Stumbling Into Brilliance: An Oral History of “The Daily Show”’s Early Years
Even before it was shaping the national conversation and hosting sitting presidents, The Daily Show was skewering the way the media delivers the news. Ahead of their panel at Politicon this weekend, the show's creators and early correspondents tell us how it all came together.
“Two Rungs Above Being A Pimp”: The Rock and Soul of Post-War Nigeria
For a brief moment following the Nigerian Civil War, rock music flourished in the West African country. Uchenna Ikonne tells us what went into the creation of Wake Up You!: The Rise & Fall of Nigerian Rock Music 1972–1977, his new two-part compilation that documents that scene.
Too Many Kings and Too Many Kingdoms: The Problem of Depth in “Game of Thrones”
PREMIERE: Juniore Start Exotique, Get Heady in “Mon Autre” Video
WATCH: Live From Denmark, It’s Roskilde 2016
The Back Pages: Sean Nicholas Savage, “Mutual Feelings of Respect and Admiration” (2010)
Lo-fi crooner disco isn’t exactly a genre with clear lines of intent and seriousness, but looking back at one (the only?) key example shows that nothing ever sounded so sincere.
Skeletons Get Nostalgic in Video for Jazz-Driven, Folky “Success”
Taken from April’s “Am I Home?”
Politicon 2016: Fear, Loathing, and Some Laughter in Pasadena
With tensions at a neck-popping high, the unconventional political convention tries to knead a little levity into the political conversation.
RIP: Bernie Worrell (1944–2016)
The funk pioneer succumbed to cancer at the age of 72.
Aphex Stretch: What the Super-Slow Remix Reveals About Electronic Music
Stretched to 1000% of its original length, an Aphex Twin song suddenly exists on a different sonic plane while its component parts remain unchanged.
Draw: “The Duel” Asks Heavy Questions, Offers Light Answers
Kieran Darcy-Smith ably connects the dilemmas of the present with the hewing of the western frontier. His resolution leaves something to be desired.
PREMIERE: Motel Radio Make Pop Sophistication Sound Fun on “Phasing Out”
Who says being smart has to mean being boring?
PREMIERE: Experience a Day in the DIY Life of All People with the “Slow” Video
Infiltrate the scene created by the New Orleans quartet.
PREMIERE: Hide Your Head in “Love Shadows” with Nashville’s Harpooner
The former Indianans take you to the lake.
PREMIERE: Sexy Dex and The Fresh Are Here to Prime Your Friday Night
Get on up.
PLAYLIST: Peter Bjorn and John Are Three Busy Dudes
The Swedish trio give us the highlights of their between-album work.
PREMIERE: Steady Holiday Channels Morricone, The Cardigans on “Superstar”
Dark, sophisticated pop from LA’s Dre Babinski.
PREMIERE: Surf Mars with The Galaxy Electric in Their “Please Come Home Soon” Video
Space-age sadness from the nation’s capitol.
Allah-Las Quietly Assert Their Will with “Famous Phone Figure” Video
From the group’s upcoming “Calico Review.”
PREMIERE: Leon Bridges Delivers “Flowers” to Pickathon
It’s the latest episode of the Galaxy Barn Series, part of the Oregon festival’s Spring Season.
The Championship Cure: Because There’s More to Life Than Winning
Pop cultural reminders that you don’t need a million-karat ring to feel like a million damn bucks.
Band of Horses: Honest Themes
Ben Bridwell is working from home.
WATCH: Rogue Wave Deliver Intimate Performance on “Nic Harcourt’s TRANSMISSIONS”
Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon pare down tracks from April’s “Delusions of Grand Fur.”
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be great if someone could combine the virtuoso scuzz of Black Sabbath with the sneering vitriol of The Fall?”