The best albums that didn’t make our best-albums list

As we said in our list of the Best Music Of 2017—as we say every year—winnowing all the thousands of albums that are released annually down to a mere 20, based on trying to find consensus among our reviewers’ widely differing tastes, is a difficult and, ultimately, meaningless task. Music is among the most subjective…

Alvvays lives up to its promise on the wonderfully contradictory Antisocialites

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Even more than its predecessor, Alvvays’ sophomore album, Antisocialites, is defined by its contradictions. The band’s jangly pop isn’t quite as lo-fi as it was before, but that cleaner sound doesn’t always make way for clearer songs. The album bounces between sharp, punchy punk and swooning dream-pop spectacles that…

Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, and more albums to expect in September

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Snoop Dogg smoking a blunt on the Iron Throne and other sights from SXSW

For the 29th year, thousands of artists, industry types, music bloggers, drunk kids, and corporations who would love to profit from all of them descended on Austin for the annual South By Southwest festival. And for at least the 10th year, give or take two we can’t really remember, The A.V. Club was among them,…

A nerdy clock, delicious pie, and a refreshingly summery record

After we released our list of 2014’s best albums, I noticed a handful of commenters digitally shaking their fists at us for completely failing to mention Alvvays, a young, Toronto-based band that put out its debut self-titled EP earlier this year. We’ve recently touched on the importance of year-end lists as an…