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Brought to you by the music critics at Pitchfork, The Pitchfork Review is a show for music fans and obsessives who can’t wait to talk about the latest releases. Co-hosted by Pitchfork editor-in-chief Puja Patel and Reviews Editor Jeremy D. Larson, this podcast pulls back the curtain on our reviews and scores, dives deep into new music, and gives an expert guide to what’s exciting, what’s great, and what’s just plain terrible.

Brought to you by the music critics at Pitchfork, The Pitchfork Review is a show for music fans and obsessives who can’t wait to talk about the latest releases. Co-hosted by Pitchfork editor-in-chief Puja Patel and Reviews Editor Jeremy D. Larson, this podcast pulls back the curtain on our reviews and scores, dives deep into new music, and gives an expert guide to what’s exciting, what’s great, and what’s just plain terrible.

42hr 25min
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In this week's episode of The Pitchfork Review, Editor-in-Chief Puja Patel discusses TikTok's effect on the music industry, with Pitchfork staffer Cat Zhang.
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Thumbnail for "The 2023 Music Grab Bag: Trends, Scandals, and Theories; Plus an Appearance From Alvvays".
Jeremy D. Larson, Puja Patel, and Cat Zhang talk about the trends, scandals, gossip, technological moves, and industry changes that shaped the musical landscape of 2023. Plus: Alvvays’ Molly Rankin reveals the song she wishes she wrote.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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The Best, Worst, and Most Surprising Albums of 2023
Thumbnail for "The Replacements’ Tim Is the Best Reissue of 2023; Plus Tommy Stinson’s Perfect-10 Album".
The Replacements’ Tim Is the Best Reissue of 2023; Plus Tommy Stinson’s Perfect-10 Album
Thumbnail for "Erykah Badu on The Run-Through with Vogue".
Erykah Badu on The Run-Through with Vogue
Thumbnail for "Bad Bunny’s New Album and the Future of Puerto Rican Rap and Reggaeton".
Bad Bunny’s New Album and the Future of Puerto Rican Rap and Reggaeton
Thumbnail for "Debating the Best Songs of 2023, Part Two".
Debating the Best Songs of 2023, Part Two
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Puja Patel, Jeremy D. Larson, and Ryan Dombal take sides and debate which songs by Ice Spice, 100 gecs, billy woods, Zach Bryan, and TisaKorean deserve a spot on our upcoming year-end list. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel, Amy Phillips, and Cat Zhang wade through the ups and downs of the pop superstar’s new record-breaking live movie. Read Amy's review of the Eras Tour film here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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What Drake Is Doing Wrong—and How He Can Fix It
Thumbnail for "Best New Music Albums From yeule and L'Rain, Plus Olivia Rodrigo Reveals Her Perfect 10 Record".
Best New Music Albums From yeule and L'Rain, Plus Olivia Rodrigo Reveals Her Perfect 10 Record
Thumbnail for "Sufjan Stevens Is at His Intimate and Uplifting Best on Javelin".
Jeremy Larson, Sam Sodomsky, and Nina Corcoran talk about all the ghosts, anxieties, and desires that wind through the singer-songwriter's 10th album, and why he's so good at making our tear ducts start to flow. Read Sam's review of Javelin here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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An Interview With Talking Heads
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Puja Patel, Jeremy Larson, and Cat Zhang talk about the pop darling’s highly anticipated sophomore album, which is packed with hilarious one-liners, cross-generational music references, and the spectacular drama of being a girl in the world. Read Cat’s review here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to culture critic and Pitchfork contributor Julianne Escobedo Shepherd about the pop star’s immaculate dance record. Read our review of Renaissance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Jeremy D. Larson, Alphonse Pierre, and Ryan Dombal break down the many reasons why the superstar rapper’s long-awaited new album is such a disappointment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel investigates the skyrocketing cost of concert tickets with Features Editor Jill Mapes and Senior Writer Marc Hogan: How did we get here, and will prices ever come back down to Earth? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Features Editors Ryan Dombal and Jill Mapes break down the most replayable, effervescent, and annoying songs that are vying for our attention this season alongside Senior Writer Alphonse Pierre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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The Best of Pitchfork Music Festival, Then and Now
Thumbnail for "Why HBO’s The Idol Is So Fascinatingly Bad".
Puja Patel and Jeremy D. Larson discuss the near hits and wild misses of the controversial pop-star drama with Features Editor Ryan Dombal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Thumbnail for "Elliott Smith Like You’ve Never Heard Him Before".
