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Jenn PellyAssociate Reviews Editor

Jenn Pelly has been on staff at Pitchfork since 2011. Her work has also appeared in SPIN, Nylon, and The Village Voice and online at Rolling Stone and The New York Times. A New York native, she studied literature and journalism at NYU and now lives in Brooklyn.

Features (59)

  • Rising: Half Waif’s Restless Electro Pop

    Rising: Half Waif’s Restless Electro Pop

    With her solo project, Nandi Rose Plunkett of the indie rock band Pinegrove seeks out a sense of home amid music that’s as mystical as it is fearless.

  • Rising: Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan Is the Wisest Teenage Indie Rocker We Know

    Rising: Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan Is the Wisest Teenage Indie Rocker We Know

    This Maryland 17-year-old makes frank, fearless guitar anthems about breaking free from suburban doldrums. 

  • Rising: Jay Som’s Hard-Working Dream-Pop

    Rising: Jay Som’s Hard-Working Dream-Pop

    Enamored with both the crushing vulnerability of the Microphones’ Phil Elverum and the gloriously slick sound of Carly Rae Jepsen, Bay Area artist Melina Duterte makes intimate music spiked with big ambition.

  • Rising: Moor Mother: Hardcore Poet

    Rising: Moor Mother: Hardcore Poet

    As a musician, writer, activist, and teacher, Camae Ayewa turns her truth and anger into a vital protest against injustice.

  • Rising: Why the World Needs Emel Mathlouthi’s Anthems Against the Dictatorship Machine

    Rising: Why the World Needs Emel Mathlouthi’s Anthems Against the Dictatorship Machine

    Raised under an oppressive regime in Tunisia, this singer/songwriter spoke out against her country’s injustices and became a prominent musical voice of the Arab Spring. Now based in New York, she’s still singing her truth to power.

  • 5-10-15-20: Chicana Feminist Icon Alice Bag on the Music of Her Life

    5-10-15-20: Chicana Feminist Icon Alice Bag on the Music of Her Life

    The 57-year-old punk lifer explains how David Bowie, traditional Mexican songs, and the Disney movie Mulan helped her learn to love herself.

  • Interview: Frankie Cosmos: Pop Miniaturist

    Interview: Frankie Cosmos: Pop Miniaturist

    A peek into the life of Frankie Cosmos’ Greta Kline, whose music pinpoints minute details that can conjure monumental rushes of memory and emotion.

  • Podcast: This Is How We Do It: Savages

    Podcast: This Is How We Do It: Savages

    Jenn Pelly talks with Savages leader Jehnny Beth about transcendental meditation, the practical virtues of wearing black, hypnotherapy, and her band's new album, Adore Life, in the latest edition of our This Is How We Do It podcast series.

  • 5-10-15-20: Corin Tucker

    5-10-15-20: Corin Tucker

    In this podcast edition of our 5-10-15-20 interview series, Jenn Pelly talks with Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker about the music of her life: skipping prom to see Fugazi, loving (and then collaborating with) R.E.M., being inspired by Beyoncé, and more.

  • Lists & Guides: The Year in Punk 2015

    Lists & Guides: The Year in Punk 2015

    At its best, punk still provides a powerful outlet for unheard voices. This year, two new bands—G.L.O.S.S. and Downtown Boys—stomped on the status quo while opening up spaces in punk for those who have often been shut out. By Jenn Pelly.

  • Podcast: This Is How We Do It: Deafheaven

    Podcast: This Is How We Do It: Deafheaven

    In the latest edition of our This Is How We Do It podcast series, Jenn Pelly sits down with Deafheaven frontman George Clarke to discuss his theatrical performance style and what it means to relive your lowest moments onstage every night.

  • Podcast: This Is How We Do It: Oneohtrix Point Never

    Podcast: This Is How We Do It: Oneohtrix Point Never

    Jenn Pelly talks with Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin about the expansive extra-musical world he created to go along with his conceptual new album, Garden of Delete, in the latest episode of our “This Is How We Do It” podcast series.

