Descendents, Diarrhea Planet, and more tell us who they’d cast in the movie of their band

At the Chicago edition of this year’s Riot Fest The A.V. Club put together a questionnaire for bands to answer. They were four open-ended questions followed by a round of word association, and then a shot of Chicago’s favorite beverage, Malort. We’ll be releasing a video each day with answers—and grimacing faces— from…

From Paul Simon to Tegan And Sara, here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in June

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 reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Casey Weissbuch’s “Lucy And Jiovanni” is fuzz pop bliss

With songs from the slightly twisted mind of drummer Casey Weissbuch, Slanted’s new album, Forever, could be a hell of a listen for most fans of fuzzy pop. Weissbuch, who’s previously worked with Diarrhea Planet, Colleen Green, and Mitski, is a master of lo-fi creations, something that’s evident in the track The A.V.…

Left & Right make the most of its “Five Year Plan” in a new video

Last year Infinity Cat Recordings released a year-long cassette subscription series, offering six tapes and six “surprises” over the course of the project. That curated series brought Left & Right’s Five Year Plan, an album full of careening melodies and boisterous energy, to life. The album will soon receive a…

Diarrhea Planet went full Wrigley for a new Pete And Pete-inspired video

Fans of the Nickelodeon show The Adventures Of Pete And Pete will surely like the new video from Nashville rockers Diarrhea Planet. Though the clip for “Platinum Girls” isn’t (weirdly enough) the first music video to reference the show, this Nylon Magazine-produced clip (directed by Blair Waters) has cred, considering…

Macaulay Culkin, gun nuts, and Detroit bands close out SXSW 2014

Every year, The A.V. Club reports from the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. This year, we have five writers—Kyle Ryan, Marah Eakin, Josh Modell, Sean O’Neal, and Marc Hawthorne—in town. Here’s our daily mini-reports on the best stuff we saw, ate, and did. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

Tragedy mars the second day of SXSW 2014

After what happened in the early hours of Thursday morning on one of SXSW’s main thoroughfares, any sort of “Hey, we saw this band and it was good” recap feels understandably frivolous. Although most of the A.V. Club staff was at Stubb’s on Red River—a block or two from where everything happened—none of us was ever in…