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FKA twigs has shared the fifth edition of her Instagram zine AVANTgarden. Get more info in the link in our bio.
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Bill Callahan has released six songs from his new album, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest. That’s right: six! Listen to the new brood in the link in our bio.
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A synth repairman accidentally got high by touching LSD left in a vintage Buchla Model 100. Find out how that happened in the link in our bio.
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Breaking Glass, Starstruck, Linda Linda Linda, and more underrated movies about fictional bands in the link in our bio.
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"We don’t care. We’re free." Meet Chai, the eclectic Japanese rock band redefining what it means to be cute in the link in our bio. (Chai also are playing @PitchforkFest)
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Fraudsters and fakes are nothing new, but a leaked Playboi Carti song racked over 2 million plays on Spotify before it was taken down. Why did this happen? Head to the link in bio for more.
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Gram Parsons, a mostly unknown 22-year-old Harvard drop-out from Florida armed with a sizable trust fund and a sweet Southern accent, became the godfather of the Southern California country rock. Listen to some fantastic Parsons rarities in the link in our bio
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You should listen to Journey in Satchidananda beginning to end while lying on the ground with your eyes closed, because those are the best conditions for performing the kind of visualization that Alice Coltrane’s liner notes request: “Anyone listening to this selection should try to envision himself floating on an ocean of Satchinandaji’s love,” she wrote, “which is literally carrying countless devotees across the vicissitudes and stormy blasts of life to the other shore.” Read the full review in the bio link.
There are plenty of voices but no clear message or intention on DJ Khaled's Father of Asahd. The world seems colder than it did in 2015, and Khaled’s platitudes no longer function as an effective anchor. Read the whole review at the link in our bio.
The Raincoats is a beginning, but it is also a record about beginnings. In its songs you hear a cultural genesis story. The Raincoats were a group of women who were, in part, just learning to play their instruments, but their debut album also coincides with the start of a whole artistic sensibility, one of fearless and knowing amateurism. Read an excerpt from a 33 1/3 book on the feminist punk band’s self-titled 1979 LP in the link in bio.
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Gina Birch circa 1979, 📷 by Shirley O'Loughlin
Watch Beach House perform "Lemon Glow" from their Brooklyn show earlier this year at Kings Theatre in the link in our bio.
🏆 Best New Music: Slowthai’s debut tackles the UK’s pressing crises—a looming Brexit, class hostility, widening poverty—with great jokes and writerly candor. Read the review in the link in our bio.
Ezra Furman has announced a new “spiritually queer” album called Twelve Nudes. Listen to the LP’s lead single “Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone” in the link in our bio.
Flying Lotus has shared another song from his forthcoming album Flamagra—out this Friday, May 24. Listen to “Black Balloons Reprise” featuring South Florida rapper Denzel Curry in the link in our bio.
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Iceage performing at #P4Kfest 2015. Get your tickets for this year and see Pusha-T, HAIM, Sky Ferreira, and more in the link in our bio.
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In our new series Carly Rae Jepsen talks about the one song she wishes she wrote: Sinéad O'Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” written by Prince. Watch the full video in the link in our bio.
Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is behind NPR’s latest “Tiny Desk Concert,” with Ensemble Signal performing his classical pieces “Three Miniatures from Water” and “88 (No. 1).” Watch it in the link in our bio.
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Woodstock was far from the only mega-festival to take place in the summer of ’69. Take a look back at the festivals that took place 50 years ago this summer in Denver, Toronto, Atlanta, and elsewhere via a handful of audio and video artifacts.
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📷of James Brown at the 1969 Newport Jazz Festival by Gai Terrell/Redferns
Watch Vampire Weekend's new music video for their Father of the Bride single “This Life" in the link in our bio.
Missed yesterday's Spice Girls Sunday Review? Sign up for our Sunday newsletter and you won't miss it again. Link in bio.
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Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 sounds simultaneously like the future and the past, Japan and America, the shifts of a culture in flux and the fantasy of something far too shiny to be real. Learn about city pop, its ties to vaporwave, and more in the link in our bio.
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🎨 by Hiroshi Nagai
Brooklyn a cappella group the Persuasions are suing Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Capitol Records, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Concord Music Group for alleged unpaid royalties spanning 48 years. Get the full story in the link in our bio.
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Ra Ra Riot have announced their forthcoming album Superbloom. Listen to their single “Flowers,” which was co-written and produced by Rostam Batmanglij in the link in our bio.
Tyler, the Creator’s sixth album is impressionistic and emotionally charged, the result of an auteur refining his style and bearing more of his soul than ever before. Read the review of IGOR in the link in our bio.
“When she came downstairs, Donna [Summer] announced that her astrologer had told her ‘this is the man.’ That was the night ‘I Feel Love’ was written: When she’d changed her whole life. And it was the best thing that ever happened to her, she and Bruce were together for the rest of her life.” Read about how "I Feel Love" was written in the link in our bio.
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Read about Corsica Studios, regarded by lovers of dark sounds played at teeth-trembling volume as the best club in London, in the link in our bio.
