What ever happened to the mashup artist?

“A Stroke Of Genie-us” was built out of CD-Rs: 30 seconds of Albert Hammond Jr.’s guitar, stamped on the end with that indelible, coltish riff sliding down Fabrizio Moretti’s drums, under an a cappella take of Christina Aguilera’s “Genie In A Bottle” that producer Roy Kerr was thrilled to exhume on the prehistoric…

Manic Street Preachers, A Place To Bury Strangers, and more albums to know about this week

Manic Street Preachers live up to lofty pop touchstones on Resistance Is Futile, while Pinned doesn’t quite pack the punch of prior A Place To Bury Strangers releases. These, plus Rival Consoles and the debut solo album of Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls in this week’s notable new releases.

Cardi B fulfills the promise of “Bodak Yellow” on Invasion Of Privacy

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Part of the fun of “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B’s earth-conquering 2017 hit, was the way it captured that rare moment when you can hear someone make a quantum leap forward on record. Cardi B had released two mixtapes already, proving she was an inspired rapper with preternatural, outsize charisma, but it wasn’t until that…

What’s the strongest 3-song run on an album?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Wye Oak, Eels, and more albums to know about this week

Wye Oak’s sixth album is beautifully dense, while The Deconstruction proves the Eels haven’t lost their touch for melancholic pop, and Dr. Octagon swings for the goddamn fences on Moosebumps. These, plus The Weeknd, No Thank You, Kali Uchis, and many more in this week’s new releases.

Dirty computers, invasions of privacy: The 26 most-anticipated albums of April

April promises another strong, diverse set of new releases to follow up an excellent March, with albums from favorites like Grouper, Wye Oak, and Flatbush Zombies as well as up-and-comers Saba, No Thank You, and Half Waif. There’s also Janelle Monáe’s third full-length, Kali Uchis’ long-awaited debut, the latest from…

The Voidz, The Vaccines, and more albums to know about this week

The Vaccines find a familiar groove on the exuberant Combat Sports, while The Voidz are painfully misguided on the parody-ready Virtue, and, by contrast, Jean Grae & Quelle Chris’ Everything’s Fine crackles with fury and frustration. These, plus Czarface & MF Doom and Frankie Cosmos in this week’s notable new releases.

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Appeals court upholds original verdict in "Blurred Lines" lawsuit 

Back in April, the lawyers working with Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke on their appeal of the big “Blurred Lines” copyright suit in 2015 came up with an fun strategy, essentially arguing that the “groove” of a song cannot be copyrighted so “Blurred Lines” could not have possibly ripped off Marvin Gaye’s “Got To…

Ask an indie rock veteran: How do I get my kid to stop talking so much?

Hello there. My name is Paul Maroon, and I’m a professional musician who’s played in bands for the past 30 years, most recently in a group called The Walkmen. In that time, I’ve picked up a fair amount of information, some of which is actually pretty useful: How to kill a week at a Toronto airport hotel. How to solve…

The Stooges, Nico, and Swamp Dogg were the underground heroes of 1970

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…