On a frigid December evening, Matthew Healy was in full-on rock god Dionysus mode: hips swaying with Presleyian abandon, expensive-looking white shirt flowing just so, glass of red wine in hand, fuck-me eyes dialed up to ten.
Tom DeLonge introduced himself to the world by streaking his way through Blink-182's video for "What's My Age Again?" and has since leveraged the multiplatinum success of the pop-punk group to become a clothing magnate (with his companies Macbeth Footwear and Atticus), social media entrepreneur (his......
On the surface (and when you discuss this filmmaker, you simply must discuss the surface), Todd Haynes' new film Carol is the relentlessly experimental director's most straightforward film yet.
Jack Antonoff got his start doing no-budget tours with the New Jersey outfit Steel Train, but ever since his band Fun. scored the prom song of the millennium with "We Are Young," he's been giving Dr. Luke and Max Martin a run for their go-to-songwriter money.
From the douchey husband in Step Brothers to the perfect husband on Parks and Recreation to the neurotic husband on Tell Me You Love Me, Adam Scott has gotten plenty of opportunities to show off his range as an actor in the past few years. But in his new film The Overnight, which he co-produced along with his wife Naomi, Scott shows off a completely different side of himself. Scott fans have never seen him play a character this insecure and emotionally open before... and he's also pretty much naked in it.
Perfect Pussy's 2013 EP I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling and 2014 full-length debut Say Yes to Love established Meredith Graves as one of the most confrontational singers in punk, and her writing for the Village Voice, The Talkhouse and Pitchfork established her as one of today's most insightful and uncompromising cultural critics.
Most of the award chatter concerning Todd Haynes' new film Carol has focused on the glamorous and highly stylized performances by the leads, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. But it's Sarah Paulson's wry turn as Blanchett's ex Abby Gerhard that helps ground the film, and keeps things on just the right side of the "too abstract/just abstract enough axis," always a concern with Haynes' work.
For a guy who is constantly getting pegged as a savior to his genre, Vince Staples doesn't seem to particularly like rap music.
In the most recent episode of Man Seeking Woman the titular man, played by sad sack supreme Jay Baruchel, is bummed because his work crush has a boyfriend. But because this is the dryly surreal Man Seeking Woman, perhaps the strangest yet sweetest show on television, said boyfriend is none other than Jesus Christ. Eh, it's better than that time his ex-girlfriend started dating Hitler.
Let's get this out of the way right now. Sean Baker is an acclaimed director of low-budget independent films that typically feature a tight focus on characters along society's margins. He is also a cisgender white man. His most recent film is Tangerine, which follows the adventures of two African-American transgender sex workers, who seek revenge on a pimp when they discover he's been cheating on one of them. On Christmas Eve, no less.
Carrie Brownstein doesn't normally like to look back. She made this exceedingly clear on "Entertain," one of the standout cuts from her iconic group Sleater-Kinney's 2005 album, The Woods, a song in which she tore into a class of rock bands that she felt were rehashing the past without offering anything new ("You're such a bore/1984/nostalgia/ you're using it like a whore"), a cardinal sin in the eyes of this ever-restless spirit. So you wouldn't think she'd be one to write a memoir or get the old band back together, but rock 'n' roll is unpredictable that way.
While we often talk about television in terms of arcs, seasons and episodes, what resonates most with us are the moments, be they the WTFs we share on Twitter or the scenes that linger in our mind for weeks after they air. Here's a subjective list of the moments in television this year that stood out to me; some of them made me cheer and some of them got me a bit misty-eyed, and I'll be thinking about all of them for a long time to come.
As reported by Brooklyn Magazine's Caitlin White, last night Dirty Projectors Member Amber Coffman took to Twitter to publicly call out music industry publicist Heathcliff Berru of Life or Death PR and Management for sexual harassment.
Alex Ross Perry's new film Queen of Earth is a portrait of two friends growing apart, struggling to reconnect while vacationing together at a lake house, but ultimately unable to move past old resentments. At least, that's how the film starts.
Saul Williams' new album MartyrLoserKing is not technically the follow-up to his 2007 Trent Reznor-produced breakthrough The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, but you'd be forgiven for getting confused.