Wye Oak, Eels, and more albums to know about this week

Wye Oak’s sixth album is beautifully dense, while The Deconstruction proves the Eels haven’t lost their touch for melancholic pop, and Dr. Octagon swings for the goddamn fences on Moosebumps. These, plus The Weeknd, No Thank You, Kali Uchis, and many more in this week’s new releases.

Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd release new Black Panther track, “Pray For Me”

The anticipation for Black Panther couldn’t be higher. Ryan Coogler’s film is breaking presales records left and right, while his cast, led by Chadwick Boseman, is putting all other stars to shame on the red carpet. Kendrick Lamar’s done his part to stoke those flames, dropping songs here and there from the soundtrack…

Eminem and The Weeknd to help Beyoncé headline this year's Coachella

We’ve known for a while now that Beyoncé would be headlining this year’s Coachella, making up for having to ditch the massively popular musical festival last year in favor of, you know, giving birth. Now, it’s been revealed that two of Queen Bey’s recent collaborators, The Weeknd—who appeared on her 2016 magnum opus, …

On Lust For Life, Lana Del Rey envisions a slightly brighter future

When Pitchfork recently sat down with Lana Del Rey for a wide-ranging interview, the topic of the pop star’s apparent newfound happiness came up right away. “I made personal commitments,” Del Rey responded when asked how she’d reached a better place, although she demurred on specifics. “I had some people in my life…

Daft Punk to return to the Grammys stage in first live performance since 2014

By now, it’s common knowledge that Daft Punk is not actually composed of intergalactic robot DJs, but two French guys named Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. But that doesn’t mean they’re easy to track down. In fact, the group has not performed live since 2014, when they appeared alongside Pharrell,…

Bob Dylan, Chance The Rapper, The Weeknd headline fan-curated Firefly Music Festival

As has been pointed out many times, most music festivals tend to pull from a similar crop of bands, often making it seem as if they are all the same. And while there’s some truth to that, the announcement of Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival certainly elicited some sideways glances. For one, Bob Dylan is one of…

The Weeknd’s resonant Starboy embraces the downside of fame

The Weeknd (a.k.a. Abél Tesfaye) only sees possibilities, not limitations, where his music is concerned. The Canadian producer-songwriter’s official label debut, 2012’s Trilogy, was a triple album compiling his eclectic early mixtapes, while 2015’s hit Beauty Behind The Madness LP took a loose, expansive approach to…

The Life Of Pablo is Kanye West’s beautiful, abrasive gospel album

A couple of weeks ago, Kanye West logged onto Twitter and promised the world that his next record—then titled Waves—wouldn’t just be the album of the year, but “the album of life.” The Life Of Pablo, West’s highly anticipated seventh studio album, falls short of that outsize pronouncement, but as a beautiful, messy,…

What’s your favorite song of 2015?

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…