The Magazine of Champions: On the Shabby Brilliance of “Grand Royal” Magazine

In conjunction with the label of the same name, the Beastie Boys launched “Grand Royal” magazine without much of a plan. But with the help of a ramshackle editorial team that included Spike Jonze and Bob Mack, they didn’t need one.

Funky Boss: Evan Bernard Breaks Down the Greatest Hits of Nathanial Hornblower

The filmmaker—and expert in all things Beastie Boys—gives us an inside look at the music video career of MCA’s Swiss uncle, who was definitely a real person. 

Don’t Miss: White Reaper

The world’s best American band proves it all night.

Don’t Miss: Kweku Collins

From Evanston to Grant Park.

Don’t Miss: S U R V I V E

Abstract horror soundscapes: coming soon to a festival near you.

Making Mischief with Black Lips

The baddest dudes in Hotlanta know how to find the weird wherever they go.

In Conversation: With “Mellow Waves,” Cornelius Crashes on American Shores Again

It took eleven years, but the Japanese songwriter has returned.

Shabazz Palaces Is Ishmael Butler’s Path to Understanding

We speak with the Seattle legend to figure out how, exactly, he always stays one step ahead of the game.

Good Boys: Rating Dogs with Portland Experimentalists Golden Retriever

Trending up: huskies. Trending down: bull terriers. 

In Conversation: Ice Cube Is Still Steady Mobbin’

Twenty-five years after he released one of the most controversial records in hip-hop history, the LA rapper-turned–family man has regrets—but not many.

In Conversation: Algiers Expose “The Underside of Power”

Class warfare, civil rights, Donald Trump: That’s not the whole story.

La Discothèque: Phoenix on the Dancefloor Romance of “Ti Amo”

Going behind the flashing lights and breezy melodies with Deck d’Arcy and Christian Mazzalai.

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.

Newsletter

We won’t spam you. Promise.