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The xx Celebrate Bilbao’s Creative Community at Night + Day Festival

Settling into Northern Spain for a week, The xx shined a light on the city’s music, film, and arts scene with a series of shows and parties.

LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Radiohead at the United Center

Kicking off their month-long East Coast arena tour, the English experimentalists brought their operatic live show to the Madhouse on Madison.

We’re Giving Away a Flyaway for Lollapalooza Featuring Festival and FLOODfest Passes, Hotel Stay, Airfare, and More

Attention, everyone not already in Chicago! Come kick it with us for Lolla and FLOODfest Chicago—and go on a $500 Original Penguin shopping spree. 

RSVP: FLOODfest Chicago 2018 with St. Vincent (DJ Set), Just Loud, & a TBA Special Guest

Plus, enter to win a trip to Chicago to go to Lollapalooza as well.

Mary Shelley’s Biopic Fails to Reanimate Her Legacy

Haifaa al-Mansour’s portrayal of the “Frankenstein” author’s life and legacy—available now on VOD—neglects a larger complexity.

PREMIERE: Alex Cameron Croons “Mongrel” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions

The absurdist Aussie and his trusted saxophonist strip down a track off Cameron’s debut.

PREMIERE: Bryce Vine Is “On the Ball” in Music Video for Original Tracks

Come for a flask of Henny, stay for the psychedelic vibes.

Will the Real Gus Van Sant Please Stand Up

On the inscrutable filmmaker’s career, his penchant for troubled, self-medicating men, and his biopic on cartoonist John Callahan.

PREMIERE: Valley Queen Are Finally Feeling Right on “Ride”

Natalie Carol and company spread out on the fourth single released from their upcoming Supergiant LP.

Flasher Are Redefining DC Punk

Living in the nation’s capital hasn’t made the trio any more or less political—but they know that being political isn’t really a choice no matter what town you’re in. 

It’s Time to Talk About the Awful Use of “Comfortably Numb” in that Sex Scene in “The Departed”

Movie: good. Van Morrison singing Pink Floyd while Leo takes his shirt off: bad.

Nas’s “Nasir” Is the Album 2018 Deserves

It’s a fascinating and depressing listen for our current moment, a collaboration between two once-beloved icons reduced by their own grievous public misdeeds.

The Grounded Otherworldliness of serpentwithfeet

The geographies, childhood memories, and necessary failures that tilled the earth for Josiah Wise to build on.

The Best Albums of 2018 (So Far)

From Amen Dunes to Yo La Tengo, twenty-five releases from this year that are leading the pack. 

The Spontaneous Chemistry of Deeper

How four sweet dudes from Chicago came up in the DIY rock scene and made a killer debut album.

All of Richard Linklater’s Movies Ranked by How “Boys Will Be Boys” They Are

[McConaughey accent] That’s what I love about these Linklater protagonists…

Snail Mail Grows Up

Lindsey Jordan’s first full-length has no shortage of adolescent angst—she’s only nineteen, after all—but the indie rock prodigy is maturing fast.

Soundtracking the Domestic Horror of “Hereditary” with Colin Stetson

With A24’s latest triumph now in theaters, Stetson walks us through his collaboration with director Ari Aster and the film scores that have shaped his work.

In Conversation: Joe Pera Just Wants to Watch the Trains Go By

Set and filmed in the cozy Midwest, “Joe Pera Talks with You” isn’t your typical Adult Swim fare—though it is still on really late (and Joe will understand if you tape it for later). 

Arcade Fire Channels Their Inner Absurdist in “Chemistry” Video

We talk with Win Butler about the new Ray Tintori–directed video, and go behind the scenes of the track’s recording in an exclusive in-studio live clip.

The Dueling Talents of Lola Kirke

Now splitting her time between acting and music, the “Gemini” star is conducting to her own tune.

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