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The Makings of an Empire

For decades, cinematic depictions of the music industry have stoked our imagination of what it is: homogenous, corrupt, controlled by small concentrations of power, beholden to an ideology that overvalues celebrity and lifestyle, a sector where products win and art always loses. Show More Summary

Pitchfork at the Plate

Image via MLB Instagram Baseball season is under way, folks. To celebrate Opening Day, we polled Pitchfork staffers on the song they would choose if they were stepping up to the plate. Here are their responses. Mark Richardson (Detroit Tigers):  Pan Sonic "Rahina I" from their brilliant 4xCD album Kesto. Show More Summary

Shake Appeal: Coneheads, MAMA, Mean Jeans, the Ar-Kaics, Aquarian Blood, Slugga, Platinum Boys

You've been good, so it's time for another installment of Shake Appeal, Evan Minsker's garage/punk/psychedelic/etc. music round-up. The "great" records in recent months have been huge productions—music about a tumultuous sociopolitical climate and police violence. Show More Summary

The Latest Nirvana Oral History Is More Mythmaking

The question any new, historic work about Nirvana should have to answer is, "Why?" With a story that’s been told and retold to the point of being a well-worn musical legend, a new book purporting to enhance our understanding of Nirvana has a very high bar to clear in order to justify its own existence. Show More Summary

In Defense of Fangirls

Image via InstagramZayn Malik’s departure from popular boyband One Direction last week unleashed a torrent of scorn and mockery; news anchors, bloggers and the Twittersphere groaned and made jokes at the expense of One Direction fans' feelings of loss. Show More Summary

When Divas Talk Back

Pop music, like queer sex, changes the world because it feels good. This is as good an explanation as any for the long history of gay men identifying with pop’s divas. But what of the divas who have, in turn, hailed their gay audience,...Show More Summary

Tidal and the Elusive Promise of Streaming Music

Monday brought the splashy relaunch of Tidal, the hi-fi streaming music service offered by the Swedish company Aspiro and now helmed by a slew of boldfaced-name "artist stakeholders," including Jack White, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, and Jay Z, whose purchase of Aspiro was recently finalized. Show More Summary

Waiting For Jeremih

Illustration by Meaghan Garvey If you call 773-779-5683, it’ll ring, then: "Sorry, the mailbox is full, and there is not enough space to leave a message." It’s been that way since August 2012, when Late Nights with Jeremih fell from the sky and became the quintessential R&B project of the 2010s. Show More Summary

The Revival of Cherubs

You could easily substantiate that 1992 was a banner year for the original wave of noise rock: The Jesus Lizard’s Liar, Babes in Toyland’s Fontanelle, the Melvins’ Lysol, Helmet’s Meantime, the Cows’ Cunning Stunts, the Pain Teens’ Stimulation Festival, Tar’s Toast, and Today Is the Day’s Supernova all appeared within the same 12 month timeframe. Show More Summary

PC Music's Inverted Consumerism

Photo by Daniel CavazosI drank from two aluminum rocket cans during the music portion of this year's SXSW. One was handed to me by a woman in a bright yellow Lipton T-shirt who had been hired to pass out samples of carbonated iced tea. Show More Summary

Queer Rap is Not Queer Rap

Photo by Erez AvissarHow are we supposed to talk about "queer rap", if at all? Is it a scene? A genre? A burgeoning movement? Or, perhaps none of the above? Is this just a case of a handful of incredibly disparate artists unwittingly...Show More Summary

Bitch Better Have My Roundtable: Rihanna's #BBHMM

Yesterday, Rihanna released the latest single, "Bitch Better Have My Money", from her forthcoming new album. We polled Pitchfork contributors about their initial impressions. Safy-Hallan Farah: On “Better Have My Money”, Rihanna’s voice is scratchy like she smokes Newports, not just blunts. Show More Summary

What Must I Do to Be Born Again?: The Open Hands of Kendrick Lamar

Photo by Jessica Lehrman"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." This sacred insight, attributed to Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospel of Thomas, pulsates within every track on offer in Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Show More Summary

The Unbearable Whiteness of Indie

It was an early Spring morning, the soft yellow light crept through dusty floral curtains as the young white lady arose from her upcycled bed, tenderly, ready to embody Stuart Murdoch’s archetype of an ethereal indie darling. "We are open to Eve’s nationality (e.g. Show More Summary

Nine Totally Not Fake Reasons for the Modest Mouse Album Delay

In a recent interview with Billboard, Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock explained why it took so long to put out their recent Strangers to Ourselves. "We kept having people come in to work on the record, but everyone had other shit scheduled...Show More Summary

Music on Film: Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Music On Film is a column from The Dissolve recommending movies fans of music should make a point of checking out. When a band gets big enough, it ceases to become primarily an organic artistic creation. It’s no longer a matter of writing...Show More Summary

The Dread Prophecy of Yabby You

"Deliver me, oh my God, from my enemies Oh I flee unto thee to hide me Cause me to hear thy love and kindness in morning For in thee do I trust, cause me to walk in thy way…" "Deliver Me From My Enemies" – Vivian Jackson & The Prophets...Show More Summary

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