Here are the 28 most-anticipated albums of March

New releases really ramp up for March, with a glut of offerings from veteran rockers (The Breeders, The Decemberists, Yo La Tengo), underground rap icons and stoner-rap legends (MF DOOM & Czarface, Jean Grae & Chris Quelle, Curren$y, YoungBoy NBA), and boundary-pushing electronic artists (Lost Girls, DJ Taye). Here…

Titus Andronicus announces new album and big batch of acoustic shows 

If Titus Andronicus (or “+@” as the band stylizes it) can be counted on for one thing, it’s to bring some motherfucking fire to pretty much everything it does—there’s probably never been a rock opera about manic depression more intense than 2015's The Most Lamentable Tragedy, for instance—but the band and frontman…

Craig Finn and Titus Andronicus’ Patrick Stickles go head-to-head in a Springsteen song challenge

Craig Finn of The Hold Steady and Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus are vocal about their love of Bruce Springsteen. It’s why, when the pair recently went on tour together, it only made sense to try to declare one the king of all things Bruce. In this best-of-three challenge, Finn and Stickles clap out a rhythm and…

Dream pipes: 16 songs that are actually improved by bagpipes

Bagpipes often conjure images of kilted Scots in tam o’ shanters, but one shouldn’t overlook Ireland’s devotion to the age-old instrument. Irish taverns have basked in the sweet trill of bagpipes since the late 1500s, and even lay claim to one of the most popular types of bagpipes: the uilleann pipes, which ring with…

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…

Titus Andronicus announces 93-minute rock opera, because that’s what Titus Andronicus does

Titus Andronicus hasn’t released a new album since 2012’s Local Business, but it looks like the band is now ready to make up for lost time with The Most Lamentable Tragedy, a new album that—according to an interview with Grantland—will be a 93-minute rock opera consisting of 29 tracks. The album is being released by…

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