Nine Inch Nails, Jawbreaker, and that's kinda it: What The A.V. Club saw at Riot Fest 2017

This past weekend, a few A.V. Club staffers headed to Chicago’s Douglas Park for Riot Fest, the marathon three-day music festival boasting approximately 90 different artists. And due to a variety of mitigating factors—family commitments, advanced age, a general dislike of crowds and heat—we saw only a fraction of…

Dinosaur Jr., Jonathan Richman, and Ty Segall lead the 2017 Pickathon lineup

Though this year’s Pickathon festival in Oregon won’t have a fictional Flaming Lips feud, its actual musical acts should be at least as entertaining as that Portlandia gag. Held every year at Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland, Pickathon prides itself on being an “alternative to the standard festival experience,”…

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

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…

Revisiting the book that immortalized the ’80s indie punk rock scene

It was sometime around 1997 or 1998 when author and rock journalist Michael Azerrad was sitting at home watching a generic multi-part history on rock ’n’ roll. It was late in the evening, and the episode he caught detailed the history of punk rock—or was supposed to. But something was wrong. “It went straight from…

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Double threats: 15 movies featuring cameos from indie rockers

1. Dean Wareham, Frances Ha (2012)
Dean Wareham has had a long career in music, with Galaxie 500, Luna, and Dean & Britta, but his acting career basically begins and end with director Noah Baumbach. Wareham provided music for Baumbach’s feature debut, Kicking And Screaming, then made a brief appearance in Mr. Jealousy.…