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The Art of Immortality: David Bowie and The Image

With the news this week of David Bowie’s death at the age of 69 from a long battle with cancer, watching The Image is an oddly reassuring experience: the shared, mass hope that it can’t be true, that he’s not really gone, is played out in this grainy, almost haunted relic now almost 50 years old. Read more »

If the N.W.A Film Is Revisionist, Eazy-E Has Already Died For Its Sins

What it is about the ‘gangster’ persona that continues to appeal to young black male rappers? Gangsters as they are portrayed in popular culture are both feared and admired for being calm, cool and collected – and always in control. Read more »

Tell Me, Princess: The evolution of Disney’s princess songs

Two years ago today, Disney’s Frozen was unleashed upon the world. As far as rapacious corporate behemoths go, it’s one of the more appealing, and remains surprisingly resilient to repeat screenings. But at the heart of its achievement sits one indisputable melodic and cultural phenomenon: ‘Let It Go’. Read more »

The Great Leveling of Taste: Ryan Adams, Taylor Swift and 1989

Ryan Adams’ ‘cover record’ of Taylor Swift’s worldwide bestselling album 1989 dropped online yesterday. Adams rewires Swift’s literally swift-moving synth pop into a slower burn folk style, with touches of classic Springsteen-style stadium rock vocals to bring home some of the bigger numbers. It’s a lovely listen – but is it a guilt-free one? Read more »

Right Direction: The value of fandom

I have a pop-culture confession to make to you, Internet. It isn’t something I’ve been trying to keep hidden for fear of seeming uncool, because that ship sailed long ago. But it is something I haven’t opened up about until this point. I, Rebecca Shaw, have become a One Direction fan. Read more »

Dumb Flesh, Rave Cave, and the Peril and Promise of Solo Side Projects

It’s not difficult to understand the motivations behind a solo side project – that is, a musician best known for their work in a band releasing music made by themselves under a different moniker. Musicians’ appetites are, in general, pretty broad, and working within the confines of a band with a defined aesthetic must start to chafe after a while. Read more »

A Seminal 80s Artist Who A Lot Of People Are Like ‘Umm Who?’ Or Are Like ‘Naa Man’ And Then Make I Guess Unimpressed Facial Expressions But Truly This Man’s Music Is Kind Of The Soundtrack To My Life LOL But Not LOL Too

I was born in Brisbane. Nice. ‘Up The Wallabies’!!!! Welllllll, people say ‘Up The Wallabies’ a lot now and maybe they did when I was born too except I don’t remember much of anything because of being a very small human who couldn’t form memories and experiences, or could form memories and experiences for other people but not in a concrete way that I could remember myself. Nice. Well this whole piece has nothing to do with that. Read more »

Best of 2014 (Part Two): Film, Music, YA Literature, Pop Culture

In the second of a two-part series, our brilliant Killings contributors highlight their top cultural moments of 2014 – in film, music, young adult literature, and pop culture. Read more »

A SuperFestive Christmas playlist

I know what you’re thinking: lists like this became redundant in 1992, when Jon Bon Jovi rubbed shoulders with Cindy Crawford beneath a Christmas tree for the first and last time. Does the ideal of Christmas music get any better? Perhaps not, but many have tried. Here are a few other Christmassy pop goodies. Read more »

Drake’s climate change epiphany

Or: ‘Heat of the Moment’ as an epiphany in which Drake realises the urgency and importance of acting on climate change Read more »