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Live Music’s Biggest Mogul Is Tied to Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

In January, following Coachella’s lineup announcement, scrutiny fell on the festival’s owner, Philip Anschutz, over his financial ties to groups promoting anti-LGBTQ causes. The media-averse Colorado billionaire made his fortune in energy...Show More Summary

When Shazam Scoops Your Album Announcement

Last June, a Angel Olsen teaser video surfaced on her label Jagjaguwar’s YouTube channel. Looking for details about the enigmatic clip of Olsen in a tinsel wig, some listeners ran it through the song-recognition app Shazam. They discovered the synth-drenched track previewed was titled “ Intern,” and that it was from an album called My Woman. Show More Summary

In Metal, Outer Space Is a Heavy Place

Welcome to Pitchfork’s new monthly metal column, where we’ll guide you through the genre’s new music and various happenings with an eye towards a specific theme. This month’s theme is space. Below you’ll find five of March’s best metal...Show More Summary

The 10 Best DJ Mixes of March 2017

This month’s standout mixes traverse trance states, Japanese footwork, and Romanian minimal techno. New York’s DJ Voices and Unscented DJ dig deep into the jazzy garage that poured out of New York and New Jersey discotheques in the early ’90s. Show More Summary

The Best Britpop Albums… That Aren’t British

In the UK, Britpop was no mere genre—it was a pop culture phenomenon that bred a new generation of rock stars, set box office records, and yielded Downing Street invites for its key progenitors. But in North America, it was strictly a subculture. Show More Summary

What Kendrick Lamar’s Been Up to Since To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar doesn’t need new albums to cement his cultural dominance. Between 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city and 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly, he set the rap world ablaze with his scene-stealing verse on Big Sean’s “Control (HOF).” And...Show More Summary

Tracking Sufjan Stevens’ Fascination with Outer Space

Six years ago, on assignment from Dutch concert hall Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Nico Muhly,  the National ’s Bryce Dessner, and   Sufjan Stevens began working on what would become  a project of near-endless proportions. By 2012, their songs...Show More Summary

7 Indie Labels On How Technology Has Changed Their World

By the time Other Music closed last June, it had become more than a record store—it was a creative hub for independent music in New York City. So when the folks who program the eclectic Sunday Sessions at the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1...Show More Summary

Breaking the Last Taboo in Queer Music: Same-Sex Pronouns in Pop

When Sam Smith released a much-discussed cover of Whitney Houston’s hit “How Will I Know” in 2014, he made two key changes—one daring, the other depressing. He slowed the pace, inverting the original’s froth to bore straight into its pain. Show More Summary

How Does the First-Grader on ‘Big Little Lies’ Have Such Killer Music Taste?

Who died, and who did the killing? That’s the central mystery of “Big Little Lies,” HBO’s limited series based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name. But like the book, the show does not bask in that single question. It asks so, so many. Show More Summary

7 Albums to Get You Into OSR Tapes Before the Experimental Label Closes

In a music world rife with gimmicks, the Brooklyn by way of Brattleboro, Vermont label OSR Tapes has spent a decade sticking to the simple notion of releasing profound, purposeful music with no expectation of making a cent. Originally...Show More Summary

Mapping Drake’s International Wave-Riding on More Life

Authenticity has long been a point of personal pride for Drake. Since Meek Mill called his authorship into question in the summer of 2015, Drizzy has recalibrated his approach to music-making, dialing back the raps and transitioning into a style that samples black dance music around the world. Show More Summary

Chuck Berry Was the Sound of 20th Century America

Chuck Berry released his first single “Maybellene” in 1955, not long after the century he would help define reached its midpoint. Rock’n’roll was busy being born, set off four years earlier by “Rocket 88,” the Ike Turner side sung by Jackie Brenston that is often acknowledged as the genre’s first single. Show More Summary

24 Hour Party People Director Michael Winterbottom Tucked a Love Story Inside a Tour Doc

Years ago, the Britpop band Ash told director Michael Winterbottom that life on a tour bus was more mundane than you could imagine. That thought stuck with Winterbottom, who’d go on to explore music in 24 Hour Party People and 9 Songs, two films that skirted the line between fiction and reality. Show More Summary

Op-Ed: Azealia Banks and the Double Standard of Mental Illness

On December 30th, a video circulated online of Azealia Banks, clad in safety goggles and a headscarf, surrounded by feathers and black junk. “Three years’ worth of Brujería,” Banks says panning the room, before turning the camera back on herself. Show More Summary

Terrence Malick’s So-Called Indie Rock Film ‘Song to Song’ Is a Huge Missed Opportunity

Song to Song was supposed to be Terrence Malick’s paean to indie rock. The New Hollywood legend spent years documenting SXSW and other Austin music festivals for the movie, making headlines as early as 2011 for a scene in which Christian Bale supposedly pounded bongos with Fleet Foxes. Show More Summary

The Unlikely Making of The Velvet Underground & Nico

Invisible Hits is a column in which Tyler Wilcox scours the internet for the best (and strangest) bootlegs, rarities, outtakes, and live clips. Talent, vision, fearlessness, a touch of genius: they’re all necessary ingredients for the creation of a classic album. Show More Summary

The Buddhist Heart of Arthur Russell’s Archives

Arthur Russell was living in Northern California in the early ’70s when he met the insurance salesman who would become his Buddhist teacher, Yuko Nonomura. Having fled his home amid the Iowa cornfields as a teenager, Russell was residing...Show More Summary

Portlandia’s Best Hipster Jabs, According to a Portlander

You won’t find many Portland residents who own up to watching “Portlandia,” Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s IFC sketch show that since 2011, has warmly derided the city’s coolness factor. That apparent indifference could be tied...Show More Summary

Robin Pecknold Talks New Fleet Foxes Album and Going Back to School

Six years is an eternity between records, especially in an era where an artist can release two full-length albums in as many weeks and have them both hit No. 1. Plenty of bands return after hiatuses, but those typically follow decades-long breakups and flashy reunion tours. Show More Summary

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