Losing their edge, again: The year of indie rock’s inevitable midlife crisis

Back in February, Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth took to his Instagram to pose an existential question: “Is it me or is the condition of indie rock in the 24½th century both bad and boujee?” “Bad,” he meant, in the sense that it was now largely a “musically underwhelming” Xerox of groups that came before. “Boujee”…

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The A.V. Club’s 20 best albums of 2017

There was too much to listen to in 2017—not just albums, of which there were once again thousands, a barrage of releases from major-label veterans and SoundCloud up-and-comers alike, all vying for your attention. There was just too much of everything: a persistent, buzzing storm of push notifications and free-floating…

Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, and more albums to expect in September

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…

James Murphy's anxiety has aged beautifully on LCD Soundsystem's American Dream

“We’ve always talked about how we’d never betray anyone who cares about us, but here we are now,” James Murphy wrote in a lengthy Facebook post early last year, shortly after the news had broken that his band, LCD Soundsystem, would be returning after just five years of “retirement.” After the surprise and the jaded …

Which musical act have you seen live more than any other?

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…

LCD Soundsystem’s Gavin Russom opens up about being transgender

Gavin Russom, a musician and synthesizer designer who’s been part of LCD Soundsystem since 2010, has opened up about her identity as a transgender person. According to a long profile with Pitchfork, Russom—who recently appeared with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy on Saturday Night Live, and who’s previously released…

What are you listening to this week?

I’m still on the fence about “Call The Police,” but I’m already in love with LCD Soundsystem’s other comeback song, “American Dream.” Despite being a bleak ballad about (what else?) aging, aimlessness, and regret, it’s one of the flat-out prettiest tracks the band has ever produced. All that introspection is afloat on…

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