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Metz unites with Steve Albini to expand its attack on Strange Peace

The union of ferocious post-hardcore band Metz and cantankerous producer Steve Albini seems foretold in The Great Book Of Rock ’N’ Roll Inevitabilities. The Canadian trio specializes in a sound that’s both cutting and pummeling, and Albini famously has a knack for capturing bands at their grittiest. Not to mention… Read more...

Processing plant mixes up Canadian punk band and Beyoncé's Lemonade

As reported by Pitchfork, the highly anticipated vinyl release of Beyoncé’s Lemonade has come with some bonus tracks for a few lucky buyers—or, to be more accurate, it came with some incorrect tracks for a few unlucky buyers. Apparently, the processing plant had mistakenly pressed a handful of tracks from Canadian… Read more...

Travel to a dark world of colorful fairies in the video for Björk's "The Gate"

The average Björk song tends to take the listener on a journey through a world of magic and fairies, and this video for new single “The Gate” makes that sort of literal. It opens with Björk on a windswept hill of some kind, playing a flute for some weird, amorphous Pokémon, and then it drops into a world of darkness… Read more...

Nine Inch Nails, Jawbreaker, and that's kinda it: What The A.V. Club saw at Riot Fest 2017

This past weekend, a few A.V. Club staffers headed to Chicago’s Douglas Park for Riot Fest, the marathon three-day music festival boasting approximately 90 different artists. And due to a variety of mitigating factors—family commitments, advanced age, a general dislike of crowds and heat—we saw only a fraction of… Read more...

Lady Gaga postpones European tour due to "severe pain"

Citing “severe physical pain,” Lady Gaga has decided to postpone her upcoming European tour so she can talk to doctors and try to figure out why she’s suddenly suffering through what must be some pretty awful stuff. This comes from Live Nation (via Variety), which has shared a statement from Gaga’s people that says… Read more...

Hiss Golden Messenger finds the silver linings on the loose Hallelujah Anyhow

Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor has always been a prolific songwriter. But even for him, releasing Hallelujah Anyhow less than a year after 2016's Heart Like A Levee (which itself was packaged with a bonus eight-song record, Vestapol) is rather impressive. By way of explanation, Taylor told Uncut’s John Mulvey,… Read more...

David Lynch thought Nine Inch Nails' original Twin Peaks song wasn't "ugly" enough

Back in June, Nine Inch Nails (or maybe The Nine Inch Nails) made an appearance on Twin Peaks, closing out an episode by playing “She’s Gone Away” from the Not The Actual Events EP. Apparently, though, that song wasn’t Trent Reznor’s first pick for a Twin Peaks song. As reported by Pitchfork, Reznor and Atticus Ross… Read more...

Ariel Pink finds his muse on the inspired Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

It’s not hard to see why Ariel Pink would be fascinated with forgotten pop singer—and fellow Los Angeleno—Bobby Jameson. Jameson found minor success in the 1960s, only to see his career derailed by bad business dealings, substance abuse, and mental health issues. He spent much of the ’70s in institutions or living on… Read more...

Foo Fighters’ latest record wears its classic-rock heart on its sleeve

He has been in two of the biggest rock bands of all time, but it’s clear that Dave Grohl remains an unjaded, over-the-top rock fan (witness his recent appearance in the pit at a Metallica show). Only somebody who grew up under the protective umbrella of album-oriented rock FM radio could pull off an inspired cover to… Read more...

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

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… Read more...

Grant Hart: Uncompromising, unrepentant

Grant Hart didn’t behave as if he owed the world anything. He thought nothing of letting a decade pass between his solo albums. He performed sporadically and toured even more sporadically. He barely had a presence online—he didn’t even send his first email until 2009, and didn’t tour with a cellphone until 2010.… Read more...

What are you listening to this week? 

The dance-punk stalwarts of !!! just put out a new song off an EP they’ll be selling at their upcoming live shows, and it easily would’ve been one of the best tracks on their recently released album Shake The Shudder. “The Long Walk” sees the band in an extremely disco-forward mode from the very start, bringing in a… Read more...

The riffsistance begins on Prophets Of Rage’s truly awful debut

This album is not good. In point of fact, it is terrible. If you are looking for trainwreck bad—latter-day Limp Bizkit bad, “Magnets, how do they work” bad—you will find it radiating throughout Prophets Of Rage’s debut record. Assembled last year for the Republican National Convention, the band pairs Rage Against The… Read more...

The exuberant Sløtface sounds like a politicized Josie And The Pussycats

The opening seconds of “Magazine,” the first song off Sløtface’s debut Try Not To Freak Out, are a bit of a feint. Behind a veil of feedback, a chorus of “woo-oo”s usher in a shambolic slice of mid-’90s alterna-pop, like early Modest Mouse covering a grunge anthem. It flattens out into a stately midtempo rhythm that’s… Read more...

Mount Kimbie shares an old favorite, “So Many Times, So Many Ways”

Welcome back to AVC Sessions, our series where we bring in an artist, band, musician, singer, rapper, etc. to perform three of their own tracks. This week, we present Mount Kimbie, the ever-evolving electronic duo from London. While we shared some of their new material yesterday, in this video the duo reaches back… Read more...

Priests salutes teenage rebellion with Rod Stewart's "Young Turks"

“Young Turks,” Rod Stewart’s anthemic ode to youth rebellion, tells the story of two teenagers running away from home to be together despite their parents’ wishes, and it set the stage for a decade of hits. No strangers to defiance, D.C. punk band Priests chose to tackle the song for their Undercover. The result is a… Read more...

Watch TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek get downright wistful about weed

Dave Sitek has done more things while high than most of us will do sober. “I’ve been high pretty much most of my life,” he says at the beginning of this episode of Merry Jane’s “Deep Weed” video series, and to look at the breadth of his work—production work for Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Foals, Little Dragon, and… Read more...

Marilyn Manson announces new album, wants to work with Lil Uzi Vert

As reported by Consequence Of Sound, Marilyn Manson has announced a new record called Heaven Upside Down that’s set for release on October 6. The album was originally called SAY10 and was supposed to come out earlier this year, but Manson reportedly delayed it so he could finish more tracks. This new incarnation of… Read more...

After the death of Walter Becker, Steely Dan announces short North American tour 

After Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker died earlier this year, his bandmate Donald Fagen released a statement saying, “I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can.” Now, Fagen seems to be taking steps to honor that vow, announcing a short set of Steely Dan tour dates for later this year… Read more...

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