The Story of Jay-Z—Adam Serwer decodes the historical context behind the emcee’s economic nationalism on his new album 4:44.
Coming of Age With The Legend of Zelda—Karen Han reminisces about her earliest days with the franchise, which is a particularly apt reflection of entering adulthood.
The Familiar Novelty of Haim’s New Album—Spencer Kornhaber explains how Something to Tell You cheerfully broadens, but doesn’t deepen, the retro, bustling sound that made the California trio famous.
Kesha’s Comeback Message: Love Your Enemy—Spencer Kornhaber looks at the musician’s new ballad, which announces she’s moving on after alleging abuse by her producer.
The Summer of Cornball Superproducers—Spencer Kornhaber argues that new albums from DJ Khaled and Calvin Harris represent the industrial consolidation of hitmaking—and suggest that kitsch is in.
A Ghost Story Is a Haunting Modern Fable—David Sims raves about David Lowery’s new film, which stars Casey Affleck as an old-fashioned ghost who can’t leave his life behind.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Is One of the Best Superhero Movies in Years—Christopher Orr raves about Sony’s collaboration with Marvel Studios, which gets so many things right, it’s almost difficult to list them all.