What are you listening to this week? 

Faux Fir was a great Milwaukee band I saw frequently when I was in college; it wound down around the time I left and has since disbanded, with two members gone to other states. There was talk of making another album via long-distance collaboration, and I hope that materializes someday. In the meantime, I return to…

Billy Corgan is pretty sure he saw a shapeshifter once 

William Patrick Corgan, the adult man who no longer wants to be called Billy, is no stranger to run-ins with mysterious figures that defy all explanation. Last year, he appeared on Infowars and encountered the rage-filled, chili-devouring hell-beast known only as “Alex Jones,” and this week he visited the Howard Stern

Metz closes out its session with the high-energy “Raw Materials”

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their own tracks. For this round, we welcomed to the studio Canadian punks Metz, who are fresh off releasing their well-received third studio album, Strange Peace. In the final performance…

Watch Gogol Bordello take on Natalie Imbrugulia for A.V. Undercover

“Torn,” like “I Will Always Love You” and “Respect,” is part of a category of cover songs that are arguably more famous than the originals. “Torn” was originally performed by Los Angeles alt-rockers Ednaswap, but Natalie Imbruglia’s version is more widely recognizable, with a generation of listeners being completely…

Metz lights up The A.V. Club studio with "Mr. Plague"

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their own tracks. For this round, we welcomed to the studio Canadian punks Metz, who are fresh off releasing their well-received third studio album, Strange Peace. In this performance from the…

Oh good, we now know what Fox News thinks of Radiohead

Much has been written and said about Radiohead in the decades they’ve been active, but over the years one of the world’s most respected voices in music criticism has remained notably silent. Now, Fox News has finally chimed in, letting us know what everyone’s favorite race-baiting, gun-loving, conspiratorial fever…

Björk might have just identified the Danish director who sexually harassed her

The wave of disclosures from celebrities regarding times they were sexually harassed or assaulted shows no sign of breaking, given that virtually every woman has such a story (as do many men and non-binary folks). Icelandic artist Björk joined the chorus of voices that have been speaking out against those abuses of…

Metz opens its AVC Session with the electrifying "Mess Of Wires"

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their own tracks. For this round, we welcomed to the studio Canadian punks Metz, who are fresh off releasing their well-received third studio album, Strange Peace. In the first performance…

Judd Apatow picks his 5 favorite musical influences

Judd Apatow’s film and TV catalog all share carefully curated soundtracks with spot-on song choices, whether it’s the rebellious opening of Freaks And Geeks or in the James Taylor/MySpace party scene from Funny People. In the video above, Apatow details his five favorite musical influences, which include The Who,…

Björk shares sexual harassment story about "a Danish film director"

With Hollywood still getting rocked by the fallout from the New York Times and New Yorker stories about Harvey Weinstein’s long history of alleged harassment, Björk has come forward with a story of her own about a different man in the movie industry who abused his power. Björk laid it all out in a Facebook post today,…

Here are 6 new albums you should know about this week

The Saga Continues is the best Wu Tang-related effort since 2010’s Wu-Massacre, while Long Island punks Iron Chic channel the loss of their founding guitarist into an explosive third album. These plus Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, King Krule, and more in this week’s notable releases.

What are you listening to this week? 

MF Doom is one of the most enigmatic rappers of all time, an artist whose turn-of-the-millennium hot streak ranks up there with any of the all-time greats. Since then, he’s drifted between various collaborative projects and collapsed plans, which is why, despite the intense promise of his supposed collaborative LP…

St. Vincent perfects her fractured, futuristic pop vision on Masseduction

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In a recent Q&A for Billboard, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark talked about why, despite her recent foray into filmmaking, she’s not all that interested in acting in front of the camera. “I don’t mind the performance aspect of it, because that’s kind of interesting,” she explains. “But I really don’t like the lack of…

The Front Bottoms swap raw nerves for technical complexity on Going Grey

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New Jersey duo The Front Bottoms—Brian Sella and Mat Uychich—have spent years eluding genre, with “folk punk” about as close (or far off) as it gets. Its newest LP, Going Grey, is another artful and intentional dodge, at turns bopping and contemplative, synth-y, and cathartic, where caustic declarations like “I hate…

The Big Moon serves up a stellar rendition of "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"

It’s hard to escape the influence of Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 melancholic power ballad “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.” Even before the recent surge in popularity, its impact was hard to deny. The song (and its video) has been covered and parodied by dozens of artists, with even Warby Parker getting in on the action. Adding…

In praise of Kendrick Lamar, guest star

On The Blueprint, the album that cemented JAY-Z’s status as the biggest rapper of his era, he boasted that he was “leading the league in at least six statistical categories right now: best flow, most consistent, realest stories, most charisma, I set the most trends… And my interviews are hotter.” He was right: It was…

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