Vince Staples is over here dropping some hot takes on anime 

It’s been a few months since Vince Staples jokingly volunteered to “shut the fuck up forever” if fans/haters would donate $2 million to him, but he might have to reactivate that campaign now that he has declared his support for one of the most controversial opinions in the history of pop culture: He prefers dubs to…

10 tolerable—even enjoyable—uses of product placement in pop culture

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…

Vince Staples cancels "fuck off" campaign, will donate money to the Michelle Obama Library

Earlier this month, Vince Staples fired an orbital laser of passive-aggressive snark with a GoFundMe page for people who haven’t liked his recent shows, saying he’d “shut the fuck up forever” if he could raise $2 million in donations. Or, as he put it: “Get off of my dick, or fund my lifestyle; the choice is yours.”…

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…

The best albums of 2017 so far

Even at just over six months old, 2017 has already given us more than enough good music to fill playlists from here until December—enough that it would be fine, really, if everyone just took a knee until next year. It’s also been an unusually busy year for comebacks: High-profile returns from the ’00s indie-rock class…

Here are the new albums to expect this June

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 15 best albums of 2015

It might sound cliché at this point, but in 2015, the music industry bounced back. Maybe not all the way back to its mid-’90s peaks of excess, but relatively speaking in today’s terms. Taylor Swift made buckets of money touring her 1989 record, Adele broke long-held sales records with 25, and everyone with a radio and…