Jeremy Larson talks to Features Editor Ryan Dombal and Contributing Editor Jayson Greene about six unearthed albums Elliott Smith made with his high school friends that just might make you think a little differently about the singer-songwriter’s most well-known work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Thumbnail for "Fear Will Not Stop Queer Nightlife".
Fear Will Not Stop Queer Nightlife
Thumbnail for "Janelle Monáe Creates a Queer Paradise on The Age of Pleasure".
Host Anna Gaca and Contributing Writers Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Heven Haile discuss the pop world-builder’s fourth studio album, which abandons their sci-fi past for a more joyous future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Jeremy Larson swaps Foo Fighters memories with Senior Writer Marc Hogan and Associate News Director Evan Misker as they discuss the healing power of the arena rock legends’ 11th album, But Here We Are. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel talks with Features Editor Ryan Dombal and Associate Editor Cat Zhang about the songs from this year that they love, hate, and love to hate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to Pitchfork Senior Editor Anna Gaca about the records, trends, and comebacks that have defined 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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In our first-ever crossover episode, Puja Patel joins Gideon Lichfield and Lauren Goode from the Wired podcast “Have A Nice Future” to discuss how AI is changing the world of music as we know it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Thumbnail for "Does Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories Hold Up 10 Years Later?".
Does Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories Hold Up 10 Years Later?
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A Conversation with Laurie Anderson, Kim Gordon, and Sinéad Gleeson
Thumbnail for "Jessie Ware Reaches Disco Nirvana on That! Feels Good!".
Jeremy Larson talks to Contributing Writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd about Jessie Ware’s latest album, a loving ode to the euphoric dance sounds of the 1970s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel talks to Senior Writer Marc Hogan and Features Editor Jill Mapes about Frank Ocean’s performance at this year’s Coachella and its controversial aftermath. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to Contributing Editor Andy Cush about the effect and influence of marijuana on music makers and fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel talks to Associate Editor Cat Zhang and Contributing Writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd about the Korean-American electronic artist’s long-awaited debut album, which is a generous and understated exploration of rage as a source of creative renewal. Read Julianne’s review here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Jeremy Larson talks to Senior Editor Anna Gaca and Contributing Writer Olivia Horn about Lana Del Rey’s most freewheeling album yet. Read Olivia’s review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel chats with Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus about astrology, friendship, and their debut album as Boygenius. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel chats with the three musical masters about the winding road of jazz history, the magic of collaboration, and their new album as a trio, Love in Exile. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Ryan Dombal talks to Pitchfork Senior Editor Anna Gaca and Contributing Editor Phil Sherburne about new records from a couple of our favorite enigmatic eccentrics. Read Anna’s review of Fever Ray’s Radical Romantics here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Thumbnail for "Tár, Elvis, and Music at the Oscars".
Tár, Elvis, and Music at the Oscars
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk about the global rock sensation that is terrible at every conceivable level. Read our review of Måneskin’s new album here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Jeremy Larson talks to Staff Writer Alphonse Pierre and Contributing Editor Dylan Green about Lil Yachty’s voyage into soul and psych-rock. Read Alphonse’s review of Let’s Start Here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Thumbnail for "Caroline Polachek: Desire, I Want To Turn Into You".
Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to Pitchfork Associate Editor Cat Zhang about the singer’s new album, a pop odyssey of the highest order. Read our review here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Jeremy Larson talks to Pitchfork Senior Editorial Producer Eric Torres and Editorial Fellow Heven Haile about the electronic R&B singer’s long-awaited new album. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to Pitchfork Senior Writer Marc Hogan about what we think is going to happen, what we think about the nominees, and who we think got snubbed. Read our Grammys coverage here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to contributing editor Andy Cush about the recent explosion of streaming ambient music, and then we open the mailbag to answer your burning questions. Read Andy’s story, “Inside the Ambient Music Streaming Boom.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Jeremy Larson talks to Pitchfork Senior Editor Anna Gaca and Contributing Editor Phil Sherburne about the best records that came in under the radar in 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to Pitchfork Features Editor Ryan Dombal about what they want to see and hear this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to culture critic and Pitchfork contributor Julianne Escobedo Shepherd about SZA’s long, ambitious and luxurious new album. Read our review of SOS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel talks to staff writer Alphonse Pierre and Pitchfork contributor Dylan Green about the year in rap music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to culture critic and Pitchfork contributor Julianne Escobedo Shepherd about the pop star’s immaculate dance record. Read our review of Renaissance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to Pitchfork Features Editor Ryan Dombal about the music of 2022. Read our Best 50 Albums and Best 100 Songs of 2022 lists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to Pitchfork Features Editor Ryan Dombal about the music of 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to Associate Editor Sam Sodomsky about new releases from Weyes Blood and Dream Unending. Read our interview with Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering and our Best New Music review of Dream Unending’s Song of Salvation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Thumbnail for "Best New Music: Alvvays and Special Interest".
