The best albums of 2018 so far

As arbitrary as the demarcation of New Year’s Day is, it’s always thrilling to watch a new year in music take shape. While it’s often slow going in the earliest weeks, our first serious best-of contender arrived in the earliest hours of 2018 via Jeff Rosenstock’s vital, politically charged POST-. By the spring, we had…

Early Riser’s video for “The Nevers” features cameos by Chris Gethard and Jeff Rosenstock

Earlier this week The A.V. Club premiered a video by Hiccup, a band that features members of The Chris Gethard Show’s house band The LLC, and today we’re bringing you another video but a TCGS-affiliated band, Early Riser. Kiri Oliver and Heidi Vanderlee play an active role in TCGS, forming a partnership that…

Sorority Noise releases Brand New cover, sending proceeds of back catalog to ACLU

Sorority Noise’s Cameron Boucher is no stranger to recording and releasing covers, be it under his own name or with one of his bands. Today, Boucher released a cover of Brand New’s “Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis” from the band’s 2003 album Deja Entendu. It’s the kind of stripped-down cover one would expect from Boucher…

You can support worthy causes with these Inauguration Day protest compilations

Well, it’s finally here. After months of hoping that we’d all awake from the nightmare we’ve been living in, Donald Trump is taking the oath of office. In that time, musicians of all genres have expressed their dissent through music, and today two new compilations have been released as forms of protest, with all…

Green Day, Lady Gaga, and more: Here’s what’s coming to record stores 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…

Jeff Rosenstock bombed the music industry, though it took a while to notice

By now, it’s nearly impossible to find an article about Jeff Rosenstock that doesn’t compare him to Fugazi or that band’s figurehead, Ian MacKaye. It’s a fair comparison given that, for the past 11 years, his own do-it-yourself ethics have been at the forefront of his every move—even to the point of refusing financial…

Hard Girls gets it together on “Guadalupe On The Banks Of The Styx”

Following the release of its second album, A Thousand Surfaces, Hard Girls’ profile increased in small, meaningful ways. After backing Operation Ivy vocalist Jesse Michaels in Classics Of Love, A Thousand Surfaces proved the San Jose trio was just as powerful without a punk legend on the mic. The band would tour hard…

Dan P. searches for the honest things in life on his new song, “The Lie”

Dan Potthast may not be a household name, but that hasn’t stopped him from releasing new albums with vigor. Dating back to his time as the vocalist in Mu330, Potthast has always had a distinct songwriting style, being able to work within a genre but never letting that win out over his own interests. On July 8 he’ll…

Mikey Erg announces his debut solo album, streams “Comme Si About Me”

“I had been going through writers block since The Ergs!,” says Mikey Erg, who despite being named Mike Yannich, has kept his former band’s surname since its 2008 break-up. “I was talking to my friend Anika [Pyle] who played in that band Chumped, and she challenged me to a songwriting pact where each week we would send…

“Jeffpardy!” is a Jeopardy! parody that jokes about Jeff

For good and for ill, “just because we can” might as well be the modus operandi of the internet. But if it gives us creatures like Neil Cicierega and his suite of Dada-esque cuts and mashups, then it’s worthwhile. “Jeffpardy!” by YouTuber gr18vidz14kidz taps the same absurdist vein as Cicierega, replacing all of …

The best albums of 2015 so far

Considering we’re only almost to July, 2015 has seen an abundance of musical riches so far. From new albums by old bands to great albums by new bands, there’s plenty of great material to queue up just from the past six months. Below, The A.V. Club runs down a bunch of our favorite stuff, from Sleater-Kinney to…

Nicolas Cage joined a hamster cult for the new Andrew Jackson Jihad video

Andrew Jackson Jihad’s upcoming tour, presented by The A.V. Club, is only a few short weeks away, but today we’re bringing you the new video for “Do, Re, And Me,” a track from last year’s Christmas Island. The video’s concept and animation come courtesy of Deanna Rooney, who took the song’s Heavens Gate references,…

Mark your calendars, Andrew Jackson Jihad is going on tour presented by The A.V. Club

This year Andrew Jackson Jihad released the excellent Christmas Island, taking its brand of fever dream indie-punk to new heights. Now, The A.V. Club is proud to present the band’s upcoming spring tour, covering various parts of the U.S. and Canada in March and April. Not only are the A.V. Undercover alums going on…