Live’s not dead: 21 great live albums from the 21st century

In May 1968, Johnny Cash released Live At Folsom Prison, a recording of a raucous, emotionally charged performance before a group of grateful inmates that went on to top the country charts, completely reinvigorating Cash’s career. Folsom wasn’t the first successful live album, obviously, but it quickly became a…

The playful magic of Michel Gondry’s collaborations with The White Stripes

It’s been almost a decade since the last White Stripes album came out, and much of the curiosity that accompanied their early years has faded into trivia, especially as Jack White continues his slow transformation into a hat-wearing record-industry barnacle à la Bono or Rick Rubin. But it’s also a good time to revisit…

Jack White’s Third Man Records is opening a vinyl production facility in Detroit

Penning a figurative love letter to the alt-rocker’s preferred musical medium, as well as to his financially troubled hometown, Jack White’s Third Man Records has announced that it’s opening its own vinyl pressing factory in Detroit. The facility, located in the city’s famed Cass Corridor neighborhood, will employ 50…

The White Stripes reunite to tell Trump and his supporters not to use their music

It’s been a big year for musicians telling political candidates to stop using their songs without approval, with Everlast, R.E.M., Aerosmith, Adele, late composer Jerry Goldsmith, and the Rolling Stones all getting mad at Donald Trump recently for his unauthorized use of their music. Now, as reported by Pitchfork, The…

Michel Gondry surprises his pals The White Stripes with a new music video

Getting a surprise from a friend is always nice, but it’s probably especially delightful when your friend is famously quirky French film director Michel Gondry. Gondry—whose most recent film, Microbe & Gasoline, debuted back in July—apparently was feeling especially whimsical in the shower the other day, and so he set…

Jack White flips through his back pages on this interactive timeline

Jack White’s music, both with bands like The White Stripes and The Raconteurs and on his solo albums, has long been rooted in the blues and rock of America’s past. But it’s his own past that White is interested in revisiting in 2016. He has a new album, Jack White Acoustic Recordings: 1998-2016, due for release this…

The Floppotron recruits backup for its cover of “Seven Nation Army”

The Floppotron must want something from the human race. Its mission never seems to be complete. Has it gained sentience yet? If so, are its intentions benign or malignant? Humanity waits and wonders. For those new to this extraordinary machine, the Floppotron is a “computer hardware orchestra” created by Polish…

Jack White announces “final” surprise acoustic tour

Let’s take a trip back to July 2001. With the release of White Blood Cells, Detroit two-piece The White Stripes became overnight sensations four years into their career, spawning hundreds of bands starting with “The” and ending with “—S” that would rule alternative-rock radio for the next few years. The White Stripes…

The best rock bands of the ’00s, from Arcade Fire to Zwan

Though we’re only halfway through the ’10s, the ’00s can occasionally seem like a long time ago. (Remember when barely anyone had cell phones? Jesus.) Still, five years is enough time to get some critical distance from a decade, and so 2015 seems like the perfect time to produce this, The A.V. Club’s A.V. To Z list of…

R.I.P. John Hampton, engineer with The Replacements, The White Stripes, and more

John Hampton—a record producer, musician, mixer, and Grammy-award winning recording engineer—has died of complications from cancer. He was 61. Hampton was a longtime employee of Ardent Studios in Memphis, eventually working his way up to part owner. In his nearly 40 years in the music business, he had a hand in making…