Best of 2018 Pop Culture (So Far…)

2018 is all kinds of dope. Any year when Lando Calrissian is (again) the coolest man in the universe is obviously a great one. Throw in ‘Jim Halpert’ becoming a master director, a broadcast television actress becoming a literal princess and some pretty epic beef between Pusha T and a guy whose name rhymes with cake makes and you have all the ingredients of an entertaining year. And with the year not even half over, I can’t wait to see what else 2018 could possible have in store. So buckle up pop culture enthusiasts and enjoy this brief pop culture snapshot of what 2018 has already had to offer!

FILMS

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1. A Quiet Place
2. Annihilation
3. Black Panther

Just missed: You Were Never Really Here, Andre the Giant, Deadpool 2
Most Looking Forward To: Venom, Sorry to Bother You, Bohemian Rhapsody

TELEVISION SHOWS

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1. Atlanta, FX
2. 3%, Netflix
3. Silicon Valley, HBO

Just missed: Legion, FX; Superstore, NBC; 
Blue Planet II, BBC
Most Looking Forward To: Narcos, Netflix; Veep, HBO; Maniac, Netflix

TELEVISION EPISODES

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1. “USS Callister,” Black Mirror, Netflix
2. “Teddy Perkins,” Atlanta, FX
3. “The Commuter” Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, Amazon

Just missed: “Episode 6,” The End of the F**ing World, Netflix;
“We Are Gone,” The Terror, FX; “Tech Evangelists,” Silicon Valley, HBO

ALBUMS

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1. Poem Unlimited, by U.S. Girls
2. Make Way for Love, by Marlon Williams
3. DAYTONA, by Pusha T

Just missed: Onion, by Shannon and the Clams;
Con Todo El Mundo, by Khruangbin; The Pledge, by The Sorority
Most Looking Forward To: TR/ST, Gorillaz, Vampire Weekend

SONGS

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1. “This is America,” by Childish Gambino
2. “Night Shift,” by Lucy Dacus
3. “ICY GIRL,” by Saweetie

Just missed: Destroyer,” by TR/ST;
Geyser,” by Mitski; “Womp Womp,” by Valee ft. Jeremih

 

CONCERTS

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1. St. Vincent, Moore Theatre
2. U.S. Girls, Sunset Tavern
3. Marlon Williams, Biltmore Cabaret

Just Missed: Shamir, Michete, Noah Byrd
Most Looking Forward To: Taylar Elizza Beth, Carline Rose, Angel Olsen

BOOKS (Read in 2018)

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1. Men Without Women, by Haruki Murakami
3. The Story of a Brief Marriage, by Anuk Arudpragasm
3. Acceptance, by Jeff Vandermeer

Just missed: Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders;
The Immortalists,
 by Chloe Benjamin; Ill Will, by Dan Chaon

Most Looking Forward To:  The Epiphany Machine, by David Burr Gerrard; Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow; Reservoir 13, by John McGregor

PEOPLE

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1. Donald Glover
2. Serena Williams
3. Meghan Markle

Just missed: John Krasinski; Mohamed Salah; Courtney Barnett

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