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Pitchfork is an American online magazine launched in 1995 by Ryan Schreiber, based in Chicago, Illinois, and owned by Condé Nast. Being developed during Schreiber's tenure in a record store at the time, the magazine developed a reputation for its extensive focus on independent music, but has since expanded to a variety of coverage on both indie and popular music.

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Rustie: Maximal Nation

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 6 December 2011

Electronic music's evolution toward the thrilling excess of digital maximalism. ...

Laurie Spiegel: Resident Visitor: Laurie Spiegel's Machine Music

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 6 December 2012

The experimental pioneer's groundbreaking work with computers in the '70s and '80s helped lay the foundation for many of today's electronic noise makers. ...

Worth Their Wait: The UK Music Press in the late '70s/early '80s

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 2 September 2014

Originally published in the first edition of our print quarterly The Pitchfork Review last winter, this story finds author Simon Reynolds looking back on his ...

Prince: How Prince's Androgynous Genius Changed the Way We Think About Music and Gender

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 22 April 2016

His clothes, songwriting, and production prowess all played a part in breaking through any and every type of convention. ...

Various Artists: Close To the Noise Floor – Formative UK Electronica 1975–1984

Review by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 3 May 2016

THIS 4XCD BOX draws on electro-punk, industrial, synthpop, dark ambient, and more, including key early tracks from the Human League, Throbbing Gristle, and Orchestral Manoeuvres in ...

Pulp: Different Class

Review by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 3 July 2016

On 1995's Different Class, Pulp and Jarvis Cocker were arty outsiders worming their way into the lives of ordinary folk, and they became pop in its most ...

Alan Vega: Infinity Punk: A Career-Spanning Interview With Suicide's Alan Vega

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 19 July 2016

Following the musical iconoclast's death at age 78 – an in-depth conversation from 2002 that includes tales of dangerous old New York, what it meant ...

10cc, Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias, The Beatles, Bongwater, Bonzo Dog Band, David Bowie, Culturcide, The Darkness, The Detergents, Hannah Diamond, The Dukes of Stratosphear, James Ferraro, The First Class, Morgan Fisher, The Flying Lizards, Gary Glitter, Laibach, Little Pain, Nick Lowe, The Mothers Of Invention, The Move, John Oswald, QT, Redd Kross, The Residents, Roxy Music, Todd Rundgren, The Rutles, Shockabilly, Spinal Tap, Alvin Stardust, The Tubes, The Turtles, Utopia, Wizzard, Weird Al Yankovic, Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction: Killer Riffs: A Guide to Parody in Popular Music

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 19 October 2016

From the Residents' freakish Beatles sendups, to Spinal Tap's meta-metal escapades, to the gastronomic goofs of "Weird Al", a chronicle of those who have turned ...

Public Image Ltd's Metal Box

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 1 November 2016

PIL'S SECOND ALBUM, Metal Box, is a near-perfect record that reinvents and renews rock in a manner that fulfilled post-punk's promise(s) to a degree rivalled only ...

Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer: Song from the Future: The Story of Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder's 'I Feel Love'

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 29 June 2017

Forty years after its release, the ingenious studio gurus behind the robot-funk masterpiece talk about how it came to be. ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: The Smiths: The Queen is Dead

Review by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 22 October 2017

Newly reissued as a boxed set, the Smiths' 1986 masterpiece still stands as an enduring testament to England in the '80s, the complex relationship between ...

Burial: Why Burial's Untrue Is the Most Important Electronic Album of the Century So Far

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 26 October 2017

Delving into the politics, emotion, and musical history behind the disquieting masterwork a decade after its release. ...

Boards Of Canada: Why Boards of Canada's Music Has the Right to Children Is the Greatest Psychedelic Album of the '90s

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 3 April 2018

Unlocking the mysteries behind the Scottish electronic duo's hallucinatory classic, which turns 20 this month ...

Bon Iver, Cher, Jay-Z, Ke$ha, Migos, Travis Scott, Britney Spears, T-Pain, Kanye West: How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 17 September 2018

An in-depth history of the most important pop innovation of the last 20 years, from Cher's 'Believe' to Kanye West to Migos ...

Freddie Mercury, Queen: Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody Is Now the Biggest Music Biopic Ever. It's Also Total Bullshit.

Comment by Jason King, Pitchfork, 21 February 2019

The classic rock band has always been savvy about its own branding and legacy, but their Oscar-nominated film takes things too far. ...

Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ke$ha, Kendrick Lamar, Usher: Activism, Identity Politics, and Pop's Great Awokening

Comment by Jason King, Pitchfork, 11 October 2019

From Beyoncé to Kendrick to Kesha, pop's turn to political activism produced some of the decade's most memorable moments. ...

Roxy Music's For Your Pleasure

Retrospective by Rob Tannenbaum, Pitchfork, 13 October 2019

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we ...

Little Richard Is Everywhere

Retrospective by Jason King, Pitchfork, 11 May 2020

Remembering the undisputed architect of rock'n'roll ...

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