Pouring One Out for Pitchfork

Late one afternoon in mid-January, news about Pitchfork began trickling across Twitter before turning into a veritable flood. The screenshot initiating that outpouring captured a...

Land of Talk’s “It’s Okay”

Beginning in my early 20s, my experience of love became largely unrequited for a significant stretch of time. It seemed as though either I consistently...

Mahalia and Rosetta and Mavis

What dark times we’re inhabiting. Hope—once “the things with feathers,” per Emily Dickinson—increasingly feels as though it has stretched its glossy black wings and departed...

The Lineage Sound

I grew up moving around. Following my dad’s TV news career, we’d pick up and shift to a new city if not every year then...

Rilo Kiley’s “Silver Lining”

The more I come to understand confidence, the more I see it stemming from a lovely internal stillness. If lakes existed somewhere in the core...

Andy Shauf’s “Halloween Store”

Some songs explode on stage. In the lead-up to seeing Andy Shauf perform at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall, I’d been spending time with his discography, including...