"Song Reader crystallizes the maturation of the white indie set to the new ruling class—an arc traced by Beck’s own career. This is a world of people who are mellow, organized, emotive within reason, a little retro, and graced with just a zest of modernity."

Mike Powell reviews Song Reader, which features artists including Jarvis Cocker, Jack White, and Jeff Tweedy interpreting songs from Beck’s sheet music project from 2012.

The aching, ’70s-style piano ballad “True Love” from promising Vancouver newcomer Tobias Jesso Jr. is a Best New Track.

"These aren’t condescending ‘Real Hip-Hop’ platitudes: This is a call to arms for hip-hop’s creative fringe to snatch the reins from a power structure more interested in self-preservation than the advancement of the culture."

Craig Jenkins reviews the second album from avant-rap futurists Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty.

Has the vinyl resurgence reached its peak? Joel Oliphint finds out in our latest feature story, “Wax and Wane”.

Danish punk band Iceage try out shambling country on their surprising Best New Track, “The Lord’s Favorite”.

Listen to the latest Pitchfork / MoMA PS1 Warm Up Mix courtesy of Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat and featuring unreleased material by Hudson Mohawke, Sophie, Lunice, Dark0, Mr. Mitch, Drippin, and Neana.

Weird Al talks about the music of his life in our latest 5-10-15-20 interview.


What a time to be alive


What a time to be alive

"Zach Braff’s most vaunted position in pop culture circa 2014 isn’t as the actor who played the annoying guy on the TV show your college roommates watched all the time, or as a fervent Redditor who once assisted in helping someone propose to their girlfriend online, or as a distant blood relative to Mitt Romney. Arguably, he’s not even most known as the guy who directed Garden State—he’s the guy who put together the Garden State soundtrack, and so the question surrounding Wish I Was Here is a strange one that most films aren’t subject to: What does it sound like?"

Larry Fitzmaurice reviews the soundtrack to Zach Braff’s Garden State follow-up, Wish I Was Here.