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Wood nymph.” “Teething infant.” A “faerie [who has] a squeaky voice that sounds like it’s been stepped on.”

These are but a few of the ways journalists and other content curmudgeons have characterized the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joanna Newsom. If I didn’t know better, I’d think these writers were describing a woman with… More »

We published our 50 Best New Bands of 2015 list this week, which is exciting! We love to debate things here at the ‘Gum, and putting together that thing took a lot of back-and-forth emailing and maybe even a few IRL conversations. The best songs of the week this time around doesn’t boast any “new”… More »

The first thing you need to know about Divers is that it is manageable. Eleven tracks with a combined runtime of 54 minutes might not seem short by most artists’ metrics, but for a Joanna Newsom album five years in the making, following an ambitious triple-LP comprising more than two hours of music, this one… More »

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Watch Joanna Newsom Teach Larry King How To Play Harp

Joanna Newsom is appearing on an episode of Larry King's online show Larry King Now that'll air 12/14. As Pitchfork points out, King has just…
Peter Helman | November 18, 2015 - 6:46 pm

Watch Joanna Newsom’s Stunning Solo Jools Holland Performance

Joanna Newsom is not exactly the kind of artist who shows up on your television very often -- at least, not unless you've got the…
Tom Breihan | November 4, 2015 - 9:54 am

Watch Joanna Newsom Play Divers Songs For The First Time At Manchester Tour Opener

Joanna Newsom released her beautiful new album Divers last week, and she and her harp just launched a tour in support of the record. She…
Peter Helman | November 1, 2015 - 3:54 pm

In Case It Wasn’t Clear, Joanna Newsom Really Hates Bananas

When we say that Joanna Newsom has beef with bananas, let's be clear: She is not experimenting with new recipes. Instead, she considers bananas to…
Tom Breihan | October 27, 2015 - 8:55 am

Joanna Newsom Hates EDM, Too

Feel like I’ve read a million interviews with Joanna Newsom over the past week — ours included — and, somehow, she keeps saying interesting stuff…
James Rettig | October 19, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Q&A: Joanna Newsom On Moving Rocks, Annotating Lyrics, And Playing The Hits

Given the nature of her work -- the intricate arrangements; the complicated, often byzantine lyrics; the harp; that extraordinarily wild voice -- it's not surprising…
T. Cole Rachel | October 19, 2015 - 9:14 am

Joanna Newsom – “Divers” Video (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

UPDATE: Here's the official video in high quality.
Peter Helman | October 18, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Joanna Newsom Says Spotify Is Evil, Garbage

Joanna Newsom's new album, Divers, comes out next week, and the typically elusive singer has been the subject of many a profile over the past…
James Rettig | October 16, 2015 - 1:12 pm

Joanna Newsom Discusses Her Stalkers

Joanna Newsom is married to famous funny person Andy Samberg, who was a lowly fan before they ever got together. This has led to plenty…
Tom Breihan | October 15, 2015 - 4:14 pm

Joanna Newsom Announces North American Tour Dates, Theatrical Release Of “Divers” Video

Joanna Newsom's first round of Divers tour dates were only in Europe, but we in the New World will get to see her in concert…
Chris DeVille | October 6, 2015 - 11:22 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Look, we gotta observe protocol over here. Everybody knows that new Pope track is fire, but it dropped too late to be eligible for this…
Stereogum | September 25, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Joanna Newsom – “Leaving The City”

Joanna Newsom is probably at a fun Emmys afterparty right now (her husband Andy Samberg killed it as the ceremony's host), but she was kind…
Scott Lapatine | September 21, 2015 - 12:20 am

Joanna Newsom Announces First Divers Tour Dates

Joanna Newsom's ecstatic and sorrowful "Sapokanikan" is so good that, upon its emergence last month, it stood out in one of the stronger weeks for…
Chris DeVille | September 10, 2015 - 2:49 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

It's been an exciting week for highly-anticipated new music. Joanna Newsom announced her next album and released an impeccable single, then Majical Cloudz presented the…
Stereogum | August 14, 2015 - 5:23 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Shit got ridiculous this week. Lana Del Rey blew up a helicopter. FKA twigs did the art-film equivalent of pulling a Beyoncé. Paul Thomas Anderson
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2015 - 11:58 am

Joanna Newsom Announces New Album Divers & Shares Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed “Sapokanikan” Video

Joanna Newsom back! It's been five years since Newsom released the stunning triple album Have One On Me, and this morning, we've finally got news…
Tom Breihan | August 10, 2015 - 9:36 am

Watch Tegan And Sara And The Lonely Island Perform On The Oscars

Tegan And Sara and the Lonely Island took to the Academy Awards stage tonight for a deliriously fun performance of "Everything Is AWESOME!!!," the Oscar-nominated…
James Rettig | February 22, 2015 - 9:41 pm
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