From Beach House to Courtney Barnett, our 23 most-anticipated albums of May

In addition to highly anticipated releases from Courtney Barnett, Tee Grizzley, and The Body, May holds some of our early favorites for 2018: Jon Hopkins’ follow-up to 2013 breakthrough Immunity, DJ Koze’s extremely fun Knock Knock, Beach House’s enigmatic seventh record, and Parquet Courts’ most politically direct…

Chvrches releases new single "Get Out," the band's first in 2 years

Chvrches released its well-received second album, Every Open Eye, way back in September of 2015, but now the band has finally returned with its first new music since then—not counting that “Bury It” remix or the track released as part of the 7-Inches For Planned Parenthood benefit compilation. The new song, “Get Out,”…

Blondie jams with The Archies in this exclusive first look

Music has been a major part of Archie Comics for nearly its entire history, and given music’s importance in youth culture, it makes sense that it would be a constant in the lives of Riverdale’s teen characters. That connection to the music world became even stronger when The Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar” became a #1 single…

St. Vincent, John Legend, and more to collaborate on Planned Parenthood project

According to Consequence Of Sound, Creative Independent’s Brandon Stosuy recently shared a photo on Twitter of St. Vincent, John Legend, and Zach Galifianakis around a piano, along with a caption saying that they were “working on something for Planned Parenthood.” He also teased that there are other people involved as…

Chvrches shares tour dates and mystical video for “Clearest Blue”

Chvrches are back with a glut of United States tour dates and a weirdly medieval video for the new song “Clearest Blue.” The video, directed by Warren Fu, sees Lauren Mayberry wander around a mystical forrest wearing knight’s armor. She stares at an apocalyptic swirl of clouds and ponders the fate of some dude—whom…

What’s your favorite song of 2015?

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…

You can stream Chvrches’ latest, Ryan Adams’ 1989 online right now

Two of fall’s most anticipated releases are now streaming online. Over at NPR, fans can check out Chvrches’ Every Open Eye, which isn’t actually due in stores until this Friday, September 25. The group has previously shared three tracks—“Clearest Blue,” “Leave A Trace,” and “Never Ending Circles”—online, but the NPR…