1998 somehow brought us boy bands, nĂĽ-metal, and Neutral Milk Hotel

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…

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…

The 28 most-anticipated albums of February

The year in music was off to a promising start thanks to January’s many great new albums. And with planned releases from the likes of U.S. Girls, Rhye, and The Soft Moon—not to mention the hotly anticipated Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack—February looks to continue that trend. Here are the new records…

First Aid Kit, They Might Be Giants, and 5 more albums to know about this week

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First Aid Kit delivers more ’70s folk-rock mastery with Ruins, while Porches sputters out on The House and Belle & Sebastian go deeper and darker on the second How To Solve Our Human Problems EP. These, plus Tune-Yards, Shopping, and more in this week’s notable releases.

Belle & Sebastian to ponder How To Solve Our Human Problems in new EP trilogy

To commemorate the 20 years that have passed since the last time they released three consecutive EPs—1997's Dog On Wheels, Lazy Line Painter Jane, and 3.. 6.. 9 Seconds Of Light—Scottish twee-pop superstars Belle & Sebastian have announced that they’ll be releasing three more EPs in quick succession this winter. All…

Belle & Sebastian left their drummer in a North Dakota Walmart

A corny musician joke about drummers came to life for Belle & Sebastian’s Richard Colburn this week, when the group’s bus driver looked around, said, “yup, everyone’s here,” and pulled out of the parking lot of a Walmart in Dickinson, North Dakota, leaving Colburn behind. “I was coming out of the Walmart, and he was…