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Wussy [Cincinnati, Ohio]

Perhaps the question isn’t why “keep on keepin’ on,” but how? You can begin by making a record as good as Wussy, an effortless-sounding album full of spit, regret, and, at times, a damn-near spiritual beauty.

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Remember to Forget: The Twilight Sad Interview

With the recent release of their second album, the Twilight Sad are poised for that ever-elusive "next level". PopMatters talks with lead singer James Graham about life on the road, and on the dole.

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12 Jan 2010 // 10:00 PM

The 411 on R&B

A new decade promises to bring fresh sounds and renewed vigor to R&B. Let's hope it keeps its promise.

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11 Jan 2010 // 10:00 PM

Overlooked Jazz Gems of 2009

The year 2009 was a such a good one for jazz that even some music that had been neglected stands out as stellar. Layman catches up with music he never should have missed.

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“You Can’t Go That Far With Irony”: An Interview with Chromeo

Releasing hit singles for free? Re-creating Hall & Oates classics? Courting Vampire Weekend for some remix work? Yes, these are just some small facets of Chromeo's neon-accented world.

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Starbucks and the New Age of Censorship

Like Kremlin censors, Starbucks regulates choice -- not to retain state power, but to bolster corporate profits -- and the distinction between the role of government and brands gets fuzzier all the time.

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Crash and Jangle: An Interview with Joseph D’Agostino of Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars plays a youthful brand of earnest and expansive rock that evokes both the jangle of Pavement and the fuzzed-out bliss of British shoegaze.

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David Meets Goliath: An Interview With Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart gladly dismantles any notions of relinquishing creative control to his new major label bosses, explores the biological evolution of mushrooms, and shares a surprising connection to Neil Young.

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17 Dec 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Best 60 Albums of 2009

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2009, highlighted by a bevy of American indie rock juggernauts, the return of a hip-hop master, and a couple of the finest voices on the planet.

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17 Dec 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Best Singles of 2009

PopMatters kicks off our annual two-week-long best music of the year feature with the 50 best singles of 2009, highlighted by a trio of American indie rock headliners.

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17 Dec 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Best Re-Issues of 2009

PopMatters presents our 20 best re-issues of 2009, highlighted by the long overdue remastering of the Beatles oeuvre, a number of '80s and '90s classics, and one of the most storied catalogues in electronic music.

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The Best Live Albums of 2009

This has been a year teeming with one of the most robust outputs of live recordings in recent memory.

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16 Dec 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Best R&B of 2009

In this increasingly stratified musical climate, only a handful of albums revealed sound artistic strides while meeting critical and commercial success. Here is the very best of 2009, a year where some of the brightest luster shone from the hidden gems.

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A Chance to be Uncanned: An Interview with Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot talks about how she got switched from classical to jazz, why she decided to cover "Over the Rainbow", and how a "lust for comfort destroys the passion of the soul".

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Reviewing Jazz of 2009: Wherefore Art Thou, Blue Note?

The best jazz of 2009 did not come, even a little bit, from the storied "major labels" of jazz. What happened to Blue Note and Verve this year?

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The Best Americana of 2009

This year saw a flood of plaid-shirted indie-roots bands building on the beardy throwbacks who gained country-rock traction in 2008. And while mainstream country music continued its evolution into '80s pop metal, plenty of roots acts turned the other direction with back-to-basics records.

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15 Dec 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Best Country Music of 2009

Country music purists may be stockpiling vinyl and dry goods for the Swiftocalypse, but all things considered, 2009 was a pretty good year for country music.

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I Still Love H.E.R. (And So Should Everyone Else)

One surprisingly successful technique for converting hip-hop haters and deepening the existing fan's love for the culture is to expose them to "old school hip-hop".

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14 Dec 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Best Hip-Hop of 2009

2009 was the Year of the Comeback, filled with powerful storytelling, dense lyricism, and sprawling departures.

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14 Dec 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Best Jazz of 2009

This was a great year for melding innovation and tradition. The trend continues of piano trios playing boldly, creating a new language for this venerable jazz form. And other kinds of groups have been equally inventive, particularly in working through what it means to be a jazz group -- a notion that has evolved beyond trumpet-saxophone-piano-bass-drums.

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'Full Throttle: Remastered' Is Both Updated and Dated

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"Full Throttle: Remastered is a game made for people who don't mind pixel hunting -- like we used to play.

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