The Eighth Episode of Twin Peaks: The Return Is Horrifyingly Beautiful

Warning: Spoilers for Twin Peaks: The Return below. The eighth episode  Twin Peaks: The Return is one the greatest hours television I’ve ever seen: horrifying, horrifyingly beautiful, thought-provoking and thought-annihilating; a work that owes as much to expressionistic and surreal painting, musical performance, and installation art as it does to narrative …

The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

This list has been updated to include August releases. The running threads interest adjoining the music 2017 are strange: indie rock is back in full force, young rappers seem hell-bent on reclaiming nü-metal, and our legends keep leaving us. Like Outkast said, “Nothing is for sure, nothing is for certain, …

The New Wave of Rap Violence Shouldn’t Be Ignored

There’s a song near the end rising South Florida rapper XXXTentacion’s just-released 17 called “Carry On,” where the 11-track mini-album — a ramshackle mix half-conceived folk musings and confessional depression raps — drops both its amateurish singer-songwriter contrivances and conventional hip-hop rhyme patterns in favor raw emotion: “Trapped in a …

48 New Albums to Listen to This Fall

SEPTEMBER Macklemore, TBA The woke rapper has scored previous success with producer Ryan Lewis, who’s sitting this round out. On his own, Macklemore’s empowerment gospel continues on “Glorious,” as does his Hot 100 streak. The release date is still TBA. 9/1 Hercules & Love Affair, Omnion Andy Butler’s survey house …

Cardi B Is the Undisputed Artist of the Summer

Debating this year’s Song the Summer is futile: It’s “Despacito,” “Despacito” — the teeniest bit “Wild Thoughts” — and “Despacito.” The predominately Spanish-language Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee smash, with the small contribution Justin Bieber on its remix, is poised to become the Song the Decade, breaking records at a …

How High Fashion Won Over Rap

Fashion has always been essential to hip-hop culture. Though the youthful black and brown New Yorkers who developed rap in the ‘70s and ‘80s weren’t well-f financially, their purchase clothes was every bit as important to them as the priceless words they fashioned. Tight budgets failed to inhibit the growth …

The 21 Best Fake ’80s Songs on Television

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is set in the early 1990s, but it still features music from the early ’80s on its soundtrack, perhaps most notably the original arena rocker, “Higher and Higher.” It’s a trademark the series — it also appears in the prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First …

Arcade Fire’s Everything Now Is Late and Loud

Win Butler Arcade Fire. Photo: Sergione Infuso/Corbis/Getty s Ten years ago, New Yorker pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones recounted seeing the Montreal indie-rock band Arcade Fire play in a Washington Heights church after the release its powerhouse 2007 sophomore album, Neon Bible, in a piece called “A Paler Shade White.” He …

Your Guide to All of the Bands in Twin Peaks

Photo: SHOWTIME While Angelo Badalamenti’s iconic Twin Peaks compositions have, quite sadly, not been as prevalent as we would’ve liked on Showtime’s revived series so far (opening theme notwithstanding), there seems to be a repeated musical pattern emerging over the course Peaks’ installments: Live bands have appeared in almost all …