The Smash Mouth/Car Seat Headrest team-up we've all been dreaming of has finally arrived

You can say a lot of things about the members of Smash Mouth—and we have, at length, as our archives will attest—but they do seem to be endlessly enthusiastic dudes, content with their status as memes, and happy to play along with jokes or help a buddy eat a ridiculous amount of eggs for charity. So when a…

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

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…

Our most-anticipated albums of 2018 (that we know of)

With confirmed releases from the likes of Tune-Yards, Lucy Dacus, and Superchunk—plus expected new albums from My Bloody Valentine, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, and more—2018 is already shaping up to be another strong year for music. Here are the albums we most look forward to hearing this year (or, at least, that we…

Chance The Rapper and Tool will headline this year’s Governors Ball

The Governors Ball Music Festival has just announced this year’s full lineup, which Chance The Rapper, Tool, and Phoenix will headline. That all sounds pretty great, and we’ll share the rest of the performers below, but we also want to remind the younger festival attendees that, while tickets might go on sale this…

The A.V. Club’s 20 best albums of 2016

There’s no easy way to summarize the year in music given how much of it took us by surprise. High-profile albums would be announced with little warning, arriving on streaming services in a flash, and dominate the cultural conversation until the next one came along. Similarly, some of the most innovative names in music…

How an indie rock band’s well-intentioned homage became a $50,000 mistake

“It was an expensive mistake,” sings Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo on “The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia,” the 12-minute opus that comes near the end of his 13th record under the Car Seat Headrest moniker. The same song has a verse lifted from Dido’s “White Flag,” whose “Thank You” was famously incorporated into…

On Teens Of Denial, Car Seat Headrest dares you to buckle in—and you should

In some ways, everything there is to know about Teens Of Denial can be found in the video for the record’s centerpiece, “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales.” The clip is deceptively simple: As frontman Will Toledo’s falsetto floats in, we see a road ahead. We’re speeding along in the darkness as passengers, buckled in to…

Ric Ocasek does mind Car Seat Headrest coming here and sampling his music

Portland-based “band” Car Seat Headrest—actually composed of just one man, Will Toledo—will be destroying all copies of its first traditional studio album, Teens Of Denial. Did they discover a flubbed note? Does the record encourage listeners to “Hail Satan” when played backwards? Nope: There’s a song titled “Not What…

Bob Dylan, meet Ariana Grande: Here’s what’s coming to record stores in May

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…

Grindcore Christmas albums pay tribute to music’s margins 25 seconds at a time

Grindcore made its first splash outside its insular bubble with Napalm Death’s 1987 debut, Scum, which includes the one-and-a-fraction-second song “You Suffer,” a favorite of iconic BBC DJ John Peel. The terse, brutal cuts on Scum set the tone for decades of extreme metal to come, and tense opener “Multinational…