One pop music critic looks at the ways indie bands have incorporated elements from bands like Grateful Dead and Phish, and he wonders whether jam bands’ influence can revitalize indie rock at a time when it seems to have nowhere else to go. Some listeners might argue that labels like ‘jam’ and ‘indie’ don’t really add anything to the conversation.
Jessica Knoll calls out the wellness industry as a dangerous deceit. Masquerading as a way to increase energy or reduce inflammation, the industry’s success actually preys upon women’s self-hate by “preserving a vicious fallacy: Thin is healthy and healthy is thin.”
“When you’re in the mood for Kool-Aid, you can walk into a grocery store and chose from about 20 different flavor packets all priced at about a quarter a piece. However, if you’re in the market for some quintessentially classic, high-grade, “Oh Yeah!”-era Kool-Aid, you’ll have to enter the fruit-flavored underbelly of one the most intriguing subsets in the world of pop culture food enthusiasts: the black market of vintage Kool-Aid packet collectors.”
Sound is a whale’s main navigational tool. So does ocean noise pollution impair their ability to communicate, to migrate, to mate? “Answers to these questions, among others, have eluded scientists, simply because 40-ton, seemingly healthy humpback whale carcasses with very little decomposition don’t wash up on our shores very often. So when Vector did, every second counted.”
For fifteen years, Syranian, Lebanese, and Palestinian refugees have found sanctuary in a neighborhood called Jabal Beddawi in northern Lebanon. Journalist Laura Gottesdiener spent time there to see how refugees, despite their differences, have forged a community under duress.