Black Monument Ensemble took Chicago on a cosmic civil-rights journey

Garfield Park Conservatory is an oasis on Chicago’s West Side, 68,000 square feet of “landscape art under glass” where meandering footpaths take visitors through various natural environments like the lush, ancient-seeming Fern Room and the dry warmth of the Desert Room. Much more than a greenhouse full of potted…

Marvel launches the ultimate lazy crossover with shirts that just say "Tupac" and "Black Panther"

Avengers: Infinity War was an absurdly audacious crossover event, the kind of movie that required having seen a dozen or so movies to completely “get,” with tons of moving pieces that all worked surprisingly well together. It was ambitious, but Infinity War hero Black Panther’s next crossover is a bit less so. As…

Cut our lives into pieces, but this new Papa Roach single is actually pretty chipper

Reminding us all that they don’t exist solely to grimdark up karaoke nights, or periodically let Paul Ryan know how much he sucks, the members of Papa Roach announced a new album tonight—their tenth, for those of you who haven’t been keeping careful track of the “Papa Roach discography” page on Wikipedia. To celebrate…

We take no pleasure in reporting that Mark Zuckerberg and Kanye West sang karaoke together

Kanye West, always one step ahead of the rest, has found an unlikely collaborator: Mark “World’s Oldest Boy” Zuckerberg. In the past, fans may have balked at his decision to work with Bon Iver or Katy Perry, but the results have been better than expected. Now, though, in a year when West has been working tirelessly to …

Turns out Bobcat Goldthwait was an important part of Nirvana's MTV Unplugged

At first glance, Nirvana and Bobcat Goldthwait appear to have very little in common. But, think again and the similarities come rushing in: Both, for example, were important in shaping the direction of 1990s entertainment, both communicated their art through lots of growly sounds and raw onstage energy, and both, it…

Trump White House pays tribute to America's glorious history of old dead white dudes

Every few years since the 1960s, the White House has taken time out of its busy schedule to pick out a group of distinguished American citizens—artists, scientists, poets, etc.—to name as the recipients of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, one of the highest governmental honors in American civilian life. Often, it’s…

We spent way too long researching this behind-the-scenes footage of Chili's "Baby Back Ribs" jingle

We’ll be very honest with you here, dear readers: When we woke up this morning, we were not expecting to spend several hours of our day tracking down the identities of the guys who sang one of the most irresistibly annoying ear-worm jingles of our generation, a song that’s been used as audio poison by such intentional…

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