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A Thank You Note to Everyone Who Didn’t Release an Album in 2016

Dear Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Nicki Minaj, Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, Lorde, Haim, Sufjan Stevens, the National, Taylor Swift, St. Vincent, Jay Z, Grizzly Bear, the xx, Fleet Foxes, Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey, Spoon, Phoenix, Gorillaz,...Show More Summary

George Michael Was a Master of Covers. These Are 10 of His Best.

George Michael wasn't just a brilliant purveyor of pop—he was a scholar of it, studying the ins and outs with a keen eye and taking those lessons to heart in the studio and on the stage. As he told Rolling Stone in 1988, “If you listen...Show More Summary

7 Great Music Movies from 2016 to Stream Over the Holidays

Parties, presents, and family togetherness aren’t the only reasons to (ostensibly) look forward to the holidays. Especially at the end of a year like the one we just survived, they give us the much-needed opportunity to slow down and take stock before we rip open a new calendar. Show More Summary

Pitchfork’s Favorite (Non-Pitchfork) Music Writing of 2016

We’ve collectively spent the last few weeks slicing and dicing the year in music every which way, from the obvious stuff to the more bizarre moments. But after taking on 2016’s best exhaustively as a group, we wanted to offer a few favorites on the individual level. Show More Summary

The Best Underground Garage Punk Albums of 2016

Shake Appeal is Pitchfork deputy news editor Evan Minsker’s survey of loud, gnarly, garage-style rock‘n’roll. Back in the summer, he listed 20 favorites from the first half of the year. Here’s some more from the past six months, listed in alphabetical order. Show More Summary

5 Essential Sets from the Haçienda’s Resident DJs

It’s difficult to imagine a better Christmas gift for an older dance-head than a ticket to Sankey’s in the UK this December 27, where a full-on Haçienda reunion will take place. The Factory Records-helmed, New Order-funded club at the...Show More Summary

12 Pitchfork Staffers on Their Favorite Lyrics of 2016

We’ve collectively spent the last few weeks slicing and dicing the year in music every which way, from the obvious stuff to the more bizarre moments. But after taking on 2016’s best exhaustively as a group, we wanted to offer a few favorites on the individual level. Show More Summary

Pinegrove on How Being a Good Artist and a Good Person Are the Same Thing

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 Evan Stephens Hall, frontman for the whip-smart alt-country...Show More Summary

Against the Extra Long Pop Album

When I was a kid, my dad tasked my brother and I with a fun challenge: edit The White Album   to fit onto one CD. That meant shaving off about 14 minutes, down to a cool 80. Which songs you selected supposedly said something about what...Show More Summary

This 28-Hour Beatles Podcast Is a New Kind of Historical Fanzine

In late 2015, some anonymous maniac began uploading installments of an 18-part podcast titled The Beatles Anthology Revisited. It’s an impressively over-the-top achievement, even by the bonkers standards of Fab Four super-fandom. AsShow More Summary

Protest Soul: Music for Healing a Broken World

In the last few years, you hear it everywhere. After Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray; after Terence Crutcher and Keith L. Scott; after the mass shooting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston and the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando. Show More Summary

10 Great Songs that Subtly Sample South Asian Sounds

Earlier this year, Heems, Riz MC, and Redinho released a quintessential telling of the brown immigrant story in the form of Cashmere, their debut record as Swet Shop Boys. They’re the rap group of Donald Trump and Nigel Farage’s nightmares:...Show More Summary

The Rise, the Fall, and the Rise of Brix Smith Start

Amidst a music-memoir field clotted with ego and pettiness, Brix Smith Start ’s The Rise, the Fall, and the Rise stands out as exceptionally warm hearted, even when it gets ugly. Which it must, simply by virtue of the band (and the man) Smith Start committed herself to. Show More Summary

One of Indie Rock’s Best Illustrators on How He Collaborates with Bands

I knew Jay Ryan’s work before I knew who was responsible for it. Bands like Shellac and Shipping News sold his silk-screened posters on the road, so after a while, I recognized these cartoon animals—squirrels, raccoons, walruses—that were cute but somehow sinister. Show More Summary

This Austin Nonprofit Is Changing the Way Local Musicians Get Paid

In the winter of 2012, Matt Ott and Colin Kendrick gathered in a South Austin backyard with  some local musicians and a simple question in mind: what resources would really change the game for the city’s stronghold of aspiring artists?...Show More Summary

After Ghost Ship Fire, Oakland DIY Grapples With a Broken System

Aerial photos of the Oakland warehouse venue where dozens perished in a fire over the weekend resemble a rib cage parted and relieved of its heart. On Friday evening, however, the second-story of the building known as Ghost Ship pulsed...Show More Summary

6 Takeaways from the 2017 Grammy Nominations

It’s time to get excited about an industry celebrating itself again! The Grammys will take place February 12, 2017, with nominations announced this morning. We already knew who wouldn’t be nominated: Frank Ocean, who withheld Blonde and Endless  from consideration in protest of a “dated” awards system. Show More Summary

Smith vs. Smith: Reading the Morrissey and Marr Memoirs

Such was the critical pandemonium surrounding the publication of Morrissey’s Autobiography in October 2013 that despite my vested interest as the author of two books on the man and his work—the hymn-by-hymn Smiths history Songs That Saved Your Life and the pick’n’mix biography Mozipedia —I abstained from my peers’ speed-reading hysteria. Show More Summary

Bill Murray’s Greatest Music Moments

No one has straddled the divide between music and comedy quite like Bill Murray. There are funny people who can be musical. There are music people who can be funny. From “Saturday Night Live” to cult-classic comedies to a unique professional...Show More Summary

No One Owns Punk: Danny Fields on Why Burning Its Artifacts Is a Terrible Idea

Just over a week ago, British punk’s defining single went up in smoke. Joe Corré, the son of punk royal couple Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, set fire to an original acetate of the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.” and shared a video of its demise with the world. Show More Summary

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