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Past articles by Spencer:

Caroline Polachek’s new album will make you feel like a kid

Caroline Polachek’s <em>Pure Moods</em> is pure magic. → Read More

Måneskin Looks a Lot Cooler Than It Sounds

Måneskin looks a lot cooler than it sounds. → Read More

The 10 Best Albums of 2022

The year in music was a party. → Read More

How to Listen to Björk, According to Björk

The Icelandic artist breaks down her powerful new album, <em>Fossora</em>. → Read More

TikTok Killed the Video Star

MTV turned music into spectacle. The app is doing the opposite. → Read More

Have We Lost Patience for Prestige TV?

<em>Better Call Saul</em> is dazzling, and frustrating. → Read More

Pop Music’s Nostalgia Obsession

Why do older sounds seem to dominate music lately? → Read More

How Jon Batiste’s Album of the Year Win Broke Grammys Expectations

The jazz pianist was a traditionalist choice to win Album of the Year—but a traditionalist choice for an evolving institution. → Read More

The Military Weapon That Has Become a Musical Touchstone in Ukraine

These are the viral songs of a country under siege. → Read More

The Western Mythmaking of Jane Campion’s 'The Power of the Dog'

“She’s trying to understand something about American masculinity and what a gossamer facade it is.” → Read More

'SNL' Is Anxious About Ukraine and Russia, Too

Last night’s episode addressed Ukraine and Russia, but the result was less insightful political satire than proof that the show’s writers read the internet. → Read More

Spotify Isn’t Really About the Music Anymore

In choosing Joe Rogan over Neil Young, the company has made its new priorities clear to listeners. → Read More

'The Power of the Dog' Has a Queer Problem

Western films have long complicated the ideals of stoic masculinity. So what’s still so surprising about a queer cowboy? → Read More

Why Are People So Mad About 'Don't Look Up?'

Climate change is a tough subject for any film, let alone a satire. → Read More

Pop Is Making Happiness Sound Pretty Dreary Lately

Lorde heads to the beach. Lana Del Rey sings of peace. Billie Eilish is happier than ever. But it doesn’t quite sound like a celebration. → Read More

Lil Nas X, DaBaby, and the Incoherence of Homophobia

Anti-gay bigotry is on the defensive in hip-hop right now. → Read More

HBO’s Woodstock ’99 Documentary Is a Dark Warning

Just as concerts return, a new film reveals the cynicism and cultural rot that led to one of the most notorious shows ever. → Read More

Can ‘The Mandalorian’ Save ‘Star Wars’?

And how “The Mandalorian” can restore the true power of George Lucas’s galaxy → Read More

What Ellen’s Kindness Concealed

The recent scandal at her talk show suggests that the host’s smiling facade covers up something dark—and hints at why that facade had to be created in the first place. → Read More

Insane Clown Posse Is Modeling Ideal Pandemic Leadership

They might not know how magnets work, but the group’s members do know that cultural figureheads should simply tend to their communities during this time. → Read More