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Stuart Berman is the author of This Book Is Broken and Too Much Trouble, and a full-time practicing Libra.

Features (25)

  • Radiohead’s OK Computer at 20: The Radiohead Prophesies: How OK Computer Predicted the Future

    Radiohead’s OK Computer at 20: The Radiohead Prophesies: How OK Computer Predicted the Future

    Thom Yorke imagined our current Trump-addled digital hellscape 20 years ago.

  • Interview: Synths! Ballads! Acoustic Guitars! Welcome to Japandroids 2.0

    Interview: Synths! Ballads! Acoustic Guitars! Welcome to Japandroids 2.0

    The Canadian duo talk about throwing out their own rulebook for new album Near to the Wild Heart of Life, which finds them opening up both musically and lyrically.

  • Afterword: David Bowie

    Afterword: David Bowie

    David Bowie was the ultimate cultural connector, envisioning pop not as a closed loop but rather an infinite network of intellectual curiosities that spanned underground music, avant-garde art, and left-field literature. By Stuart Berman.

  • Profile: Punk Paradox: The Improbable Legacy of Fucked Up

    Profile: Punk Paradox: The Improbable Legacy of Fucked Up

    For Fucked Up, the concept of legacy isn’t just about creating a body of work for future generations to discover—it’s also about nurturing artists and scenes in their native Toronto. By Stuart Berman.

  • Interview: Monsters of Mock: David Cross on the Music of “Mr. Show”

    Interview: Monsters of Mock: David Cross on the Music of “Mr. Show”

    With the '90s sketch-comedy cult classic "Mr. Show" celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, co-star David Cross retraces its most memorable musical parodies. By Stuart Berman.

  • Starter: Trend Upsetters: 10 Essential Sparks Songs

    Starter: Trend Upsetters: 10 Essential Sparks Songs

    For nearly 50 years, brothers Russell and Ron Mael have made a sport of crashing the zeitgeist, producing brilliantly skewed songs that both revel in and poke fun at pop convention. Stuart Berman details their career and offers a playlist of highlights.

  • Interview: Stray Slack: Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs Talk New Pavement Reissue Series

    Interview: Stray Slack: Stephen Malkmus and Spiral Stairs Talk New Pavement Reissue Series

    With a vinyl rarities series on the way, Pavement's Stephen Malkmus and Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg fondly reminisce about the band’s shambolic early days and consider the likelihood of a brand new Pavement album. By Stuart Berman.

  • Rising: Adrenaline Addict: Inside Soko’s Manic Pop Dreamworld

    Rising: Adrenaline Addict: Inside Soko’s Manic Pop Dreamworld

    This French artist’s work is marked by a live-wire energy that's often on the verge of chaos. She talks to Stuart Berman about her dicey relationship with creative partner Ariel Pink and her nervy new album, which recalls ‘80s outcasts like the Cure.

  • Update: Perennially Contentious: The Return of Faith No More

    Update: Perennially Contentious: The Return of Faith No More

    After spending much of the ‘80s and ‘90s gleefully blowing up rock orthodoxy, Faith No More are back with their first album in 18 years. Stuart Berman talks to them about going DIY for the new record and why they don't like being called a metal band.

  • Longform: The Connection Is Made: Elastica Goes M.I.A.

    Longform: The Connection Is Made: Elastica Goes M.I.A.

    Stuart Berman details how one era-defining classic—Elastica’s Britpop-bombing 1995 debut—spawned another: M.I.A.’s Arular, which turns 10 this year.

  • Guest Lists: Alvvays

    Guest Lists: Alvvays

    Molly Rankin, frontwoman for anthemic Toronto indie rockers Alvvays, talks to Stuart Berman about the supreme idiocy of brunch, how Noel Gallagher taught her to play guitar, her undying love of Celine Dion, and the most terrifying motel in Canada.

  • Update: Lower Dens

    Update: Lower Dens

    Jana Hunter, leader of brooding art rockers Lower Dens, talks to Stuart Berman about the more immediate and personal sounds of her band's third album: "We didn't want to try to write about being miserable while being miserable anymore."

  • 5-10-15-20: Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch

    5-10-15-20: Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch

    The indie figurehead reflects upon the music of his life: schoolyard sing-alongs to Donny Osmond; begrudgingly falling for Lionel Richie's featherlight soul; Public Enemy's cataclysmic noise; and the eternal allure of Nina Simone. By Stuart Berman.

  • Guest Lists: Viet Cong

    Guest Lists: Viet Cong

    Frontman Matt Flegel of Canadian post-punks Viet Cong talks to Stuart Berman about which classical composer is currently kicking his ass, ethical dilemmas at the ATM, and deep-seated traumas sparked by his grandparents’ choice of glassware.

  • Longform: Pipers at the Gates of Punk

    Longform: Pipers at the Gates of Punk

    Once the sworn enemies of punk, Pink Floyd have proven to be a pervasive influence on contemporary indie rock and electronica alike across the last 35 years. Stuart Berman charts the band's evolution from pariahs to patriarchs of the underworld.

  • Longform: Our Bandwidth Could Be Your Life

    Longform: Our Bandwidth Could Be Your Life

    Twenty years after the Internet went mainstream, artists including Feist, Thundercat, Ariel Pink, Flying Lotus, El-P, Japandroids, and many more remember their first online experiences. By Stuart Berman.

  • Afterword: Lou Reed

    Afterword: Lou Reed

    Stuart Berman pays tribute to rock's original iconoclast—a man who saw beauty in the strange, dark corners of music and humanity.

  • Longform: The Return of the Replacements

    Longform: The Return of the Replacements

    Last night, the Replacements played their first show in 22 years at Riot Fest in Toronto. Stuart Berman surveys the set and finds out if the band's shambolic charm holds up after all this time.

  • Interview: Fucked Up

    Interview: Fucked Up

    The epic punk band on hardcore ideals, the necessity of reinvention, and its ambitious new rock opera, David Comes to Life.

  • Interview: Steve Knopper

    Interview: Steve Knopper

    We speak to Steve Knopper, chronicler of the decline of the music industry in the excellent new book Appetite for Self-Destruction.

  • Longform: This Book Is Broken

    Longform: This Book Is Broken

    Pitchfork's Stuart Berman conducted 40-plus interviews to craft the definitive oral and visual history of Broken Social Scene. Here's a sneak peek.

  • Interview: Franz Ferdinand

    Interview: Franz Ferdinand

    Franz Ferdinand return, expanding their sonic palatte on exploratory new album Tonight.

  • Interview: King Khan & the Shrines

    Interview: King Khan & the Shrines

    The magisterial King Khan mouths off on the Canadian welfare system, Little Richard, Germany, racism, black metal, having sex with cheese-- pretty much everything except his latest release, The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines, a Vice Records compilation that collects tracks from obscure singles and mostly European-only releases.

  • Interview: Evangelicals

    Interview: Evangelicals

    Oklahoma psych-pop group talks about its debut album, a blend of 1970s AM radio gold sounds, twee 80s Britpop, abrasive 90s American indie-rock, and contemporary beard-folk.