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The 80 Best Albums of 2015

Travel back five years ago when the release calendar was rife with stellar albums. 2015 offered such an embarrassment of musical riches, that we selected 80 albums as best of the year.

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CHVRCHES' 'Love Is Dead' Is an Energetic but Hollow Step Toward the Mainstream

CHVRCHES' Love Is Dead is an album whose makers are screaming "we're ready for the spotlight", whether or not the sentiment is actually true.

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CHVRCHES - "Bury It" ft. Hayley Williams (Singles Going Steady)

"Bury It" underscores everything about Chvrches' sound that sets the band apart from other synthpop revivalists

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CHVRCHES - "Clearest Blue" (Singles Going Steady)

"Clearest Blue" is a sky-piercing synthpop anthem that behaves so intoxicatingly of-the-moment that to call it timeless would be half-insulting.

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St. Lucia: Matter

Matter suffers from being uneven in places and a little too even in others.

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No More Bones: An Interview With CHVRCHES

With Every Open Eye, CHVRCHES vaults the bar set by its debut, The Bones of What You Believe. Multi-instrumentalist Iain Cook speaks with PopMatters to explain just how that happened.

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CHVRCHES: Every Open Eye

CHVRCHES hit new heights of confidence on their upbeat, synthpop-laden second album.

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CHVRCHES - "Leave a Trace" (video)

CHVRCHES' arrangements are a little more vivid, Lauren Mayberry's singing is more confident and emotive than ever before.

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Chvrches: Under the Tide (EP)

Chvrches serve up an EP of remixes likely to send you back to their original iterations.

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In Defense of Live Performances That Make the Audience Feel Alive

Artists feed off their fans. Fans feed off the artists. A good live performance leaves the spirit relieved of its hunger. Hear that, Chvrches?

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Chvrches: 4 May 2014 - Terminal 5, New York (Photos)

Scottish trio Chvrches closed out their tour with three explosive sold out nights at Terminal 5.

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The Artists of the Year: 2013 Edition

It was a year of thrilling comebacks from legends like My Bloody Valentine and David Bowie as well the launch of major new talents like Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. These artists had the biggest impact on the shape of music in 2013.

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The Best New / Emerging Artists of 2013

This was an incredibly fruitful year for new and emerging artists pointing their respective genre towards new directions and possibilities. From dance to R&B and country to indie, 2013 was a year for pushing boundaries.

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Chvrches: The Bones of What You Believe

If their failings are failings in the pursuit of greatness, they are forgivable.

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The Best Hopes to Break Out in 2013

The year ahead looks to be an exciting one with the emergence of wealth of great new music waiting in the wings. Will Jessie Ware and Django Django be the toasts of 2013? Will 2013 be yet another banner year for forward-looking hip-hop and R&B? And let's not forget all the great new bands expected to break big in 2013.


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