The B+ career: 10 artists who always deliver very good—but never truly great—work

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…

Here are 6 new albums you should know about this week

Charlotte Gainsbourg takes full creative control on Rest; the late Sharon Jones takes one final encore on Soul Of A Woman; and OCS reverts to its lush, reflective roots on Memory Of A Cut Off Head. These, plus The Body & Full Of Hell, Mavis Staples, and Kamaiyah in this week’s notable releases.

The 16 most-anticipated albums of November

As 2017 winds to a close, after a year that’s seen the release of thousands of albums—an unusually large number of which are quite good!—it seems almost unthinkable that November would still have more to give. But with new records from the likes of Björk, Angel Olsen, Shamir, Sharon Jones, and more still in the…

Cannes closes with its best movie, and we close our coverage with our favorites

Sunday is the final day of Cannes, but for yours truly, the festival ends in a couple hours, with a flight from Nice to New York. It’s been a great time: a blur of movies, hastily consumed lunches, leisurely consumed late-night dinners, long and scenic walks into town (and back), feverish debates while standing in…

3 Hearts never pumps enough lifeblood into its contrived love triangle

The ancient gods would have loved Benoît Jacquot’s 3 Hearts, a romance that’s all fate and no free will, with characters who are mere pawns in this hopeless game called life and nothing more than slaves to the universe’s cruel timing. Hyperbolic? Perhaps, but Jacquot’s follow-up to the coyly closeted costume drama …

The first half of Lars von Trier’s erotic opus Nymphomaniac arrives Stateside

The grade above is a lie—or, at the very least, a wild estimation. How, after all, can one properly evaluate an incomplete movie? Nymphomaniac, Lars Von Trier’s new marathon-length odyssey, arrives in worldwide theaters by way of  two separate installments, released in the States a few weeks apart. There was never…