Nine Inch Nails, Kamasi Washington, and more albums to know about this week

Bad Witch is a thin, if rewarding, listen from Nine Inch Nails; while Kamasi Washington’s cinematic soul-jazz is more ambitious than ever on the awe-inspiring Heaven And Earth; and Gang Gang Dance turn in a somewhat too-impeccable sixth LP with Kazuashita. These, plus Martyn and The Orb in this week’s notable new…

Drake, Neko Case, and a deluge of Kanye: The 38 most-anticipated albums of June

Following May’s especially strong lineup of releases, June brings long-awaited returns from Neko Case, Nas, Lykke Li, and Gang Gang Dance, as well as anticipated efforts from Drake, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Zeal & Ardor and promising debuts from Snail Mail and Juliana Daugherty. In hip-hop, it is undoubtedly the…

Trent Reznor confirms release date of new Nine Inch Nails EP, shares tour dates

Finally, a couple of years after it began, Nine Inch Nails’ trilogy of EPs is coming to an end. Back in March, Trent Reznor teased that the final EP—following 2016's Not The Actual Events and 2017's Add Violence—would be released “before the end of June,” and now we have an official title and a real release date. As…

What’s your most awkward family pop culture experience?

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…

Nine Inch Nails, Jawbreaker, and that's kinda it: What The A.V. Club saw at Riot Fest 2017

This past weekend, a few A.V. Club staffers headed to Chicago’s Douglas Park for Riot Fest, the marathon three-day music festival boasting approximately 90 different artists. And due to a variety of mitigating factors—family commitments, advanced age, a general dislike of crowds and heat—we saw only a fraction of…

David Lynch thought Nine Inch Nails' original Twin Peaks song wasn't "ugly" enough

Back in June, Nine Inch Nails (or maybe The Nine Inch Nails) made an appearance on Twin Peaks, closing out an episode by playing “She’s Gone Away” from the Not The Actual Events EP. Apparently, though, that song wasn’t Trent Reznor’s first pick for a Twin Peaks song. As reported by Pitchfork, Reznor and Atticus Ross…

Trent Reznor says Trump is a “grotesque dope”

For all the grim, artfully arranged violence that surrounds them, Trent Reznor’s lyrics have always contained a hefty dose of truth. (“Love sucks.” “We all have a tendency toward self-destruction.” “I want to fuck you like an animal.”) So it’s not entirely surprising to hear Reznor—who’s gearing up to tour again,…

This happy version of “Hurt” is somehow even more bleak

The YouTube channel Yaog operates primarily on two different questions: “Will It Sad?” or “Will It Happy?” The conceit is that the channel’s namesake host will reinterpret classic songs in a manner that subverts their initial intent, such as he did with the themes to Sesame Street and Super Mario Bros. It’s harmless…

“Thirteen” going on “30 Something”: Growing up according to pop music

Next to sex and death, there’s no more compelling subject for songwriters than the thing that happens in between those two endpoints on the cycle of life. Aging—and all the excitement, confusion, and existential dread that accompanies it—has long captivated the songwriter, whose work within a ruthlessly youth-focused…

From St. Vincent’s latest to Drake’s playlist: Our most anticipated albums of 2017

While it’d be nice if music releases fit nicely into a year-by-year narrative, the end of 2016 proved that wasn’t the case. Even after we published our feature highlighting some of the best music of 2016, there was still more to be released for the year. In those last couple weeks before 2017 was rung in, we saw new…

Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala to headline NYC’s Panorama fest

Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, and A Tribe Called Quest are among the acts set to play Panorama, New York’s answer to Coachella. The festival, which takes place on Randall’s Island at the end of July, unveiled its lineup today. In addition to the aforementioned acts, it will feature Solange, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Belle &…