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In 1995, a few months after she released her best album, I saw PJ Harvey play an American football stadium. Alternative rock was firmly entrenched as a business interest by then, and major labels and radio programmers had started seizing on bands — Candlebox, say, or Bush — who could replicate the sounds of young… More »

I couldn’t presume to say that there’s a right way or a wrong way to hear PJ Harvey for the first time, but I like the way that I did it. I don’t remember exactly what was happening the first time I heard Polly Jean Harvey’s roar — it was either on the modern-rock radio… More »

Polly Jean Harvey is now two decades into a pretty remarkable run, one that’s kept her singular voice intact while roaming all over an aesthetic landscape that she’s invented for herself. She’s been an avenging scrape-rock demon on Rid Of Me, a mysterious and glamorous torch-blues ingenue on To Bring You My Love, a cinematic… More »

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PJ Harvey Selling Lyric Sheets From Her Public Recording Project

PJ Harvey smashed the fourth wall earlier this year when she embarked on her art installation/live recording project Recording In Progress. The month-long process took…
Caitlin White | February 19, 2015 - 5:21 pm
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PJ Harvey Records Washington, DC-Inspired Song, Plays Hurdy-Gurdy During First Day Of Public Recording Project

PJ Harvey is recording her next album in public behind one-way glass at London's Somerset House in an exhibition titled Recording In Progress. The sessio…
Chris DeVille | January 16, 2015 - 1:42 pm
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PJ Harvey Will Record Ninth LP In Public Art Installation

PJ Harvey has been busy lately working on a number of projects — including debut poetry collection The Hollow Of The Hand — but hasn’t…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | January 2, 2015 - 11:43 am
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PJ Harvey Readies Poetry Book

The great Polly Jean Harvey released Let England Shake, her last album, nearly four years ago. If she's been working on a new full-length since…
Tom Breihan | December 1, 2014 - 9:32 am
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PJ Harvey, M.I.A., Thurston Moore, Tom Morello Issue Statement In Support Of Online Whistleblowers

As Pitchfork reports, a number of musicians have joined the luminaries who signed a public statement that calls for public support of online whistleblowers like…
Tom Breihan | November 10, 2014 - 12:15 pm

PJ Harvey – “Red Right Hand” (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Cover)

PJ Harvey has released a cover of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds' 1994 track "Red Right Hand" that she recorded for the BBC TV…
James Rettig | October 29, 2014 - 8:58 pm
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PJ Harvey Features Julian Assange On BBC Radio, Stirs Up Controversy

It didn't get a lot of press over here, possibly because most of us only have the vaguest idea what it means, but last month,…
Tom Breihan | January 2, 2014 - 9:39 am
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PJ Harvey – “Shaker Aamer”

PJ Harvey has released a new single in support of Shaker Aamer, the last remaining British resident in the US prison at Guantanamo Bay. Aamer…
Liz Pelly | August 3, 2013 - 7:50 pm
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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
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James Blake, Kate Bush, PJ Harvey Up For Brit Awards

The Brit Awards are the UK's annual equivalent to the Grammys, and our British friends have a way of making their award-nominations lists look just…
Tom Breihan | January 12, 2012 - 3:04 pm
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The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums Of 2011

It's been fun, but now it's time to wrap up the Gummy Awards with the big final list: your picks for the year's top 10…
Stereogum | December 21, 2011 - 11:23 am
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NME’s 50 Best Albums Of 2011

After Rolling Stone, NME is now the second major music magazine to reveal its year-end top-50 list today. And following Uncut and MOJO, it's also…
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2011 - 12:11 pm
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MOJO’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

Following Q and Uncut, MOJO is the third major British rock magazine to reveal its year-end list of its top 50 albums, and a patter…
Tom Breihan | December 2, 2011 - 9:47 am
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Uncut’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

Hey, another year-end list! Today, we've already seen Paste and Q name their 50 favorite albums of 2011. Now the British rock mag Uncut also…
Tom Breihan | November 29, 2011 - 1:55 pm
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PJ Harvey Wins Mercury Music Prize

Great Britain's annual Mercury Music Prize is a lot of fun. In the annual ceremony, a panel of music-business figures decides the best British album…
Tom Breihan | September 6, 2011 - 5:51 pm
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Mercury Prize 2011 Nominees

This year's shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year was announced in London this morning. A group of industry experts will select…
Scott Lapatine | July 19, 2011 - 9:30 am
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PJ Harvey @ Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy 7/6/11

The Italian festival Ferrara Sotto Le Stelle is underway in the square within Ferrara’s Castello Estence, and last night PJ Harvey performed with her band…
Scott Lapatine | July 7, 2011 - 10:48 am
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