The best albums of 2018 so far

As arbitrary as the demarcation of New Year’s Day is, it’s always thrilling to watch a new year in music take shape. While it’s often slow going in the earliest weeks, our first serious best-of contender arrived in the earliest hours of 2018 via Jeff Rosenstock’s vital, politically charged POST-. By the spring, we had…

St. Vincent, No Age, and Yeasayer were the next wave of 2007

1. Beyoncé, “Irreplaceable”
2. Rihanna, “Umbrella (feat. Jay Z)”
3. Gwen Stefani (feat. Akon), “The Sweet Escape”
4. Fergie, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”
5. T-Pain, “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)”
6. Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”
7. Plain White T’s, “Hey There Delilah”
8. Akon (feat. Snoop Dogg), “I Wanna Love You”
9. Nelly
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6 things to watch, listen to, play, and read this weekend

“Steven Soderbergh’s movies are a testament to his love of a good crime caper. From the Ocean’s films on through to Logan Lucky, the director’s fondness for a well-executed plan—or just an executed plan, really, no skill required—shines through. The only thing he might love more is an unreliable narrator, which allows…