Miriam Benjamin

CONTRIBUTIONS

Pitchfork Take Two: Saxophones, Blue Stage Struggles, and a Taste of Summer Breeze

“Jeremih spent an hour getting everyone good and horny, and so ‘Panda’ functioned as a collective orgasm — people literally lost their minds.”

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August 24, 2016

Who Gets The 1975 Best? “Just Girls”—and for Good Reason

“If Healy can make being unable to get it up sound beautiful, your daily struggle to get someone to text you back, your teenage boredom, and your stained period panties can be beautiful too.”

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August 10, 2016

Chance Colors Outside the Lines at Listening Party

Chance made good on the following line, too: “Make you remember how to smile good.”

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May 23, 2016

Summer Breeze Was Frozen, Let it Go

If Jeremih can party in Vegas the night before Summer Breeze, fly cross-country, and blow through a bang-up performance at Summer Breeze, bitching about the weather seems unreasonable. Look to Jeremih’s example. Be more like Jeremih.

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May 19, 2016

Signed to the Streets: UChicago Professor Explores Connection Between South Side Gangs and Drill Rap

You can’t understand gang violence—and you certainly can’t understand youth culture in Chicago—without thinking long and hard about music.

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May 19, 2016

In Heaven With Twin Peaks at Lincoln Hall

Disoriented by 40 minutes of straight moshing, I could’ve sworn he was a giant flying squirrel.

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May 16, 2016

No Rest at South By Southwest

"SXSW proved to us how many great artists, experiences, and people are out there: you just have to be willing to try something new."

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March 31, 2016

Fuck Your Ivy League Sweater!

"Frontwoman Alex Luciano’s lyrics and stage banter brought a careless femininity to Diet Cig’s pop-punk music—not normally a femme-friendly genre."

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March 31, 2016

Uncommon Interview: Cole Becker of SWMRS

"We’re all very privileged; we’re all heterosexual white dudes. We’re very aware of [that]. "

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February 25, 2016

Art or Artifice? For Indie Pop Duo, It’s Up in the Cloudz

"But when 150 people are splayed out in front of him, staring at him, waiting for him to confess—how could he possibly allow himself to be that vulnerable?"

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January 25, 2016