• Introduction

    Hello! I'm Rachel.

    Rachel Brodsky is a freelance culture writer, critic, and reporter living in Los Angeles. She is a frequent contributor to Stereogum and was previously on staff with The Independent, Grammy.com, SPIN, Paste, and MTV.

     

    Her writing about music, TV, film, gender, and lifestyle has been published by outlets including Vulture, GQ, UPROXX, Glamour, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The CODA Collection, and many others.
     

  • Rachel Brodsky's (Abbreviated) Resume

    Freelance Writer

    2008–Present

    Find my writing in: Vulture, Stereogum, GQ, UPROXX, EW, Huffington Post, The Guardian, SPIN, Rolling Stone, The CODA Collection, Glamour, MTV.com, and Paste Magazine, among others

    The Independent

    Senior Culture Reporter, 2020-Present

    The Recording Academy

    Managing Editor, GRAMMY.com, 2018–2020

    CBS Interactive

    Senior Editor, 2017–2019

    SPIN.com

    Associate Editor, 2016–2016

    Assistant Editor, 2014–2016

    MTV Buzzworthy

    Associate Editor, 2012–2014

  • Special skills

    • Copywriting and editing
    • News reporting
    • Long- and short-form writing/editing
    • Reporting & Interviewing
    • Social media best practices
    • SEO & Analytics
    • Online platforms knowledge
    • Staff leadership and supervision
    •  Planning and coordination
    • Team collaboration 
    • Budgeting
    • Sound editorial judgment
    • Relationships with publicists & talent management

  • Projects

    A few things I've worked on...

    We’ve Got A File On You: Liz Phair

    Stereogum Q&A

    How Shrek Blew My Band Up

    Vulture Q&A with Guy Sigsworth

    Lisa Jakub Answers Every Question We Have About Mrs. Doubtfire

    Vulture 'Role Call' Q&A

    What will it take to finally #FreeBritney?

     

    Indy Premium

    We’ve Got A File On You: Shirley Manson

    Stereogum Q&A

    Lucy Dacus interview: ‘I always wished that I’d had a more joyous journey with sexuality’

    The Independent

    We've Got A File On You: Bat For Lashes

    Stereogum Q&A

    Kreayshawn Looks Back On “Gucci Gucci” 10 Years Later

    Stereogum Q&A

    Molly Gordon: Showbusiness is a ‘wildly insane career’

    The Independent Interview

    Japanese Breakfast: Interview

    The Independent Interview

    We’ve Got A File On You: Eve

    Q&A with EVE for Stereogum

    Doxxing with the devil: Pop stars must ask fan armies to lay down their weapons on social media

    The Independent Comment

    Danny Elfman: ‘This is like an America that George Orwell would have written about’

    The Independent Interview

    Moby: ‘I don’t want to know what strangers think about me’

    The Independent Interview

    ‘It’s about self-love’: How TINA captures an icon who refused to falter

    The Independent Interview

    Double-necked standards: When men smash guitars, it’s rock’n’roll. When Phoebe Bridgers does it, it’s a debate

     

    The Independent Comment

    Jane Birkin On Grief, Jealousy, And Her Most Personal Album Ever

    Stereogum Q&A

    People spent years taking photos of Britney Spears. But did they ever actually look?

     

    The Independent Comment

    From ‘dressing America’ to ‘crickets’ and back: Former J.Crew guru Jenna Lyons on failure, curiosity, and influencer culture

     

    The Independent Interview

    Yvonne Orji On Her First-Ever HBO Comedy Special, Faith & Celebrating Black Joy

    Grammy.com Interview

    Laura Jane Grace On Getting Sober And Living In The 'Tranny' Postscript

    MusiCares Interview

    Future Islands Can't Quit You

    Grammy.com interview

    Patty Smyth On Turning Down Van Halen, Getting Patti Smith’s Mail, And Releasing Her First New Music In 28 Years

    Q&A for Stereogum's 'Tracking Down' column

    FINNEAS On Billie Eilish & "Doing Production That No One's Ever Done Before"

    The L.A. super-producer lists his soundboard inspirations and what he feels makes for a successful collaboration

    Game of Thrones: Is Daenerys Targaryen an Antihero?

    The case for Dany as Walter White.

    GQ 

    The actress and former "SNL" comedian opens up about creating her first-ever album.

    Grammy.com Interview

    Natalie Prass on her new album and the power of political anthems

    Q&A for Entertainment Weekly

    Jenny Lewis On Loving L.A., Texting With Beck & Why 'On The Line' Is Just "One Piece Of The Puzzle"

    Grammy.com Interview

    Marc Maron On Dollar-Bin Diving And Why Mandy Moore "Really F***in' Shines"

    Grammy.com Interview

    Frankie Cosmos Is Ready to Be Herself

    As Brooklyn's premier twee-pop singer readies her proper sophomore record, 'Next Thing,' she navigates the tricky intersection between adolescence and adulthood

    SPIN Profile

    The SPIN Interview: Blink-182

    In the wake of their first studio album without guitarist and founding member Tom DeLonge, the pop-punk superstars look back on a quarter-century of dick jokes, teaming with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, and how every song stays with them "like a tattoo"

    I Sang ‘Torn’ With Natalie Imbruglia at Karaoke

    The Australian pop singer took a break from her 'Male' covers to duet with me on her '90s classic

    Tove Lo: Cover Story

    Tove Lo Aims To Stay High With Lady Wood

    The Last Shadow Puppets: Everything That You’ve Come to Expect — and a Little Less

    Up close and a little too personal with the U.K. orch-rock duo

    Jenny Hval’s Art of Failure

    The art-pop provocateur delves into her new 'Blood Bitch' LP, negotiates the meaning of defeat, and wonders what all this is for

    When Words Fail: Phil Elverum Navigates Life After Death

    Paste Magazine Q&A

    Profile: Michelle Branch

    After Years of Record-Label Limbo, Michelle Branch Can Tell You That She’s Happy Now

    Paste Magazine

    Profile: Beth Ditto

    Back in control

    Paste Magazine

    From Madonna to Janelle Monáe: how female sexuality progressed in pop

    In her new song Pynk, Janelle Monáe crafts a milestone for how women’s bodies are referenced within music after years of sexualization aimed at a male audience

    The Guardian

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