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Courtney Barnett lacks the energy to Tell Me How You Really Feel Courtney Barnett lacks the energy to Tell Me How You Really Feel

Courtney Barnett’s debut full-length, 2015’s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, established the Australian indie-rocker as a potent musical force. With its tumbling guitars, ragged vocals, and grunge-punk tones—all of which coalesced on the scorching, sassy “Pedestrian At Best”—the album exceeded the…

Good timing turned Ace Of Base’s The Sign into the luckiest hit of the ’90s Good timing turned Ace Of Base’s The Sign into the luckiest hit of the ’90s

Permanent Records is an ongoing closer look at the records that matter most.

On Man Of The Woods, Justin Timberlake offers up uneven pop pastiches On Man Of The Woods, Justin Timberlake offers up uneven pop pastiches

Historically, pop artists have launched new albums with a “statement single.” As Slate pointed out last year, these songs might introduce sonic U-turns (see Taylor Swift’s electroclash revenge fantasy “Look What You Made Me Do”) or underline trenchant points of view (Dixie Chicks’ self-explanatory, non-mea culpa “Not…

Pass the Combos: 18 foods you only eat while traveling Pass the Combos: 18 foods you only eat while traveling

This week’s question comes from A.V. Club alum Becca James:

The best music of 2017: The ballots The best music of 2017: The ballots

In a year as full of outstanding music as 2017, best-of voting can be a difficult task, and the wide variety of nominees across this year’s ballots reflects just how many great albums there were to choose from. After giving our Best Albums Of 2017 a read, dig into the individual lists our writers submitted of their…

The A.V. Club’s 20 best albums of 2017 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…

Here are 6 new albums you should know about this week Here are 6 new albums you should know about this week

Charlotte Gainsbourg takes full creative control on Rest; the late Sharon Jones takes one final encore on Soul Of A Woman; and OCS reverts to its lush, reflective roots on Memory Of A Cut Off Head. These, plus The Body & Full Of Hell, Mavis Staples, and Kamaiyah in this week’s notable releases.

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