What Is “Achy Breaky 2”?A remix? A sequel? An answer record? (And what is Larry King doing here?)
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.
How to Fix the Magna Carta… Holy Grail AppFive patches that would have made Jay-Z’s album a better listen.
Why Democrats Have the Right to Be Angry With Clinton Her email scandal was easy to predict and avoid.
More Than Twenty Years After the Story in Show Me a Hero, Yonkers’ Affordable-Housing Fight Isn’t Over
All the Wisdom of the Ages Memorizing poems sucks at the time, but it will make your life richer.
What Happened at Slate This Week? International affairs writer Joshua Keating on what to read to understand the apparently permanent slowdown of the Chinese economy.
Of Flying Squirrels and Yard Goats Meet the branding geniuses behind some of minor league baseball’s craziest logos and mascots.