The Musical Omnivore’s DilemmaJim O’Rourke helped take the guilt out of the “guilty pleasure.” On his new album, he returns to find that pop has moved beyond it.
Loving U Is ComplicatedHow should white listeners approach the “overwhelming blackness” of Kendrick Lamar’s brilliant new album?
The Music Club
The Music Club, 2014Entry 13: Protest songs about “bro country” and PETA. Plus: the best podcasts about music.
The Music Club
The Music Club, 2014Entry 5: Like Kanye, D’Angelo and Charli XCX want to pop a wheelie on the zeitgeist.
Listen to Our November Music RoundupHot tracks for our fall playlist, exclusively for Slate Plus members.
I Knew About Jian GhomeshiSo did a lot of people in our Toronto scene. We never said anything. Are we complicit in his alleged abuse?
“No Child Has Ever Been Harmed by Music”John Darnielle’s novel digs into an artist’s unspoken fears and doubts about his fans.
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?
Pitch Perfect 2A fan’s lament for a cynical sequel that cares less about the joy of music than it aca-oughta.
Against “Indie”The comebacks of many flagship 2000s bands show it’s time to eliminate this outdated, insular, and implicitly racist term.
6 ManWhat’s so Canadian about Drake? Our Toronto-based music critic offers his own views from the 6.
One. Feeling. At a. Time.Björk’s Vulnicura, an album about disconnection that will make her listeners feel more connected to her than ever.
Songs of RevolutionAntony’s Turning, Arca’s Xen, and other art working the fertile territory between genders.
Contemplating Taylor Swift’s NavelA deep gaze into 1989, 1989, and the mystery at the center of the world’s biggest pop star.
How Even an Old Hipster Can Age GracefullyOn their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.
A Different Kind of Summer SongGaze wistfully into the past, and hopefully into the future with Reigning Sound’s Shattered.
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?
The Myth of the Hero Cop Police officers earn more than you think for a job that’s less dangerous than you imagine.
Did You Spend Too Much on Your Wedding? If you’d invested in the stock market instead, here’s how rich you’d be.
The XX Factor
Duggar Revelations Are Just the Latest Sex Abuse Scandal to Rock Far-Right Fundamentalism
The “Making the Case” Transcript Read Dahlia Lithwick’s conversation with one of the lawyers who argued last months’ big gay-rights case at the Supreme Court.
Ironic Misandry Claims Its First Victim A woman tweets #KillAllWhiteMen and the Internet explodes.
How Things Break Ali fought Liston 50 years ago. Two legends were born, but another was broken.