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In 2016, Johnny Cash’s family released Forever Words, a collection of unpublished poetry that they found among his possessions after he died, and now they’ve teamed up with a number of musicians to try and reinterpret some of those poems—and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…

What have you bought based on its cover alone?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

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…

What song would be your sports entrance music?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

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Marcus Mumford and Elvis Costello reengineering old Dylan tracks for a new LP

Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James are combining forced to record new versions of old, unrecorded Bob Dylan tracks. It’s all part of a project curated by T Bone Burnett and involving lyrics Dylan wrote in the ’60s, but never turned into actual songs. Dylan’s words will get matched to new…