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Ada Lea's debut album, what we say in private, is a peculiar vortex of intense emotion and experimental pop. Her music is a fusion of solemn acoustic-guitar melodies, belligerent distortion, warped saxophone cries, field recordings of birds and snowmobiles, and volatile tempo fluctuations. She creates a space for a vision of indie rock that’s both bright and moody, fiery and introspective. Head to the link in our bio to learn more.
🏆 Best New Track: Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens have shared a steamy new music video for their collaborative track “Gone.” On it, they're unstoppable. Listen in the link in our bio. Follow @PitchforkFest to see coverage of Charli and Christine at the festival this weekend.
For years, Vagabon responded to people who called her intimidating by making herself as tiny and docile as possible. Now, she’s trying to be less accommodating. Head to the link in our bio to read more about her new album and her desire to be nothing but the best.
📷 by Tonje Thilesen
Chai is a band who screams yes to joy. Get tickets to see them this weekend at @PitchforkFest in the link in our bio.
📷 by Ebru Yildiz
Vivian Girls broke up after a final show in 2014, but, today, they’ve announced that they’re coming back in a big way: They’ve got a new album, a new song, a series of tour dates, and vinyl reissues. Listen to their new single at the link in our bio.
📷 by Neil Kryszak
We are excited to announce that we’ll be live streaming sets from this weekend's @PitchforkFest. Head to the link in our bio to see the daily streaming schedule.
On his new Blood Orange release, Angel’s Pulse, Dev Hynes returns to the snapshot aesthetics of the cassette mixtape age, presenting his sketchbook as the product itself. He makes a convincing argument for the preciousness of fragments, one-offs, leftovers, and what they evoke when arrayed with care and passion. Read more about Angel’s Pulse at the link in our bio.
Chance the Rapper sat down with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” last night and revealed more information about his official debut album, The Big Day. Find out more at the link in our bio.
🏆 Best New Reissue: Even 25 years later you can hear the relief at being alive, and the hunger to hang on a little longer on Everything But the Girl's Amplified Heart. Read the review in the link in our bio.
Torche's latest album retains the sludgy ferocity of its best work while opening up to include elements of shoegaze and dream pop, to mixed success. Read the review in the link in our bio.
Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project features Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and Stormzy in a sometimes nice but hopelessly transparent attempt at a hip-hop crossover. Read the full review in the link in our bio.
Music festivals are a blast, whether they take you to a farm in England, a salt mine in Poland, or even a charming little park in Chicago. But they’re also a real commitment. Check out our staff-recommended must-haves to make sure you’ll come out the other side of the party intact.
Neon Indian has announced a headlining North American tour. His “Invasion Musical Total” tour dates begin in October, following “¡Eso Es!” concerts with Empress Of and others this summer. Get the info in the link in our bio.
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Whitney have shared a new song from their forthcoming album Forever Turned Around, which is out August 30 via Secretly Canadian. Watch the video for “Valleys (My Love)” and get tickets to see them this weekend at @PitchforkFest in the link in our bio.
📷 by Olivia Bee
Beyoncé has revealed the tracklist for her new Lion King-inspired album The Lion King: The Gift. Along with several new Beyoncé songs, the LP features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, and more. Get the info in the link in our bio.
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Matmos are nearly unrivaled at creating conceptual, genre-transcendent albums that signpost whatever is happening in their personal lives. Read why A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure is one of their finest in the link in our bio.
On his 2001 debut album, Ontario’s Dan Snaith imagined how IDM might sound if its usual iciness and austerity thawed, just a little. Read why Caribou's Start Breaking My Heart is one of the best IDM albums of all time in the link in our bio.
Happy birthday to Linda Ronstadt, one of the most gifted vocalists of our time. Learn more about her in the link in our bio.
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Marianne Faithfull's chilling "Broken English" is a prophetic merging of punk and dance. She was known for being Mick Jagger's muse in the '60s, but by the end of the 1970s she had weathered drug abuse and homelessness. Read why Broken English was a comeback triumph no one expected in the link in our bio.
Parquet Courts and Goose Island teamed up for a limited-edition beer that will be available at this year’s @PitchforkFest this weekend. Proceeds from the sale of “Wit Awake” will go to Freedom for Immigrants. Get more info (and get your fest ticket) in the link in our bio.
Chicago artist Lala Lala (aka Lillie West) is reissuing her 2016 self-released debut album Sleepyhead. The LP will be available in cloud-colored vinyl, CD, and cassette formats for the first time. Get more info in the link in our bio.
Bob Dylan and Neil Young took the stage together for the first time since 1994 this weekend. They performed “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” for the first time since 1976. Check out videos from the show in the link in our bio.
📷 of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, 1984 by Robert Scott/Fotos International/Getty Images
Blood Orange has shared a new video for “Benzo,” from his Angel’s Pulse mixtape. The self-directed clip features Dev Hynes’ frequent collaborator Ian Isiah as a French aristocrat. Watch it in the link in our bio.
(Sandy) Alex G is back with a new song. It’s called “Hope” and it arrives with a strange music video featuring a dancing puppet. Watch it in the link in our bio.
📷 by Tonje Thilesen
Sophie Allison’s debut studio album as Soccer Mommy was one of 2018’s most affecting portraits of romance. Read more about why we named it one of last year's best rock albums at the link in our bio.
Daughter of Swords can draw the perfect shape of a bruised heart with a blindfold on. The folk singer's solo debut, Dawnbreaker, is a 10-song homage to the betwixt and between of a relationship in its twilight. Head to the link in bio to read more.
