo artist ionnalee -- for the second time in her career.

'Improv Nation' and the Birth of Saturday Night Live

Sam Wasson's IMPROV NATION tells the long and astonishing history of the spur-of-the-moment stuff that makes audiences laugh.

Lies, Wine, Sex, Death, and Politics in 'The Party'

Sally Potter's jolly, short little stab of a chamber piece black comedy THE PARTY isn't as smart a political commentary as it wants to be, but it's great fun nonetheless.

Experimental Artists YoshimiO, Susie Ibarra, and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe Join Forces on 'Flower of Sulphur'

Three unique experimental music minds meet for a powerful improvisational recital in Flower of Sulphur out Friday from Thrill Jockey Records.

In Thrall to Genius: Alain Locke and the Harlem Renaissance

By serving as a midwife to artists, #HarlemRenaissance philosopher #AlainLocke would help foster an art that would stand as a midwife to a better future.

Exquisite Self-Control and Abandonment in 'The Complete Ballet'

John Haskell's COMPLETE BALLET is an intricate, stunningly choreographed dance of essays -- parts memoir and criticism -- through life, love, and loss within the context of classical ballet.

Grant Lee Phillips: Widdershins (album review)

Something is on Grant-Lee Phillips' mind and there are no prizes for guessing what it is...

Betty Davis and the Funk Cult of Space Age Blues

Clear your mind of the long gone myth, the post-career hype, and connect the dots that lead from Ma Rainy to Betty Davis, a continuum of playful blues/funk and emancipated eroticism.

Winning 'Game Night' Is Dumb Fun

As the inscrutable plot unfolds and the action becomes frenetic, Game Night Movie slowly claws its way to (dis)respectability.

Where's the So-called 'Feminism' in Zack Snyder's Violent 'Sucker Punch'?

Where's the so-called #feminism in Zack Snyder's violent Sucker Punch?

'Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold' Documents Travel, Evolving Perspectives

Observing Sting's career through the lens of home and travel, Paul Carr presents a striking portrait of a musician coming to grips with his long-neglected hometown.

'Black Panther' Is Its Own Kind of Animal

Marvel Studios scores another major success with Black Panther, and taps the zeitgeist, by allowing Ryan Coogler free reign to make the most thoughtful, socially conscious superhero film to date.

Fischerspooner: Sir (album review)

Fischerspooner's SIR feels like a defiant middle finger at American conservatism

'Apocalypse, Darling' Is a Deceptively Difficult Text That Deserves Deep Consideration

Sparked by TS Eliot’s The Wasteland, APOCALYPSE, DARLING is a genre-crossing meditation on bodies of land, humans, and their sometimes tempestuous connections.

Anne Sexton, Peter Gabriel, and the Dark Lure of 'Mercy Street'

When sound, vision, and gloom mix to create beauty... Anne Sexton, Peter Gabriel, and the dark lure of MERCY STREET

Down with Pleasure: The Lost Films of Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin

Arrow Films and Kino Lorber bring us the lost films of Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin

Marlon Williams Points to Where Country Music Can Evolve on 'Make Way for Love'

Playing through heartbreak, Marlon Williams makes bold new sounds in modern #countrymusic on his second release #MakeWayForLove, out now via Dead Oceans.

Even a Back-up Generator Couldn't Keep 'Elektra' Charged

Even a backup generator couldn't keep 2005's ELEKTRAcharged. The latest from Michael Curley's series on Marvel Entertainment films.

What We Talk About When We Talk About 'The Graduate'

Not only will this book compel readers to rewatch The Graduate—it ought to keep them coming back to any future film books by Beverly Gray.

Andrei Konchalovsky's Holocaust Film 'Paradise' Draws Illusions ​in the Ruins

Using documentary-style interviewing techniques and three narrators, Andrei Konchalovsky's work brings to mind well-known literary naturalists like Jack London and Stephen Crane.

'Cartoon County' Life in Post-WWII America

CARTOON COUNTRY reminds that beneath a post-WWII decade of seeming complacency and prosperity, comic strips were clear reflections of a society in transition.

Getting Stoned Cold Soul with Jackie DeShannon During Her Capitol Records Days

1971 was the time when a host of disparate masterpieces were released, from Led Zeppelin's IV to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On to JoniMitchell.com's Blue. One can hear the mix of styles in the air in Jackie DeShannon's music as part of the era's zeitgeist.

'Black Panther' Is to Superhero Movies What 'Get Out' Is to Horror Movies

Black Panther is to superhero movies what Get Out is to horror movies

Superchunk's 'What a Time to Be Alive' Proves Music Is Powerful in Difficult Times

Superchunk were the sleeping giants of indie rock. With #WhataTimetoBeAlive the giant has bared its teeth. #PMPick

East Man Deconstructs Grime on His New Planet Mu Album 'Red, White & Zero' (premiere)

#PREMIERE: East Man deconstructs #grime on his new Planet Mu (OFFICIAL) album #RedWhiteAndZero releasing today. British producer melds grime with techno and creates a whole new urban music hybrid, "Hi-Tek".

There's a Good Ladd: An Interview with Rapper and Musician Mike Ladd

In this extensive interview, Mike Ladd discusses his career in hip-hop and academia, as well as his route from punk to hip-hop and the poetry of his work.​

Lou Reed Gets the Gritty '70s-era New York Treatment in 'A Life'

Anthony De Curtis' arresting, confrontational, and oftentimes beautiful biography of the notoriously cagy musician, Lou Reed, is a #PMPick.

Perversion. Purity. Pop. An Interview with Post-Electropop Producer LLLL

Frustrated with Japan's profit-driven music scene, Kazuto Okawa (a.k.a LLLL : フォーエル) began making music that rejected Tokyo's parochial consumer culture and moved as far away from J-pop as possible, creating his own sound.

On I'm With Her's 'See You Around' Everything Clicks Right Into Harmonious Place

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan sing and strum in beautiful harmony on their full-length debut as I'm With Her. #PMPick

Was '60s Sexploitation Cinema More Than Just Pornography?

Film history work LEWD LOOKS argues that sexploitation films provided an underground and important bridge between the end of old Hollywood and the start of something else.

Serial Killer Drama 'Rillington Place' Condemns Midcentury English Patriarchy

BBC One's Rillington Place, an indictment of mid-century English society that enabled a monster like John Christie to prey upon women, is as much a complement to the recent women's marches and #MeToo movement as The Handmaid's Tale.

Willie Watson Celebrates the "San Francisco Bay Blues" on Valentine's Day (premiere)

#PREMIERE: Folk singer Willie Watson offers us his Valentines Day blues in the form of a cover of the classic tune "San Francisco Bay Blues". It appears on Amazon Music's new "Love Me Not" playlist and was shot at Americana Music Association's AmericanaFest.

Christopher Hitchens Embraced and Devoured with Equal Passion

Christopher Hitchens embraced and devoured with equal passion. CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: THE LAST INTERVIEW: AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS captures the breadth, scope, and urgency of this contrarian's work. #PMPick

The Most Unintentionally Terrifying "Love Songs" Ever Written

On this Valentine's Day, discover the most unintentionally terrifying "love songs" ever written

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