Who Should Win, And Who Will Win, At The 2020 Grammys

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Lizzo & Lil Nas XPROGRAMMING NOTE: The Week In Pop is moving to Mondays! Today’s installment will be the final Thursday column. Look for the first Monday column just four days from now, on Jan. 27. The Grammys are this weekend. You probably know this because the Recording Academy is mired in scandal right now, with allegations of corruption … More »

Pink Donates $500K To Australian Fire Relief Effort

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PinkNumerous artists and celebrities are pledging aid to those affected by the devastating bushfires that have left 23 Australians dead and thousands more homeless. “I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires,” pop singer Pink wrote on Twitter. “I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to … More »

Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2019

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Stereogum's 90 Favorite Songs Of 2019Within the macro tradition that is year-end list season, we at Stereogum have carved out our own micro tradition: Every December, instead of publishing a staff list of the year’s best tracks, we present a bunch of personally selected top-10 lists from our staffers and contributors. So although our rundown of 2019’s bestMore »

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 »