In her first songs since the Manchester bombing, the singer has triumphed with a rare pop commodity: inscrutability.
Scorpion subtly invokes spirituality as the rapper moves into fatherhood, but he’s missing the bigger message.
Whether or not Ye was forward-thinking, the musicians behind the Yeethoven project want to bring two very different genres together.
Political art that outlasts its times needs more than just a powerful message.
The genre’s sound, sentiments, and politics all aim for the same connection.
An experimental composer proposes a new way to think about tradition versus progress.
HBO’s drama added a layer of complication—and real-world relevance—by introducing digitally simulated locations in its second season.
Linkin Park introduced new ways of expressing male angst into the mainstream—an evolution that continues today.
Three Atlantic staffers discuss “The Passenger,” the final episode of Season 2.
The rock band’s Bad Witch completes a trilogy of terse, inventive, post-Trump blasts of rage.
The rapper’s new album, Post Traumatic, insists that the music go on, nearly one year after the death of his Linkin Park bandmate Chester Bennington.
Three Atlantic staffers discuss “Vanishing Point,” the ninth episode of Season 2.
With Everything Is Love, pop’s biggest couple celebrates itself—and its significance to America.
In Season 2 of Netflix’s reboot, gay lifestyle advice has less to do with sexuality than with self-definition.
On the highlights of two recent albums—Ye and Kids See Ghosts—the rapper reaches across genres to redefine “freedom” again and again.
He was one of 21st-century pop culture’s few figures to argue persuasively for an assailed and slippery concept: realness.
Three Atlantic staffers discuss “Kiksuya,” the eighth episode of Season 2.
The experimental musician’s powerful debut album, Soil, blends gospel and the gothic.
Amid a wave of new tributes to the queer art of voguing, Ryan Murphy’s FX show struggles to capture the subculture’s energy.
The president is even further from the definition than Alanis Morissette was.