Illuminati Hotties is the project of Sarah Tudzin. Her latest album, Let Me Do One More, feels like a cannonball off of the roof and into the deep end of her mind. She calls it “tenderpunk,” which works too.
There's an ever-expanding swirl of music and mindfulness that’s only grown stronger during the pandemic. With no dance floors or concert halls to fill, many listeners turned toward gentler, unobtrusive music to help quiet their restless minds. In response, artists who might not have publicly ventured into this sometimes esoteric terrain now feel emboldened to do so.
David Fincher’s take on the legacy of Orson Welles is up for 10 Academy Awards, but will it be remembered better than the ‘Simpsons’ classic “Rosebud”? The team behind the episode discuss how it came together and why ‘Citizen Kane’ still looms large 80 years later.
In conversation with Rodney Ascher, the director of a trippy new documentary about simulation theory.
For decades, the producer and rapper Madlib had no interest in synthesizing his disparate works into a single statement. So the electronic music producer Four Tet took matters, and Madlib's beats, into his own hands.
Arriving in select theaters at the end of 1995, 12 Monkeys was an immediate commercial success. Directed by Terry Gilliam, it was the middle installment of the three movies the iconoclastic filmmaker made for major American studios during the ’90s. But audiences quickly began to see 12 Monkeys differently.
It’s the Jacket: A Mini Oral History of A.J. Soprano’s Slipknot Windbreaker, Its Online Resurrection, and the Style of ‘The Sopranos’
The third season of HBO’s The Sopranos first aired in the spring of 2001. It’s best remembered for “Pine Barrens” and the introduction of Ralph Cifaretto, a quintessential prick portrayed by Joe Pantoliano. But it also brought a smaller moment that eventually turned into an obsession in some corners of the internet.
A genre known for cheesiness is thriving once again in Los Angeles, taking root on the label Leaving Records.
David Fincher has a reputation as Hollywood’s ultimate control freak, a director obsessed with attaining perfection no matter how many takes it needs or whose feelings he hurts. Now, three decades of collaborators demystify what it’s really like to work with one of the most talented directors of his generation.
In 1990, an indie drama about an anti-authoritarian pirate radio DJ obsessed with masturbation jokes signaled a wave of mutilation that was cresting over American culture. Thirty years later, it still feels prescient.
The 1993 song reinvigorated the rap legend’s career — and against all odds became a Hollywood (and police) favorite
Beyond partially inspiring Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods," journalist Wallace Terry’ life and work provided a crucial examination of what Black soldiers must endure within the American military and how our society so often fails them when they return to civilian life.
Pop stars and indie artists alike are taking new approaches to music videos—and finding that they may be the most adaptive medium for making creative material in a largely shut down world
Soul Bat filmed its shows in rented apartments, personal homes, and a studio in Oakland’s notorious Eastmont Mall. Its VJs would broadcast live without the protection of a delay, which meant viewers could watch them get prank-called and otherwise harassed by local teenagers. Most of the commercials were for mom-and-pop businesses where the proprietors delivered unpolished pitches for their seafood restaurant or private hot tub rentals. Even the newest music videos Soul Beat showed looked worn down and murky. It wasn’t just lo-fi — it was defiantly homegrown.