Midwinter report: Were Pitchfork’s nights at the museum a masterpiece?

Midwinter is a compelling idea. Pitchfork’s new event, held at the Art Institute Of Chicago over the past weekend, brings together world-class art and music you might not see booked at bigger summer festivals in a limited-capacity venue, in the dead of the winter, when no one has anything nearly as spectacular going…

Slowdive meets Seurat: 11 must-see sets at Pitchfork Midwinter

Here in the dead of winter, the last thing on most Chicagoans’ minds is “music festival.” But in a city already saturated with summer concerts, and boasting a notoriously long cold, gray season, it was a brilliant move by Pitchfork and The Art Institute Of Chicago to organize Midwinter, a three-day event bringing…

Now That’s What I Call Meow-sic: 16 times cats made their way into song

As cats domesticated themselves, it was inevitable that they’d take over our music, too. At least as far back as the Baroque era, they’ve been purring their way into our songs: Domenico Scarlatti’s “Sonata G Minor (Cat’s Fugue)” was inspired by his cat, Pulcinella, stomping across his keyboard, the 17th-century…

Ariana Grande, Chaka Khan, and 18 more new albums to keep you warm in February

As the wave of spring album announcements continues to build, it’s easy to overlook the solid lineup of releases here to keep us warm in the dead of winter. February brings a ton of great indie music, with Beirut, Girlpool, Cass McCombs, and Panda Bear all returning with new full-lengths. And it’s a particularly…

Baby, it’s really fucking cold outside: A wintry mix to get you through the polar vortex

It’s not just cold out there, folks—it’s goddamn freezing. Not only here in the Midwest, but all across North America, flights are grounded, businesses closed, and generally we’re all forced inside for the next 24 hours or so. To help you—and us—get through it, The A.V. Club has compiled a Spotify playlist of winter…

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