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Five women in a band together, all sharing songwriting credit and vocal duties equally, was a new concept in British pop in 1996; the Spice Girls were all about making everyone feel included. Read the review of their debut album in the link in our bio.
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Fannie Lou Hamer is better known for her essential work as a voting rights and civil rights activist than as a musician. But in 2015, Smithsonian Folkways released Songs My Mother Taught Me, a collection of field recordings made in 1963 of Hamer singing mostly spiritual and gospel songs used in the civil rights movement. “Woke Up This Morning” is a reworked version of a hymn. That and four other songs that took on tyranny around the world in the link in our bio.
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Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris (“Contempt”) approaches a frightening question—How does the “delicious complicity” of a marriage die?—with music so gorgeous, it seduces even as it shatters. Read why it's one of the 50 best movie scores of all time in the link in our bio.
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Panda Bear at #P4Kfest 2015. Get your tickets for this year in the link in our bio.
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📷 by Erez Avissar for Pitchfork
🌞 The Sunday Review: The Spice Girls had materialized suddenly, seemingly fully formed, with their debut single “Wannabe” in June of 1996. It remains the biggest-selling single ever released by an all-female group in the UK. Complete with a one-take video in which they raised hell in a fancy London hotel, the song was bratty, with a ridiculous strutting drum track and a made-up refrain of “zig-ah-zig ahh.” It caught like wildfire. Read the story of the Spice Girls’ debut in the link in our bio.
STROOM, a Belgian label whose releases are not so much reissues as alternate histories of avant-garde pop, surveys the dreamlike soundscapes of a fringe figure from the 1980s, Benjamin Lew. Read more in the link in our bio.
One indie label is combatting the mental health crisis among musicians. Read about  Toronto’s Royal Mountain Records in the link in our bio.
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"What I got from Zora Neale Hurston is a tone of defiance. She said, I felt discriminated against, but I understand why people would deny themselves the pleasure of my company. It’s just very unbothered. That was the kind of energy that I was trying to take in, and also just to pacify myself by thinking that I’m not in the wrong, or that I’m not black enough." Jamila Woods broke down every song on her new album named Best New Music for us. Read it in the link in our bio.
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Dehd's Water is effortless and uncomplicated. Discover the Chicago indie-rock's new album in the link in our bio.
Kick your feet up at this year's #P4Kfest. Tickets in the bio link.
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"Around 16, I had written a love note to a boy, and it had a cadence and melody to me, so I went home and tried to figure out the chords. My dad started to show me what I call the “classic Elvis Presley chords,” and I was off to the races after that." Read about the music that's made Carly Rae Jepsen in the link in our bio.
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📷 of Jepsen as a teenager in the late ’90s. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Matchy Matchy opens up like a stranger on a gay hookup app: “Wanna play?” Identities are floated, compliments proffered. “Do you want to call me son or Daddy?/You’re so pretty, my femme, my fatty.” The electro-pop pulse twinkles with promise; it might bloom like a Troye Sivan anthem. But the curious lurker won’t be pinned down. “I’m just checking things out,” he sighs. And the song wanders off. Read the review in the link in our bio.
Watch an oral history of Belle and Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister in the link in our bio. The band plays the album in full at this year's @PitchforkFest. Get your tickets (also in the link in our bio.)
7 albums out today you should listen to now in the link in our bio.
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📷 of Alice Cooper in 1974, by Michael Putland/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
“It’s not a financial possibility for my mental health to be a priority because I just don’t have the resources,” Orville Peck says. “I’m a gay cowboy who wears a mask. There’s already so much difficulty trying to survive as an artist these days." Read how one indie label is combatting the mental health crisis among musicians in the link in our bio.
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Lana Del Rey's cover of Sublime's "Doin' Time" seems like it could have appeared on her debut. Read the review of her cover in the link in our bio.
You have to watch Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” music video with cameos from Billy Ray Cyrus, Chris Rock, Vince Staples, Diplo, and Rico Nasty in the link in our bio.
On her fourth album, Carly Rae Jepsen is doing what she does best, calibrating lovesick or lovelorn synthpop that’s neither too hot nor too cold—and sometimes, regrettably, only lukewarm. Read the review of Dedicated in the link in our bio.
Radiohead’s W.A.S.T.E. HQ webstore has announced a new “W.A.S.T.E. On Demand” initiative, selling limited shirts that are only on sale for the weekend. Get em now in the link in our bio.
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David Byrne is coming to Broadway. Get the details in the link in our bio.
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“I don’t know what we’re making—it might be Lemonade for depressed white people.”—Filmmaker Mike Mills told National frontman Matt Berninger on the film accompanying the band's new album. Read a track-by-track tour through their new project in the link in our bio. —
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Tyler, the Creator’s new album IGOR has arrived. Check out the credits and listen to it in the link in our bio.
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With 3, Nots make fierce rock music equally apt for moshing in solidarity or smashing an Alexa—all forms of control in chaos. Read the review in the link in our bio.
The National’s eighth album is their largest, longest, and most daring. Head to the link in bio to read more.