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…

Here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in March

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…

Wear Your Wounds offers a somber farewell on “Goodbye Old Friend”

While Jacob Bannon is known predominantly as the singer of Converge, the Massachusetts hardcore band that’s set the pace for aggressive music for more than two decades, he’s found more subtle forms of expression too. In 2001, he and Converge bandmate Kurt Ballou released an album with Supermachiner, highlighting the…

The best rock bands of the ’00s, from Arcade Fire to Zwan

Though we’re only halfway through the ’10s, the ’00s can occasionally seem like a long time ago. (Remember when barely anyone had cell phones? Jesus.) Still, five years is enough time to get some critical distance from a decade, and so 2015 seems like the perfect time to produce this, The A.V. Club’s A.V. To Z list of…

Hear a searing new song by United Nations, fronted by Thursday’s Geoff Rickly

United Nations—a post-hardcore supergroup formed by Thursday singer Geoff Rickly, Converge drummer Ben Koller, and Glassjaw frontman Daryl Palumbo—has remained a mysterious presence since its inception in 2005, partly due to the contractual obligations of its various members and partly because, well, the real United…

Dan Harmon talks fellatio etiquette, Playing House pals continue their rounds

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Young And In The Way debuts its bloody new video for “Final Dose”

It’s been three years since North Carolina’s Young And In The Way released its hardcore-meets-black-metal debut, I Am Not What I Am. Now slightly less young YAITW has unleashed a new full-length, When Life Comes To Death, on Deathwish Inc., the label cofounded by Converge’s Jacob Bannon. It’s even more vicious and…