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The 50 Best Songs of 2009

As part of PopMatters’ 20th anniversary, we are revisiting classic features. Travel back in time a decade ago to 2009, when indie rock was in its full ascendency,and hear the songs that soundtracked the era.

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The Best Alternative Songwriters of 2011

Some of 2011's best songwriting came from artists whose work could be broadly defined as "alternative". Few of these artists fit the mold of the traditional singer-songwriter, creating music the blurs the lines defining genres.

Robert Alford
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Atlas Sound at the Ace Hotel in New York City

Appearance during CMJ Music Marathon for a live broadcast on KEXP turns into a fanfest.

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Atlas Sound: Parallax

With the astoundingly gorgeous Parallax, Bradford Cox continues to assert his infallibility.

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Deerhunter + Casino Versus Japan + Ducktails: 12 October 2010 - Washington D.C.

Much like Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter's live show finds the band splitting the difference between ambient noise and delicately constructed pop.

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Hopscotch Music Festival: 9-11 September 2010 - Raleigh, North Carolina

Well curated, organized and executed, the inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival announced the arrival of a new stop on the summer festival circuit.

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Spoon + Deerhunter + The Strange Boys: 22.Mar.10 - Washington D.C.

How do you improve on perfection? In the case of Spoon, you pair one of indie rock's most reliable live acts with two up-and-coming bands that can more than hold their own.

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Broadcast + Atlas Sound: 17 October 2009 - Washington DC

Lovers of left-of-the-dial indie pop could have hardly conceived a better double bill in their dreams.

Cole Stryker
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Atlas Sound: Logos

With Logos, bedroom pop auteur Bradford Cox steps out of the shadows and into the light of day, producing one of the year's most accomplished indie-pop albums in the process.

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Atlas Sound: Let the Blind Lead Those Who Cannot See

Bundled in both live and programmed textures, this is Deerhunter's Bradford Cox at his most accomplished, processing organ, guitar, and his own vocals for a dizzying 50 minutes.

Dominic Umile
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