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It’s Time to Talk About the Awful Use of “Comfortably Numb” in that Sex Scene in “The Departed”

Movie: good. Van Morrison singing Pink Floyd while Leo takes his shirt off: bad.

Nas’s “Nasir” Is the Album 2018 Deserves

It's a fascinating and depressing listen for our current moment, a collaboration between two once-beloved icons reduced by their own grievous public misdeeds.

All of Richard Linklater’s Movies Ranked by How “Boys Will Be Boys” They Are

[McConaughey accent] That’s what I love about these Linklater protagonists...

In Conversation: Joe Pera Just Wants to Watch the Trains Go By

Set and filmed in the cozy Midwest, “Joe Pera Talks with You” isn’t your typical Adult Swim fare—though it is still on really late (and Joe will understand if you tape it for later). 

Arcade Fire Channels Their Inner Absurdist in “Chemistry” Video

We talk with Win Butler about the new Ray Tintori–directed video, and go behind the scenes of the track’s recording in an exclusive in-studio live clip.

The Dueling Talents of Lola Kirke

Now splitting her time between acting and music, the “Gemini” star is conducting to her own tune.

Dear Charlene: “Should I End the Relationship Now?”

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

Courtney Marie Andrews Writes Country Music with a Worldly Perspective

Once a touring member of Jimmy Eat World, the Phoenix-born country artist recalls her maturation from emo to emotional.

LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Governors Ball 2018 Rolls Through Randall’s Island

The NYC-based music festival’s eighth year featured headlining performances by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Travis Scott, Eminem, and Jack White.

Why Was 1997 Such a Great Year for Science Fiction in Film?

As we continue to spin out of control in an era of endless sequels and spinoffs, it’s worth taking a look back on an epic year of science-fiction movies—and remembering what made them so damn good.

In Conversation: Wyatt Cenac Has Some Problems to Discuss

The “Problem Areas” creator navigates diversity in the writers’ room, gentrification, and the surreality of modern America.

PREMIERE: Ex-Cult Tear Through “Stick the Knife In” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions

The Memphis punks crank out a quick and dirty rendition of their In The Red debut single.

LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Depeche Mode and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento

The new wave legends took Sactown by storm with special guests BRMC.

“On Chesil Beach” and What Is Expected of Women

How the viral story “Cat Person,” incels, and Ian McEwan’s book—plus its adaptation starring Saoirse Ronan, now in theaters—all connect, with insight from the film’s director Dominic Cooke.

The Breeders Splash Again

A quarter of a century after “Last Splash,” Kim Deal recalls The Breeders’ bitter dissolution, successful reunion, and the fractured recording process resulting in the utterly cohesive “All Nerve.”

Watts, Friendship, and Humanity: Twenty-Five Years of “Menace II Society”

While often mislabeled as a “Boyz n the Hood” knockoff, the 1993 film’s precision in rendering the American male adolescent experience remains unmatched.

White-Bread Pop, Hero Worship, and the Vacant Hooks of Charlie Puth

With each day Puth is saddling closer and closer to Bieber territory—meaning he’s heading in the wrong direction. 

Crossing Through the Fire with Sean Penn

The two-time Oscar-winner chats about leaving Hollywood, entering the writing industry, and his debut novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.”

PREMIERE: The Love Language Return to the Ether with “Castle in the Sky”

Stuart McLamb’s raucous lo-fi experiment makes up for lost time with two minutes of heavy, blissed-out pop in anticipation of the forthcoming “Baby Grand,” out August 3 via Merge.

Hop Along Make Contact with the Outside World

Frances Quinlan’s decreasingly solo project shifts toward total collaboration on their third album, “Bark Your Head Off, Dog.”

Parents, Assimilation, and BET: Jimmy O. Yang Wrote the Book on It

The stand-up comedian and “Silicon Valley” actor discusses his new memoir “How to American” and the life lessons and empathetic tone behind it.

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