In the waning moments of the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2019, with Khruangbin’s vibey guitar music wafting over the sun-dappled, sleepy Sunday crowd, I bumped into a stranger who recognized me. The man asked: Didn’t we sit next to each other on a plane back from Toronto just a few weeks ago? Indeed we had, […]
The second-biggest news about Bandcamp this week
Friday, March 4, is the 20th installment of what’s become known as Bandcamp Friday, when Bandcamp passes along its usual share of revenue to the independent artists and labels selling music through the site. But that occasion was overshadowed somewhat this morning, when Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond announced that the company is “joining” Epic Games. […]
Mitski returns to music stronger than ever with Laurel Hell
In summer 2019, Mitski Miyawaki (born Mitsuki Francis Laycock) announced that she would be playing her “last show, indefinitely” that September. The singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, who’d become an indie-rock phenom, later clarified that she wasn’t retiring but rather taking a hiatus—she’d spent more than five years on a grueling tour schedule and at least […]
Zia Anger relies on herself with My First Film
In what is actually the director’s second film, she delivers an interactive, self-reflective performance.
Mitski continues to show the shape of indie rock to come on Be the Cowboy
At 27, indie rocker Mitski Miyawaki is green enough still to be an unknown—at least to the young pop fans who caught her opening performances during Lorde’s recent arena tour—but established enough for her to fear being pigeonholed. On her breakthrough 2016 album, Puberty 2, Mitski explored a color gradient of sadness through white-knuckle rock; […]
The Reader’s takes on the 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival
Our preview package covers Solange and the breadth of black cultural expression, Jeff Rosenstock and Pitchfork’s relationship to DIY, Survive and music media’s infatuation with prestige TV, and much more.
Mitski: ‘I don’t belong anywhere. That really affects how I write songs.’
On the eve of a tour to support her breakout record, Bury Me at Makeout Creek, this Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter talks to Brian Sulpizio of Health & Beauty.