What's your personal pop culture resolution for 2018?

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…

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…

What are you listening to this week? 

The dance-punk stalwarts of !!! just put out a new song off an EP they’ll be selling at their upcoming live shows, and it easily would’ve been one of the best tracks on their recently released album Shake The Shudder. “The Long Walk” sees the band in an extremely disco-forward mode from the very start, bringing in a…

The War On Drugs’ biggest album thrives on its smallest details

Over the last three years, The War On Drugs became one of our biggest rock ’n’ roll bands—mostly while nobody was looking. On 2014’s Lost In The Dream, the group delivered a confident statement of intent that found it plumbing the depths of AOR radio for nostalgic sounds to weave together and drown in reverb. It was…

Kesha, The War On Drugs, and more music to expect in August

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…

The War On Drugs announces new album, shares Springsteen-esque “Holding On”

It’s been a few years since The War On Drugs released Lost In The Dream, but the band is finally back and readying a new full-lenth album for release this summer. The album will be titled A Deeper Understanding, and thanks to Noisey, we also have the debut single, “Holding On.” The track is just as Bruce…

Lollapalooza 2015: Scantily clad teens, evacuations, and Paul McCartney

It never rained on Lollapalooza, but that didn’t stop the fest’s organizers, C3, from both evacuating the whole fest Sunday afternoon under threat of thunderstorms and then, later that night, shutting down the festival’s closers 30 minutes early. That kind of rainy speculation put a damper on the annual event, which…

Best music of 2014: The ballots

Our main list of the year’s best albums doesn’t just appear out of thin air. It’s tallied from ballots by a group of writers, each of whom list their top 15 in order, with their favorite getting 15 points, their next pick getting 14, and so on. Below are the individual ballots, plus some personal commentary on discs…

The 20 best albums of 2014

Every year, The A.V. Club invites our regular music writers and staff to pick their favorite albums of the past 12 months. This year, we asked writers to pick their 15 favorite albums, with no. 1 earning 15 points, no. 2 earning 14, and so on. We tallied up the results to arrive at our final best-of list. (In the…

Ridiculous battle between Mark Kozelek and The War On Drugs still isn’t over

The battle between The War On Drugs and Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek rages on. Just yesterday, music blogs reported on War On Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel’s interview with Swedish site Songs For Whoever, where he called Kozelek an “idiot,” a “douche,” a “prick, an “asshole,” a “fucking child,” and a “fucking prick”…

Here’s Mark Kozelek’s “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock” song

Mark Kozelek’s Sun Kil Moon has released its much-ballyhooed anti-War On Drugs track, and it’s unsurprisingly mean-spirited. In “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock,” Kozelek says that—while they’re “nice”—the group is also “the whitest band” Kozelek has “ever heard.” He also rags on the band’s output, singing, “To make three…

Mark Kozelek invites War On Drugs to suck his cock tonight, releases Xmas album next month

Mark Kozelek, who made his name with somber, beautiful music recorded under the name Red House Painters, and continued his streak both as a solo artist and as Sun Kil Moon, has more recently found fame by publicly talking shit. (It seems a little incongruous, yes.) First, he told a noisy North Carolina crowd, “All you…

Mark Kozelek is having a hilarious fight with The War On Drugs

Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek is currently in an indie-rock war of words with The War On Drugs. It all began earlier this fall, when Kozelek told audiences at the Ottawa Folk Festival—where sound from the Drugs’ set had spilled over onto his stage—that the group was “beer commercial lead-guitar shit” and that it could…