Cut our lives into pieces, but this new Papa Roach single is actually pretty chipper

Reminding us all that they don’t exist solely to grimdark up karaoke nights, or periodically let Paul Ryan know how much he sucks, the members of Papa Roach announced a new album tonight—their tenth, for those of you who haven’t been keeping careful track of the “Papa Roach discography” page on Wikipedia. To celebrate…

We take no pleasure in reporting that Mark Zuckerberg and Kanye West sang karaoke together

Kanye West, always one step ahead of the rest, has found an unlikely collaborator: Mark “World’s Oldest Boy” Zuckerberg. In the past, fans may have balked at his decision to work with Bon Iver or Katy Perry, but the results have been better than expected. Now, though, in a year when West has been working tirelessly to …

Turns out Bobcat Goldthwait was an important part of Nirvana's MTV Unplugged

At first glance, Nirvana and Bobcat Goldthwait appear to have very little in common. But, think again and the similarities come rushing in: Both, for example, were important in shaping the direction of 1990s entertainment, both communicated their art through lots of growly sounds and raw onstage energy, and both, it…

Ear-splitting noise and X-rated rap made for a wild weekend at Chicago’s Red Bull Music Festival

Almost as soon as the lineup for Drone Activity was announced, the snarky social media posts began: “Did you hear about the corporate noise festival?” And the curators behind the show must have seen it coming. Of the monthlong series of events that make up Chicago’s inaugural Red Bull Music Fest, Drone Activity—an…

Trump White House pays tribute to America's glorious history of old dead white dudes

Every few years since the 1960s, the White House has taken time out of its busy schedule to pick out a group of distinguished American citizens—artists, scientists, poets, etc.—to name as the recipients of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, one of the highest governmental honors in American civilian life. Often, it’s…

We spent way too long researching this behind-the-scenes footage of Chili's "Baby Back Ribs" jingle

We’ll be very honest with you here, dear readers: When we woke up this morning, we were not expecting to spend several hours of our day tracking down the identities of the guys who sang one of the most irresistibly annoying ear-worm jingles of our generation, a song that’s been used as audio poison by such intentional…

Fruit Bats sign to Merge, release surreal short film for “Getting In A Van Again”

Eric D. Johnson was stranded. When he called the The A.V. Club from a rental-car counter in Atlanta, the facility was fresh out of cars, bringing a sudden halt to a long day of travel for the singer-songwriter who’s been recording under the Fruit Bats moniker since 1997. Johnson was stranded, but not without support:…

Frank Ocean is giving away free stuff to fans who vote

Hopefully you’re registered to vote or live in one of the states that allows same-day registration (look it up if you’re unsure!), because there’s a big-time midterm election going on in America today and it’s very important that you vote. It’s especially important if you live anywhere near Houston, Dallas, Miami, or…

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