Music Features

Bob Dylan and Phoebe Bridgers' American Nightmares: Twin Talents, Generations Apart

On Bob Dylan's "Key West (Philosopher Pirate)" and Phoebe Bridgers' "I Know the End," two artists present their impressions of America.

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Bob Dylan and Phoebe Bridgers each released albums this week.

Dylan is a legendary 79-year-old folk singer, while Bridgers is a rising 25-year-old indie rock musician. But both have an eerie knack for describing how it feels to live in America during these peculiar times.

Bridgers is a fan of Dylan. After his album dropped, she tweeted, "honestly...bob dylan is sick." She's also compared herself to Dylan, telling The Guardian that "at 12 or 13 I was just like, I'm the next Bob Dylan." That statement would sound insane if it wasn't arguably true.

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Culture Feature

​​This Haunts Me: The Shredded Cheese Wife Guy

One Texas couple became a meme after they went 18 minutes without shredded cheese on their fajitas. What could be worse?

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Karens. Even if you don't know them by name, you know who they are.

Karens have been asking to speak to managers all over American suburbia ever since Kate Gosselin debuted her infamous reverse-mullet on Jon and Kate Plus 8 in 2007. "Karens"—the collective nickname for middle-aged entitled white women who love nothing more than being pains in your ass—have been walking among us for quite some time, but as shelter-in-place orders and mask mandates have taken over the world, the presence of Karens has become even more apparent.

Last weekend, a Karen went viral in a since-deleted Tweet for a reason only Karens would empathize with. Jason Vicknair, a 40-year-old man from Allen, Texas, was just trying to enjoy his first date night out in three months with his wife at a Tex-Mex restaurant called Mi Cocina. Things took a turn for the worse.

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Music Reviews

Phoebe Bridgers' "Punisher" Is a Devastating Masterpiece

Three years after her solo debut, the L.A. folk singer goes bigger and better.

Phoebe Bridgers promised that a main tenet of her sophomore album, Punisher, would be "crying," as if emotional anguish hadn't been the driving force of her career thus far.

While the Los Angelean singer/songwriter asserts that she loves her life and hasn't experienced much more trauma than your average 25-year-old woman, she also recognizes that despair is a widely-shared experience. Punisher expands on Bridgers' knack for gut-wrenching lyrics served with a wit that could cut diamonds; this is, after all, the same musician whose breakthrough came with an upbeat diss track about her abuser.

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