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Krakow’s Unsound Festival Gets It Right

The following story is featured in the latest issue of our print quarterly,  The Pitchfork Review. Subscribe to the magazine here. Deep in a cavelike basement in the medieval old town of Krakow, Poland, the members of a Viennese band called Fuckhead basted their singer, stripped to his underwear, in soap and feathers. Show More Summary

Tracing the Rock and Roll Race Problem

The premise of Jack Hamilton’s deep new study Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imaginary seems like something that’s been on rock history’s tongue for a long time without ever quite leaving it. Chuck Berry, a blackShow More Summary

Albums That Empathize In Times of Cancer and Loss

A few weeks before comedian Tig Notaro was set to perform at her regular gig Tig & Friends at L.A. theater Largo, her doctor broke the news that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was just another psychic gut-punch in a year full of them, from the end of Notaro’s long-term relationship to the death of her mother. Show More Summary

Dueling Potato Brothers: The Collected Oasis Fights and Insults

With just three syllables expressed in all-caps, Liam Gallagher made a compelling argument back in May that Oasis might be more entertaining apart than they were together. “POTATO”: What an amazing insult. It’s petty, but ultimately harmless. Show More Summary

The 10 Best DJ Mixes of August 2016

This month's most unusual mix—or pair of mixes, actually—comes from a record store in the Hague in Netherlands called Wichelroede. It’s a mixtape published on an actual, honest-to-goodness cassette, and it makes the most of its format...Show More Summary

The 10 Best Soundtracks from Skateboarding Videos

Earlier this month, it was announced that the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will feature skateboarding as an official sport for the first time. Which made me wonder: Will this new manifestation of institutional support extend skateboarding’s...Show More Summary

Every Music Fan Should Read Imagine Me Gone

Adam Haslett’s Imagine Me Gone is a novel told by a family of five. It centers mostly around Michael, the eldest son and a deep music fan. Michael suffers from a host of mental issues, and he self-medicates with pills and really loud bass. Show More Summary

Revenge of the Memes: The Best and Worst of the 2016 VMAs

“MEMES MEMES MEMES MEMES MEMES MEMES MEMES!” So spoke Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, taking the form of Statler-and-Waldorf-via-Twitter-egg personae LizardSheeple and TheShamester, summarizing the State of the VMAs for us all, ad infinitum. Show More Summary

Music Is Art, OK: Why Chicago’s Absurd Nightclub Shakedown Matters

In November 1996, the county surrounding Chicago adopted an amusement tax. Under the relevant municipal code, Cook County collects three percent of what people pay for just about any type of public entertainment inside its boundaries. Show More Summary

The Ballad of Big Freedia: How the New Orleans Bounce Icon Was Betrayed By Her City’s Housing Crisis

On August 25, Big Freedia will be sentenced in federal court, facing up to 10 years in prison and a quarter-million-dollar fine. In March, the New Orleans rapper and bounce music icon pled guilty to theft of government funds, admitting...Show More Summary

Questlove On Why Music Festivals Matter and How to Do Them Right

The following story is featured in the latest issue of our print quarterly,  The Pitchfork Review. Subscribe to the magazine here. Good drummers know that time is plastic. The beat must go on, but you can play ahead of it or behind it,...Show More Summary

Aesop Rock Thinks Social Media is Kind of Terrifying

Our interview series Icebreaker features artists talking about things—some strange, some amusing, some meaningful—that just might reveal their true selves. This edition features indie-rap vet Aesop Rock, whose latest album, The Impossible...Show More Summary

Emo Patron Saints American Football Discuss First New Album in 17 Years

Mike Kinsella, Steve Lamos, and Steve Holmes recorded American Football ’s only LP in their final days at the University of Illinois in the late 1990s. “When we started making music, it wasn’t to be popular, or even be a band,” says Kinsella. Show More Summary

Outkast's Idlewild and a Decade of Disappointment

Sometime in the spring of 2008, I was sitting under the bleachers of a high school track-and-field stadium in South St. Paul, Minnesota. There were still a few hours before I was scheduled to run the 3,200 meters, but my friend Dante was talking my ear off about Outkast. Show More Summary

Frank Ocean’s Blond: 6 Things to Know

On Friday, for the first time in four years, there was a new Frank Ocean album. Two days later, there was another one. Blond, the official follow-up to Ocean’s magnificent, bar-raising opus Channel Orange, is the album listeners have been anxiously anticipating after many delays and rumored release dates, and it’s ready to be unpacked. Show More Summary

How Allison and Katie Crutchfield's P.S. Eliot Came To Be

On September 2, the complete works of P.S. Eliot—an early band from Katie and Allison Crutchfield, best known for Waxahatchee and Swearin’ respectively— will be released as an anthology via Don Giovanni. In addition to featuring both P.S. Show More Summary

9 Olympic Medalists Share Their Workout Music

In early 2008, Michael Phelps bought a laptop. The Apple Store in Ann Arbor, Michigan, threw in a choice of free bonus: iPod or printer. “I never print anything,” the American swimmer who is now the most decorated Olympian of all time...Show More Summary

If Chefs Are the New Rock Stars, Then Danny Bowien Is Eddie Van Halen

As a teenager in Oklahoma, all Danny Bowien wanted to do was be in a rock band. The James Beard Award-winning chef drove to the local Guitar Center in Oklahoma City to oogle guitars. Eventually an employee at the store invited him to be the bassist for her Christian rock band, the Stellas. Show More Summary

Geoff Rickly On Surviving Martin Shkreli

I meet Geoff Rickly for breakfast because neither of us are young men anymore. He resembles a boyish John Cale, a veneer of overnight stubble on his cheeks and chin a hint to his actual age (37). Our respective partners, both New York City food media types, had suggested the buzzed-about bagelry Sadelle’s down in Soho. Show More Summary

Inside the Spellbinding Sound of “Stranger Things”

From the moment the glowing title card of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” drifts across the screen, the undulating synth arpeggios of the opening theme make it clear that the show’s music will play a key role in scene-setting. Created by...Show More Summary

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