A daily dip into the stacks, leading up to our 50th anniversary in October
Yes, they’re about politics—because now everything is political.
This year’s best jazz records include a large-ensemble concept album about conspiracy theories, a tug-of-war between loops and live-band grooves, and an amazing hybrid of jazz and hip-hop.
An Nobel Prize-winning chemist, a 12-year-old theater critic, an American Ninja Warrior stuntman, and more extraordinary Chicagoans
Although black women were Hillary Clinton’s strongest block of support, in Chicago they expressed mixed feelings at the polls.
“Before you say ‘Amen,’ you can insert a short ‘Go Cubs,’” Dovid Kotlarsky says.
The politicians, protesters, and celebs at the DNC
Kamasi Washington and the Sun Ra Arkestra bring jazz to Pitchfork for the first time since 2007.
Pitchfork has never booked an emo act before—but the Hotelier’s new album is too good to ignore.
Who else should fans of hip-hop, R&B, and soul see at Pitchfork?
Pitchfork booked a record-breaking nine Chicago acts this year.
Beach House, Savages, FKA Twigs, and Carly Rae Jepsen are all great—but don’t let them distract you from the lopsided maleness of Pitchfork’s bookings.
Reader writers round up the locals on Pitchfork’s bill, guide fans of hip-hop and R&B into the rest of the roster, discuss the gender balance of the fest’s bookings, and much more.
Brian Wilson owes his pop preeminence in part to racial coding that says a sensitive genius can’t be black.