See and Spin, where Real Arters dish on a weekly serving of three things you need to read and three things you need to hear.
The Big Hack: Envisioning the Hack That Could Take Down New York City (Reeves Wiedeman / New York Magazine)
The day cars drove themselves into walls and the hospitals froze. A scenario that could happen based on what already has.
The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife (Ariel Sabar / The Atlantic)
A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story—a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from East Germany—requires a big leap of faith.
Why LaCroix Sparkling Water is Suddenly Everywhere (Libby Nelson, Javier Zarracina / Vox)
In the 1990s, LaCroix was the favorite drink of Midwestern moms. How did it get so cool?
Touché Amoré / “Palm Dreams” / Stage Four (2016)
While on tour in October 2014 supporting 2013’s masterful Is Survived By, Jeremy Bolm, the lead singer of L.A. post-hardcore outfit Touché Amoré, learned that his mother had lost her fight with cancer. The result of Bolm’s anguish is new single “Palm Dreams,” and presumably a large portion of forthcoming release Stage Four. Bolm’s visceral yell and meditative lyricism are back and cutting as ever, but some clean vocals make an appearance in tandem with Touché’s trademark combo of driving power chords and pointed riffery. The wrenching number sees Bolm speaking to his mother beyond the grave, wondering what made her move from Nebraska to Hollywood in the 70’s as he cleans out her house. As Bolm told NPR, “If this song inspires anyone to ask the questions they’ve never asked their loved ones, I’d call it a success.”
Led Zeppelin / “Stairway to Heaven” / The Song Remains the Same (1976)
Our long national nightmare is now over. On Thursday a Los Angeles jury found Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page not guilty of copyright infringement on arguably the band’s most famous song, “Stairway to Heaven.” A statement from the band echoed that the ruling was merely “confirming what we have known for 45 years.” Though many Zeppelin fans acted as if a guilty ruling would erase the song from the world’s history, it’s impossible to over appreciate the song’s utter majesty. Enjoy footage from the legendary 1976 version from concert film The Song Remains the Same, which was recorded over three nights in the summer of 1973 at Madison Square Garden.
Phish / “Stash” / Live at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts — Philadelphia, PA — August 12th, 2015
The boys are back in your town…maybe. Phish began their 2016 summer tour on Wednesday in St. Paul, hoping to parallel last summer’s tour, which left the notion that Phish isn’t still pushing their limits in their 33rd year more dead than ever. Though many other jams from last summer got more shine—see Magnaball’s “Tweezer” into “Prince Caspian,” the crown jewel of their 10th festival—”Stash” from night two at Philadelphia’s Mann Center is a good microcosm of the tour’s quality. With a tightly played composed section segueing smoothly into the jam led by an ominous Mike Gordon bassline, the jam straddles the line perfectly between the shred and spacey, ambitious in its exploration without devolving into meandering noodling. The real win? Trey Anastasio taking that guitar (9:55 and on) for a walk before returning to the main theme, with an oceanic crowd roar sandwiched in between.