The Untold Story Of The Creepy Charles Manson Song In Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

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The first time we glimpse Charles Manson’s female followers in Quentin Tarantino’s long-awaited Manson Family epic, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, they don’t exactly seem murderous. They look sweet and innocent — a crew of barefoot hippie girls scavenging around a dumpster for food. They are giggling, and they are singing together, à cappella. More »

I Am The Champion Of Queen + Adam Lambert

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Queen & Adam Lambert“Can you guys believe that we’ve been performing together for eight years now?” No, I cannot believe it, Adam Lambert! The facts check out, though: The former American Idol sensation has been on tour with Queen for basically this entire decade. Queen + Adam Lambert is itself an institution at this point, one enjoying elevated … More »

Childish Gambino Draws Biggest-Ever Crowd To Outside Lands

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Since the beginning of Childish Gambino, I’ve tried to meet Donald Glover where he’s at. Across his career, the TV-writer-turned-TV-star-turned-rapper has released a string of projects that showed potential without a whole lot of promise. His music was wide-ranging, with bountiful ideas, but none of them were enacted with much finesse. Most of them arrived … More »

Twenty One Pilots Defied Categorization At Outside Lands 2019

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Twenty One PilotsI first came to Outside Lands six years ago. My first music festival, the experience was defined as much by what I didn’t yet know as it was by what I came to see. I was initially anchored on the top lines, mostly the rock acts, from Paul McCartney to Phoenix only down to about … More »

Robyn And Charli XCX Closed Pitchfork 2019 With A Night Of Left-Of-Center Pop

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Robyn-2019Over the course of its three days, Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 had a good amount of variety. Though fans of heavier music or more experimental electronic artists might’ve been out of luck, the lineup otherwise was a good balance offering up something for everyone, and not just in terms of genre. You had legacy alternative … More »

Avail Reunite In Richmond, And It’s Pretty Close To Perfect

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AvailOne night, about 23 years ago, I watched a man named Beau Beau plant his feet, jut out his voluminously goateed chin, and trace a circle in the air with his finger. Immediately, the entire club — the Black Cat in Washington, DC — erupted into a massive circle pit. I’d never seen anything like … More »

Stereolab Brought Revved-Up Vintage Euro Chic To Pitchfork Music Festival

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StereolabThe thunderstorm that forced Pitchfork Music Festival to evacuate just before 5PM Saturday was brief but powerful enough that Stereolab’s 6:15 performance was suddenly in doubt. Mercifully, after an hour spent scattered to the surrounding bars and restaurants, the soggy lot of us were welcomed back into Chicago’s Union Park just in time to see … More »

Black Midi Rearranged Matter At Their Pitchfork Music Festival Aftershow

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Black-MidiIn the short amount of time Black Midi have been a band, they have stirred up a frenzy of hype in their native UK primarily on the strength of their live show. Up until this year, after all, they had barely any music available online, and they kept their debut album Schlagenheim — which ranked … More »

Low Became One With The Heat At Pitchfork Festival 2019

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Low-Pitchfork-Music-Festival-2019“You should be ashamed of yourselves that you’re not watching Mavis Staples right now.” Before Low had played a single note on the first night of Pitchfork Music Festival 2019, that was how Alan Sparhawk introduced his band. Genuinely aghast that people had come and chosen to listen to their music, rather than the legendary … More »

Sky Ferreira’s Chaotic Pitchfork Set Climaxed With A Promising New Song

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Sky FerreiraSky Ferreira fans are used to waiting, and they’ve become accustomed to every possible obstacle manifesting itself in their hero’s way. So despite a game performer with an abundance of awesome songs at her disposal, Ferreira’s set Friday at Pitchfork Music Festival was extremely on-brand for not-great reasons. What should have been a triumphant step … More »