His BolognaA mostly fond farewell to pop music’s longest-running—sometimes only running—comedy act, Weird Al.
Crying ShameWe don’t look down on movies designed to make us laugh—why do we look down on ones designed to make us cry?
What Is “Achy Breaky 2”?A remix? A sequel? An answer record? (And what is Larry King doing here?)
Proudly Hailed“The Star-Spangled Banner” is militaristic, syntactically garbled, and impossible to sing. It’s perfect.
Country Music’s Bro ProblemCan Miranda Lambert take the country charts back for female artists?
It Ain’t Me, Babe Was Dylan really terrible in the ’80s—or had we just forgotten how to listen to him?
Young Women, Old MusicOn their new albums, Angel Olsen, Lydia Loveless, and Alynda Lee Segarra use history to change the present.
Punk Is AliveWith songs of terror and longing, Against Me returns punk to its origins as a refuge for sexual outsiders.
The River & the ThreadRosanne Cash's thrilling new album about the road, the South, and history—hers and ours.
The Music Club
The Music Club, 2013Entry 5: Lorde and Macklemore are not racist for critiquing the aspirational materialism of black pop.
How We Watch Now
“Got Me Knocked Up in ’ 84”What you can learn about music—and humanity—from the YouTube comments on Bob Seger’s “Night Moves.”
Listening Between the LinesHow much of musicians' lives should we read into their songs? How much of their lives should they put into them?
Can Mumford and Sons Get Better?The band’s hey-nonny-nonsense can grate, but past revival movements have nurtured great acts—like Neko Case.
The Terrorists Among Us Forget Syria. The most dangerous religious extremists are migrants from North and South Carolina.
Cards Against Humanity Asked People to Give It $5 on Black Friday for Nothing in Return. The Stunt Worked.
A Radical Experiment in Democracy Is Happening in Northern Syria. Americans Need to Start Paying Attention.
The “Useful Thanks Purveyor” Bonus Segment The Culture Gabfest hosts welcome culture editor Dan Kois to discuss the archetypal family roles at Thanksgiving dinners.
The Overlooked Books of 2015 Slate Book Review critics recommend 27 books you’d probably love if only you knew about them.
Why Does Google Say Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel? It has to do with the fact that the Web is now optimized for machines, not people.
The Craziest Endings in College Football History After the turkey, enjoy some classic finishes.