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The Most Memorable Albums of 1999 (Part 1)

PopMatters is 20 this year -- until October when we are 21 -- and a 2009 special section celebrates the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Today we kick things off with albums from January through March, highlighted by Eminem's debut and stellar pop from XTC and Blur.

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Still Built to Spill: An Interview with Doug Martsch

Doug Martsch and Built to Spill march on. Despite a core lineup shift, they never plan to slow down.

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Built to Spill: Untethered Moon

Built to Spill's guitar-driven sound is the indie-rock equivalent of comfort food, indulgent and satisfying in how familiar it is.

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An Indie Christmas Music List

A list of some Christmas-themed music by indie artists for your lonesome holiday nights.

Scott Elingburg
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Various Artists: Bob Dylan in the '80s: Volume One

If you're unfamiliar with Bob Dylan's work in the 1980s, this album is no place to start.

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Special Explosion: The Art of Mothering EP

If Special Explosion wants to progress and build its sound, it’ll have to do more grunt work in the songwriting department than mere carbon paper copying of Built to Spill.

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In Praise of Built to Spill's "The Weather"

“The Weather” is the dreamy and evocative final track on Built to Spill's 2001 release Ancient Melodies of the Future, and it's a song that's certainly no "dud".

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Perfect Twenty Years On: Ranking the Built to Spill Records

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of these indie rock stalwarts out of Boise, Idaho. To commemorate the occasion, PopMatters presents this ranking of their albums, from worst to best.

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The 2012 High Sierra Music Festival: 5 - 8 July 2012 - Quincy, CA

You can never predict when you're going to suddenly stumble across your favorite new band, but it's always a special moment when it happens. And it's bound to happen at a festival like High Sierra.

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Electronic Anthology Project: Of Dinosaur Jr.

In re-appropriating all of Dinosaur Jr.'s songs with outdated EDM equipment, a lot of these songs lose nearly all of their charm.

Steven Spoerl
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German Indie Venue Beatpol Celebrates 20 Years

A legendary German music venue that has hosted a number of major American acts over the last several years turns 20 this month.

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Built to Spill: 26 Sept. 2009 - Vic Theatre, Chicago

Words and Pictures by Allison Taich

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Built to Spill: You in Reverse

For the first time in their career, the band has made an album that is both musically and lyrically indifferent.

Kevin Jagernauth
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Built To Spill

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Built To Spill: Live

Bill Holmes
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