  • Rising: Alessia Cara: Antisocial Optimist

    Rising: Alessia Cara: Antisocial Optimist

    After finding an audience with her homemade YouTube covers of artists like Amy Winehouse, Lorde, and Drake, this 18-year-old Toronto artist is now trying to bring her sharp outsider perspective to the realm of major-label pop. By Jenn Pelly.

  • Cover Story: Fall Down Laughing: The Story of Majical Cloudz

    Cover Story: Fall Down Laughing: The Story of Majical Cloudz

    Somewhere between sadness and absurdity lies the stark art of Montreal duo Majical Cloudz. Jenn Pelly traces their unlikely path—from tear-jerking house shows to playing massive arenas with Lorde—as they prepare to release a new album.

  • Interview: Jenny Hval's Soft Dick Rock

    Interview: Jenny Hval's Soft Dick Rock

    Jenn Pelly meets up with the Norwegian art-pop disrupter at the Museum of Sex in Manhattan to talk about the frightening aspects of our own bodies, the importance of revolution in an era of passivity, and how her music is like the inverse of cock rock.

  • Interview: Boss Status: Speedy Ortiz Make Power Moves

    Interview: Boss Status: Speedy Ortiz Make Power Moves

    Strength is the sound of Speedy Ortiz’s new album—asserting oneself, taking power, having agency as a woman. Jenn Pelly talks with band leader Sadie Dupuis about not taking bullshit, the genius of Nicki Minaj, and using music to spread progressive ideas.

  • Paper Trail: Unconventional Idol: Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band

    Paper Trail: Unconventional Idol: Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band

    Jenn Pelly talks with the experimental rock icon about her revealing new memoir, the familial trauma that led to her famed elusiveness, and living a life outside the margins: “Convention isn't awful, it's just not something that I really aspire to.”

  • Rising: Lydia Ainsworth

    Rising: Lydia Ainsworth

    Somewhere between serenity and terror lies the work of Canadian pop experimentalist Lydia Ainsworth. She talks with Jenn Pelly about being inspired by classical music and film scores, and trying to offer a different way of looking at the world.

  • Update: Mr Twin Sister

    Update: Mr Twin Sister

    The increasingly uncategorizable New York quintet talk to Jenn Pelly about eschewing the indie-rock treadmill in favor of a more bespoke music-making strategy, surviving a life-threatening tour van crash, and their sleek, dance-friendly second album.

  • Update: Zola Jesus

    Update: Zola Jesus

    Jenn Pelly sits down with the art-pop shapeshifter to discuss why Rihanna and noise music are equally visceral, and her ambitions for upcoming LP Taiga: "How exciting would it be to hear a song on the radio that's actually saying something?"

  • Interview: White Lung

    Interview: White Lung

    Jenn Pelly talks with White Lung frontwoman Mish Way about leaving behind a normal life for the punk-rock grind, finding power in loudness, and the fearless topics—sexual politics, rape culture—she writes about on new album Deep Fantasy.

  • Rising: Makthaverskan

    Rising: Makthaverskan

    This young Swedish quintet reject the picture-perfect pop their country is best known for in favor of more visceral new-wave sounds along with startlingly honest lyrics courtesy of force-of-nature frontwoman Maja Milner. By Jenn Pelly.

  • Interview: Courtney Love

    Interview: Courtney Love

    The outspoken rock icon talks to Jenn Pelly about, well, everything: making peace with Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the possibility of a proper Hole reunion, Kurt Cobain's vinyl collection, looking up to PJ Harvey, and much more.

  • Rising: Posse

    Rising: Posse

    Don't let their slacker guitar jams fool you: Seattle's Posse just might be the hardest working indie rockers in the Pacific Northwest. They talk with Jenn Pelly about life's little solutions, ridiculous romance, and loving Prince and Yo La Tengo.