Here are 6 new albums you should know about this week

The Saga Continues is the best Wu Tang-related effort since 2010’s Wu-Massacre, while Long Island punks Iron Chic channel the loss of their founding guitarist into an explosive third album. These plus Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, King Krule, and more in this week’s notable releases.

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…

Kurt Vile doesn’t know who’s more popular: Kendrick Lamar or Mumford & Sons

Just because an artist is popular or a record critically beloved doesn’t mean it’s actually sold a ton of copies. That’s the lesson Kurt Vile learns in the latest episode of Talent Show, in which we challenge him to a classic game of “what’s sold more?” While Vile has his favorites—Nirvana over Pearl Jam, The Beatles’ …

The 15 best albums of 2015

It might sound cliché at this point, but in 2015, the music industry bounced back. Maybe not all the way back to its mid-’90s peaks of excess, but relatively speaking in today’s terms. Taylor Swift made buckets of money touring her 1989 record, Adele broke long-held sales records with 25, and everyone with a radio and…

Exclusive: Kurt Vile on the paranoia and process behind his new record

Kurt Vile will release his sixth studio LP, B’lieve I’m Goin Down, September 25. With a new single, “Pretty Pimpin,” out today, The A.V. Club thought it would be a solid time to talk to the Philadelphia rocker about the forthcoming record, his recording process, and why he thinks “Wheelhouse,” one of the tracks off…

Kurt Vile album cover mural painted over by guy who had a “mental breakdown”

An anti-graffiti crusader has painted over parts of the Philadelphia mural that graced the cover of Kurt Vile’s 2013 record Wakin On A Pretty Daze. The mural was commissioned and painted by Steve “ESPO” Powers, on the outside of a business that totally supported the piece. But Lee Mayjahs, a local DJ and “Burning Man…