Aretha Franklin Was Also One of R&B’s Greatest PianistsEven if she’d been born without a voice, she would have made a killer session musician.
Castle Rock Is a Smart, Addictive Dive Into Stephen King’s World and WorkThe Hulu anthology is thick with references, but it’s not just for hardcore fans.
The New Book About The Simpsons Is Hilarious, Joke-a-Minute, and Overstays Its WelcomeSpringfield Confidential recreates the best and worst of the game-changing sitcom.
Pusha T’s New Album Is a Gift That Keeps on GivingDaytona is outstanding. The feud it stoked could be even better.
Unsuspicious MindsHBO’s new two-part Elvis documentary offers a treasure trove of footage but whitewashes some aspects of his story.
King’s RansomThe Cavaliers just blew up their entire roster to try to please LeBron James. It probably won’t work.
Charles Manson Embodied the Worst of the 1960s—and Every Era SinceThe now-deceased cult leader weaponized the zeitgeist to make himself famous. Now he’s dead, but because of us, his fame will live forever.
Ebbs and FlowsOn his new album Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples reunites hip-hop with the dance floor.
Sgt. Pepper’s Timing Was As Good As Its MusicFifty years ago, the Beatles released their masterpiece into a world ready to embrace a rock album as art.
Aretha Franklin Was the Defining Voice of the 20th CenturyNo one sang as well as her, and no singer changed pop music more.
XXXTentacion’s Death Deserves More Than IndifferenceEven if you don’t mourn for the controversial, violent rapper, his story, and his fans, shouldn’t be casually dismissed.
On Kanye West’s New Album, the GOOD Music Rapper Focuses Simply on Good MusicKids See Ghosts is his first release in years that isn’t about his image.
Eminem’s New Album Is a Fiery and Much Needed Denunciation of Trump. It’s Also Terrible.Revival tries to be both a crowd-pleasing pop album and a middle finger to white America. It fails, but it might also get you back on his side.
A New History of Rolling Stone Reveals Its Complicated, Compromised Relationship to Rock StarsThe first biography of the magazine’s founder is much more critical than HBO’s conveniently timed new documentary, and it’s a better tribute for it.
The Parts of Stephen King’s It the Movie Shouldn’t Have Omitted (No, Not the Child Sex Orgy)
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the WorldThis sorely needed new documentary explores the influence of Native Americans on rock ’n’ roll. It turns out to be too big a subject for just one movie.
The Hero the NBA NeedsThe Cavs and Warriors are undefeated, but these playoffs belong to Isaiah Thomas.