The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

“We were trying to pay some homage to the original two films while making it feel like it was contemporary," Parisot told Ars about how he approached bringing the Bill and Ted franchise into the 21st century.

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

First comes young Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) humping his way through a Korean War trench battle while planes roar overhead and dramatic music swells.

The World Is Noisy. These Groups Want to Restore the Quiet

The World Is Noisy. These Groups Want to Restore the Quiet

A 2017 study by scientists at Colorado State University and the National Park Service found that human noise doubled background sounds in 63 percent of US protected areas.There are still some quiet places left, however, where the sounds of humanity give way to the natural world.

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

Ria, who is 16, based in the US, and whose favorite K-pop group is the boyband BTS, heard about the plan to prank Trump from other K-pop fans on Twitter, though she was aware that the idea was circling on TikTok, too.

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

Regardless of why you pick up an instrument—or what instrument you pick—my two decades holding drum sticks has taught me one thing: Learning to play music will do you good.Otherwise, here's a list of our favorite affordable instruments to get started with music.

Composers Are Ditching Hollywood—to Make Videogame Music

Composers Are Ditching Hollywood—to Make Videogame Music

He pestered Zur. He asked him personal questions—what kind of music do you like?Zur, who continues to compose for film, represents a new group of composers for blockbuster games, comfortable across mediums.

Artist Rachel Cabitt Is Trapped In a Quarantine Horror Film

Artist Rachel Cabitt Is Trapped In a Quarantine Horror Film

Moments like these, along with flickers of inspiration from Cindy Sherman, the Italian horror film Suspiria, and the seductive glow of a neon sign, led photographer Rachel Cabitt to her latest project: drafting a storyboard for a suspense-laden tale about her lockdown experience in her New York City railroad apartment.

Childish Gambino's 3.15.20 Is Apt for This Isolated Moment

Childish Gambino's 3.15.20 Is Apt for This Isolated Moment

The show was smart to never settle on one remedy in particular—its genius is in its textual and subtextual slipperiness—but the question maintains a weighty relevance in Glover’s other pursuits, in his comedy, in his acting, in his video work , and most of all in his music as Childish Gambino.

7 New Songs to Help You Feel Less Socially Distant

7 New Songs to Help You Feel Less Socially Distant

The best music is built on community, and what truly gives any particular song staying power is how it’s regarded among the masses.

808s and Tough Breaks: A Look at the Origins of Trap Music

808s and Tough Breaks: A Look at the Origins of Trap Music

For his first photo book, simply titled The Trap, the French photographer captured the Atlanta locales that birthed the ever-popular rap subgenre that shares the tome's name.Desailly spent two months in 2018 criss-crossing neighborhoods in the Georgia capital to photograph what life in the trap looks like.

Locally Grown Is PBS for the Streaming Age

Locally Grown Is PBS for the Streaming Age

Flipping through Locally Grown is like finding lost treasure, each channel its own trove of .Like a video archive that is available 24/7, Locally Grown is an anti-streaming streamer, the PBS of black cultural ephemera.Locally Grown lets viewers tune in to one of 11 curated channels, 24/7.

Smartphone Launch Events Are Silly

Smartphone Launch Events Are Silly

It did what most tech companies set out to do when they host a big event: Announce shiny new products (Galaxy S20!This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED senior associate editor Julian Chokkattu and WIRED contributor Boone Ashworth join co-host Lauren Goode to chat about all things Samsung and more.

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

Like a meteor rocketing toward Earth, Music Twitter had converged for its first real moment of the decade—a presaging of future times and trends.This decade, music streaming platforms merely archived culture; they didn’t shape it in the way that we like to believe.

The 7 Best Albums of 2019

The 7 Best Albums of 2019

As for 2019, the year's best albums were the exact opposite (in spite of efforts by Kanye West to use Jesus Is King as some kind of unifying opera).Bandana is the best rap album of the year.

Why Big Data Has Been (Mostly) Good for Music

Why Big Data Has Been (Mostly) Good for Music

Following four consecutive years of double-digit growth, total year-end revenues are expected to break the $10 billion mark this year, inching ever closer to the sales numbers the industry hit during the glory days of CDs. Courtesy of SpotifyWith all that money back on the table, record labels are scouting new talent again.

The Psychedelic Beauty of Destroyed CDs

The Psychedelic Beauty of Destroyed CDs

Like many teenagers growing up in the early- to mid-aughts, Russian photographer Rus Khasanov spent an obscene amount of money on CDs. He displayed his favorites on a shelf—Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP, Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, assorted Harry Potter soundtracks—and protected the rest inside black faux-leather binders, handling the discs with utmost care.

