More and more bands are recruiting members who don't perform or play instruments

Some bands suffice on music alone, but others realize that success is dependent on much more than a few guitars, a drum kit, and some singers. Remember I’m From Barcelona? They were a solid Swedish indie outfit that wouldn’t have made much of an impact if not for the fact that they always had somewhere between 16 and…

St. Vincent, Beck (finally), Wu-Tang, and more albums to expect this October

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

Here’s who won this piece of A.V. Club history that GWAR drew a dick on

If you’re a fan of (or at least passingly familiar with) our A.V. Undercover series, you know that every season isn’t complete without an appearance from GWAR. The intergalactic thrash band has been a favorite guest in our studios since Undercover’s very inception, slaughtering numerous other artists’ songs and…

19 bands that have plowed through 3 or more frontmen without a name change

Prior to the mighty Bon Scott joining AC/DC, the Aussie rockers were fronted by Dave Evans for roughly 10 months, before he parted ways with the band. (Depending on who you ask, he was booted due to “jealousy” or disagreements with others in the camp.) Scott guided AC/DC to rock’s upper echelons before dying after a…

Dream pipes: 16 songs that are actually improved by bagpipes

Bagpipes often conjure images of kilted Scots in tam o’ shanters, but one shouldn’t overlook Ireland’s devotion to the age-old instrument. Irish taverns have basked in the sweet trill of bagpipes since the late 1500s, and even lay claim to one of the most popular types of bagpipes: the uilleann pipes, which ring with…

This year’s Record Store Day exclusives include GWAR, Disney, lots of Bowie

It’s almost that time of year again, when we sheepishly hide away our Tidals and our Spotifys and make our way down to the local brick-and-mortar music purveyor for yet another Record Store Day. The annual celebration—worked up by shop owners in an effort to keep the warm sound of vinyl from getting buried forever…

A GWAR book, some vomit-inducing jelly beans, and The Front Bottoms

Harry Potter fans will love this one; have you ever wished those vile jellybeans from that Hogsmeade shop were real? Leave it to the Jelly Belly people to make it so. They’ve already come out with a collection of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, which combines regular flavors with the gruesome ones made famous in…

Gwar sued for allegedly stealing Oderus Urungus’ ashes

Gwar is in trouble for allegedly stealing late singer Dave Brockie’s cremains. The band is being sued by Brockie’s father, who says the group’s members absconded with Oderus Urungus’s cremated remains, bass guitars, and artwork after the singer overdosed last March. Brockie’s father, William, claims the move was part…

Your favorite A.V. Undercover of the year was...

For the third year in a row, it’s GWAR. While the lovable scumdogs’ previous appearances were raucous celebrations, this year the band returned for a GWAR-ified take on “West End Girls,” but the band opted to show its sensitive side when it abruptly launched into The Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died” as a tribute…

The Airborne Toxic Advent, or The A.V. Club’s holiday gift guide, part 1

2014 has been a tumultuous year full of Ebola scares, random shootings, and rampant racism, sexism, and classism. And seeing as how, Santa be damned, all that might keep on happening right through this holiday season, The A.V. Club has decided to embrace our fear instead of cower behind it. Thus, our two-part 2014…

8 things, including a Viking funeral, that The A.V. Club saw at the Gwar-B-Q

Located in a rural area about 12 minutes southwest of the Richmond International Airport, Hadad’s Lake probably isn’t the first place one might expect to find a metal festival. When you throw Gwar into the mix, however, the water park backdrop makes all the sense in the world—perhaps more so than the 2007 Sounds Of…

Robots, wrestlers, and punk-rock parrots: 15 proven gimmicks to get your band noticed

When Dave Brockie died earlier this year at age 50, the world didn’t just lose one of the metal scene’s most talented and colorful figures, it lost a talented and colorful bloodthirsty alien monster. Brockie’s band, GWAR, was known as much for its music as for its gimmick: dressing up like interplanetary monsters and…