November’s new music includes releases from Alicia Keys, Metallica, and (maybe) Beck

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…

Jonathan Glazer directed bizarre new ident bumpers for Britain’s Channel 4

Britain’s Channel 4—best known in the US as the original home of cult items like The IT Crowd, Spaced, and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, and at home as a tide pool of reality shows and imported American TV—is in the middle of a large-scale rebranding effort. Part of that involves crafting new ident bumpers to run during…

What do you listen to when you’re working?

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…