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Jun 12, 2020. 5 comments

BTS announces first Japanese album in 2 years

BTS announces first Japanese album in 2 years

BTS just released Map Of The Soul: 7, its latest Korean album, back in February, but the enormously popular band with the enormously enthusiastic fan base is already preparing a special follow-up. Titled Map Of The Soul: 7 ~The Journey~, the album is being specifically released for the Japanese market and will be the group’s first Japanese album in two years. According to a press release, the...

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Jun 12, 2020. 24 comments

Lady Antebellum changes band name over seemingly obvious slavery-era implications of the old one

Lady Antebellum changes band name over seemingly obvious slavery-era implications of the old one

Country music trio Lady Antebellum has decided to change its name to Lady A, having apparently just gotten around to looking up what the word “antebellum” means. For those who don’t know, it’s usually used to refer to the pre-war American South, as in pre-Civil War, as in when slavery was still legal. That means the band name always seemed worthy of some reconsideration, and now that...

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Jun 12, 2020. 8 comments

The Dixie Chicks' Gaslighter is now coming out on July 17

The Dixie Chicks' Gaslighter is now coming out on July 17

Back at the end of April , we reported that the Dixie Chicks has quietly postponed the release of Gaslighter, the group’s first new album in 14 years and one that would’ve marked the launch of a new comeback effort. The Dixie Chicks didn’t offer an explanation for the delay at the time, leading us to recklessly speculate that it was part of a George W. Bush-backed conspiracy to punish Natalie...

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Jun 11, 2020. 6 comments

Recording Academy announces 9 new Grammy rules, only some of which are confusing

Recording Academy announces 9 new Grammy rules, only some of which are confusing

Compared to every other major awards show, the rules for the Grammy Awards have always been a little complicated (and yes, we know it’s a big compliment to refer to the Grammys as a major awards show). Chalk it up to the way music consumption and production have changed over the years, but it’s always been unclear what separates an album from a record or why an artist on their second or third...

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Jun 11, 2020. 5 comments

The Flaming Lips bubble up band, audience for world's safest COVID-era concert

The Flaming Lips bubble up band, audience for world's safest COVID-era concert

Wayne Coyne loves his bubbles. Anybody who’s seen the Flaming Lips perform live in the last several years—or his new music video for the Kacey Musgraves-featuring “Flowers Of Neptune 6"—have seen the singer serenade from within an inflatable bubble. Now, what with the state of our poisoned world, Coyne’s gone and shrouded both his band and his audience in similar vessels.

In what’s got to be...

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Jun 11, 2020. 10 comments

From Mariah to Meme-mi: How a vocal icon became a social media maven

From Mariah to Meme-mi: How a vocal icon became a social media maven

Not every artist can boast of a debut as widely heralded as Mariah Carey’s self-titled 1990 album. At only 20 years old, the Songbird Supreme quickly established her confident, octave-defying voice as one for the ages with “Vision Of Love” and “Someday.” We’re still hard-pressed to pick a more essential Mariah collection, which, when you consider her stacked discography, is certainly saying...

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Jun 10, 2020. 16 comments

Man criticizes Rage Against The Machine for getting "political," gets roasted so hard he quits Twitter

Man criticizes Rage Against The Machine for getting "political," gets roasted so hard he quits Twitter

Rage Against the Machine—a band whose 1992 debut includes lyrics like “I warm my hands upon the flames of the flag” and “Bam, here’s the plan; Motherfuck Uncle Sam”—has always been

clearly, loudly political . And yet, because it’s 2020 and every dipshit take must eventually surface on social media, a guy on Twitter took some time to tell Rage guitarist Tom Morello that he preferred some...

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Jun 10, 2020. 5 comments

Coachella reportedly canceled, though a limited-capacity festival is possible for April

Coachella reportedly canceled, though a limited-capacity festival is possible for April

Just a day after the city of Chicago

made it clear Lollapalooza wouldn’t be rearing its sweaty, glitter-encrusted head this year, Billboard reports that Coachella will also be taking 2020 off. In early March, after SXSW canceled its annual blowout due to concerns over COVID-19, Coachella announced it would be postponing its sun-dappled gathering until October.

That’s no longer the case, per...

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Jun 10, 2020. 10 comments

Disney developing Lionel Richie jukebox musical

Disney developing Lionel Richie jukebox musical

According to Variety, Disney is developing a movie musical “based on the songs of American treasure Lionel Richie,” and—as is always the case with projects like this—it’s going to have the most obvious title imaginable. Go ahead, try to think of it. We’ll drag this out and give you some time.

It’s All Night Long, obviously. Unlike similarly obvious-named movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and...

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Jun 06, 2020. 7 comments

5 new releases we love: Run The Jewels’ cathartic roar, Hinds’ cool polish, and more

5 new releases we love: Run The Jewels’ cathartic roar, Hinds’ cool polish, and more

There’s a lot of music out there. To help you cut through all the noise, every week The A.V. Club is rounding up A-Sides, five recent releases we think are worth your time. You can listen to these and more on our Spotify playlist, and if you like what you hear, we encourage you to purchase featured artists’ music directly at the links provided below.

