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Recent articles by Baraka:

Megan Thee Stallion seizes control of her story: 5 new releases we love

Megan Thee Stallion's debut album Good News surpasses the already-high expectations. Plus, new music from Phony Ppl, Mamalarky, Popular Music, as well as Benee's giddy pop debut. → Read More

Netta reaches into her Goody Bag, pulls out the looping banger, “Bassa Sababa”

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 welcoming Israeli looping artist and winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Netta Barzila. She’s been making waves for a couple years now, and just last week, she released her debut EP, Goody Bag. → Read More

Singer-songwriter Frances Quinlan performs single "A Secret"

Singer-songwriter Frances Quinlan performs an intimate acoustic set for the third edition of The A.V. Club's House Shows series. → Read More

Exclusive: Emo-pop artist Talker treats us to music from her new EP, Wax

Yesterday, Celeste Tauchar—the rising emo-pop artist known as talker—took over our Instagram and Facebook pages to to perform an intimate house show, as part of our series AVC Sessions: House Shows. During the show—which you can now watch above—Tauchar plays a few songs from her dynamite new EP, Wax, opens up about the album’s inspiration, shares the challenge of stripping her usually layered… → Read More

Let Ratboys' Julia Steiner serenade you with her full AVC Sessions performance

In Steiner’s full session, she performs a few songs off of Ratboys’ excellent new album, Printer’s Devil, reveals some illuminating details about her new music, and shares with us what challenges she’s facing as an artist stuck in lockdown. → Read More

5 new releases we love: Kid Cudi rocks the retro, Gorillaz get sweet, 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. → Read More

Check out The A.V. Club's new music series, Sessions: House Shows, with Julia Steiner of Ratboys

Welcome to AVC Sessions: House Shows, a series where our favorite artists play a show you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. First up: Julia Steiner from Ratboys. → Read More

Page 7 and Wizard And The Bruiser get personal playing our version of The Newlywed Game

If you’ve listened to any shows in Last Podcast Network’s roster, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the voices of Jackie Zebrowski, Natalie Jean, Holden McNeely, and Jake Young, hosts of Page 7 and Wizard And The Bruiser. Early last month, while the quartet was in Chicago for a live performance, we tested their bonds by putting them through our version of The Newlywed Game. Turns out, spending… → Read More

Josh Thomas just makes TV he thinks will be good

When The A.V. Club sat down with Josh Thomas this past December, we were eager to hear about the path that took him from his critically acclaimed, semi-autobiographical breakthrough, Please Like Me, to his new Freeform series about a blended family coming together in the wake of tragedy, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. But faced with the question of why he wanted to tell the story of an Australian… → Read More

Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall talks season 12 and the return of the Cybermen

"I think that you’ll always find, if you’ve got a great Doctor and those great characters, that they can take you on a journey to anywhere." → Read More

Join The A.V. Club as we remember the best (and weirdest) TV of the 2010s

As part of The A.V. Club’s continuing retrospective on the best, most significant pop culture of the decade, today we’re premiering I Remember The ’10s, a five-part video series where The A.V. Club staff (and a few special guests) reflect on the stand-out pop culture from the 2010s. → Read More

Here’s everything you need to know about Disney+’s original programming

It’s getting harder to keep track of the increasingly crowded streaming space, with seemingly every legacy media corporation launching a new service, hellbent on competing with Netflix. One of those corporations, armed with an expansive collection of IP, a majority stake in an established streaming company, and a billion dollar investment in original programming, might end up being the biggest… → Read More

The A.V. Club is liveblogging the 71st Primetime Emmys

Welcome to The A.V. Club’s coverage of the 71st Emmy Awards. Follow along with our writers’ commentary and analysis below. → Read More

Here's how Disney World crafts its magical topiaries

Early this month, we spoke with horticulture area manager at Walt Disney World Resort Allison Brooks about telling the story of Disney through its the foliage of the park. → Read More

Veronica Mars' Jason Dohring on reboots and romance

This past Friday, Hulu surprised marshmallows everywhere when they dropped the fourth season of Veronica Mars a week early. We sat down with Jason Dohring, who returns to the series as Veronica’s troubled love-interest Logan, to talk about the reboot, and Logan’s relationship with Veronica. → Read More

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski on friendship and Celebrity Family Feud

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski are one of NBC’s most endearing broadcasting duos, but earlier this month they made the trek over to ABC to play a round of Celebrity Family Feud. At the taping, we spoke with Teams Weir and Lipinski about competing against each other. → Read More

A conversation with a longtime casting producer for The Real World

After a few years off the air, The Real World returned last month via Facebook Watch. We sat down with Sasha Alpert, longtime casting producer for The Real World and supervising producer for the new season, to talk about recruiting for the show. → Read More

Inside Disney's Animation Research Library, the repository for 100 years of Disney artwork

In managing director Mary Walsh’s words, the Disney Animation Research Library is a massive repository “for all the original artwork that was created for both the short and feature length animated films, from the 1920s stuff at the very beginning up until present day.” The ARL has long been a resource from which generations of Disney animators could pull inspiration. We sat down with Walsh to… → Read More

Danielle McDonald on Skin and breaking the cycle of hate

Skin tells the true story of white supremacist skinhead Bryon “Pitbull” Widner (Jamie Bell) as he “tries to escape to a new life, all the while questioning whether he’s capable of undoing—and repenting for—the evil he’s done.” We sat down with Danielle McDonald, who stars as Julie Price, to talk about the film ahead of its release. → Read More

The glory of Mad Dog: Dial M For Maple interviews Riverdale and Pearson's Eli Goree

Riverdale’s on hiatus, and the (Mad) Dog Days Of Summer have come early for Dial M For Maple since we had a chance to sit down with Mad Dog himself, Eli Goree. The actor’s been busy promoting his work on Pearson — USA’s new Suits spin-off — but he took some time to sit down with host Cameron Scheetz to talk about his Sesame Street days, the possibility of following in Meghan Markle’s royal… → Read More