Zeshan B brings soul-infused Indo-Pakistani tunes to AVC Sessions

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’re joined by Chicago native Zeshan Bagewadi. Bagewadi’s music is heavily influence by the Indo-Pakistani music of his childhood and black soul artists like…

Eminem will donate his New Zealand lawsuit money to hurricane relief 

Last week, New Zealand awarded Eminem about $415,000 as part of his lawsuit against the country’s conservative National political party, which had used a suspiciously Eminem-esque song titled “Eminem-esque” in a campaign ad. Now, according to Page Six, a representative for Eminem has explained that he didn’t actually…

John Landis on how Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” changed the media landscape

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video was inspired by John Landis’ movie An American Werewolf In London. Jackson, according to Landis, loved the visual effects from the film and wanted to turn into a monster onscreen. The resulting video ended up sparking change across the media landscape, breaking down MTV’s color…

Prep for Halloween ICP-style with this Juggalo-inspired look

Few could have predicted the comeback the Insane Clown Posse and its fans are enjoying in 2017. Juggalos have mostly been punchlines for more than two decades, but thanks in large part to September’s Juggalo March, they seem to have captured America’s heart. So we’re celebrating the unlikely resurgence of Insane Clown…

Julien Baker doesn’t just want to make you cry

Julien Baker is unfailingly polite. After the release of her 2015 debut album Sprained Ankle, several profiles made mention of her manners, along with the fact that she addresses interviewers with “ma’am” or “sir .” And when I meet her at her Chicago hotel to discuss her new album Turn Out The Lights, while I don’t…

What are you listening to this week?

It happens every year: Some indie rock band whose name or general press descriptors convince me it will be another boring garage-rock revival sneaks into my ears months later and I become a very late-to-the-party acolyte. This year, it was King Krule, which got recommended to me casually last week, and which I had…

Eminem won his case against that New Zealand political party

Back in May, Eminem went to court with New Zealand’s conservative National political party over a campaign ad’s use of a suspiciously Eminem-esque song that was literally titled “Eminem-esque.” John Oliver talked about the case on his HBO show, highlighting how silly things got in court, but the fun had to end…

Alice Glass accuses former Crystal Castles bandmate Ethan Kath of abuse 

In a statement on her personal website, Crystal Castles co-founder and former singer Alice Glass has accused her former bandmate—and other Crystal Castles co-founder—Ethan Kath of abuse. Glass left the band in 2014, saying it was for “a multitude of reasons both professional and personal,” but this is the first time…

John Landis reflects on the creation of “Thriller” and working with Michael Jackson

It’s fairly common knowledge that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video was inspired by John Landis’ movie An American Werewolf In London. After watching the film, Jackson contacted Landis, who agreed to direct the video. In the video above, Landis talks about the conceptualization of “Thriller,” his experience…

Watch Pile channel Radiohead with this cover of an OK Computer classic

Radiohead’s third studio album OK Computer turned 20 earlier this year. A critical and commercial success, the album is filled with unpredictable, magnificent tracks, and helped define the band’s direction for over a decade. Filling those shoes on the 20th anniversary of the album is indie rock band Pile, who pull off…

Another woman comes forward with detailed abuse allegations against R. Kelly 

In an extensive profile for Rolling Stone, another woman has come forward to accuse R. Kelly of abuse, mirroring allegations against the R&B star that popped up earlier this year when BuzzFeed published a story about an abusive “cult” that R. Kelly allegedly trapped young women in. The latest accuser is Kitti Jones, a…

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Exploring the legacy of Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes with Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle’s new album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, is heavily influenced by the legacy of the Robert Taylor Homes, a former public housing project on the South Side of Chicago, which was unceremoniously torn down in 2007. (Today, all that remains at the site is a barren field.) Mike grew up in Chicago and…

Hanson reflects on the past 25 years of stardom in this AVC Sessions sneak peek

Earlier this year, pop-rock trio Hanson embarked on the Middle Of Everywhere: 25th Anniversary Tour to commemorate the anniversary of the formation of the band. Hanson’s debut album Middle Of Nowhere also turned 20 earlier this year. In a sneak peek from an upcoming AVC Session, Isaac, Taylor, and Zac talk to us…

Here are 7 new albums you should know about this week

Destroyer comes back strange, Bully channels ’90s fuzz, Jessie Ware evokes Whitney and Mariah, and doom duo Bell Witch turns in a moving eulogy to its late drummer. These plus Lindstrøm, Margo Price, and Makthaverskan in this week’s notable releases.

Holy shit, the Twin Peaks theme goes well with "The Loco-Motion"

Volumes have been written about the perfectly melancholy beauty of Twin Peaks’ opening theme by Angelo Badalamenti, a crystalline, tone-setting piece of music that has inspired musicians for decades since. In recent years, Badalamenti’s score for the show has gone on to be remixed and slotted into other tracks, but…