• Introduction

    Hello! I'm Rachel.

    Rachel Brodsky is a freelance culture writer, critic, and reporter living in Los Angeles. She is a staff writer/editor and Pop Columnist with Stereogum and was previously on staff with The Independent, Grammy.com, SPIN, and MTV.


    Her writing about music, TV, comedy, podcasts, film, gender, and lifestyle has been published by outlets including the LA Times, The Ringer, The Guardian, Vulture, GQ, UPROXX, uDiscover Music, Glamour, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The CODA Collection, and others.

  • Rachel Brodsky's (Abbreviated) Resume


    Writer/Editor, 2021-Present

    Freelance Writer


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

    The Independent

    Senior Culture Reporter, 2020-2021

    The Recording Academy

    Managing Editor, GRAMMY.com, 2018–2020

    CBS Interactive

    Senior Editor, 2017–2019


    Associate Editor, 2016–2016

    Assistant Editor, 2014–2016

    MTV Buzzworthy

    Associate Editor, 2012–2014

  • Special skills

    • Copywriting and editing
    • News reporting
    • Profiles + Features
    • Long- and short-form writing/editing
    • 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...

    Jennifer Coolidge Still Hasn't Seen Herself in 'White Lotus'

    “No one wants to watch themselves on camera,” the actress told InStyle ahead of the Emmys.


    Day of Indulgence Is Hollywood's Not-so-Secret Summer Camp

    The girls-only event brings together Tinseltown's biggest names for a day of fun and friendship.


    Such Great Heights: How Hot Topic Defined a Generation of Emo Kids

    As bands like Paramore, Taking Back Sunday, and My Chemical Romance took over in the 2000s, there was only one store in the mall where their fans felt at home.

    The Ringer

    Warpaint: ‘This isn’t a Quentin Tarantino movie – it’s an album a band made’

    The LA art-rockers have been taking stock, fuelling talk of a split. But the enforced break has brought a fresh perspective and ‘a little more warmth’, the quartet say

    The Guardian

    Married comics keep love alive with romance and roasting on ‘Endless Honeymoon’ podcast

    Los Angeles Times

    Going Blind: From TikTok to Podcasts, Blind Items Are Taking Over (Again)


    Los Angeles Times

    Luxe for life: How Selling Sunset became TV’s most addictive reality show

    The Independent

    Devon Sawa: ‘I had to smoke pot in movies and be in a hip-hop video to get away from Casper’

    The Nineties heartthrob made teenage hearts flutter as the human version of Casper the Friendly Ghost, then survived ‘Final Destination’ and stalked Eminem in his video for ‘Stan’. He talks to Rachel Brodsky about burnout, his TV comeback, and finally embracing his pin-up status

    The Independent

    Leah Kate Is The Algorithm’s Answer To Olivia Rodrigo

    The Week In Pop


    We’ve Got A File On You: Jewel


    For producer Rogét Chahayed, the path to the Grammys included countless piano — and business — lessons

    Los Angeles Times

    Adult Swim Fest thrives by blurring the line between virtual and reality


    Los Angeles Times

    We’ve Got A File On You: Susanna Hoffs


    We’ve Got A File On You: Melanie C


    How Shrek Blew My Band Up

    Vulture Q&A with Guy Sigsworth

    Musicians Are Selling Clothes On Depop As Both A Fun Way To Engage With Fans, And A Way To Survive


    We’ve Got A File On You: Tori Amos


    We’ve Got A File On You: Liz Phair

    Stereogum Q&A

    The Story Behind Every Track On Brandi Carlile’s New Album In These Silent Days


    We’ve Got A File On You: Maren Morris


    Lisa Jakub Answers Every Question We Have About Mrs. Doubtfire

    Vulture 'Role Call' Q&A

    We’ve Got A File On You: Shirley Manson

    Stereogum Q&A

    We’ve Got A File On You: David Duchovny


    Every Billie Eilish Song, Ranked

    Uproxx Pop Life

    What will it take to finally #FreeBritney?


    Indy Premium

    The Horror, The Horror: Chvrches Tell Us How They Made 2021’s Scariest Album


    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

    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.


    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

    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

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