On Orange, Caroline Shaw combines elements of 20th century minimalism with Vivaldian brightness and a rustic folksiness, reveling in small instrumental details and unexpected turns. She often changes course before things get too cozy, making for a classical record that feels fresh. Catch up on all the great under-the-radar albums you might have missed at the link in our bio.
This week's Sunday Review—By the time of Aaliyah's self-titled album, she had reinvented herself, this time brighter and more streamlined. Her dancing, unlike that of many of her peers, was fluid and interpretative, designed to communicate more than to be imitated by fans in bedrooms and basements around the world. Her image was like her music: risky and adventurous, with a fondness for just the right amount of cheek. Learn more about her final album at the link in our bio.
Solange has announced a new director’s cut of When I Get Home, the companion film to her album of the same name. It will debut at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Find out more at the link in our bio.
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At 19 minutes, SO EMOTIONAL is a travel-sized highlight reel and re-affirmation of Key!’s versatility. It is a blast to listen to all the way through. It’s the kind of tape that has you choosing a new favorite song every few listens. Find out more about the album at the link in our bio.
On 2nd, Grace Ives' debut full-length, the New York musician captures that early-20s isolation and anxiety of faking it til you make it in the big city. The salad days (at least if you’re doing ’em right) are also full of fun-bad decisions and early mornings on the dancefloor. Head to the link in out bio to check out other great under the radar records released this spring.
On Lolina's Who is experimental music?, the song dissolves altogether. Instead, we’re presented with a succession of vocal exercises—or, rather, manipulations of recorded voice that dance at the fringes of music, or of the voice’s capacity for human connectivity. Read the full review at the link in our bio.
Joanna Sternberg's debut balances stark themes of abject hopelessness and self-hatred with whimsy and redemptive tenderness. For those who aren’t dogged by similar feelings, it may be forbidding, but for those who are able to identify with Sternberg, Then I Try Some More has the potential to be life-savingly relatable. Read more at the link in our bio.
7 albums out today that you should listen to now in the link in our bio.
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A week from today, Earl Sweatshirt will be performing at @pitchforkfest. Head to the link in our bio to get your tickets, before prices go up on Monday.
📷 by Lindsay Ellary
In dance music, it's assumed that the singer is secondary to the producer in the creative process, but the inverse is true for Yvonne Turner. Many male vocalists she worked with got credit for the music. Head to the link in our bio to learn more about the woman behind some of house music's most influential records.
🎨 by @drewknowitz
Jenny Hval's “Ashes to Ashes” is a series of reminiscences about dreams—about the acts of burial, songwriting, and fucking, in that order— delivered with the off-kilter elegance you’d expect from a keen student of Kate Bush and Björk.  Head to the link in our bio to listen to this Best New Track.
EarthGang chat with us about touring with Mac Miller, why Atlanta is like the Land of Oz, and what to expect from their debut album for J. Cole’s Dreamville label. Get to know the eclectic world of these two Atlanta dreamers in the link in our bio.
📷 by Alex “Grizz” Loucas
Jay Som just shared another single from her forthcoming LP Anak Ko. It’s called “Tenderness” and it's accompanied by a music video directed by Chicago film collective Weird Life. Watch at the link in our bio.
📷 by Kristin Cofer
Bon Iver have announced a new album called i,i. It's out on August 30th and features James Blake, Francis Starlite, Bruce Hornsby, and more. Listen to two new songs from the record at the link in our bio.
📷 by Graham Tolbert & Crystal Quinn
Jaden Smith's ERYS is a galaxy of beat switch-ups, vocal effects, and genre mash-ups that drown his voice in a soupy sonic mixture. Beyond a few fleeting moments of experimentalism, it’s mostly a slog. Head to the link in our bio to read more.
A new installment in Parlophone’s ongoing reissue series revisits David Bowie's The ‘Mercury’ Demos, an oft-bootlegged 1969 session with fellow folkie John Hutchinson: literal bedroom tapes, but still revelatory. Head to the link in our bio to learn more about the demos.
On her debut album, ~~~, Ana Roxanne crafts dense, digital atmospheres of synthesized gurgles, circuit-bent tones, choral arrangements, and pop gloss. Head to the link in our bio to read more about the best under-the-radar releases you might have missed this spring.
Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, which we named Best New Music, turns 7 today. Revisit his major-label debut at the link in our bio.
Over the course of a year, Lil Tjay went from spending his days in a youth detention center to being labelmates with Beyoncé. Get to know the Rising Artist in the link in our bio.
📷 by James Emmerman for Pitchfork
Rezzett's self-titled LP sounds like master musicians got wasted, improvised some jams, recorded them on a cassette tape covered in dirt and then it got half-ruined in a fire they set themselves. Find out why it was one of last year's best electronic albums in the link in our bio.
Stereolab are reissuing expanded and remastered editions of 1996's Emperor Tomato Ketchup, 1997's Dots and Loops, and 1999's Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night. Listen to “Freestyle Dumpling,” an outtake from the Emperor Tomato Ketchup sessions in the link in our bio.
📷 by Jean Claude Dhien
It’s impossible to hear all the music that comes out every day, but with our list of the most overlooked records of spring we hope to direct your attention to what our writers and editors have been returning to over the last few months. See the list in the link in our bio.
🎨 by @sabranowicz
Tegan and Sara have announced a new record called Hey, I’m Just Like You. The album features re-recorded versions of songs that the duo initially wrote in high school. Get all the info in the link in our bio.
📷 by Trevor Brady
Australian multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi has made the single LP side his canvas. His wispy electroacoustic pieces tend to work best at 15 to 20 minutes a pop. His latest album Simian Angel demonstrates Ambarchi’s mastery of the form across a pair of ambient explorations shot through with loosely tangled melodic lines. Read the review in the link in our bio.