Vince Staples at the Margins

What does it all mean? The Long Beach native isn’t telling.

POW!: Twelve Albums That Influenced “Check Your Head”

Great record collectors make great records. Uh, sometimes.

Breaking: Demetrius Shipp Jr.

All eyes are on the first-time actor who was born to play the part of Tupac Shakur.

In Conversation: Forest Swords Finds the Barest Way to Beauty

The British producer and sound collagist talks about opening himself to collaboration and simplifying his sound on his latest—and best—album, “Compassion.”

Breaking: Chastity Belt

On their third album, Seattle’s funniest punks come clean.

Breaking: Benjamin Booker

Three years after his debut the LA-based singer-songwriter questions whether bearing witness to history is enough.

Get Your Motor Running: Ad-Rock and John Doe Are—er, Were—“Roadside Prophets”

Back in 1992, Abe Wool, the writer of “Sid and Nancy,” got a very weird film made starring John Doe of X and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys. John Doe remembers some of it.

Keyboard Money Mark Is Still Havin’ It

The Beastie Boys’ longtime organist and resident savant talks “Check Your Head,” carpentry, and keyboards.

That’s a Record ’Cause of Mario

Behind the boards with Mario Caldato Jr.

The Beastie Boys’ Guide to Los Angeles

To the Five Freeway.

In Conversation: Rob Sheffield on The Beatles and Our Cultural Refusal to Let It Be

The longtime “Rolling Stone” critic’s new book examines the Fab Four in a new light.

A New Day Dawning: How “Check Your Head” Invented the Beastie Boys

Their audience didn’t understand them. Their label didn’t want to talk to them. Not to worry: For the Beastie Boys, it was a brand-new morning.

Breaking: Kelly Lee Owens

The Welsh producer first made waves working with Daniel Avery and Jenny Hval. Now it’s her turn.

Mountain to Sound: The Returning Peaks and Hidden Valleys of Spoon

For a songwriter known for his inability to write a bad song, it’s easy to forget that Britt Daniel was once pushed to the brink. And whether he wants to or not, on “Hot Thoughts,” his group is bridging back to the beginning.

Exploding the “Song Exploder”: Hrishikesh Hirway Looks Back on 100 Episodes of Pulling Music Apart

Since starting over three years ago, the song dissection podcast has turned into an institution—but it continues to surprise its creator with each episode.

In Conversation: Thundercat Has a Thunderchat About “Drunk,” Yacht Rock

Plus: You’ve been calling Kenny Loggins by the wrong name all these years.

Breaking: NE-HI

The Chicago quartet give sunny garage pop a melancholy tweak.

In Conversation: Sinkane on Positivity in the Age of Trump

Even with the new regime in power, the musical polymath is still feeling good.

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