Wearing and tearing: An hour of classic rockers grappling with punk and new wave

The various mass-extinction events in pop music history are greatly overstated. Hair metal wasn’t wiped from the face of the earth the moment “Smells Like Teen Spirit” roared to life; the pre-rock ’n’ roll crooners eked out a decent living in casinos and on TV after the teenyboppers turned their attentions to guitars.…

Parquet Courts, Stephen Malkmus, and more albums to know about this week

Brooklyn quartet Parquet Courts harness their collective voice on Wide Awake!, while Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks reveal a little more of themselves on Sparkle Hard, and OOOOO & Islamiq Grrrls join forces for the intoxicating Faminine Mystique. These, plus GAS and Low Cut Connie in this week’s notable new releases.

Arctic Monkeys, Tee Grizzley, and more albums to know about this week

Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album feels unmoored, while Tee Grizzley’s Activated sounds like the work of a budding superstar, and La Luz explores the textures of its tiki-bar sound on Floating Features. These, plus The Body and Mark Kozelek in this week’s notable new releases.

The Thermals’ best album is relevant again, but that’s not what makes it so great

When The A.V. Club put together an Inventory of George W. Bush-era political works that still hold up, we couldn’t have known just how applicable they would be in a Trump presidency. Likewise, when The Thermals released the career-best album The Body, The Blood, The Machine in 2006, they weren’t banking on their…

David Bowie, The Monks, and Steve Reich were buried under one of rock’s biggest years

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

Dave Hill talks puppies and curling in our new game, “Gram Slam”

Dave Hill is a comedian, musician, occasional guest star on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, host of WFMU’s The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, and Dick Cavett’s best friend. He also maintains a pretty great Instagram account, filled with selfies, tour hijinks, and pictures of his adorable dog, Luci. In our new game, “Gram Slam,”…

Rae Sremmurd’s SR3MM instantly enters the triple-album pantheon

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A triple LP always says something. If you’re George Harrison, whose 23-track debut All Things Must Pass set a gold standard for Beatles solo records, it says, “Those fuckers should’ve let me write more.” If you’re The Clash, whose 1980 triple-set Sandinista! came just a year after its breakout double-LP London Calling…

Frightened Rabbit wraps up its session with the momentous “Head Rolls Off”

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their tracks. This week, we’re sharing songs by Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit. Earlier this year, the five-piece embarked on The Midnight Organ Fight 10th Anniversary Tour in…

Jon Hopkins, DJ Koze, and more albums to know about this week

Ambient techno master Jon Hopkins balances dance-floor euphoria with armchair contemplation on Singularity, while German producer DJ Koze’s excellent Knock Knock feels like a day spent in paradise, and the Fiery Furnaces sound creeps back in on Eleanor Friedberger’s fourth solo LP, Rebound. These, plus Belly, Iceage,…

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Frightened Rabbit sings about love and loss on “Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms”

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their tracks. This week, we’re sharing songs by Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit. Earlier this year, the five-piece embarked on The Midnight Organ Fight 10th Anniversary Tour in…

What’s so funny?: 25 singers cracking up at their own songs

Singers laugh for various reasons, not all of them sincere. Take, for instance, the laugh that closes out Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”—a giggle some people find so fake, they made their own fan edits just to cut it out. There is intentional laughter, layered in to create a wild, maniacal atmosphere (“Thriller,” “…

From Beach House to Courtney Barnett, our 23 most-anticipated albums of May

In addition to highly anticipated releases from Courtney Barnett, Tee Grizzley, and The Body, May holds some of our early favorites for 2018: Jon Hopkins’ follow-up to 2013 breakthrough Immunity, DJ Koze’s extremely fun Knock Knock, Beach House’s enigmatic seventh record, and Parquet Courts’ most politically direct…

Frightened Rabbit kicks off its AVC Session with the old favorite “The Modern Leper”

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their tracks. This week, we’re sharing songs Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit. Earlier this year, the five-piece embarked on The Midnight Organ Fight 10th Anniversary Tour in…

St. Vincent, No Age, and Yeasayer were the next wave of 2007

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…