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Pop culture news and analysis from The Nation
July 13, 2017
The Spirit of Prog Rock
Its creative ambitions were engulfed by its pretensions.
May 16, 2017
Doesn’t Every Political Resistance Need a Soundtrack?
In their efforts to protest Trump’s ascension as soon as possible, more than one artist has recast an existing song with lyrics applicable to the current crisis.
May 10, 2017
MUNA’s Total Honesty
The LA pop trio’s greatest strength is its willingness to name the enemy.
April 18, 2017
These New Yorkers Are Covering Advertisements with Art
For the collective Art in Ad Places, advertising poisons the potential splendor of public space.
April 7, 2017
Who Needs the NEA and NEH?
What is really lost when we cut public funds for the arts and humanities.
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March 31, 2017
The Weakness of ‘Iron Fist’
The latest addition to the Netflix/Marvel cinematic universe is like a bag full of brown M&Ms.
Loren A. Lynch
January 17, 2017
A Victory Lap for Run the Jewels
With the Trump presidency on the horizon, Killer Mike and El-P do what’s become customary for them: They urge us to get up and fight.
Marcus J. Moore
December 14, 2016
The Ten Best Albums of 2016
As the business of recorded music roils, the making of music rolls on.
December 2, 2016
The Second Coming of MTV News
Its rebirth gives insights into twin trends across the media landscape: prestige and diversity.
December 1, 2016
Bruce Springsteen’s Redemption Song
The musician delivers a flawed but exquisitely moving and detailed new memoir.