You’ve Seen Guava Island Before

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Before it became Childish Gambino material and an Arcade Fire music video, Black Orpheus was a pretty good movie. The 1959 Brazilian drama was a re-interpretation of the Greek tragedy imbued with enough imagination to not simply be a blacker Orpheus. Marcel Camus’ version retains the mythical elements, but the film excels in … More »

A Guide To Guruguru Brain, The Gate To The Best Of The Asian Underground

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Kikagaku MoyoKikagaku Moyo hail from Tokyo, but they might as well descend from Atlantis, Oz, and the Shire all at once. A mighty five-piece that blend multiple guitars with a hodgepodge of pedals alongside a roving sitar, the band threads an evocative reinterpretation of stoner rock as something more worldly, ambient, and atmospheric. They’re … More »

The Dirt Is A Terrible Movie About Terrible People

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It’s hard to imagine a less of-the-cultural-moment movie than The Dirt, the story of Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame and fortune. The 2001 book on which the film (out today on Netflix) is based, and about which its “as-told-to” guy Neil Strauss is contractually forbidden to speak, depicts the members of the group, in their … More »

The Lil Peep Documentary Is As Messy And Alluring As Lil Peep

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Lil PeepWhen I think about Lil Peep, it’s hard not to think about Kurt Cobain. Objectively, there are many similarities. Both were strikingly handsome young musical prodigies. Both were devastated by their parents’ divorces. Both funneled their trauma and talent into revolutionary, contagiously influential new musical forms. Both coped with depression by abusing hard drugs. Both … More »

Travis Scott Made An Arena Feel Like A Packed Club And An Amusement Park At The Same Time

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Travis ScottIt started with a Ferris wheel and ended with a rollercoaster. The ever-escalating excesses of big-budget concert touring have led us to Travis Scott’s Astroworld: Wish You Were Here tour, a wildly entertaining spectacle that brings the Houston rapper’s musical skill set to life and incinerates his weaknesses in literal flames. I witnessed this event … More »

Post Mortem: The Legacy Of Bark Psychosis’ Hex At 25

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The first revolutionary shot fired from the ’90s rock underground in the UK was explosive enough to dispatch a home stereo. The story goes that when Graham Sutton, guitarist/vocalist for Bark Psychosis, first played for Vinita Joshi (then co-owner of Cheree Records) a tape of the two songs that would be his band’s first official … More »

Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

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2019 might be some kind of cosmic turning point in the history of the Grammys: The first show where the conversation was more about who didn’t perform than who did. Ariana Grande’s fuck-this-shit refusal to play ball with the notorious Grammy-production dumbfucks revealed just how completely this was a show in … More »

The Grammys Could Have Been Worse!

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Could it have been any more obvious that the Grammys were desperately trying to do some serious image rehab this year? You don’t drag out Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and Michelle motherfucking Obama in the first five minutes of your telecast unless you’re hoping to do some course-correction when it comes to how … More »

Lords Of Chaos: The Black Metal Movie Is A Bloody Mess

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Even if you’ve never heard a note of Mayhem’s music or don’t listen to black metal, the abrasive subgenre they’re credited with creating, you probably know bits and pieces of the Norwegian band’s brief-but-newsworthy history. They burnt churches. One member killed himself. A second member murdered a third. That second member has since become a … More »

ICE’s Arrest Of 21 Savage Is An Outrage

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21-SavageWe don’t know a whole lot right now, but here’s what we do know: On Sunday night, US Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, the 26-year-old Atlanta rapper known as 21 Savage. An ICE spokesman said the arrest was a “targeted operation.” ICE claims that Savage is a citizen … More »