24 Best Cyber Monday 2019 Headphone Deals: Sonos, Sony, Beats, and More

24 Best Cyber Monday 2019 Headphone Deals: Sonos, Sony, Beats, and More

Amazon (Ships December 7), Best Buy. This home speaker has Alexa built in and has never sold for less.If you're after a pretty and great-sounding set of computer speakers to complete your recent office rennovation, now's a good time to snag these Audioengline HD3s.

Finally, We Can ‘Like’ Apple’s Keyboards Again

Finally, We Can ‘Like’ Apple’s Keyboards Again

Show Notes: Read Adrienne So’s story about how Instagram is testing hiding likes here , and watch Arielle’s full conversation with Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri here .

The Empty Innovation of Kanye West's Gospel Album

The Empty Innovation of Kanye West's Gospel Album

The chorus for “Closed on Sunday” includes the line: “Closed on Sunday, you’re my Chick-fil-A/ You’re my number one with the lemonade.” The old Kanye West, the fearless innovator who, in the devastating wake of Hurricane Katrina, told the nation “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” and the new more dogmatic Kanye West—the father, the faithful conduit—are jockeying for placement on the same album.

Amazon Echo Dot Deal: It's on Sale for Just $9

Amazon Echo Dot Deal: It's on Sale for Just $9

The palm-sized gadget is on sale for just $1 if you let Amazon also sign you up for Music Unlimited, which costs $8 per month.Amazon Music Unlimited lets the Echo Dot play virtually any song, like a Spotify or Pandora subscription—two services that are also compatible with Alexa.

Neil Young’s Adventures on the Hi-Res Frontier

Neil Young’s Adventures on the Hi-Res Frontier

With a new Crazy Horse album, a new book, and his very own high-resolution streaming platform, the 73-year-old rock legend has set himself the modest goals of reuniting his beloved band, reinventing the wheel, and rescuing music for all humanity.

MacOS 10.15 Catalina Review: More Mobile, More Security, no More iTunes

MacOS 10.15 Catalina Review: More Mobile, More Security, no More iTunes

That said, it's still the most complex of the three new apps, handling your local music library, a music store (which is still called the "iTunes Store"), and Apple Music, Apple's streaming music service.These subscription services within the Apple TV app have some great features.

Cut Your Own Vinyl Records With This $1,100 Machine

Cut Your Own Vinyl Records With This $1,100 Machine

The Phonocut is an analog vinyl lathe, the first consumer device capable of making custom records immediately, right there in your home (assuming you’re willing to pay $1,100 for the privilege).The device cuts 10-inch vinyl records, which can hold about 10 to 15 minutes of audio on each side.

Generation Z Is Making Music With Anti-Radical Tones

Generation Z Is Making Music With Anti-Radical Tones

Recently, in the music video for "Keeping Tabs," the 21-year-old Chicano chillwave artist Omar Banos, who performs under the name Cuco, goes on a spiritual, mind-expanding journey.

How to Share Books and Movies Through Amazon Household

How to Share Books and Movies Through Amazon Household

Amazon’s first step in its plan for world domination seems to be making sure that every single person alive is a shopper with an Amazon Prime account. Sign someone else up and they can share access to Amazon's media services, as well as free Prime delivery.

Lizzo's 'Juice' Is the Most Patriotic Song of 2019

Lizzo's 'Juice' Is the Most Patriotic Song of 2019

Produced by pop emissary Ricky Reed (who's previously worked with Jason Derulo and Kesha) and cowritten by Theron Thomas (among other hits, he contributed to Beyonce's "All Night"), "Juice" is not just any old anthem—drenched as it is in themes of self-love and optimism—but the anthem.

This Colorful Keyboard Wants to Teach You How to Play Music

This Colorful Keyboard Wants to Teach You How to Play Music

The Roli Lumi (you know, because “illumination”) is a multicolored, light-up keyboard aimed at musical novices eager to learn to play the piano. Eventually, the goal is to get to playing songs without the guiding lights at all.“We wanted to build a seamless on-ramp to music making,” Lamb says.

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News. Radiohead owned some hackers, the T-Mobile/Sprint merger runs into some hiccups, and a Swedish mining town is being picked up and moved. So their state-owned mining operation decided to move the city instead.

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

On Tuesday, Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood made an announcement on Twitter and Facebook: The band had been "hacked," and the perpetrator attempted a $150,000 shakedown to prevent the public release of the files.

2019's Top Contenders for the Song of Summer

2019's Top Contenders for the Song of Summer

What's especially striking about 2019, a year wherein music has never felt more confident and emotionally awake in its thematic divergence, is how this summer seems prime for both traditional ballads ("Sucker," by The Jonas Brothers; "Never Really Over," by Katy Perry) and sneaky pop curios ("Nightmare," by Halsey; Jai Paul's supremely fantastic "Do You Love Her Now").