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THE ACMS: MOSTLY LIVE AND REALLY REAL
Moving in the right direction (9/18a)
2020 EIGHT-MONTH MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
Interscope #1 in latest power rankings (9/17a)
WASSERMAN SEALS THE DEAL
But what's behind door #2? (9/17a)
SURFACES LEVEL UP
Peaking at just the right time (9/18a)
NEAR TRUTHS: HERE'S THE DEAL (AND THE ROAD AHEAD)
This column pairs well with BBQ sauce. (9/15a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
Critics' Choice
KINDA DARK: A PLAYLIST
FOR THE CURRENT MOOD
4/3/20

The fifth episode of Devs (FX/Hulu) is framed by Free’s “Oh I Wept,” a truly inspired juxtaposition that catches the mood of right now as well as that of Alex Garland’s eerie, mesmerizing series (he’s the writer/director of the terrific films Ex Machina and Annihilation). I also copped Broken Bells’ “After the Disco” and Low’s “Congregation” from the Devs soundtrack (music supervisor: Becca Gatrell); they fit right in.

Kinda Dark mixes newly relevant songs from my most beloved bands and artists—Todd, Big Star, Matthew Sweet, The Tubes, The Odds, Radiohead—with current tracks that capture the vibe of right now, including Phantom Planet’s “Time Moves On,” JR JR’s “Good Old Days, The Strokes’ “Bad Decisions, Brent Cobb’s “The World Is Ending” and Blake Mills’ “Vanishing Twin.”

ll likelihood, I’ll keep messing with the selections and the sequence—that’s what’s so addictive about playlisting. —Bud Scoppa