Say Anything’s Max Bemis walks us through the creation of …Is A Real Boy

Say Anything’s major-label debut and second LP, …Is a Real Boy, is a masterful mix of angst, social commentary, and theatricality. It’s also the album Say Anything frontman Max Bemis ranks as his best work. But creating the album was a taxing process, costing him his physical and mental health, and resulting in a…

As a child, Say Anything’s Max Bemis was in love with Charlie Sheen in Major League

At this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago, The A.V. Club asked bands to play a game we call Punk Or Not Punk, in which they rated random things on an arbitrary, dichotomic scale. This round, Say Anything’s Max Bemis joins us to rate PBR and Say Anything (the movie) and tells us about the huge crush he had on Charlie Sheen’s…

Wu-Tang Clan, Best Coast, and the rest of Riot Fest take shots of Malört

There are few beverages as synonymous with Chicago as Malört. John Hodgman has described the taste of this wormwood-based liqueur as “jägermeister heavily diluted in pondwater, but less piney.” We corralled some of the best acts at Riot Fest, another Chicago staple, including Wu-Tang Clan, Best Coast, and Cap’n Jazz,…

What romantic comedy couple shouldn’t have ended up together?

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…

What song is inextricably linked to a film or TV show for you?

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…

Beyond Atticus Finch: What character embodies your masculine ideal?

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…

Put down the boom box: 28 romantic gestures that are actually creepy

Pop culture is suffused with examples of grand romantic gestures. From Tramp offering Lady the last meatball to Arwen the elf choosing to become mortal so she can be with her beau, there’s no shortage of ways that people in television, movies, music, and theater can show their devotion. Which is why it’s a little…

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What fictional older sibling did you most admire?

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…