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What pop culture did you eventually come around on?

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 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…

We must bear witness to this terrifyingly elaborate Star Wars-Sgt. Pepper’s mashup

It’s weird the way our relationships to the things we love as kids change over time. Sometimes we see the faults more clearly, but sometimes we become incapable of seeing those faults. Sometimes our fondness increases, letting us return to them time and again like a favorite sweatshirt, but other times their appeal…

Listen to this Sgt. Pepper’s outtake in honor of the album’s 50th anniversary

It was almost 50 years ago today that The Beatles’ seminal album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band came out. Look for a lot of celebratory exposition this summer, starting with a reissue of the entire album on May 26 on Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe, remastered by Giles Martin (son of Beatles producer George…

How A.V. Club staffers got their offspring to just say no to kids’ music

Our A.V. Club Field Guide To Parenting is designed to guide you toward the best kids’ books, shows, movies, and music, just like we do with The A.V. Club for adults. Every month or so, we will feature a new subject with a few essential pop-culture takes parents should know, saving you from the mountains of kids’ dreck…

Demand great presents this year with The A.V Club’s 2016 gift guide

It became a common refrain as heroes died, villains ascended, and truth and beauty were succeeded by a million Facebook shares on a fake-news story about the pope endorsing Donald Trump: 2016 was a motherfucker. If you made it all the way through, congratulations. You’ve outlasted Prince, the concept of liberal…

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PBS’ Soundbreaking is an illuminating but scattershot history of recorded music

The problem with making a documentary about recorded music is that, well, there’s a lot of it. It’s a hurdle that the eight-part PBS documentary series Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music runs into during its very first episode. From the title cards on down, there’s an implication that …

Noted shithead Martin Shkreli promises unreleased Nirvana tracks if Trump elected

In the liner notes to Incesticide, Kurt Cobain writes, “At this point I have a request for our fans. If any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of different color, or women, please do this one favor for us—leave us the fuck alone! Don’t come to our shows and don’t buy our records.” We now know Cobain fucked…