Cap’n Jazz and Hop Along team up to take on Sonic Youth’s “100%”

Sonic Youth’s sound is instantly recognizable—it’s loud, unconventionally melodic, guitar-driven noise rock—and it’s possibly best exemplified by the band’s highest-charting song, “100%” from its 1992 LP Dirty. Fresh off reunion stints at Riot Fest and FYF Fest, Chicago natives Cap’n Jazz decided to take on the Sonic…

What’s your favorite guitar solo?

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…

Revisiting the book that immortalized the ’80s indie punk rock scene

It was sometime around 1997 or 1998 when author and rock journalist Michael Azerrad was sitting at home watching a generic multi-part history on rock ’n’ roll. It was late in the evening, and the episode he caught detailed the history of punk rock—or was supposed to. But something was wrong. “It went straight from…

Director Scott Crawford on why Salad Days is more than a doc about D.C. hardcore

Few music scenes in history have been as influential—and as misunderstood—as Washington, D.C.’s hardcore scene of the 1980s. After Minor Threat introduced its fierce, anthemic sound and attitude in 1980, the band’s label, Dischord, became the epicenter of a subculture that evolved both musically and ethically as the…

What 1995 pop culture would you want to experience again for the first time?

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…

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No animals—maybe just humans—were harmed in the making of Swans’ To Be Kind

Around the halfway point of “Bring The Sun/Toussaint L’Ouverture”—a 34-minute track on Swans’ new two-hour album, To Be Kind—the sounds of horses can be heard. They whinny, neigh, and clop in panic. This happens during a lull in the song, a nerve-jangling interlude that makes the noise breakdown in the middle of Sonic…

Double threats: 15 movies featuring cameos from indie rockers

1. Dean Wareham, Frances Ha (2012)
Dean Wareham has had a long career in music, with Galaxie 500, Luna, and Dean & Britta, but his acting career basically begins and end with director Noah Baumbach. Wareham provided music for Baumbach’s feature debut, Kicking And Screaming, then made a brief appearance in Mr. Jealousy.…