The A.V. Club climbs out of the sultry mudpit that was Pitchfork Fest 2018

Chicago’s weather this weekend felt like a hug from a very large, sweaty man, with rain looming over nearly every set at Pitchfork Fest; and when the sun made a rare appearance, it was brutal. Fortunately, it didn’t stop anyone from taking the stage: Acts big and small blew us away this weekend, from hometown hero…

Courtney Barnett lacks the energy to Tell Me How You Really Feel

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Courtney Barnett’s debut full-length, 2015’s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, established the Australian indie-rocker as a potent musical force. With its tumbling guitars, ragged vocals, and grunge-punk tones—all of which coalesced on the scorching, sassy “Pedestrian At Best”—the album exceeded the…

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…

What are you listening to this week?

Last week when Courtney Barnett dropped “Nameless, Faceless,” the first track from her upcoming album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, it turned out to be exactly what I didn’t know I wanted to hear. The Aussie’s sardonic address to internet trolls is delivered in her signature chill, witty style but with an added bite…

Here are 6 new albums you should know about this week

The Saga Continues is the best Wu Tang-related effort since 2010’s Wu-Massacre, while Long Island punks Iron Chic channel the loss of their founding guitarist into an explosive third album. These plus Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, King Krule, and more in this week’s notable releases.

St. Vincent, Beck (finally), Wu-Tang, and more albums to expect this October

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…

Celebrate your independence all weekend with a live stream of Denmark’s Roskilde Music Fest

As you’re likely well aware, summer festival season is in full swing. This weekend, while Americans are celebrating Independence Day/pretending nothing is wrong, the Danish will be partying it up at the Roskilde Music Festival. Touted as “the largest music festival in Northern Europe,” the event has been bringing an…

The National, Flaming Lips, Courtney Barnett, and more pay tribute to the Dead

Celebrating several years of great music (and several decades of aimless, sometimes-enjoyable noodling), Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National have announced the track listing for their massive, music-star-studded tribute to the Grateful Dead. Titled—with a touch of near-literalism—Day Of The Dead, the six-hour set…

The 15 best albums of 2015

It might sound cliché at this point, but in 2015, the music industry bounced back. Maybe not all the way back to its mid-’90s peaks of excess, but relatively speaking in today’s terms. Taylor Swift made buckets of money touring her 1989 record, Adele broke long-held sales records with 25, and everyone with a radio and…

Courtney Barnett releases video of surprise London subway set

Australian songwriter Courtney Barnett—who we’ve hung out with a couple times, not to name-drop—has been on a viral marketing rampage recently, putting up posters and billboards all over the world with the same uplifting message: “Nobody really cares if you don’t go to the party.” Now we finally now what she was…

Exclusive: Watch Courtney Barnett cover The Lemonheads

No, it’s not A.V. Undercover—though Courtney Barnett joined us for a Breeders cover last season. Today we’ve got an exclusive video of Barnett covering The Lemonheads’ “Being Around,” from the band’s 1993 album Come On Feel The Lemonheads. There’s an Australian connection to the song: At the time, main Lemonhead Evan…

Snoop Dogg smoking a blunt on the Iron Throne and other sights from SXSW

For the 29th year, thousands of artists, industry types, music bloggers, drunk kids, and corporations who would love to profit from all of them descended on Austin for the annual South By Southwest festival. And for at least the 10th year, give or take two we can’t really remember, The A.V. Club was among them,…