The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

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For many of us, 2019 has been a year of flux — politically, culturally, professionally, personally. It’s hard to envision what the future might bring since the recent past has shown us that we don’t know half the things we thought we knew. In unsteady times, music can be a balm and also a mirror. More »

Watch Big Thief Play “Not” & “Cattails” Live In Studio

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Big-ThiefAll around Al Gore’s internet, you will find many, many videos of bands playing their songs in various live-in-studio settings. We at Stereogum do not usually post those videos. But right now, Big Thief are the exceptions to a whole lot of rules. Big Thief have had a tremendous 2019. They’ve released two great albums, … More »

Big Thief Are Already Legends

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Adrianne Lenker“This room is wild,” Adrianne Lenker said Monday night from her perch at stage left. “I feel like I’m in a barn, but, like, on another planet.” The room in question was the Athenaeum Theatre, an old Masonic Temple in downtown Columbus best known as a venue for weddings and other such classy gatherings. Last … More »

Adrianne Lenker Explains Why Big Thief Haven’t Been Doing Encores

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Big ThiefBig Thief are wrapping up an incredible 2019 that has seen them release two of the year’s very best albums, U.F.O.F. and Two Hands with one more round of tour dates. Setlists from their recent shows indicate they haven’t been playing encores. I don’t know if this … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

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The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010sA decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »

Watch Matt Berninger Cover Big Thief’s “Not”

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Matt Berninger seems to be as big a fan of Big Thief as the rest of us. Last night, the National frontman performed solo at Dream Serenade, an annual benefit concert that takes place in Toronto to raise money for and celebrate “children with exceptionalities and their caregivers.” … More »

Watch Big Thief Perform On CBS This Morning

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Big ThiefBig Thief have had a big year. They just released Two Hands, their second great album of the year following U.F.O.F. this spring. And today, they went on CBS This Morning to play some of it for us. More »

Watch Big Thief’s Stunning Performance Of “Not” On Colbert

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Big-Thief-on-ColbertWhat a time to be Big Thief. Today, the New York band releases Two Hands, their second frankly amazing album of 2019. (The first was U.F.O.F.) At this point, they’re basically the best indie rock band currently working, and it would be contrarian to try to argue for anyone else. To … More »

Premature Evaluation: Big Thief Two Hands

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Big-Thief-Two-HandsFor a band whose most affecting moments are often gentle meditations or rock songs on the more elusive end of the spectrum, Big Thief sure know how to take a year by storm. Back in May, they released their third album U.F.O.F.. It was met with immediate acclaim from fans and critics alike; … More »