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Watts, Friendship, and Humanity: Twenty-Five Years of “Menace II Society”

While often mislabeled as a "Boyz n the Hood" knockoff, the 1993 film’s precision in rendering the American male adolescent experience remains unmatched.

White-Bread Pop, Hero Worship, and the Vacant Hooks of Charlie Puth

With each day Puth is saddling closer and closer to Bieber territory—meaning he's heading in the wrong direction. 

PREMIERE: The Love Language Return to the Ether with “Castle in the Sky”

Stuart McLamb’s raucous lo-fi experiment makes up for lost time with two minutes of heavy, blissed-out pop in anticipation of the forthcoming "Baby Grand," out August 3 via Merge.

The Radical Earnestness, and Subtle Jubilation, of FORM Arcosanti

In its fourth year, the Hundred Waters–curated weekend proved once again what sets it apart from major music festivals.

PREMIERE: Peach Kelli Pop Conjure Dark Powers in “Black Magic” Video

The LA-via-Ottawa garage rock four-piece get spooky in the latest Gentle Leader preview.

PREMIERE: Sam Evian Celebrates Self-Acceptance in “You, Forever” Video

The title track from Evian’s forthcoming LP is brought to life with the help of a punk rock sibling and a bright New York afternoon.

LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Courtney Barnett at The Pico Union Project in LA

The FLOOD 8 cover star played her new album in its entirety for a packed congregation at the converted synagogue venue.

Inside the Hodgepodge Creations of Everything Is Terrible!

Joining the cult of the video collective, which mines thrift stores, swap meets, and other troves of obsolete media in search of the rare, obscure, and weird.

Amen Dunes Is at Your Service

After purging something dark, Damon McMahon came back with something light—”Freedom,” an album meant to pull you up, in one way or another.

Stop Steering and Start Driving: Ten Years Later, “Speed Racer” Is Still the Best Movie About Agency in the Era of Late Capitalism

On its tenth birthday, let’s look past its genre and appreciate the unrivaled visual flair, debilitatingly honest coming-of-age narrative, and anti-corporate rage of “Speed Racer,” a kids movie.

The Subtle Sentimentality of Andrew Haigh

“Lean on Pete” projects the English director’s empathetic voice to his largest American audience yet.

PREMIERE: Black Milk & Nat Turner Strike Back on “Rebel” and “Story & Her” for Pickathon Slab Sessions

The Detroit emcee and his DC cohorts hit the Slab with a pair of jazz-laced beats to match Milk’s singular, insouciant flow.

Who Says There’s No Leaving New York? A Report From The National’s Homecoming Festival

More a family reunion for the Cincinnati-bred band than an actual festival, Homecoming was a wild party with occasionally tender moments. 

Announcing FLOOD 8, Available Now for Purchase and Free Download

Our latest print edition is our first-ever double issue, featuring four cover stories—on Jack White, Courtney Barnett, Roy Choi (in conversation with Portugal. The Man), and Kate Berlant and John Early.

The Apotheosis of Jack White

With the release of his third solo record, “Boarding House Reach,” the musician, label-head, and unabashed retrophiliac surveys his career—and the chance cult of personality he’s built along the way.

Kate Berlant and John Early Are Hungry: A Love Story in Four Courses

With their cunning comedic personas and unique kinship, this one-of-a-kind twosome provides a breath of fresh air…even at their most breathless.

100 Percent Happy: Courtney Barnett Is Letting It All Go

Courtney Barnett has been building quite the home for herself in our cultural pantheon. But she needs a place for her cat to stay, too.

Soul Food: A Meeting on the Fringe with Roy Choi and Portugal. The Man

On a rainy day in Watts, Los Angeles, John Gourley and Zach Carothers of Portugal. The Man joined their friend Roy Choi at his restaurant LocoL for a bite to eat—and made plans to save the world.

A Tribute to the Terrible Snare Drum Sounds of the ’90s

Before GarageBand gave you an excuse to just do it badly yourself, you actually had to pay people to make your drum tracks sound awful. Time to fire up “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” and take a listen to a few of the worst.

Nothing Can Crack Forth Wanderers

Even with members scattered across different cities and schools, Forth Wanderers just keeps getting tighter.

PREMIERE: Bee Bee Sea Assume the Throne in “This Dog is the King of the Losers” Video

Rural Italy’s impish garage rock trio opt for misfit royalty over biscuits and loyalty in their cosmic new video.

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