Losing their edge, again: The year of indie rock’s inevitable midlife crisis

Back in February, Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth took to his Instagram to pose an existential question: “Is it me or is the condition of indie rock in the 24½th century both bad and boujee?” “Bad,” he meant, in the sense that it was now largely a “musically underwhelming” Xerox of groups that came before. “Boujee”…

The A.V. Club’s 20 best albums of 2017

There was too much to listen to in 2017—not just albums, of which there were once again thousands, a barrage of releases from major-label veterans and SoundCloud up-and-comers alike, all vying for your attention. There was just too much of everything: a persistent, buzzing storm of push notifications and free-floating…

The National are back for another beautifully mournful cover of a Bob's Burgers Thanksgiving song

If there’s one thing capable of dragging us out of our food hangovers and back into the world of rapidly fading Thanksgiving nostalgia, it’s Bob’s Burgers’ consistently great holiday episodes. Not only does the Belcher clan offer up the perfect mix of comedy and heart, year-in and year-out, but we can usually count on…

Everything counts a little more than we think: An oral history of The National’s Boxer

In Lizzy Goodman’s recent oral history Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth And Rock And Roll In New York City 2001-2011, The National’s Aaron Dessner reminisces about the band’s first practice space being right next door to Interpol’s, where they would overhear them rehearsing songs that would eventually land on Turn On

Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, and more albums to expect in September

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

Sleater-Kinney, The National, and more will perform at D.C. Women’s March after-party

We now know where all the artists and actors who are avoiding Donald Trump’s inauguration will be this weekend: at the Women’s March after-party. Pitchfork reports that The National, Sleater-Kinney, Ted Leo, Samantha Ronson, Tig Notaro, and Janeane Garofalo are among the musicians and comedians who will play the D.C.…

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…