Puja Patel talks to Jeremy Larson about Alvvays’ latest album Blue Rev and to Staff Writer Madison Bloom about Endure by Special Interest. Read our reviews of Endure and Blue Rev. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel and Jeremy Larson talk to Staff Writer Jazz Monroe about the experimental pop icon, digging deep into her new album. Read Jazz’s cover story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Puja Patel talks to Pitchfork Editor Anna Gaca and Staff Writer Quinn Moreland about the highs, lows, surprises, and disappointments of the new Taylor Swift album. Read our review of Midnights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Thumbnail for "The 1975: Being Funny in a Foreign Language".
The 1975: Being Funny in a Foreign Language
Thumbnail for "The Pitchfork Review: New Season Preview".
The Pitchfork Review: New Season Preview
Thumbnail for "The Best and Worst of Everything Else".
The Best and Worst of Everything Else
Thumbnail for "Fiona Apple’s Perfect 10".
Fiona Apple’s Perfect 10
Thumbnail for "Staff Picks: The Year in Rock and Rap".
Staff Picks: The Year in Rock and Rap
Thumbnail for "Afrobeats’ Global Takeover".
Afrobeats’ Global Takeover
Thumbnail for "The Great Year-End Songs Debate".
The Great Year-End Songs Debate
Thumbnail for "Request Line: How to Deal With 2020".
Request Line: How to Deal With 2020
Thumbnail for "When Music Becomes Political Protest".
When Music Becomes Political Protest
Thumbnail for "Adrianne Lenker Digs Deep".
Adrianne Lenker Digs Deep
Thumbnail for "100 gecs and the Mystery of Hyperpop".
100 gecs and the Mystery of Hyperpop
Thumbnail for "Will We Ever See Live Music Again?".
Will We Ever See Live Music Again?
Thumbnail for "The Quiet Return of Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens".
The Quiet Return of Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens
Thumbnail for "The National’s Matt Berninger on the Music That Made Him".
The National’s Matt Berninger on the Music That Made Him
Thumbnail for "It’s Time to Take Enya Seriously".
It’s Time to Take Enya Seriously
Thumbnail for "Pitchfork Request Line: Road Trips & Campfires".
Pitchfork Request Line: Road Trips & Campfires
Thumbnail for "Pitchfork Request Line: New Love & Major Heartbreak".
Pitchfork Request Line: New Love & Major Heartbreak
Thumbnail for "Songs of the Summer of Our Discontent".
Songs of the Summer of Our Discontent
Thumbnail for "Lianne La Havas's Bittersweet Memories".
British singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas opens up about the nostalgia of breakup songs, staying true to yourself, her cover of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes,” and the advice she took from Prince.
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Why Should You Listen to New Music? In this week's episode of The Pitchfork Review, Editor-in-Chief Puja Patel discusses this question with Reviews Editor Jeremy Larson.
Thumbnail for "Taylor Swift Loves Indie, Too".
Taylor Swift Loves Indie, Too
Thumbnail for "The Endurance of Bob Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy Ways".
Pitchfork Editor Puja Patel is joined by Staff Writer Sam Sodomsky and Contributing Editor Andy Cush as they break down Dylan’s comeback albums and discuss his most recent album.
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In this week's episode of The Pitchfork Review, Editor-in-Chief Puja Patel sits down with Pitchfork Staff Writer Alphonse Pierre and Contributing Writer Sheldon Pearce to discuss Pop Smoke’s come up and legacy, Brooklyn drill and its intersections with policing and protests, and the new album.
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This is a clip from upcoming episode "The Revolution Will Be TikTok'd"
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The Revolution Will Be TikTok'd

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July 10, 202021min 37sec

TikTok, the omnipresent fifteen-second video platform, has taken over social media. The app has also changed the landscape of the music industry, churning out chart-topping hits like Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” and DaBaby and Roddy Ricch’s “Rockstar” in the process. This summer, following the killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests, activists have co-opted dance and music TikToks in the name of racial justice. But can a supercapitalist app like TikTok really be a force for social change? Listen to this week's episode of The Pitchfork Review as Editor-in-Chief Puja Patel discusses this question, and more, with Pitchfork staffer Cat Zhang.