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Sleaford Mods: We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

The first person plural is hurting. A week after the election, Wesley Morris dismantled "we" for The New York Times, and detailed how Donald Trump…
Sasha Frere-Jones | March 29, 2017 - 11:12 am

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There Was No Girl As Bold As You: The Overlooked Legacy Of Natalie Merchant And 10,000 Maniacs

Three years is a perfectly respectable amount of time to wait between projects, but the announcement that Natalie Merchant is embarking on a summer tour…
Stephen Deusner | March 22, 2017 - 2:13 pm

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Swet Shop Boys Showed Me How To Embrace Both Sides Of My Culture

There’s a moment in every native-born minority’s development when they first learn they aren’t white. That’s not to say that prior to that discovery they…
Pranav Trewn | March 22, 2017 - 12:42 pm

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Just Like He’s Ringing A Bell: 20 Great Chuck Berry Moments

Six years ago, when I was a Pitchfork News writer, I wrote Chuck Berry's obituary. Berry had collapsed onstage in Chicago, and my editor wanted…
Tom Breihan | March 21, 2017 - 8:58 am

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Song To Song Is Disappointing As Both A Musical And Personal Drama

It was silly of me to think that a Terrence Malick movie set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene would come anywhere close…
James Rettig | March 13, 2017 - 11:00 am

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The Velvet Underground & Nico Is 50 Years Old But Still Sounds New

I was talking to Lou Reed the other day and he said that the first Velvet Underground record sold 30,000 copies in the first five
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 10, 2017 - 1:42 pm

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Don’t Keep Forgetting: How Michael McDonald Escaped Punchline Status

For a long time, the Doobie Brothers have felt like kind of a joke: the type of band it's easy to imagine namechecked in the…
Nate Patrin | March 9, 2017 - 11:16 am

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The Notorious B.I.G. Died 20 Years Ago Today

Imagine Biggie Smalls if he were alive today, if that one bullet had whizzed by six inches from where it hit. It's shockingly easy. Biggie…
Tom Breihan | March 9, 2017 - 8:42 am

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Echo In Eternity: The Indelible Mark Of Arthur Russell

In a 1987 Melody Maker review, music critic David Stubbs said that Arthur Russell's World Of Echo was "what is left when the Beat has…
Lindsey Rhoades | March 8, 2017 - 1:50 pm

Best Covers

On The Surprising Endurance Of Sade’s “By Your Side”

Ever since the Nigerian-born, English-bred singer/composer Sade Adu released her 1984 debut LP, Diamond Life, she and her eponymous band have released countless high-charting hits…
Nate Patrin | February 23, 2017 - 10:01 am

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It Goes On And On And On: The Grammys Make Fine TV, But Stumble Where It Counts

Chance The Rapper won Best New Artist; the Chainsmokers did not. This happened within the first 15 minutes of last night’s 59th Grammys broadcast, and…
Chris DeVille | February 13, 2017 - 9:48 am

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Get In Formation: Some Thoughts About The 2017 Coachella Poster

The arrival of the Coachella lineup is a big moment for music dorks for a few different reasons. For one thing, if you're making the…
Tom Breihan | January 4, 2017 - 1:49 pm

2016 In Review

The Year The Mainstream Discovered Tame Impala

Last year, Kevin Parker released Currents, his third album under the Tame Impala moniker. It was the moment where he moved beyond the dense psych-rock…
Ryan Leas | December 29, 2016 - 3:49 pm

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Praying For Time: 20 Incredible George Michael Moments

It was possible, even during George Michael's heyday, to take the man for granted, to imagine him as some lightweight pop star who'd be gone…
Tom Breihan | December 26, 2016 - 2:38 pm

2016 In Review

In A Tumultuous 2016, Sampled Music Showed History Repeating

The first time I heard "Be Yourself," I couldn't help but laugh because of the haunting sentiment that an older maternal figure was commanding me…
Margaret Farrell | December 19, 2016 - 10:35 am
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