Our most-anticipated albums of 2018 (that we know of)

With confirmed releases from the likes of Tune-Yards, Lucy Dacus, and Superchunk—plus expected new albums from My Bloody Valentine, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, and more—2018 is already shaping up to be another strong year for music. Here are the albums we most look forward to hearing this year (or, at least, that we…

Vampire Weekend’s Rostam goes for pop bliss on the fussy, fantastic Half-Light

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Rostam Batmanglij left Vampire Weekend last year, but he didn’t head for the beach to relax: The multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter had already released some solo material, formed a duo with the singer of Ra Ra Riot called Discovery, collaborated with The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser on an excellent…

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…

Put on your topsiders, there might be a new Vampire Weekend album in the works

In times of unrest, some people take comfort in the notion that, if nothing else, some great art will arise from the potential devastation. That’s probably not what we’re going to get from a fourth Vampire Weekend album, but at least there’s probably going to be some alliteration. The newly-minted trio—Rostam…

One last 360-degree tour of New York’s influential Other Music record store

When it opened in New York’s artsy East Village 21 years ago, the Other Music record store established itself as a hub for new music, a place where people could find challenging, exciting sounds that were created by artists operating outside of the pop mainstream. Discriminating customers flocked to the place, as did…

44 real-life pop-culture siblings you (probably) didn’t know were related

According to a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Liev Schreiber apparently refers to his prominent, singular cheeks as his “Slavic fat pads.” Perhaps the lack of that Eastern European chub is why Pablo, who burst onto the scene as Nick Sobotka on the second season The Wire and officially made his mark as Pornstache…

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…

Seinfeld meets Vampire Weekend and Weird Twitter in absurd browser game

For all the talk of Twitter fomenting change and connecting viewpoints through conversation, the social network’s best contribution to society is the platform it provides for the idiosyncratic weirdos of the world. One of Weird Twitter’s most reliably funny oddballs is Seinfeld2000, the pseudonymous Tweeter whose…