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15 Essential Tracks from the New Zealand Pop Underground

Recorded for $60 in an island country near the bottom of the globe, "Tally Ho", the debut single by New Zealand's the Clean, was an unlikely candidate to be an international game-changer and a defining moment for a pop movement. Here's a sampling of essential tracks by 15 of New Zealand's finest acts.

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Similar to albums by Kilgour's band the Clean, End Times Undone feels longer than it is, in a good way.

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If you love crisp, jangly, guitar rock, the Clean's Anthology is quite the collection.

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The Return and Demystification of Jeff Mangum

Indie-rock's most revered recluse makes a rare appearance in New York City and in so doing, manages to overcome his own myth, one song at a time.

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Times New Viking: Born Again Revisited

From Columbus, Ohio ("where people drink beer and smoke cigarettes"), Times New Viking continue the war against fidelity on their fourth album.

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