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Taco Bell’s New Fried Chicken Taco Doesn’t Need to Exist, But It’s Kinda Nice Anyway

Taco Bell is like Real Estate, or Law and Order: SVU—a single formula subtly refined over several years, giving us the same great taste in new forms that…
Jeremy Gordon / January 26, 2017

Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi on His Optimistic New Album: “I Don’t Feel Like I’ve Wasted My Life Anymore”

In Cloud Nothings’ earliest days, Dylan Baldi essentially shared songwriting credits with Cleveland, Ohio, whose prevailing reputation—see "The Mistake on the Lake," Major League, Hot…
Ian Cohen / January 25, 2017

Why Oscar Voters Fell For La La Land’s Astroturfed Underdog Narrative

A few weeks ago, for the first time in its exponentially rising awards season trajectory, the night belonged to La La Land. And at the…
Emily Yoshida / January 24, 2017

Donald Trump’s Inauguration: A Dispatch From the End of America

The neighborhood of Shaw, a half-hour’s walk north of the National Mall and a stone’s throw from Howard University, was once a center of black…
Andy Cush / January 23, 2017

Why Inauguration Performer Tim Rushlow Said Yes to Donald Trump

Tim Rushlow is the ex-lead singer of Little Texas, a band that was omnipresent on country radio in the 90s. Tonight, he will perform at the president-elect's…
Anna Gaca / January 19, 2017

The Surrealist Economics of Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Art-Collecting, Vulture Capitalist Cabinet Nominee

It's not surprising that Merriam Webster named "surreal" its word of 2016, the most maddening time in recent memory. According to the official dictionary of…
Baynard Woods / January 19, 2017

Obama’s Go-To DJ Reflects on Four Years of Performing for the First Family

A new White House administration means Austin-based DJ Mel Cavaricci's time playing music for President Obama's events has come to an end. For the past few…
Brian Josephs / January 18, 2017

BJ the Chicago Kid on Performing For Obama: “They Asked Me to Take People’s Minds to Another Place”

On January 10, R&B singer BJ the Chicago Kid performed the National Anthem at Barack Obama's Farewell Address in Chicago. Given just days to prepare, BJ jumped…
Brian Josephs / January 17, 2017

Digital Crate Digging: Wayne Coyne on Rihanna, Coldplay, and Discovering New Music

When I met Wayne Coyne in the lobby restaurant of a fashionable Manhattan hotel this week, he was trying to remember the name of a…
Andy Cush / January 12, 2017

2016 Was a Great Year to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Grateful Dead

Let me start by saying that I know I’m a custie. I know I’m a custie, because just the other day, a guy I know…
Andy Cush / December 29, 2016

Anarchy and Rebirth With Cunt Mafia’s Contessa Stuto

On a brisk evening in November, nightlife maven Contessa Stuto is shooting the video for her new song "Anarchy 4 U and Me"—a collaboration with…
Brian Josephs / December 28, 2016

Marshmello Is EDM’s Masked Hero

At 10:15 p.m. on the first Friday night of December, the line for the Skyway Theater in downtown Minneapolis is wrapped around the block. That’s…
Michaelangelo Matos / December 27, 2016

Hold On, Hold On, I Won’t Let You Go: On George Michael, the Unabashed Superstar

In the promo press for his second solo full-length, 1990’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, George Michael announced he'd no longer be granting interviews. He…
Rich Juzwiak / December 27, 2016

How Big Screen Sci-Fi and Horror Captured 2016’s Political Paranoia

There's a line in a climactic scene of The Invitation, Karyn Kusama's nightmarish dinner party horror-thriller, that may as well have been the tagline of…
Emily Yoshida / December 27, 2016

Hearing the Holy Ghost in 2016

No matter the election cycle, there comes a moment when the campaign bus pulls up in front of a church in a predominantly African-American neighborhood…
Andy Beta / December 21, 2016
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