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Album Review: Lil Nas X Proves More Than a 10-Gallon Novelty Act on 7 EP

The Lowdown: In case you fell asleep four months ago and have just now woken up, Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X became a divisive figure in March when his country-trap breakout hit, “Old Town Road”, was pulled from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for “not embrac[ing] enough elements of today’s country music.” This move from

Live Review: The Rolling Stones Shake Off Rust During Tour Opener at Chicago’s Soldier Field (6/21)

21st Century Physical Breakdown: Things didn’t look too hot for The Rolling Stones earlier this year. Back in April, the rockers were forced to postpone their tour only days ahead of its original kickoff so that frontman Mick Jagger could undergo heart valve replacement surgery. There admittedly concerns by fans — especially since that procedure sounds more

Album Review: Madonna Does It Her Way on the Scattered but Joyful Madame X

The Lowdown: The Madonna of today is not the Madonna who scandalized presidents and popes. Now, she is (coughs politely) years old and thankfully still evolving. Her last album, her unlucky 13th, was 2015’s Rebel Heart. Backed by awful singles like “Bitch I’m Madonna”, Rebel Heart represented a critical and commercial bottoming out. Since then,

Live Review: Vampire Weekend Warms Up a Chilly Father’s Day in Chicago (6/16)

Unbearably Cold: “This is the first time I’ve heard the word genocide in a pop song,” says my Lyft driver Alfredo, who’d pulled up This Is Vampire Weekend on Spotify after figuring out why I was headed to the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Chicago’s Northerly Island. We hadn’t done much talking, our ride through the

Film Review: Toy Story 4 Grows Up With Its Fans

The Pitch: Tom Hanks’ Woody and Tim Allen’s Buzz Lightyear are living in a post-Andy era with Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw), the sweet little girl that adopted them in the last movie. But as the years have passed, Bonnie has proven to be a different kind of kid than Andy. Buzz, Jessie (Joan Cusack), Mr. Potato

Album Review: Crumb Play Snake Charmer to Mental Disquiet on Jinx

The Lowdown: Brooklyn-via-Boston quartet Crumb came together in 2016 while studying at Tufts University. Lila Ramani (guitar, vocals), Brian Aronow (synth, keys, sax), Jesse Brotter (bass), and Jonathan Gilad (drums) joined forces to bring a collection of songs previously penned by Ramani to vivid life. The result was 2016’s Crumb and 2017’s Locket, two delicately

Film Review: The Dead Don’t Die Treats the Zombie Genre Like a Sandbox

The Pitch: In the nondescript middle American town of Centerville, not much conflict seems to arise. Sure, there’s Farmer Miller (Steve Buscemi) in his Make America White Again hat, but aside from his general rudeness, he leaves most of the locals alone. Otherwise, the town bustles about its own business. Old Hank (Danny Glover) runs the