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‘I need to not be violent to myself’: Big Thief on pain, healing and their intense musical bond

The folk-rockers have weathered divorce and trauma to become one of the US’s best bands. Loved up with one another on tour, they explain their need for imperfection – and why recording is like sexIt is early afternoon in downtown Nashville, and the party is already going strong. Bachelorettes in pink cowboy hats are flowing, mask-free, in and out of the honky-tonks. The members of Big Thief, though – Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik and James Krivchenia – are sitting outside the Ryman ...
Tags: Music, US, Culture, Pop and rock, Nashville, Folk Music, Big Thief, Lenker, James Krivchenia, Adrianne Lenker Buck Meek Max Oleartchik


The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This week’s countdown is below, and you can listen to a playlist of all our 5 Best Songs on Spotify.
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Big Thief – “Time Escaping”


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Bowery Presents’ New Boston Club Roadrunner Announces First Shows With Mitski, Big Thief, Waxahatchee, & More

The Bowery Presents is opening a new club in Boston next year. BrooklynVegan reports that Roadrunner, a 50,000 square foot space with a scalable capacity of 3500 located at 89 Guest St, will be New England’s largest indoor general admission venue. And today, the Bowery Presents has announced the venue’s initial calendar, which includes shows from Mitski, Big Thief, Waxahatchee, and Bleachers beginning in March 2022.
Tags: Music, News, Boston, New England, Brooklynvegan, Mitski, Waxahatchee, Big Thief, Bowery Presents ' New Boston Club Roadrunner, Mitski Big Thief Waxahatchee


The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This week’s countdown is below, and you can listen to a playlist of all our 5 Best Songs on Spotify.
Tags: Music, The 5 Best Songs Of The Week, Mitski, Magdalena Bay, Eartheater, Big Thief, PinkPantheress


Big Thief – “Change”

In a recent interview, Big Thief talked about their plans to release a brand new double album early in 2021. That’s exciting! For now, though, Big Thief are cranking out new songs one or two at a time, and that’s pretty exciting, too. In recent months, the band has shared new jams “Little Things,” “Sparrow,” and “Certainty.” Today, they’ve dropped a lovely, quiet, ramshackle number called “Change.”
Tags: Music, New Music, Big Thief


Big Thief Prep Double LP For 2022

Big Thief have already shared a handful of standalone songs this year, such as “Certainty,” “Little Things” (which ranked among our favorite songs that week), and “Sparrow.” All of those seemed to tie into the New York indie-rock act’s ongoing fall tour. Now, reports that the band is actually prepping a double LP for early 2022. It’ll feature 20 songs recorded over the course of a two-week quarantine in the Vermont woods in July 2020.
Tags: Music, New York, News, Vermont, Adrianne Lenker, Big Thief, Buck Meek


Phoebe Bridgers Closed Out The First Night Of Pitchfork Fest On A Mostly Solemn Note

Friday marked the return of Pitchfork Music Festival to Chicago’s Union Park for the first time since July 2019. The fest’s COVID-era comeback offered lots of compelling options on the first day, starting with some dystopian rap (Armand Hammer) and rocket-fueled emo (Dogleg) that I would’ve liked to see if my flight hadn’t been pushed back. Among the acts I actually did witness in part, there were fiercely howled anthems from Hop Along, cantankerous prog-rock bombardments from black midi, and re...
Tags: Music, Chicago, Concert Review, Animal Collective, Phoebe Bridgers, The Fiery Furnaces, Pitchfork Music Festival, Hop Along, Yaeji, Kelly Lee Owens, Big Thief, Ela Minus, Black Midi


Watch Big Thief Play New Song “Dragon” At Pitchfork Music Festival

Big Thief performed at the first day of Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park yesterday. They’ve shared new songs like “Certainty,” “Little Things,” and “Sparrow,” in recent weeks, and during their set at Pitchfork, they played another new one. “Dragon” is a gnarled rocker that recalls the heavier moments on Two Hands, and you can watch their performance and listen to it below.
Tags: Music, News, Chicago, Pitchfork, Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival, Big Thief


Big Thief – “Certainty”

