From Perfume Genius' heroic glam, to Sophie's oil-slick electronic excursions, to Young Thug's masterful weirdness, to Taylor Swift's bulletproof pop, to Future Islands' sweeping synth rock, these are our favorite tracks of the year.
Some of 2014's most vocal artists—including Ariel Pink, St. Vincent, Perfume Genius, Pussy Riot, and Mark Kozelek—offer insight on topics like cultural appropriation, female empowerment, the pitfalls of the Internet, and what happens when we die.
Our creative director Michael Renaud picks out 20 of the most visually striking record covers of the year featuring: a twisted FKA twigs, creepy baby heads, creepier plushies, St. Vincent's all-seeing overlord, bloody guts, and a Waka Flocka mask.
Watch an atmospheric video piece chronicling this year's Basilica SoundScape festival featuring Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves, Tim Hecker, and more. Co-directed by William Colby and Jim Larson.
From Tame Impala to Frank Ocean to the Caretaker to Beach House to Kurt Vile and lots more, our picks for the best albums of the last five years.