The best music of 2016 so far: The A.V. Club’s catch-up guide

2016 has been a big year for music, with the likes of Beyoncé, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, Chance The Rapper, and Drake all releasing records that vary from pretty good to really, really great. Then there’s the emerging talents that have turned in career-defining works and earned high marks, like Blood…

What’s the best pop culture of the year so far?

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…

From Paul Simon to Tegan And Sara, here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in 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 reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Let's all pretend to be sad that Whitney and 1600 Penn have been canceled 

As goes the great karmic balance of the TV universe, every bit of good news must be immediately met with news that we’ll just pretend is bad—because it's the nice thing to do, and because we already started the sentence this way and now must see it through. Two things that won’t be seen through, however, are Whitney…

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Judging a show by its title: The 2012 fall TV preview, part 1

It’s said that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but no such aphorism exists for television. In fact, much of this year’s crop of new shows beg to be judged by their transparent titles alone: Guys With Kids, The Mob Doctor, and Chicago Fire all compete against short attention spans and crowded DVR queues by putting…