New documentary Coda unravels the inner philosophy of Ryuichi Sakamoto

‘Coda’ explores the much-loved composer’s career, while piecing together the influence of events like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, global warming and nuclear power on his extraordinary work

Look back on the history of Budapest’s Sziget Festival through these archive photos

From David Bowie to Nick Cave and mohawk-styled punks, trace the visual trajectory of one of Europe’s largest, and most celebrated, cultural events

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slowthai: The Prince of Northampton

Bursting with small-town angst and big dreams, we travel to his hometown to find the rising rapper standing tall with pride

From Abbey Road to Wyoming: What makes a legendary studio run?

A look back through moments where unique recording spaces became catalysts for new, ingenious sounds

Snail Mail

Meet Snail Mail, the artist who captures teenagerhood in all its awkward splendour

Lindsey Jordan’s guitar pop is shot through with a specific kind of anxiety and heartbreak. We find out what it’s like setting your growing pains to music

Retrospective Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III

Lil Wayne carved out an eccentric future for hip-hop on Tha Carter III

With a bulletin from Planet Weezy to New Orleans, Lil Wayne captured the attention of the whole world

We caught a bus to Kanye and Kid Cudi’s album launch bonfire in the middle of nowhere

The listening party of Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s much-anticipated collaborative album Kids See Ghosts was as weird as you’d expect

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Jorja Smith: Real Talk

There’s a timeless elegance to the breakthrough pop star, but her modern soul speaks directly to today’s youth

Print! Tearing It Up

The Print! Tearing It Up exhibition celebrates the resurgence of independent publishing

We caught up with the curators behind Somerset House’s upcoming exhibition to talk indie magazine culture, social activism and the direction of print

Drag Queens / Berlin / Post-Drag © Vitali Gelwich

The Divine Queer Secrets of Berlin’s Post-Drag Sisterhood

Eight figures of Berlin’s thriving underground queer-performance scene discuss their art and how to define drag in an increasingly genderless, post-drag world

Interview with Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu

How the first Kenyan film to show at Cannes is helping to rewrite the narrative of LGBT cinema

‘Rafiki’ is currently banned in its home country. We speak to the film’s director, Wanuri Kahiu, about the radicalism of bringing hope and joy to queer cinema

The Night Fever exhibition traces the intertwined history of club culture and the avant-garde

Curator and editor Catharine Rossi fills us in on a new large-scale exhibition which investigates the impact of club culture on design, fashion and architecture

Poundland Bandit

Poundland Bandit is the meme-maker deconstructing London’s style tribes

We chat to the anonymous IG user whose account satirising the UK’s myriad strains of idiots has been made into an IRL exhibition

Caterina Bianchini / Repeal the 8th poster

Caterina Bianchini designs activist posters calling for voters to #RepealThe8th

Ahead of the Irish abortion referendum on 25 May, the designer discusses creating the visual identity of Room for Rebellion’s pro-choice campaign

Richie Hawtin, Consumed

Richie Hawtin’s Consumed paved new roads for minimal techno

Two decades on from its release, Plastikman’s unflinchingly experimental album still sounds vital

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Rapsody: Soul Power

Rapsody made one of 2017’s most underrated albums. We speak with the North Carolina rapper who, through strength and perseverance, is delivering her message to the people