A few weeks ago, Big Thief shared a pair of new tracks, “Little Things” and “Sparrow.” Today, they’re back with another new one, “Certainty,” which arrives just as their US tour kicks off in Louisville tonight. It was recorded during a power outage at Flying Cloud Studios. “On the third day of the outage, I found Adrianne on the porch writing a new song, so I sat with her and we finished it together, with the rain falling from the gutters splashing over our guitars,” Buck Meek explained in a sta...
Tags: Music, US, Louisville, New Music, Meek, Adrianne, Big Thief


Big Thief Drop New Song, ‘Certainty,’ Recorded During Power Outage

Rising indie quartet Big Thief have surprise-released a new song called “Certainty” that was written and recorded directly to 4-track during a three-day power outage. The recorder was plugged into a cigarette lighter, according to the announcement. Guitarist Buck Meek explained the complicated jerry-rigged recording process. “On the third day of the outage, I found […]
Tags: News, Big Thief, Buck Meek


The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This week’s countdown is below, and you can listen to a playlist of all our 5 Best Songs on Spotify.
Tags: Music, The Weeknd, The 5 Best Songs Of The Week, The Alchemist, Tasha, Boldy James, Big Thief, Injury Reserve


Bandsintown Introduces ‘Plus’ Subscription Service for Streaming Concerts From Indie Acts

The live music web hub Bandsintown is introducing a streaming concert subscription service, Bandsintwon Plus, that will offer shows from independent artists like Phoebe Bridgers, Jeff Tweedy, Soccer Mommy, Joe Bonamassa, Fleet Foxes and Mt. Joy  for a flat $9.99 monthly fee. The “all access pass” for Bandsintown Plus promises more than 25 concerts a […]
Tags: News, Bandsintown, Phoebe Bridgers, Jeff Tweedy, Joe Bonamassa, Big Thief, Soccer Mommy, Phoebe Bridgers Jeff Tweedy


Indigo Sparke – “Baby” (Prod. Adrianne Lenker)

Adrianne Lenker has been busy. The Big Thief frontwoman just released not one but two quarantine albums, and she's also co-producing the debut album from Australian singer-songwriter Indigo Sparke. Sparke met Lenker opening for Big Thief on their Australian tour, and they produced her upcoming LP Echo together alongside Big Thief's regular producer … More »
Tags: Music, Adrianne Lenker, Nick Hakim, Big Thief, Lenker, Sparke, Indigo Sparke, Sparke Sparke


Premature Evaluation: Adrianne Lenker songs & instrumentals

The prospect of a "quarantine album" from Adrianne Lenker is immensely appealing. Granted, that's true of any new music from Lenker, the Big Thief singer-songwriter who in recent years has emerged as one of the most talented and magnetic figures in underground music. Furthermore, disappearing into a remote cabin to record new music with a … More »
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Buck Meek – “Second Sight”

The members of Big Thief really don't fuck around. Last year, they released their third album as a band, U.F.O.F., a massively acclaimed level-up that they wasted no time in following up with Two Hands, an album some fans liked even more. After releasing two of the best albums of 2019, … More »
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We’ve Got A File On You: Matt Berninger

We’ve Got A File On You features interviews in which artists share the stories behind the extracurricular activities that dot their careers: acting gigs, guest appearances, random internet ephemera, etc. More »
Tags: Music, Hunger Games, Barack Obama, Game Of Thrones, Bob's Burgers, Nancy, Scott Aukerman, Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers, El Vy, The National, Brent Knopf, Zach Galifianakis, Walter Martin, Demi Moore, Sharon Jones


Adrianne Lenker – “dragon eyes”

Adrianne Lenker, the primary songwriter behind Big Thief, recently announced not one but two solo albums. She wrote and recorded both, songs and instrumentals, while quarantined in a one-room cabin in the mountains of western Massachusetts this past April. As their titles might suggest, songs contains more traditional lyrics and songwriting while instrumentals is made … More »
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Sharon Van Etten, Big Thief, Black Belt Eagle Scout, & More Contribute Unreleased Tracks To Carrizo/Comecrudo Solidarity Compilation

Signer-sgonwriter Jordan Moser and his label Keeled Scales have put together To The People Of The Land: Carrizo/Comecrudo Solidarity Compilation, a new 31-track compilation to benefit the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas (the Estok'Gna). The collection, available for 30 days starting Friday, will feature previously unreleased songs from Big Thief, Molly Burch, Sharon Van … More »
Tags: Music, Texas, News, Sharon Van Etten, Big Thief, Jordan Moser, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Carrizo Comecrudo Solidarity Compilation, Estok Gna, Molly Burch Sharon Van


