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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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M. Ward Covers Joanna Newsom

M. Ward's cover of "Sadie" appears on Versions Of Joanna, a 22-track Dylan-punning compilation that also features Billy Bragg, Owen Pallett, and Ben Sollee remaking…
brandon | December 9, 2010 - 10:55 am

Joanna Newsom Denies Simpsons Rumors

Earlier this week a rumor started going around that Joanna Newsom was set to appear on The Simpsons. According to Malibu Magazine, Newsom's credentials included,…
jessica | October 20, 2010 - 2:13 pm

It’s Friday, So Here’s A 2-Year-Old Singing Joanna Newsom

The best part of this video, however, is the description. It lets us know that Madeline has been asking to listen to Joanna Newsom since…
jessica | September 24, 2010 - 11:06 am

Joanna Newsom On Kimmel

Joanna Newsom returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live (she did "Sprout And The Bean" years ago) to do "Me And You, Bess" and "81." Watch:…
jessica | August 12, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Joanna Newsom, Robin Pecknold @ Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles 7/31/10

Photos of a sold-out show on Saturday in L.A. by Joanna Newsom (complete with standing ovation and a female would-be-stage-crasher blocked by security), with an…
Amrit Singh | August 3, 2010 - 1:39 pm

Morning Benders Cover Joanna Newsom Over A J Dilla Beat

'Tis the season for summer mixes. I made mine, the morning benders' Chris Chu put one together for L.A.-based site Say Mayday. Plenty to love…
Amrit Singh | July 7, 2010 - 2:12 pm

The Roots – “Right On” (Feat. Joanna Newsom & STS)

Over the past year, the Roots have stretched mightily on Late Night, home of TV’s most adventurous music programming. It was hardly a surprise to…
Scott Lapatine | June 18, 2010 - 6:26 pm

ATP 2010: Curated By Matt Groening @ Butlin’s Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK

This past weekend was the Matt Groening-curated ATP, which went down in Butlins, Minehead, UK. Iggy Pop and Toumani Diabate were the highlights of the…
jessica | May 10, 2010 - 6:07 pm

Joanna Newsom Is Done Reading Blogs

Joanna Newsom becomes less of an enigma with each interview. The polarizing songwriter is Under The Radar's spring cover girl and between the pages is…
Scott Lapatine | May 10, 2010 - 12:52 pm

Joanna Newsom Brings “’81” To Jools Holland

Joanna Newsom in on tour in the UK right now, and she stopped by Later With Jools Holland last night to do "'81" from Have
jessica | May 5, 2010 - 9:42 am

Roots Recruit Joanna Newsom, Jim James

The Roots’ forthcoming How I Got Over will feature John Legend and Jim James, as well as a sample of The Milk-Eyed Mender’s “Book OF…
brandon | April 23, 2010 - 10:26 am

MusicNOW Festival 2010 @ Memorial Hall, Cincinnati

Shaky YouTube video of Sufjan Stevens performing a haunting "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." at MusicNOW in Cincinnati is what first put the festival in the…
brandon | April 2, 2010 - 4:22 pm

Fred Armisen Joins Joanna Newsom In Concert

If you didn't know, Fred Armisen lets his hair down and records music/instructs drumming for Drag City as epic skinsman Jens Hannemann. He's in the…
brandon | March 25, 2010 - 1:50 pm

Joanna Newsom/Bowerbirds @ Calvin College, Grand Rapids 3/12/10

The Have One On Me support shows started back in Australia, migrating Friday night to our end of the world for a North American kick…
Amrit Singh | March 15, 2010 - 5:06 pm

Watch Joanna Newsom’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Debut, 2002 Music Video Cameo

First off, check out an abridged “Soft As Chalk” from the singer/songwriter’s ambitious new “triple” album Have One On Me. This aired on Late Night
Scott Lapatine | March 6, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Premature Evaluation: Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me

Joanna Newsom's always been a storyteller. On 2004's The Milk-Eyed Mender the tales were richly and eccentrically meandering, even if the songs have retrospectively proven…
stereogum | February 23, 2010 - 12:34 pm

Joanna Newsom – “Kingfisher”

We've heard the stylistically diverse "81" pastoral and jazzy "Good Intentions Paving Company" outing. Now, after adding the gorgeous 9-minute madrigal/short story "Kingfisher" to the…
brandon | February 9, 2010 - 12:38 pm

New Joanna Newsom – “Good Intentions Paving Company”

So far people have been focusing more on Joanna Newsom’s press photos and album art than her sounds. Two songs into the three-disc Have One
brandon | February 2, 2010 - 12:57 pm

Joanna Newsom Have One On Me Cover Art

There’s always a shade of intrigue surrounding Joanna Newsom’s album cover art. Perhaps that’s because she’s cultivated such a marketable image these past few years.
Amrit Singh | February 1, 2010 - 1:33 pm

New Joanna Newsom – “’81”

Joanna Newsom introduced the world to Have One On Me via a cryptic comic before she performed some of its songs live in Australia on…
brandon | January 26, 2010 - 12:20 pm