Sing-alongs and bare asses: Nostalgia ruled at this year’s Riot Fest

Riot Fest 2018 was an oddly muted affair. No big reunions or “one time only” performances of the kind that have so thrilled festivalgoers in times past, like Jawbreaker getting back together last year or L7 in 2015. Instead, there was a comforting procession of longtime stalwarts (Bouncing Souls, Andrew W.K.) and…

Elvis Costello cancels tour after surgery to remove "small, but very aggressive" cancer

Elvis Costello is apologizing to fans after canceling the remaining dates on his European tour, following surgery to remove what the singer-songwriter calls a “very aggressive cancerous malignancy.” It’s not as bad as it sounds, though, as Costello says in a statement on his website,“six weeks ago my specialist called…

The post-A career: 8 artists we'll always follow despite never living up to their initial greatness

We recently ran an AVQ&A called “The B+ career,” on artists who always deliver very good—but never truly great—work. As a kind of sequel, this week’s question comes from reader Jim from Gainesville, Florida:

Elvis Costello, Chris Cornell, and more helped turn some Johnny Cash poems into songs

In 2016, Johnny Cash’s family released Forever Words, a collection of unpublished poetry that they found among his possessions after he died, and now they’ve teamed up with a number of musicians to try and reinterpret some of those poems—and other artifacts found in Cash’s papers—into proper songs. The artists involve…

Elvis Costello to play Samantha Bee’s Correspondents’ Dinner after-party

For months now, there have been concerns that this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner is just going to plain suck, even though the president isn’t actually going to attend this year. (Instead, he’s going to Philadelphia.) You can’t really blame journalists for wanting to sit this one out, since the current…

20 great songs orphaned by their namesake albums

Between November of 1984 and November of 1985, Scottish indie-pop act The Jesus And Mary Chain blended pretty melodies and abrasive noise across four singles and a debut LP, Psychocandy. In that first flourish of activity, the JAMC churned out more songs than it could use, including the fan-favorite “Some Candy…

Wu-Tang in Westeros: 11 books that should be turned into albums (and by whom)

Numerous bands and singer-songwriters throughout the years have made concept albums based entirely around a certain book, from Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds (a retelling of H.G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds) to Locrian’s The Crystal World (inspired by J.G. Ballard’s The Crystal World) to…