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David Anthony

The AV Club

Chicago, IL, United States

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  • The AV Club
  • Chicago Reader
  • The Takeout
  • NPR
  • VICE

Past articles by David:

5 new releases we love: Polished punk, star-studded breakup bangers, 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 Spotify. → Read More

Hardcore band Candy are hard to pinpoint, and that’s just fine

Candy formed in 2016, and given their relatively quick ascent among the ranks of hardcore bands, it’d be easy to use the cliché that they came out of nowhere. But in reality, Candy came from everywhere. → Read More

5 new releases we love: A retro-cool collab, a Southern funk sojourn, 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 Spotify. → Read More

Tierra Whack, Little Simz, and 3 non-Solange releases you should still hear today

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 Spotify. → Read More

A-Sides: Ex Hex’s rollicking return, plus 4 more great releases you should hear this week

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 Spotify. → Read More

Netflix’s Springsteen On Broadway sets a new standard for concert films

There’s a unique kind of intimacy to sitting in a theater with 974 other people in total silence, no one so much as checking the time on their phones for fear of being kicked out of the venue. That’s the aura inside New York’s Walter Kerr Theater when attending a Springsteen On Broadway performance, a fact I am lucky enough to be able to present here. Other artists have instituted anti-phone… → Read More

The best punk and hardcore albums of 2018

In 2018, the loose genre boundaries of punk and hardcore became more expansive than ever. For decades now, these blanket terms have encompassed a wide swath of sounds, ideologies, and aesthetics. But for most of that time, those distinct subgenres were largely walled off from one another, rarely mingling, much less embracing one another openly. While those genres once felt stratified, over the… → Read More

The best metal albums of 2018

No sane, decent person could get through this year without experiencing at least a few flashes of rage or despair. Both are integral, of course, to the emotional language of heavy metal. In 2018, the genre provided a sturdy soundtrack to our collective meltdown, offering commiseration by the blast beat and power chord. These days, metal is a spectrum, spanning numerous subgenres, moods, and… → Read More

Jeff Tweedy shows a lot of himself in his memoir, just not what you’d expect

There’s a single line that’s tossed off midway through Jeff Tweedy’s new memoir that effectively sums up the entire book: “I just like writing songs.” Those five words come in a chapter in which the Wilco frontman discusses his writing process. He constructs the music first and then adds gibberish to help discern the song’s vocal melody. It’s a roundabout way of explaining that his songs rarely… → Read More

A sly thriller, Jeff Tweedy’s memoir, and more Lucia Berlin: 6 books to read in November

Every month, a deluge of new books comes flooding out from big publishers, indie houses, and self-publishing platforms. So every month, The A.V. Club narrows down the endless options to five (or, in this case, six) of the books we’re most excited about. → Read More

Vince Staples shows us how it’s done, plus 4 more new releases you should hear

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. → Read More

A-Sides: Robyn, Mick Jenkins, Julia Holter, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Daughters

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. → Read More

In search of the best Frankenstein’d candy combos

The surprising combo of candy corn and peanuts took our sugar-addled brains to some strange places. What further Halloween candy mashups could we conceive of that would ultimately be greater than the sum of their parts? We spent an afternoon putting our tongues and stomachs to the test to help readers make the most of that pillow sack full of candy, especially the last-to-be-eaten remnants that… → Read More

Cher does ABBA, BROCKHAMPTON sprawls out, and more in this week’s music reviews

Of course Cher pulls off the ABBA tribute Dancing Queen. Elsewhere BROCKHAMPTON continues to reveal new shades on Iridescence, and The Joy Formidable’s Aaarth boasts its most off-kilter anthems yet. Plus, we take a look at Chicago indie-rocker Lillie West’s second outing as Lala Lala. → Read More

Sing-alongs and bare asses: Nostalgia ruled at this year’s Riot Fest

Riot Fest 2018 was an oddly muted affair. No big reunions or “one time only” performances of the kind that have so thrilled festivalgoers in times past, like Jawbreaker getting back together last year or L7 in 2015. Instead, there was a comforting procession of longtime stalwarts (Bouncing Souls, Andrew W.K.) and veteran artists making their Riot debut (Jerry Lee Lewis, The Avengers). Sure,… → Read More

New albums out today: Low, Paul Weller, Spirit Of The Beehive, and more

Low goes fully experimental on Double Negative, while Philly’s Spirit Of The Beehive gains focus on Hypnic Jerks, and Paul Weller contemplates True Meanings. → Read More

Can Riot Fest turn nostalgia into a renewable resource?

Maybe it’s possible to book amazing reunions forever—but only by building current bands into tomorrow’s back-from-the-dead headliners. → Read More

Spiritualized’s grand goodbye, Joey Purp’s live-wire mixtape, and more new music reviews

Spiritualized leaves us (maybe, but probably not) with the essential And Nothing Hurt, while Chilly Gonzales’ Solo Piano trilogy ends on a contemplative note, and Chicago MC Joey Purp sounds better than ever on his third mixtape. Plus, we take a look at the latest from Mothers and Ava Luna. → Read More

In 1998, rap-rock and nü-metal really did seem like the future

On August 18, 1998, two albums were released that would migrate two misunderstood genres from minor curiosities to major cultural forces. But nü-metal and rap-rock weren’t always critically derided, and despite sharing some qualities, aren’t interchangeable. → Read More

Foxing’s excellent, elastic Nearer My God leads this week’s new releases

Foxing reaches for the skies on its biggest and best record, country singer Shooter Jennings fires off a spotty but enjoyable new collection, and more in this roundup of new releases. → Read More