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Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart” Is the Perfect Karaoke Song

People who say karaoke is art are both precious and wrong. Karaoke is a sport. It involves turning art into a very fun and loud game. Like other sports, the premise of karaoke is predicated on an attempt at some Olympic feat, as straightforward...Show More Summary

What Pitchfork Is Listening to Today

For many, today has been difficult to endure. Though Pitchfork is not a political publication and music may seem like a trivial topic right now, certain songs and albums are what helped many of us get up this morning and try to move forward. Here’s what our staffers and contributors have been listening to in the wake of the election. Show More Summary

Moses Sumney Believes in the Life-Affirming Powers of Oprah

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 otherworldly L.A. singer-songwriter Moses Sumney, whose latest EP, Lamentations, is available now. Show More Summary

Tracing Lorde’s Little Clues About Her Sophomore Album

A little-known 16-year-old from New Zealand owned the summer of 2013 with a catchy song that criticized lifestyles of the rich and famous. Naturally, she was rewarded with riches and fame. But Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, has handled her sharp ascent over the last three and a half years with grace, sensitivity, and humor. Show More Summary

10 Pitchfork Staffers on Songs that Ease Election Anxiety

About a month ago, the American Psychological Association announced that 52 percent of adults in this country are coping with high levels of election-related stress. Apparently it has grown so bad, we are in the midst of a nation-wide dry spell. Show More Summary

Why Exactly Did the Police Nix Boiler Room’s Weekender Festival?

It was a grand experiment—bring New York’s underground to the country, trading the city’s sweaty clubs for a lakeside locale in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania. The Ray-Ban x Boiler Room Weekender Festival was imagined as a two-day resort takeover, bringing the Boiler Room aesthetic to a sprawling all-season complex called Split Rock. Show More Summary

The Stories Behind the Photos on 6 Iconic Album Covers

The portrait album cover is as common as it is routinely unremarkable. But sometimes, the right pairing of photographer and musician leads to career-defining imagery for both parties—sights that distill complex sounds. Some of those working relationships ended up imploding; others led to ongoing visual collaborations. Show More Summary

Inuk Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq Will Make See Canada in a Chilling New Light

Tanya Tagaq admits that she’s feeling “soft” today. The light from the window illuminates her slightly bashful smile when she says that, lying on a couch in Montreal and holding a screen to her face as we Skype. In 2014, the Inuk musician and throat singer won Canada’s esteemed Polaris Music Prize for her fourth album, Animism. Show More Summary

Prince and Lil B Wrestlers Exist. They Are Miserable to Watch.

Wrestling is this magnificent soap opera that’s all catchphrases and stupid jokes and insults and backflips and literal fireworks. It forces you to pick favorites, where you just point at someone and say “I like that one ” because they’re funny, they have a ridiculous entrance, or they’re into the same kind of music as you are. Show More Summary

Whatever Happened to Young Maylay, the Rapper at the Heart of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?

You know Young Maylay from Grove Street. He’s the laidback South Angelino who gave hardened neighborhood hustler Carl “CJ” Johnson his voice and a huge chunk of his disposition in Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If you...Show More Summary

CMJ Owner Adam Klein’s Professional Past Raises Questions Over Music Marathon’s Future

On the afternoon of July 6, 1993, Adam Klein was arrested as he stepped off a plane  at the Johannesburg airport. He was charged with fraud, theft, and forgery. A former student radical and labor leader, Klein had come back to his native...Show More Summary

We Are X Tells the Greatest Rock‘n’Roll Story America Has Never Heard

“What was the cause of the breakup?” a radio host asks X Japan songwriter and drummer Yoshiki, early in Stephen Kijak’s new documentary We Are X. “Were you not getting along, or were there changes in the musical climate in Japan?” Yoshiki...Show More Summary

The 7 Best DJ Mixes of October 2016

This month’s round-up of must-hear DJ mixes traverses Norwegian disco, New York noise, and a globe-trotting approach to psychedelia that touches on Turin and Tennessee. The sets I've selected tend to avoid obvious bangers in favor of stranger, more unsettling atmospheres. Show More Summary

Devendra Banhart Gets a Lot of Dick Pics on Instagram

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 the quizzical singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart, whose...Show More Summary

Apple Losing USB Is a Loss For Music

Last night I got together with a few friends to DJ at a new bar not far from my neighborhood in Barcelona. At three in the morning, when we finished, I took a leisurely stroll home in the unusually temperate air, hands stuffed in the pockets of my windbreaker. Show More Summary

8 Elegant Leonard Cohen Songs That Are Probably About Death

Few songwriters take more care with a turn of phrase than Leonard Cohen. The Canadian singer and poet sometimes takes years—and in a few cases, decades—to complete songs, though his pace has quickened amid a late-career boom. His stunning...Show More Summary

7 Pitchfork Staffers on the Albums that Creep Them the Hell Out

Halloween is a holiday, and as such, someone decided it would be a good (if not profitable) idea to create specific music to soundtrack it. “Monster Mash” is inarguably the best designated Halloween song—can you even name others?—but of course, novelty songs can only get you so far, even for holidays that revolve around fake blood and candy. Show More Summary

Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokno Doesn’t Want You to Dread the Word “Vagina”

Clit in his mouth all day! Clit in his mouth all day! Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokno and I are sitting in the Manhattan office of her music publisher, singing Run the Jewels’ sly, Gangsta Boo-featuring banger from 2014, “Love Again.” InShow More Summary

Oasis Doc Supersonic Knows What You Want Is Gallagher Brothers Chaos

The history books have made imperial-phase Oasis into avatars for political identities they rarely claimed to represent. Noel Gallagher might beg to differ with author Alex Niven’s statement, in his (very good) 33? on Definitely Maybe,...Show More Summary

The Forgotten Precursor to iTunes

Nearly 30 years ago, I walked into Tower Records in the East Village and heard a version of the future. It was in the form of a mixtape. Specifically, a professionally made mixtape. Tired of dubbing songs off my vinyl records and the...Show More Summary

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