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The 70 Best Albums of 2010

2010's best albums are highlighted by the emergence of a future superstar, two veteran and virtuoso rappers, and a Dream Team of indie bands releasing career peaks.

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Deerhunter Ask 'Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?'

Deerhunter's eighth studio album wrestles with escapist and confrontational impulses, and continues their exploration of shifting sonic identity.

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Moon Diagrams: A Lifetime of Love

Moon Diagrams' debut merges an intriguing, genre-hopping beginning and end with a lackluster middle section of extended ambient dance tracks.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars: Pretty Years

With Pretty Years , Cymbals Eat Guitars have delivered their richest and most accessible music yet.

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Guns N' Roses Crush Coachella to Reclaim Rock Crown

There’s a rejuvenating energy which can overcome the soul and truly make one feel 25 years younger. And then there’s the tunes. GNR wrote great songs and they continue to resonate with a timeless quality.

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Cavern of Anti-Matter: Void Beats / Invocation Trex

Stereolab's Tim Gane and a couple of friends try out retro instrumental synth-rock, with catchy, impressive results.

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Deerhunter: Fading Frontier

Arriving after the progressive and corrosive Monomania, Fading Frontier feels like a slight step back.

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Deerhunter: 18 September 2013 - New York

The band will one day pass the torch to another group of rockers with that rare balance of charisma and craft, but Deerhunter reigns in the meantime.

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Deerhunter: Monomania

Music is a neccessity for Deerhunter's Bradford Cox, and on Monomania he asks whether or not that's good for him.

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Lotus Plaza: Spooky Action at a Distance

Though Spooky Action does find guitarist-vocalist Lockett Pundt carrying over some of his more song-like sensibilities from Deerhunter, he's still far more committed to reverb than hooks.

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Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for April

In a month known for celebrating musical independence with Record Store Day, it's appropriate that April's most anticipated releases are by independent voices both familiar and new.

Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan
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The Soft Hills: The Bird Is Coming Down to Earth

Psych-folk quartet's LP intrigues some, but frustrates more.

Freeden Oeur
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Atlas Sound: Parallax

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

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Desitively Bonnaroo: Reporting from the Land of Dust and Music (Part 4)

You’ll be having fun, even though your body insists otherwise.

Tomas Hachard
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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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Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest

Halcyon Digest shines when Deerhunter (finally) gets excited and churns out rock songs, and as a whole it is fascinating to study. But I'm not sure that makes it all great music.

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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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Karen O and the Kids: Where The Wild Things Are

Karen O’s lively soundtrack sounds best where the wild things aren’t: in the most straightforward bits of childlike indie-pop.

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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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Lotus Plaza: The Floodlight Collective

Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt seems the least likely candidate to indulge in solo work, but his Lotus Plaza project shows that there's a lot more going on below the surface of Pundt's shoe-gazing stage persona.

Scott Hreha
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Words About Music: Songs About Radios

A new music blog that is going to make gorillas, bears, and pitchforks take off their headphones and listen.

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Deerhunter: Microcastle

With Microcastle, Deerhunter discard the cryptic mystery and hazy ambience of Cryptograms and reveal their winsome heart.

Rajith Savanadasa
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Black Lips + Deerhunter + King Khan & the Shrines

While Deerhunter’s pensive drones created interesting cadences, and the Black Lips rocked through their rowdy garage punk, the real attraction was King Khan who was resolutely unchallenged in his supremacy as premier buffoon.

Thomas Hauner
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Deerhunter: Fluorescent Grey

Deerhunter's aptly titled Kranky debut Cryptograms earns its name moving from murky swamps of feedback and delay into shimmering swirls of crystalline hooks.

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Deerhunter: Cryptograms

Deerhunter has skills that transcend the cheap shock value of its previous album, its members proving themselves equally adept at ambient, looped strums as they are at pleasing-if-barely-in-tune jangle pop.


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