Run The Jewels, RTJ4[Jewel Runners, June 3]...

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Jun 03, 2020. 10 comments

Run The Jewels, HAIM, and 15 more albums we can’t wait to hear in June

Run The Jewels, HAIM, and 15 more albums we can’t wait to hear in June

Now that it’s June, that makes it summer according to our calendar, and with the changing of the season comes a veritable explosion of new music. To help you enjoy the hot weather (or take your mind off of it, depending on your feelings about sweltering temperatures), here are some of The A.V. Club’s most anticipated records set to be released this month. (As always, keep in mind that COVID-19...

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May 31, 2020. 13 comments

Beyoncé, Killer Mike, and more speak out on the injustice of George Floyd's death

Beyoncé, Killer Mike, and more speak out on the injustice of George Floyd's death

Well, it’s that time once again, folks: America finds itself forced to stare into the mirror and contemplate the racial inequality and police violence buried deep within its heart, debating whether to flinch its eyes away uncomfortably after the death of yet another unarmed Black man in police custody. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25—and the ensuing wave of public outrage...

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May 30, 2020. 1 comments

5 new releases we love: Tank And The Bangas chill, Keiynan Lonsdale dances, and more

5 new releases we love: Tank And The Bangas chill, Keiynan Lonsdale dances, and more

There’s a lot of music out there. To help you cut through all the noise, every week The A.V. Club is rounding up A-Sides, five recent releases we think are worth your time. You can listen to these and more on our Spotify playlist, and if you like what you hear, we encourage you to purchase featured artists’ music directly at the links provided below.

Tank And The Bangas, “For André[Verve, May...

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May 29, 2020. 21 comments

Lady Gaga returns to her electro-pop roots—and channels Madonna (again)—on Chromatica

Lady Gaga returns to her electro-pop roots—and channels Madonna (again)—on Chromatica

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta put a lot of time and effort into creating the Lady Gaga persona launched in tandem with her 2008 debut,

The Fame —and she’s spent the past 12 years reinventing it over and over. Like an adolescent experimenting, Gaga started with the meat dresses and giant bow wigs before swinging to the other extreme and embracing American standards with Tony Bennett....

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May 29, 2020.

Machinegum plugs in for our latest House Show

Machinegum plugs in for our latest House Show

Yesterday, musical collective Machinegum—featuring Strokes drummer Fab Moretti—took over our Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube pages to perform an intimate house show, as part of our series AVC Sessions: House Shows. During the show—which you can now watch above—the trio performed remote renditions of two songs off its forthcoming LP, Conduit, which drops this July on Frenchkiss Records. They...

May 28, 2020.

Fab Moretti and Machinegum bring "Kubes" to AVC Sessions

Fab Moretti and Machinegum bring "Kubes" to AVC Sessions

Welcome back to AVC Sessions: House Shows, our new series where we’ll invite some of our favorite artists to perform a show you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. This week, we’re popping into the home studios, plural, of Machinegum. The collective—which features Strokes drummer Fab Moretti, Ian Devaney and Martin Bonventre—has a new record, Conduit, out later this summer on...

May 02, 2020.

Join us for a chat with Tori Amos and the Chicago Humanities Fest

Join us for a chat with Tori Amos and the Chicago Humanities Fest

Singer-songwriter Tori Amos is releasing a new memoir—

Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage —on May 5. As she urges at the book’s beginning: “Join me on the path of resistance—of the art that will set us free,” a familiar theme for Amos, who has written songs about 9/11, #MeToo, and the climate crisis. She describes her latest effort as a “mission to recognize the...
May 02, 2020. 11 comments

5 new releases we love: Car Seat Headrest soars, Sylvan Esso transforms, and more

5 new releases we love: Car Seat Headrest soars, Sylvan Esso transforms, and more

There’s a lot of music out there. To help you cut through all the noise, every week The A.V. Club is rounding up A-Sides, five recent releases we think are worth your time. You can listen to these and more on our Spotify playlist, and if you like what you hear, we encourage you to purchase featured artists’ music directly at the links provided below.

You can read our featured review of the new...

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May 01, 2020. 6 comments

Only N'Sync cares about the "It's Gonna Be May" meme in this miserable year

Only N'Sync cares about the "It's Gonna Be May" meme in this miserable year

You know the meme by now. For roughly eight years, the internet’s sought to ring in the month of May with memes of a tight-curled, turn-of-the-millennium Justin Timberlake declaring not that it’s gonna be me, but rather it’s gonna be May, a gentle jab at his overwrought delivery on the No Strings Attached chart-topper. It’s delightful and dumb, a reminder of what Twitter was like...

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May 01, 2020.

Singer-songwriter Frances Quinlan wows with an intimate, acoustic house show

Singer-songwriter Frances Quinlan wows with an intimate, acoustic house show

Yesterday, Frances Quinlan—lead singer and guitarist for Philly indie rock band Hop Along—took over our Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube pages to perform an intimate house show, as part of our series AVC Sessions: House Shows. During the show—which you can now watch above—Quinlan performs a few songs from her debut solo album, Likewise, details the creative challenges of producing an album...

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