Cool and slightly judgy Uber driver profiles passengers with perfect Spotify playlists 

Getting picked up in an Uber or a Lyft always involves a low-stakes gamble for whether or not there will be any good music to listen to during your ride, but a driver who goes by @TEEJUS___ on Twitter recently revealed his secret trick to making riders happy. Apparently, he has compiled 11 masterful Spotify playlists…

Read This: Apples In Stereo's Robert Schneider ditched indie rock for the hip world of math

In the ‘90s, Robert Schneider co-founded the Elephant 6 Recording Company, a loosely defined music collective that brought the world indie darlings like Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, and Schneider’s own band The Apples In Stereo, but these days he has mostly retired from his music career to pursue something even…

Screaming Females, Black Milk, and more albums to know about this week

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Screaming Females’ All At Once is another slice of completely badass guitar rock, while Dessa’s fourth LP, Chime, courts the mainstream, and Black Milk continues to perfect his craft on Fever. These, plus FRIGS and Mint Field in this week’s notable new releases.

What are you listening to this week?

Last week when Courtney Barnett dropped “Nameless, Faceless,” the first track from her upcoming album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, it turned out to be exactly what I didn’t know I wanted to hear. The Aussie’s sardonic address to internet trolls is delivered in her signature chill, witty style but with an added bite…

The National's Matt Berninger is making a TV show about his life

According to Pitchfork, The National frontman Matt Berninger is developing a TV show about his life, and he says he’s “hoping it’s a comedy.” Berninger is working his writer Carin Besser (who is also his wife), his brother Tom, and Australian filmmaker Trent O’Donnell. Berninger dropped that reveal during an interview…

Live’s not dead: 21 great live albums from the 21st century

In May 1968, Johnny Cash released Live At Folsom Prison, a recording of a raucous, emotionally charged performance before a group of grateful inmates that went on to top the country charts, completely reinvigorating Cash’s career. Folsom wasn’t the first successful live album, obviously, but it quickly became a…

Sade returns from hiatus to write new song for A Wrinkle In Time

Eight years after the release of her last album, 2010's Soldier Of Love, Sade has stepped out of her latest hiatus to write a song for the soundtrack of Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time adaptation. DuVernay announced the news on Twitter, saying the song is called “Flower Of The Universe” and that working with Sade—who…

Ask an indie rock veteran: Should I be forcing my kid to practice their instrument?

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…

Don't fret, but guitar company Gibson is on the bridge to bankruptcy 

As reported by the Nashville Post (via Spin), guitar company Gibson might be on the verge of bankruptcy. The company’s new CFO, Bill Lawrence (not the TV guy), left Gibson after less than a year, and $375 million in senior secured notes will mature in six months along with $145 million in bank loans that Gibson will…

Aphex Twin, Curve, and Jawbreaker had the best-kept secret hits of 1992

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

Oh Mickey, what a pity, Toni Basil won't take the stand

Back in August, Toni Basil—the accomplished choreographer who is still best known for her 1981 hit “Mickey”—filed a massive lawsuit against Disney, Viacom, the people behind South Park, and clothing retail chain Forever 21 for unauthorized use of her song. Basil believed that a company called Razor And Tie Direct had…

Kanye West settles lawsuit over canceled Saint Pablo Tour

In 2016, Kanye West suddenly canceled his Saint Pablo Tour after a series of bizarre performances, followed by West checking himself into the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center and suing the tour insurers for refusing to pay out his claim. The insurer, Lloyd’s Of London, then countersued on the grounds that West’s…

Car Seat Headrest, Poliça/Stargaze, Brandi Carlile, and more albums to know about this week

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Car Seat Headrest reimagines 2011’s fiery Twin Fantasy with a bigger budget, while Poliça and Stargaze turn in the stirring Music For The Long Emergency, and Brandi Carlile finds strength in forgiveness on the lovely, languid By The Way, I Forgive You. These, plus Superchunk, Ought, and more in this week’s notable…

What are you listening to this week? 

I accidentally destroyed my phone during a run yesterday, so I called my old iPod up from the reserves. It’s a modified 300-gig monster that I still update, even though I rarely use it. Scrolling takes forever, so I stopped in the Ds for De La Soul’s classic 3 Feet High And Rising. It’s been a minute since I’ve heard…

Frank Ocean releases surprise cover of "Moon River" for his huckleberry friends

Way back in November, we reported that Frank Ocean seemed to be teasing some new music, implying in a jokey Tumblr post that he was sitting on a new album that he hadn’t gotten around to releasing just yet. Ocean still hasn’t dropped a new album, but late last night he did put a surprise new release up on his YouTube…

Ezra Furman closes his session with the fiery, anthemic “Suck The Blood From My Wounds”

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 from Ezra Furman, whose latest record, Transangelic Exodus, was just released. In the final video from the session, Furman performs the opening…

Ezra Furman brings the ethereal “Psalm 151” 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 tracks. This week, we’re sharing songs from Ezra Furman, whose latest record, Transangelic Exodus, was just released last week. In the second video from the session, Furman performs…