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Willow and Jaden Smith: The Outtakes

T magazine “condensed and edited” its interview earlier this week with Willow and Jaden Smith. Here, exclusively, is what didn’t make the cut.

Stumbling Towards the Mainstream: On Azealia Banks’ Broke With Expensive Taste

Banks’ long-delayed debut album arrived with a shrug, but this is less evidence of an artist failing to live up to her potential than of the still-crushing vagaries of the record industry.

A Brief History of Prince Not Doing Things

Oh, like you’ve never cancelled an album because of a bad ecstasy trip.

Get Your Tay On: How David Rees’s Aphex Swift Pranks on Pop Phenomenology

The comedian’s Taylor Swift/Aphex Twin mashup casts the latter as the naïvely self-expressive one and the former as the master technician—and makes you fantasize about Swift’s possible final form.

Vapor Tales: On Tinashe, and Sounding Atmospheric

Like musicians whose songs you might instinctively call “angular” or “twee,” the singer’s debut album strikes immediately as “atmospheric”—whatever that means.

Out of the Woods and Into the Particle Accelerator

Figuring out the force behind Taylor Swift’s new song, one component part at a time.

Descending Bear, Centaur-Style

“Poems are a record of failure,” says the poet Ben Lerner—art, too, by extension. But does that argument apply to the stranger corners of the Internet?

Negotiating With the Zeitgeist

Prince’s new albums fit in with his recent output: variations on conventional songcraft spelled by stretches of self-quotation. And yet, there’s still every reason to look forward to what’s next.

Pop Montreal 2014 Postmortem: Jouissance Risks Fracture

Vaguely feverish notes on a few days of Ronnie Spector, Fagen-esque forgettable lyrics, the reunited Unicorns, and pastries unclassifiable in French or any other tongue.