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The best music of 2019 so far The best music of 2019 so far

Just six months into a great year in music, we’ve seen strange, galactic records from R&B innovators Solange and Flying Lotus. In the crowded field of hip-hop, emerging talents like Denzel Curry, Little Simz, and Zelooperz have separated from the pack—not to mention Tierra Whack, whose five singles widened the view of…

Alternatino With Arturo Castro finds relatable moments in even the most specific types of humor Alternatino With Arturo Castro finds relatable moments in even the most specific types of humor

After stealing scenes in Broad City and commanding the screen in the third season of Narcos, Arturo Castro has found a starring vehicle—or twenty. The Guatemalan actor now heads up Alternatino With Arturo Castro, the Comedy Central sketch/variety show he adapted from his webseries of almost the same name. Castro is a…

Maya Erskine is a big fan of John Cho, The Little Mermaid's Ursula, and her mom's advice Maya Erskine is a big fan of John Cho, The Little Mermaid's Ursula, and her mom's advice

It’s always a treat when a batch of our 11 Questions lines up perfectly with an interview subject—in this case, The A.V. Club looked forward to posing queries about reliving moments from your past and casting someone to do so to Pen15 co-creator and co-star Maya Erskine. The actor-writer-producer turned in a fearless…

Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. tell The A.V. Club what's in their future Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. tell The A.V. Club what's in their future

That final snap in Avengers: Endgame sent a hundred million Marvel Studios fans or so reeling, but no one is feeling that loss quite like Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau, who helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man. Favreau went on to direct Downey Jr. in Iron Man 2, and they’ve appeared together …

Raphael Bob-Waksberg digs into his favorite short story collections and influences Raphael Bob-Waksberg digs into his favorite short story collections and influences

With Reading List, The A.V. Club asks one of our favorite pop-culture creators to describe a list of reading materials that are tied together by a singular theme.

16 Shots tells a tale of two Chicagos, condemning its officials while lifting up its citizens 16 Shots tells a tale of two Chicagos, condemning its officials while lifting up its citizens

“The body tells a very different story”—journalist Jamie Kalven

No other show cares or serves quite like Pose No other show cares or serves quite like Pose

Since it premiered last year, Pose has been a triumph of style and substance—the FX series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals combines scintillating melodrama with the kind of earnestness that’s increasingly in vogue on screen. The period drama built on the progress in LGBTQ+ representation made by…

With his debut story collection, Raphael Bob-Waksberg is trying to mend your heart With his debut story collection, Raphael Bob-Waksberg is trying to mend your heart

“This time is different; I promise you it’s different. Why would I lie to you? Why would I want to hurt you? This time there is no snake waiting. This time things are going to be wonderful.”

5 new releases we love: A pop visionary’s reprise, a flamenco summer jam, and more 5 new releases we love: A pop visionary’s reprise, a flamenco summer jam, and more

There’s a lot of music out there. To help you cut through all the noise, every week The A.V. Club is rounding up A-Sides, five recent releases we think are worth your time. You can listen to these and more on Spotify.

What, are you just not going to watch Meryl Streep in Big Little Lies? What, are you just not going to watch Meryl Streep in Big Little Lies?

The truth about the second season of Big Little Lies is that it wasn’t entirely necessary—season one of David E. Kelley’s adaptation, based on Liane Moriarty’s steamy thriller, was an addictive blend of soapiness and pathos, and featured one of the best ensembles in recent history. Director Jean-Marc Vallée, who…

Coming out and coming of age: 5 of our favorite LGBTQ+ teens on TV today Coming out and coming of age: 5 of our favorite LGBTQ+ teens on TV today

This August marks the 25th anniversary of the debut of My So-Called Life, the short-lived but influential teen drama that was also one of the first network shows to have a gay character as a series regular. Rickie Vasquez (Wilson Cruz) faced some of the same adolescent woes as his peers Angela Chase (Claire Danes) and…

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