Ryan Adams sets the record straight on why his marriage to Mandy Moore didn't work out

Relationships fail for millions of different and valid reasons that are entirely unknowable to anyone but the couple themselves. Trying to explain what those reasons are, exactly, is difficult. How do you describe why the spark began to fade or which seemingly minor argument was suddenly a bridge too far? Well, if…

What are you listening to this week?

Released just a couple of weeks ago, “Die Young” is the third (and probably last) lead-up single to Sylvan Esso’s forthcoming What Now. It’s also the one that’s gotten me most excited to hear the full thing. “Die Young” is a darkly romantic track about someone coming along and spoiling the narrator’s shortsighted…

Here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in February

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

“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…

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

Turnabout’s fair play as someone covers a Ryan Adams album in the style of Taylor Swift

Okay, let’s see if we can do this without having to draw a chart. Back in 2014, Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album, 1989—you might remember it from it being an unstoppable, unkillable cultural juggernaut. The next year, in an act of bizarre (but enthusiastic) tribute, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams released a…

What’s your favorite song of 2015?

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

UPDATED: Father John Misty one-ups Ryan Adams with Velvet Underground-style 1989 covers

Father John Misty must not think much of Ryan Adams’ Taylor Swift fandom. Josh Tillman (who’s Father John Misty the same way Justin Vernon is Bon Iver) has released two Taylor Swift covers of his own, only they’re done in the style of Ryan Adams by way of the Velvet Underground. Tillman’s versions of “Blank Space” and…

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