Wu-Tang Clan, Best Coast, and the rest of Riot Fest take shots of Malört

There are few beverages as synonymous with Chicago as Malört. John Hodgman has described the taste of this wormwood-based liqueur as “jägermeister heavily diluted in pondwater, but less piney.” We corralled some of the best acts at Riot Fest, another Chicago staple, including Wu-Tang Clan, Best Coast, and Cap’n Jazz,…

Nine Inch Nails, Jawbreaker, and that's kinda it: What The A.V. Club saw at Riot Fest 2017

This past weekend, a few A.V. Club staffers headed to Chicago’s Douglas Park for Riot Fest, the marathon three-day music festival boasting approximately 90 different artists. And due to a variety of mitigating factors—family commitments, advanced age, a general dislike of crowds and heat—we saw only a fraction of…

Stream the new Beach Slang album, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings

Beach Slang’s highly anticipated sophomore album, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings, will be in stores on September 23, but thanks to the magic of the internet, you can now stream the whole thing on NPR’s website. The album is a follow-up to Beach Slang’s very well-received debut The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel…

Bon Iver, Wilco, and much, much more: Here’s what’s coming to record stores 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…

The 15 best albums of 2015

It might sound cliché at this point, but in 2015, the music industry bounced back. Maybe not all the way back to its mid-’90s peaks of excess, but relatively speaking in today’s terms. Taylor Swift made buckets of money touring her 1989 record, Adele broke long-held sales records with 25, and everyone with a radio and…

Listen to Beach Slang’s “We Are Nothing,” from the band’s second EP this year

This past May, Philadelphia’s Beach Slang released its debut EP, Who Would Ever Want Something So Broken?, on Dead Broke Records, and the punk scene quickly took to buzzing about the band. Though Beach Slang’s members had all earned their stripes playing in a variety of other punk bands–most notably vocalist James…