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Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser Shares New Sun’s Signature Song “Underwater”: Listen

The second single from her new project with her partner Damon Reece

Everything You Need to Make Beer, Wine, Cider, and Mead

Indoor plants and sewing projects don’t taste as good. Here’s what you need to make booze at home.

Can You Remember the Plot of Avatar?

We asked a semi-random assortment of smart and funny people who were alive in 2009—from Broti Gupta to Brandon Wardell to Marianne Williamson—if they could recall the plot of the highest-grossing movie ever.
Spotlight: The Latest on The Coronavirus

The Bad Times Are Coming for Startups

A spate of layoffs is just the first sign of trouble for early-stage companies facing an economic downturn.

Taylor Hawkins Expressed Discomfort About Foo Fighters’ Tour Schedule Before He Died, Friends Claim

“He told me that he ‘couldn’t fucking do it anymore’—those were his words,” Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron told Rolling Stone for a feature about Hawkins’ final days. A representative for the band disputed Cameron and others’ claims.

Bill Nye Is Begging You to Not Use Oil on Your Scalp

Turns out the Science Guy knows a thing or two about beauty.
The New Yorker

Making Sense of the Racist Mass Shooting in Buffalo

An expert on the white-power movement and the “great replacement” theory puts the act of terror in context.
Vanity Fair

Alyssa Farah Griffin, the Ex-Trump Aide, Wants to Be America’s Household Conservative

Since fleeing MAGA-land, Farah Griffin scored a CNN gig and is auditioning to fill Meghan McCain’s old seat on The View. Can this Mark Meadows protégé pull off a post-Trump rebrand?

How Cream of Tartar Helped Invent Modern Baking

But first: What is cream of tartar, anyway, and how do you use it in baking?
Architectural Digest

Tapestry Lawns: Why You Need This Low-Maintenance Grass Alternative

Patchwork grass is pretty

Why Kendrick Lamar’s “Auntie Diaries” Has Polarized the LGBTQ+ Community

While Lamar meant to illustrate a complicated journey of growth and acceptance, many have taken issue with his delivery.

Our Favorite Audiophile-Grade Gear for Serious Listening

Ready to get the best sound quality of your life? From speakers and headphones to streaming amps, here are our favorite tools for gold-plated listening.

Gorillaz Announce 2022 North American Tour

The trek with EarthGang starts in Vancouver in September
The New Yorker

American Racism and the Buffalo Shooting

The gunman seems motivated by a vision of history, pushed by the right, in which American racism never existed and Black people are undeserving takers.
Vanity Fair

Republicans Are Furious People Remember They’ve Been Pushing the Racist “Great Replacement” Rhetoric for Years

Rep. Elise Stefanik has led the charge, blasting the media for accurately reporting her racist rhetoric.