1998 somehow brought us boy bands, nĂĽ-metal, and Neutral Milk Hotel

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

Ben Gibbard incorrectly ranks the best Death Cab albums

Art is subjective, and the artist’s relationship to their work is infinitely more complicated than an audience’s. That said, there is no way a single person on this earth is going to agree with Ben Gibbard’s rankings of each Death Cab For Cutie record, as he recently did for Noisey. The Photo Album at second-to-last?…

Cowboys, queens, and marauders: The 31 most-anticipated albums of August

The last weeks of summer may be fast approaching, but at least they’ll have a stellar soundtrack. In addition to Nicki Minaj’s overdue Queen, August brings new releases from Interpol, Blood Orange, Mitski, YG, Steve Hauschildt, Animal Collective, Wild Nothing, and many more. These are the 31 new albums we’re most…

Help us choose this year’s A.V. Undercover songs

It’s time for you, the reader, to help us, The A.V. Club staff, pick the 25 songs that will be features in this year’s A.V. Undercover. But instead of voting from a list of pre-determined categories, as we’ve done in past years, we’d like for you to suggest songs in the comments. Here’s how it works: Start a new…

Ben Gibbard will cover Teenage Fanclub for a new vinyl subscription service

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard will be covering Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque for an exclusive vinyl-only release. The album will be part of Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious vinyl subscription club. “Bandwagonesque is my favorite record by my favorite band of all time,” explains Gibbard in a press…

Franz Ferdinand and Shepard Fairey team up for anti-Trump track “Demagogue”

Here’s something for anybody who wants to unwind on a Friday evening without letting go of the ball of Donald Trump-directed rage nestled in the pits of their guts: “Demagogue,” a new track from Franz Ferdinand. The song doesn’t mention the Republican candidate for president by name, but with cover art by Shepard…

Garbage Pail Kids stick it to Morrissey and Radiohead in new sticker collection

The Garbage Pail Kids line of goofy gross-out cards and stickers may not be as shocking as it was in the ’80s, but its latest collection might freak out cool parents even more than the original Cabbage Patch Kids parodies freaked out lame parents. Yes, the Garbage Pail Kids have set their satirical sights on the world…

Macklemore and Death Cab For Cutie headline Seattle’s 2016 Bumbershoot festival

Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival will return to ol’ Space Needle Town in September, and this year it has managed to land Macklemore & Ryan Lewis—one of the city’s favorite non-Pearl Jam musical groups—to headline. They’ll be joined by fellow Washingtonians (and fellow headliners) Death Cab For Cutie, with…

Death Cab For Cutie’s Facebook hacked, inundated with NSFW content

Death Cab For Cutie seems like an enlightened enough band—the group has campaigned for Obama, talked openly about the limitations of music streaming, and so on—but a Facebook hack yesterday led fans to believe the charming indie act was into all sorts of new freakiness, including aggressively acrobatic sex positions…