This is your next jam: Bon Iver, Joyce Manor, and more

Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and I’ll somehow find it in my heart to forgive the President for stealing my playlisting thunder this week. As much as I’d love to nitpick his selections, the commander-in-chief hasn’t given me much to complain …

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Artist Rafael Varona crams magical stories into tiny GIFs

Two years ago, artist Rafael Varona caught the world’s attention with a series of animated GIFs that depicted magical worlds trapped inside tiny glass bottles. The success of the “Impossible Bottles” series led to a number of new illustration gigs, and Varona eventually moved from Berlin to Amsterdam to focus …

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The Verge Review of Animals: the tortoise

This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight. For a brief moment in March, a tortoise captured the hearts and imaginations …

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Buying Guide: The 16 Best Backpacks for College

College backpacks have to meet specific criteria. They have to be large enough to safely fit a laptop, books, lunch, a water bottle, snacks, your phone, keys, a change of clothes, your Frisbee, and err… other stuff. Weatherproofing is also ideal, unless you’re headed to SoCal, which doesn’t have weather. …

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