Bauhaus, Run-DMC, Cocteau Twins, and other should’ve-been hits from 1983

On August 4, 1958, Billboard put Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool” atop a brand-new chart it dubbed the Hot 100. Prior to that, the industry had relied on a shaky system that aggregated record store sales, radio DJ spins, and jukebox plays to measure a song’s popularity. The Hot 100 finally put all of those competing…

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What's your 2017 pop culture gift to the world?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

What’s your favorite guitar solo?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Brian Eno’s latest isn’t an album—it’s a process

There’s something perfect about Brian Eno’s new album, Reflection, coming out on New Year’s Day—a time of symbolic page-turning, when reflection leads to action. Eno’s ambient works are not easy listening, but they are generally quite calming, so a long stretch of gentle chimes and cooing electronics seems a perfect…

Run The Jewels and Japandroids lead the charge of January’s new music releases

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…

What non-2016 pop culture did you finally get around to this year?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

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Cloudy with a chance of Drake: Here’s what’s coming to record stores in April

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 reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Both Brian Eno and David Bowie turned down offers to produce Red Hot Chili Peppers albums

After David Bowie’s death, a number of stories have come out about projects he was working on or had wanted to work on at some point that never actually happened. Earlier today, we reported that he had auditioned for Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings movies and really wanted to play big-shot elf dude Elrond, but the…

The lesser-known Bowie: 19 gems and deep cuts

One of the most accomplished and dynamic popular artists of the last century, the late David Bowie produced an unbelievable number of enduring classics; so many of his early songs remain popular that it’s easy to forget he actually reached his commercial peak in the 1980s. But beyond the hits, Bowie’s varied…