Big Thief’s James Krivchenia Announces Ambient Solo Album, Shares Three Songs

James Krivchenia is one fourth of Big Thief. He's one of the best drummers working in indie rock right now, and he's also a crucial part of a fundamentally tight unit. But Krivchenia also makes music on his own. His solo stuff sounds nothing like Big Thief, and it doesn't involve drums. Instead, Krivchenia makes …
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Watch Margaret Glaspy Cover Big Thief’s “Mythological Beauty” And Check Out Her Bookshelf

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker has been known to cover a song or two; she recently performed "Summer's End" in tribute to the late John Prine. And increasingly, Lenker's own Big Thief catalog is becoming fodder for other musicians too. More »
Tags: Video, Music, John Prine, Margaret Glaspy, Adrianne Lenker, Big Thief, Lenker


Big Thief – “Love In Mine”

In U.F.O.F. and Two Hands, Big Thief released two of 2019's finest albums, and it turns out they had even more great music from that era in the can. Two weeks ago, the band released a set of 2018 demos to benefit their road crew, who are out of … More »
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Watch Pluralone (Josh Klinghoffer) Cover Big Thief’s “Not”

In 2009, when John Frusciante left Red Hot Chili Peppers for the second time, Josh Klinghoffer took over as the band's lead guitarist. When the Chilis invited Frusciante back for a third tenure 10 years later, Klinghoffer was kicked to the curb. Speaking with Marc Maron about his ouster, Klinghoffer sounded … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marc Maron, John Frusciante, Klinghoffer, Big Thief, Josh Klinghoffer, Pluralone, Pluralone Josh Klinghoffer, Frusciante


Big Thief Releases Demo Collection to Benefit Their Road Crew

Big Thief today released “Demos Vol. 1 – Topanga Canyon, CA – Feb 2018,” a collection of previously unreleased songs from the sessions that spawned the group’s last two albums, “U.F.O.F.” and “Two Hands.” The demos are available to purchase with all proceeds benefiting Big Thief’s touring crew, which, like virtually every music road crew, has been financially stranded by the tour cancellations […]
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Big Thief Share Unreleased Demos To Support Tour Crew During Pandemic

Big Thief have shared a collection of unreleased demos that were recorded during the same sessions that produced last year's double whammy of U.F.O.F. and Two Hands. They include three new Big Thief songs -- "Mermaid," "Over," and "Live Young" -- and two full-band versions of tracks that appeared on Adrianne … More »
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Watch Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker Cover John Prine’s “Summer’s End”

Yesterday, we learned the upsetting news that the great singer-songwriter John Prine was in critical condition, being treated for COVID-19. Today, Prine's wife Fiona -- who herself is recovering from coronavirus -- tweeted that Prine is "stable." She also thanked Prine's fans and well-wishers for the public outpouring of love and … More »
Tags: Video, Music, John Prine, Adrianne Lenker, Fiona, Prine, Big Thief, Adrienne Lenker


Watch Big Thief Absolutely Kick Ass On Kimmel

Ever since they embarked on their incredible U.F.O.F./Two Hands two-album run last year, Big Thief have been making the promotional rounds, playing on every TV show that'll have them. Most of the time, when bands do this, it gets boring fast. It does not get boring with Big Thief. The band's … More »
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Who Should Win, And Who Will Win, At The 2020 Grammys

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Week In Pop is moving to Mondays! Today's installment will be the final Thursday column. Look for the first Monday column just four days from now, on Jan. 27. The Grammys are this weekend. You probably know this because the Recording Academy is mired in scandal right now, with allegations of corruption … More »
Tags: Music, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Fallon, Rihanna, Future, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Chris Martin, Selena Gomez, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Drake, Seth Meyers, James Corden


Pink Donates $500K To Australian Fire Relief Effort

Numerous artists and celebrities are pledging aid to those affected by the devastating bushfires that have left 23 Australians dead and thousands more homeless. "I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires," pop singer Pink wrote on Twitter. "I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to … More »
Tags: Music, News, Australia, Tame Impala, Pink, Kevin Parker, Adrianne Lenker, Big Thief