The Year Of Exposing Abusers

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Most people who work in media will tell you that it has become increasingly difficult to keep up with the number of harassment, assault, and misconduct allegations that have surfaced over the past year. The Stereogum staff has reported on so many allegations as of late that even trying to remember which one was the … More »

Animal Collective Unleash Their Inner Children At Sung Tongs Show In Queens

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Animal Collective lead an ardent following — a community bolstered by active subreddits and fan forums dedicated to celebrating, documenting, and theorizing the Baltimore experimentalists — so the band headlining Pitchfork’s 21st Birthday last night felt kind of like the merging of a Phish concert and an office party. The Knockdown Center in Queens, NY … More »

St. Vincent Brings Pop Art Plasticity To Brooklyn

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Ever since we were first introduced to Annie Clark’s brilliant new St. Vincent album MASSEDUCTION, there have been a few defining characteristics that drew a line between it and her past work. The fact that she teamed up with Jack Antonoff suggested that she might be pursuing a true mainstream breakthrough after her profile … More »

Eastern Imagery And Rock Ideals: Thoughts On Axis: Bold As Love At 50

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I bought the poster before the album, having recognized the artwork from years of passive exposure to religious imagery. The Indian community in Davis, California largely practiced Hinduism, though my own family was Sikh. Yet I was used to being mistaken for the former, or more often simply ignorantly lumped together, and I’d decided early … More »

Just When We Thought We Were Out, The Grammys Pull Us Back In

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First of all, please join me in a moment of silence for Ed Sheeran, who is undoubtedly reeling after being completely shut out of the major Grammy categories in what must have been some kind of Jacob-steals-Esau’s-birthright situation. Thank you. (Thanks to you, the reader, for temporarily withholding your cackling, and thank you to … More »

TRL Is Back And Please Don’t Go To It

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“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Hm. It seems Ecclesiastes 1:9 did not anticipate the day a handful of men would finally face consequences for their years of brazen sexual assault, but it certainly did anticipate the reboot of MTV’s … More »

Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? Isn’t Like Any Festival You’ll See In The USA

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These days, whenever all the big-name American festivals start to announce their lineups for the year, there’s inevitably a certain, noticeable same-ness. It’s a consequence of those festivals becoming more popular than at their inception, with festival-going becoming an overall more mainstream activity in America; it’s a consequence of the music industry’s contractions and … More »

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die Offer Relief From An Ugly World At Brooklyn’s Market Hotel

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When asked where to find hope in bleak landscapes during a recent interview with Stereogum, David Bello advocated an ethos of community, an ideology shared by his band The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and the greater DIY scene they sprang from. Bello credited music … More »

Liima’s New Album Is Called 1982, But It Looks To The Future

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When the Danish trio behind Efterklang — Casper Clausen, Rasmus Stolberg, and Mads Brauer — embarked on a new collaboration with their touring drummer, Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö, none of them initially thought it would extend beyond a one-off project. That was back in 2015. Since then their new band Liima released a debut album, … More »

Before Halloween Is Even Over, ‘Tis The Season For Christmas Albums

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Sorry to spook you, but: You’d better put on an ugly sweater over your Halloween costume because it’s Christmas time again! It must be, or else all these musicians wouldn’t be releasing Christmas albums already. That’s the only explanation for such a phenomenon, really. Perhaps you can’t yet feel the Christmas spirit in the air … More »