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5 Musician-Centered College Classes We’d Happily Audit

Spring semester is already well underway at most universities, but it’s never too late to think about transferring, is it? Popular music has been finding its way onto the occasional course catalog for a minute, from a 1997 University...Show More Summary

Gorillaz Saw the Future of Pop Narratives

It’s always been hard to take Gorillaz totally seriously. After all, the side project of Blur’s Damon Albarn and Tank Girl co-creator Jamie Hewlett is comprised of cartoon characters: Albarn’s daffy-voiced singer 2D, drummer Russel Hobbs,...Show More Summary

We Shall Overcomb: Music as Protest at the Women’s March

Musicians played a role at the center of the Women’s March on Washington this past weekend, with main stage speeches by Alicia Keys and a many-fucks-given Madonna, performances including Janelle Monáe and   Amber Coffman, and an after-party featuring Sleater-Kinney and the National. Show More Summary

20th Century Women Gets Early Punk Right

There are things that happen in 20th Century Women, the brilliant new film from writer and director Mike Mills, that do not happen in other movies. For one, it stars Greta Gerwig as a feminist punk. Better yet, its definition of punk...Show More Summary

Jaki Liebezeit’s Best Drumming Outside of Can

This past weekend, Jaki Liebezeit died  at the age of 78. As one of the founding members of Can, Liebezeit powered the German experimental rockers with an astonishing blend of intensity, grace, and indefatigability from behind his drum kit. Show More Summary

Spending Inauguration Day in the South with Run the Jewels

Donald Trump has been president for precisely nine hours, and Killer Mike and El-P don’t want to talk politics. Crammed against the leather cushions of the dim den at the rear of their tour bus, parked behind the Ritz in Raleigh, I ask the rapping tag-team Run the Jewels what they want to discuss. Show More Summary

Op-Ed: Every Single Day Is a Women’s March

The following is an op-ed from Katie Alice Greer of the overtly political D.C. punk band Priests, whose first full-length, Nothing Feels Natural, is out this week. Every single day is another opportunity to punch a neo-Nazi in the face, carpe diem to you on this Monday. Show More Summary

St. Vincent On Her Directing Debut, The Birthday Party

Annie Clark is aware of the perils of dilettantism. Her cracked art rock is anything but—even at its most uncaged, the music she makes as St. Vincent is in-control, adroit, world-class. When we speak over the phone on a recent afternoon, though, she mostly doesn’t talk about her music. Show More Summary

On This Inauguration Day

The communities Pitchfork cover and serve face challenges now like we’ve never seen in our publication’s 21-year history. President Trump’s words and cabinet picks likely signal tough times ahead for voting rights, women’s health issues, freedom of the press, and immigration, to name just a handful of threatened causes that matter to us. Show More Summary

What’s at Stake if Trump Kills the National Endowment for the Arts

It's sadly fitting that the National Endowment for the Arts, one of the latest targets of President-elect Trump’s insatiable pique, began as an act of hope. While the idea that the arts “have a primary claim” on patriotic Americans can...Show More Summary

William Onyeabor Was Truly One of a Kind

“Enigma” and “mystery” are phrases that tend to come up often when discussing William Onyeabor, the Nigerian musician who died Monday at age 70. From 1977 to 1985, Onyeabor self-released nine albums of inventive synth-funk from his home studio and pressing plant outside of the rural town of Enugu. Show More Summary

R&G: A Brief History of Grime’s Softer Side

Like most future-facing genres, grime—the rhyme-focused dance sound out of East London—has had its fair share of mutations throughout its 16 years. There was “grindie” (grime and indie), experimental grime (house/techno-infused), sinogrime...Show More Summary

Remixers, Do You Swear You Weren’t Inspired?

When Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” first came out in early 2013, few likely predicted the hit’s future inescapability. But absolutely no one could have imagined that the song’s legal battle would have an effect on musical copyright for years to come. Show More Summary

Revisiting Aaliyah’s Strangest Song, An Homage to Soap Villain Erica Kane

Thirty-eight years ago today (January 16, 1979), Aaliyah was born in Brooklyn. Nine years earlier to the day, the biggest diva the soap opera world has ever known made her debut, when Susan Lucci joined the cast of ABC’s “All My Children” as Erica Kane. Show More Summary

16 Pitchfork Staffers Share Their Formative Teenage Albums

There’s a meme circulating on Facebook this week (at least among music writing/industry folks) that’s fun and a bit revealing for music nerds. Participation is simple: List 10 albums that made a lasting impression on you as a teenager, and don't think too much. Show More Summary

The History of Viral Rap Hits in 9 Songs

Earlier this week, Migos and Lil Uzi Vert’s playfully decadent “Bad and Boujee” dethroned Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane’s “Black Beatles” for the top spot on the Hot 100. Migos’ first No. 1 is notable not just because it replaces another...Show More Summary

Coachella Owner’s Ties to Anti-LGBTQ Causes More Recent Than Previously Reported

Philip Anschutz is the billionaire mogul behind Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the massive entertainment conglomerate that owns promotion companies, arenas, stadiums, theaters, festivals, and sports teams all over the world. InShow More Summary

Human After All: On Janelle Monáe in Hidden Figures and Moonlight

Janelle Monáe tends to dream big. So it’s fitting that she would make her acting debut in not one but two of this year’s most celebrated feature films: the feel-good period drama Hidden Figures and the gorgeous, meditative Moonlight....Show More Summary

Musicians Are Rallying to Save Obamacare

Before 2010’s Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, Kelley Deal didn’t have health insurance. As someone with a pre-existing condition, getting insured was prohibitively expensive for the Breeders guitarist, who has more recently recorded as R. Show More Summary

The John Williams of Japan: Joe Hisaishi in 9 Songs

Some of the greatest moments of anime film history—Chihiro falling from the sky with Haku in Spirited Away, the fight between Ashitaka and the demon in Princess Mononoke, the first time we see Totoro at the catbus stop in My Neighbor Totoro —were soundtracked by one man. Show More Summary

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