Kanye's making a record with Chance The Rapper, possibly 51 other people

If you thought Yeezy season was over, you were woefully mistaken. After releasing five albums in five weeks—albeit five extremely short albums in five weeks—rumors have started to emerge that Kanye’s got a whole lot left in the tank. Following the publication of a revealing interview with West in the New York Times…

Wearing and tearing: An hour of classic rockers grappling with punk and new wave

The various mass-extinction events in pop music history are greatly overstated. Hair metal wasn’t wiped from the face of the earth the moment “Smells Like Teen Spirit” roared to life; the pre-rock ’n’ roll crooners eked out a decent living in casinos and on TV after the teenyboppers turned their attentions to guitars.…

Paul McCartney, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a whole bunch of kickass kids showed up for today's March For Our Lives 

People are out on the streets all over the planet today, marching as part of, or in support of, the student-organized March For Our Lives, which hopes to increase pressure on legislators to enact meaningful gun control regulations in the United States. Some of those people were famous—like Paul McCartney, who was seen…

Here’s the awful secret that “Truth Tortoise” told Morty in last week’s episode

Every episode of Rick And Morty is full of wildly divergent adventures into fully realized sci-fi premises, but last week’s episode, which functioned as this season’s clip show, had more than most. It started with a truly intense segment, in which the titular duo found themselves being chased (or accompanied by?) some…

What are you listening to this week?

Mary J. Blige has been through some shit. Depression, addiction, abusive relationships—not only is she not afraid to talk about these things, but she’s built a career out of it. Blige’s latest record, Strength Of A Woman, arrives in the middle of her acrimonious and much-publicized split from husband/manager Kendu…

Which is better: Pet Sounds or Sgt. Pepper’s?

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…

And now, here’s Sir Paul McCartney as a silly Disney movie pirate

Thrusting that old rock legend stand-by question, “The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?” into a weirdly nautical, theme-park-y new direction, Sir Paul McCartney announced last year that he’d be following in Keith Richards’ footsteps with a cameo in the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies. (Specifically, this month’s Dead…

Meet the new boss: 18 albums in which classic rockers embraced synthesizers

The recent PBS docuseries Soundbreaking is a must-see for any music buff, primarily because of the way it challenges conventional notions of “authenticity” when it comes to pop, rock, folk, and R&B. The whole process of recording and distributing songs is inherently artificial, requiring machines and electronics to…

The Beatles said to hell with touring exactly 50 years ago today

On August 29, 1966, The Beatles’ touring days came to an end with an anticlimactic, half-hour show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, a now demolished sports arena. Paul McCartney seemed to have been in denial and kept lobbying for a return to the road, but his three bandmates, especially John Lennon, knew that the…