This is not a drill: Kanye West just taped an episode of Family Feud

We don’t normally rush to break hot “game show guest star casting” news here at The A.V. Club, but sometimes there’s a tidbit that’s just too good to pass up. Like, say, the fact that Kanye West—the mercurial, brilliant, frequently impulsive rap superstar known for more-or-less always saying the first thing that pops…

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Our most-anticipated albums of 2018 (that we know of)

With confirmed releases from the likes of Tune-Yards, Lucy Dacus, and Superchunk—plus expected new albums from My Bloody Valentine, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, and more—2018 is already shaping up to be another strong year for music. Here are the albums we most look forward to hearing this year (or, at least, that we…

What are you listening to this Christmas? 

We typically use this space to chime in with whatever we currently have on rotation, but it’s that special time of year when we’re forced into social situations with acquaintances and family members with whom we rarely interact, and find ourselves listening to treacly music we wouldn’t normally stomach or be caught…

What’s the best musical performance you saw on a TV show?

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…

What artist would you bet on continuing to be great?

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…

10 years later, Graduation remains Kanye’s biggest, most joyful record

Kanye used to have this thing about being a bear, and you could tell everything you needed to know about him from it. On The College Dropout, it was a real guy—Kanye in a bear costume—slouching bored on the sidelines of a basketball game. He’s disaffected, but there’s something cool and puckish about it, a class clown…

Taylor Swift's new single is another subtweet disguised as a song

Last night, after a social media blackout that eerily coincided with the eclipse, then a bunch of cryptic posts of snakes, and finally, the unveiling of her “graphically designed” album cover, Taylor Swift released her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do.” It’s a song that is, almost entirely and exclusively, about…

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