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.
How to Pull for the Patriots in the Age of TrumpA guide for morally compromised New England fans.
Love’s in Need of Love TodayIntroducing Wonder Week, a toast to Stevie’s greatness—and a reminder to appreciate the artists who inspire you, while they’re still around to hear it.
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.
Drake’s More Life Is Drake’s Best Album Because It Has the Least DrakeAnd that might be the most Drake thing about it.
Could Anti-Trump Americans Make “FDT (F--- Donald Trump)” the No. 1 Song in the Country?Here’s how the United States could have its own “God Save the Queen” moment.
Hang Up And Listen
Hang Up and Listen: The Lot of Ways to Lose EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Patriots and Falcons, the Philadelphia 76ers, and baseball’s Hall of Fame voting.
The Greatest Creative Run in the History of Popular MusicIt’s Stevie Wonder’s “classic period.”
808s and Heart EyesA new documentary—streaming now—is a nerdy love letter to the revolutionary drum machines.
The Return of the Love MovementOn A Tribe Called Quest’s first album in 18 years, its music is, amazingly, as timely as ever.
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and “Ball and Chain”Why Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin don’t fit into the standard narrative of the ’60s.