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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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Joanna Newsom – “The Diver’s Wife” (Live In San Francisco)

On Monday night, Joanna Newsom performed with Philip Glass during a benefit for Big Sur's Henry Miller Memorial Library at San Francisco's Warfield Theater, and…
Corban Goble | June 27, 2012 - 9:55 am

Joanna Newsom – “Instrumental 1999″

Over the weekend, Drag City posted a previously unreleased Joanna Newsom track called "Instrumental 1999" which -- get this -- is an instrumental track put…
Corban Goble | March 19, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Watch Joanna Newsom, Low, The Fall Play ATP Minehead

Over the weekend, the Jeff Mangum-curated ATP festival went down in Butlins, Minehead, UK, and as a result there's some footage out there from the…
Corban Goble | March 12, 2012 - 12:37 pm

Watch Joanna Newsom On Portlandia

On this Friday's episode of Portlandia, Joanna Newsom shows up in a sketch. And you don't actually have to wait until then to watch it;…
Tom Breihan | February 13, 2012 - 5:04 pm

The Top 20 Steve Albini-Recorded Albums

Infamously cantankerous studio rat/national treasure Steve Albini doesn’t like to be called a record producer. He prefers the term “recording engineer.” That’s a dry, clinical…
Tom Breihan | January 26, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Watch Fleet Foxes & Joanna Newsom Full ACL Episode

Last week, we posted a pair of previews of the Fleet Foxes/Joanna Newsom episode of the PBS music-performance show Austin City Limits. The episode aired…
Tom Breihan | January 23, 2012 - 10:55 am

Preview Joanna Newsom & Fleet Foxes On Austin City Limits

The next episode of the much-loved PBS music show Austin City Limits promises to be a serious bucolic freak-folk party. The show's January 21 episode…
Tom Breihan | January 18, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Joanna Newsom – “Good Intentions Paving Company” Video Excerpt

Joanna Newsom’s highly anticipated “Good Intentions Paving Company” video was directed by Karni & Saul way back in June. We showed you fun behind-the-scenes photos
Scott Lapatine | December 6, 2011 - 11:33 pm

Joanna Newsom Wears Fancy Clothes In Magazine

Joanna Newsom recently shot a fashion spread for Bullett styled to pay homage to 1971's The Hired Hand. In the photos, Joanna's wearing Chanel, Rodarte,…
Corban Goble | November 16, 2011 - 11:25 am

Hear Joanna Newsom & Feist’s Muppets Soundtrack Songs

Here's an early listen to the new "Muppet Show Theme," which we learned last month features vocals from Joanna Newsom. It's not much of a…
Scott Lapatine | November 7, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Watch Joanna Newsom & Robin Pecknold Armwrestle

Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold don't exactly seem like the physical type, but you need some sort of arm-strength to keep playing…
Tom Breihan | October 19, 2011 - 12:36 pm

The 10 Best Indie Rock Songs Under 2 Minutes

Time is a valuable thing, and the musicians who can make a quick point in a short amount of time deserve their props. We've put…
Stereogum | October 17, 2011 - 10:56 am

Joanna Newsom, Feist Set For Muppets Soundtrack

Jason Segel's rebooted Muppets movie is coming out soon, and a few indie-universe types have cameos on the soundtrack album. Bret McKenzie, one half of…
Tom Breihan | October 10, 2011 - 3:55 pm

End Of The Road Festival 2011 In Photos

Last week, the UK’s Larmer Tree Gardens hosted a hilariously deep bill for the End Of The Road Festival, a lineup that featured Joanna Newsom,…
Corban Goble | September 7, 2011 - 10:39 am

Joanna Newsom @ Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, Italy 7/27/11

Last night Joanna Newsom and Josh T. Pearson closed out Ferrara Sotto Le Stelle 2011, the Italian festival we covered earlier this month when PJ
Scott Lapatine | July 28, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Joanna Newsom Plans ACL Taping, “What We Have Known” 12″

“Sprout And Bean”‘s b-side (“What We Have Known”) is getting its own slab of single-sided vinyl (well, only one side is playable; the other has…
Amrit Singh | June 23, 2011 - 9:00 am

Photos From Joanna Newsom’s “Good Intentions Paving Company” Video Shoot

A set of behind-the-scenes photos posted on directors’ Karni & Saul’s Flickr reveals that Joanna Newsom has filmed a music video for Have One On
Scott Lapatine | June 19, 2011 - 9:55 am

Wild Beasts Smother Under The Influence

Hopefully by now you've heard Smother, the third album from Wild Beasts. As with all their records, it feels like it comes out of nowhere.
jessica | May 13, 2011 - 10:14 am

Indie Rockers Before They Were Famous

After watching the recently unearthed footage of Arcade Fire playing a house party in 2002 and a 17-year-old Robin Pecknold covering Radiohead and Simon &…
Scott Lapatine | April 21, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Joanna Newsom “On A Good Day” On Letterman

Joanna Newsom brought her harp and two taxidermy peacocks to The Late Show last night. Before she played, Letterman joked that the set looked like…
jessica | December 15, 2010 - 9:47 am