The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On

Acclaimed poet Franny Choi’s first new offering since Soft Science, The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On is a meditation on historical, present-day and impending apocalypses, which notes how dystopia has already been the reality for marginalized people. Lyrical and personal yet universally resonant, this insightful and elegant poetry collection trudges through catastrophe to imagine collective survival.

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Jaunty pop, infectious indie, joyfully chaotic rap and more

Sobs: Air Guitar From Air Guitar, the second album by Singapore-based rock band Sobs, the delightfully infectious lead single and titular track is drenched in influences from ’90s power-pop and ’80s new wave. Within, the trio (Celine Autumn, Jared Lim and Raphael Ong) tells a bittersweet tale through a euphoric melody and dramatic pop chord progressions. Tanukichan: Make Believe Tanukichan—the music project from Bay Area …

Andrew Bird feat. Phoebe Bridgers: I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

Sublime singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird sets a macabre Emily Dickinson poem to music with contributions from Phoebe Bridgers. The duet, “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” was originally developed for Bird’s 2022 album, Inside Problems, but was withheld. Its recent debut came complete with pensive black-and-white music video.