Live’s not dead: 21 great live albums from the 21st century

In May 1968, Johnny Cash released Live At Folsom Prison, a recording of a raucous, emotionally charged performance before a group of grateful inmates that went on to top the country charts, completely reinvigorating Cash’s career. Folsom wasn’t the first successful live album, obviously, but it quickly became a…

Aphex Twin, Curve, and Jawbreaker had the best-kept secret hits of 1992

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

How many different ways can Kristen Wiig mispronounce "hallelujah"?

Presumably in an attempt to capture some of the magic of last year’s performance of the Leonard Cohen classic by Kate McKinnon on SNL, Late Late Show host James Corden and guest Kristen Wiig recently tried their hand at a duet of “Hallelujah.” The solemn and reverent performance started out all right, until they hit…

What’s your favorite non-guitar solo?

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…

The A.V. Club’s 20 best albums of 2016

There’s no easy way to summarize the year in music given how much of it took us by surprise. High-profile albums would be announced with little warning, arriving on streaming services in a flash, and dominate the cultural conversation until the next one came along. Similarly, some of the most innovative names in music…

What song do you wish you—and the world—could hear again for the first time?

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…

Leonard Cohen’s death came after a fall, according to his manager

Leonard Cohen’s death last week at the age of 82 came after a fall, The New York Times is reporting. Cohen was indeed suffering from cancer, but his manager, Robert B. Kory, told the Times in a statement that the musician “died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on November 7.” The news…

SNL salutes Leonard Cohen and Hillary Clinton with a powerful cold open

After the unexpected outcome of last week’s presidential election, many people wondered how Saturday Night Live would manage to be funny about a thing that a significant portion of the world’s population doesn’t find very funny in the slightest. Then, just after the election was finally on the books, Sony Music…

Leonard Cohen examines his life and details his laments on You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen would be forgiven if he were in a more morose place than usual. A recent New Yorker profile revealed the 82-year-old isn’t in great health, and he’s aware that his time on Earth is growing ever finite. “I’ve got some work to do,” he told David Remnick. “Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope…

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…

Exclusive: Watch a song from Leonard Cohen’s new live DVD

Leonard Cohen is 80, sure, but it’s not like he needs to be young and spry to deliver some of popular music’s deepest, darkest songs. Cohen has been more active than he had been in years recently, releasing a pair of critically acclaimed studio albums—2012’s Old Ideas and this year’s Popular Problems—and touring the…