Articles by Mike Spry

A Formal Dedication: “Check Your Head” Turns Twenty-Five

It didn’t just help define a band: It formed how a generation would abandon singularity for fusion. A quarter-century after its release, we can trace our cultural evolution to the Beastie Boys’ third record.

In Conversation: Holly Taylor of “The Americans” on Age, Deception, and Loyalty

Season five of FX’s Cold War drama has arrived at an…interesting…time in contemporary Russian/American relations. But some themes are universal.

Lessons Learned: Pete Holmes Talks “Crashing” and Rising Again

The comic, actor, and podcaster explores life after infidelity in his new HBO series.

In Conversation: Nikki Glaser on Trump, Catharsis, and Comedy

The stand-up comedian talks about the possibilities for comedy under the new administration ahead of her appearance at Riot LA.

Leia Shot First: Saying Goodbye to Carrie Fisher

“My generation was not tainted by the fantasy of Leia, but rather encouraged to aspire to the love of women like her.”

Poverty on Television: “Shameless” and the American Dream

The Showtime drama, which was just renewed for an eighth season, offers a brutally humanizing portrayal of lower-class American life.

The New Purveyors: The Nerdist, WTF, and Cultural Conversation

Chris Hardwick and Marc Maron approach the entertainment industry in wildly different ways. But both help us to escape the culture of the soundbite.

Courage (for Gord Downie)

Following the announcement of lead singer Gord Downie’s terminal cancer diagnosis, Mike Spry explains how The Tragically Hip speak to the Canadian soul.

Peel Slowly and See: Bonnie “Prince” Billy, the Past, and “Pond Scum”

Will Oldham talks about his new album, which compiles material from three Peel Sessions recorded decades ago.

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