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Summertearz — Swedish electronic-pop band Little Dragon have been active since 1996, performing while its three founding members were still in high school no less. They eventually took their bouncy, modal beats in a darker direction, constructing cavernous, driving tracks that carry the soft, idiosyncratic lilt of lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano’s yearning lyrics away into the lightly distorted digital ether that awaits the end of most songs. While they’ve gradually rose in popularity since...
Julia Rothman was studying the art featured in her bathroom magazine collection when she realized that every cover in the stack had been created by a man. She dug into the magazine’s archives to investigate the year’s covers, and discovered that out of 55 covers released in 2015, only four had been created by female-identified artists. “I called Wendy MacNaughton and I was like, ‘Did you know about this,” said Rothman. “‘This is wild...
Glory is Fleeting, Obscurity is Forever — Bertrand Bonello, coming off his hyper-stylish Yves Saint Laurent biopic, presents Nocturama (2016), a provocative, hauntingly elegant portrait of terrorism in contemporary Paris. A group of young multiracial subversives commit a series of frighteningly calculated terror attacks under no clear ideology, symbolized by their torching of a Joan of Arc statue. Class differences aside, they’re of the same generation and similarly disgruntled, although it’s ambiguous who or what...
For most of us, online personas offer reductive or escapist avatars of our mundane selves. But the best employ the rigid strictures of platforms—140-character ceilings, 1:1 aspect ratios, the remoteness of handheld screens—to convey mindfulness that isn’t cleanly expressed in speech. Darcie Wilder speaks with a precise, measured calm, such that during our interview I momentarily dismissed the fearless, almost unhinged candor of her online voice—the same online voice which has amassed a Twitter...

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