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A Primer on Paul McCartney’s Complicated History with—and Triumphant Return to—Japan

In 1966, The Beatles weren’t greeted with the usual pandemonium in Tokyo—and since that time McCartney hasn’t exactly had a smooth relationship with the Japanese authorities himself. But Paul, ever the professional, has never been one to hold a grudge.  

PREMIERE: Parker Gispert Shines On “Sunlight Tonight”

Taking a step back from his decade-spanning work with The Whigs, the songwriter unleashes his first solo album via New West Records.

Dear Charlene: “My Mom Wants to Do Everything with Me”

Every month, writer and actor Charlene deGuzman answers your questions about love, loss, and loneliness.

PREMIERE: Overcoats Let Go of Love on “I Don’t Believe in Us” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions

The duo leave a relationship behind with smiles and pep in a song from their debut LP YOUNG.

PLAYLIST: IAN SWEET Presents Songs About Crushes

Jilian Medford shares ten tracks about crushing (and getting crushed by) crushes that helped inspire Crush Crusher.

PREMIERE: HONNE Rework “Day 1” for a Brooklyn School Gymnasium

It’s not quite “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” but the new video sees the UK pop duo transform in an elementary setting.

Beastie Boys Get an A for Their Book Report

The “Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct” tour was a funny, moving, and irreverent spectacle—all soundtracked by breakbeats and scratches.

PREMIERE: Craig Wedren Shares New “Into the Blue Sky” Demo, Originally Written for Chris Cornell

The former Shudder to Think vocalist serves up a rework of a track originally written with the late grunge icon in mind.

PREMIERE: Vera Sola Paints Many “Shades” of Southern Gothic

Recorded alone in a St. Louis studio, the songwriter’s debut LP introduces a unique new voice to the indie folk scene.

LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Metallica at The Masonic

The iconic metal group went unplugged—or at least slightly de-electrified—for a benefit show this past weekend.

The New Wilderness of Liars

Angus Andrew has stepped off alone with his group, and returned to Australia in the process. And if you’re still looking for a theme, he’ll be glad to explain it to you.  

PREMIERE: HARAM Draw First “دم Blood” in Fourth Season of Pickathon’s Slab Sessions

Kicking off a new season of the festival video series, the hardcore punks raze the Pickathon Slab in under two minutes.

Mandy Is Metal

If you squint, Panos Cosmatos’s latest psychedelic feature is actually a lonesome martyr’s fantasy to save heavy metal from the Reagan administration’s threatening anti-pornography policies.

PREMIERE: Glass Dove Drift Into the “Cigarette Sunset”

Josh Benus introduces his new indie pop project with the assistance of Liz Cooper.

Paul Dano and the Importance of Being Earnest

Our FLOOD 9 cover story on the offbeat (and oft-beat) actor and first-time director.

Wu-Tang Clan: Twenty-Five Years Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit

Our FLOOD 9 cover story on Wu-Tang Clan, the rap group with a religious following.

Colluding with Rob Rogers and Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass

Our FLOOD 9 cover conversation between ex–Pittsburgh Post-Gazette political cartoonist and an irreverent rock duo.

The Rage and Resistance of M.I.A.

Our FLOOD 9 cover story on the pop star and fervent activist.

PREMIERE: The Kooks Feel “No Pressure” In Their US Tour Video

Along with the clip, the indie mainstays offer up a new set of February US dates.

Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez Is a Very Easy Scare

The experimental rock vets put their spin on two creepy classics from “The Shining”’s soundtrack—and Rodriguez, who took the helm on the project, might have been the most spooked out of everyone involved.  

Spinning Fortuna’s Wheel at Voodoo 2018

When Fortuna spins you downward, go out to a music festival and get more out of life.

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