The best albums of 2018 so far

As arbitrary as the demarcation of New Year’s Day is, it’s always thrilling to watch a new year in music take shape. While it’s often slow going in the earliest weeks, our first serious best-of contender arrived in the earliest hours of 2018 via Jeff Rosenstock’s vital, politically charged POST-. By the spring, we had…

Screaming Females bring the fiery “Agnes Martin” to AVC Sessions

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their tracks. This week, New Jersey trio Screaming Females join us in the studio to play a few songs from their latest release, the stellar All At Once. Next up, the band performs “Agnes…

Screaming Females, Black Milk, and more albums to know about this week

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Screaming Females’ All At Once is another slice of completely badass guitar rock, while Dessa’s fourth LP, Chime, courts the mainstream, and Black Milk continues to perfect his craft on Fever. These, plus FRIGS and Mint Field in this week’s notable new releases.

The 28 most-anticipated albums of February

The year in music was off to a promising start thanks to January’s many great new albums. And with planned releases from the likes of U.S. Girls, Rhye, and The Soft Moon—not to mention the hotly anticipated Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack—February looks to continue that trend. Here are the new records…

Screaming Females, plus amazing records from Hinds and Cheatahs

Fuck Clapton, Marissa Paternoster is God. The Screaming Females frontwoman can shred when she feels like it—Ugly’s “Doom 84” proves that—in solos complemented by beefy, gnarly hooks complemented by her vibrato-laden wail, giving some much-needed heaviness to a genre that has become just a little too precious for its…

Watch Screaming Females’ “Shake It Off” cut together with the actual video

You surely don’t need an excuse to watch one of this year’s best A.V Undercover sessions—Screaming Females’ covering Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”—but in case you do, an intrepid fan (presumably of both versions) has cut together the Females’ blistering take with footage from T-Swift’s original video for the song. It…

The best albums of 2015 so far

Considering we’re only almost to July, 2015 has seen an abundance of musical riches so far. From new albums by old bands to great albums by new bands, there’s plenty of great material to queue up just from the past six months. Below, The A.V. Club runs down a bunch of our favorite stuff, from Sleater-Kinney to…