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The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Even in the coronavirus-shortened record release schedule of 2020, the year has offered a mountainous feast of sublime music. The 50 best albums of 2020 so far are an eclectic and increasingly "woke" bunch.

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Andrew Bird ft. Fiona Apple - "Left Handed Kisses" (Singles Going Steady)

"Left Hand Kisses" is an anti-love song that reveals its characters' affections a bit more with each attempt at rejection they make.

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Watkins Family Hour Stroll Down 'Highway 61 Revisited' at Lincoln Center (Photos)

Lincoln Center and Americanafest NYC welcomed the Watkins Family Hour for a special performance of Bob Dylan's Highway '61 Revisited.

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Blake Mills w/ Fiona Apple + yMusic: 8 October 2014 - Rough Trade (Photos)

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Blake Mills is touring in support of his new album Heigh Ho with instrumental group yMusic backing him. Friend Fiona Apple joined in in New York.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 20-1

These top 20 records of the '00s feature some familiar faces, but also several that, over time, have grown more fondly in memory.

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Elizabeth and the Catapult: Like It Never Happened

As good as this album is, it’s ultimately less a cohesive entity of its own and more like a mishmash between great pop songwriting and the flighty, inspired production of Molad and Lalish.

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Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums

During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.

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The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.

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The Indie Rock Trends of 2012

This year saw a number of interesting developments in the indie rock world, all reflective of the genre's ever-expanding palate.

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In Defense of End-Of-Year Lists

With 2012 all but over, the usual treasure trove of year-end countdowns have begun. Oh, happy day!

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Critical Watchdog: Handicapping the 2012 "Album of the Year" Lists

In the past few days, Uncut, Mojo, and Paste have released their Album of the Year lists, and AllMusic is dropping theirs throughout the week. Some quick analysis shows that it's pretty obvious what the #1 record of the year is going to be for a lot of publications...

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Music in the '90s: When Alternative Became Mainstream

The genre once tied to college radio and indie record companies became mainstream in the '90s. Some of those icons of “alternative” are making comebacks – or never went away. Is this 2012 or 1996?

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Governor's Ball Music Festival: 24 June 2012 - New York

Day 2 at Governor's Ball NYC presented a maturing festival--in both its lineup and execution. And that was a good thing.

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New Fiona Apple Album Streaming at NPR + New Video Released for "Every Single Night"

Fionna Apple's new album 'The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do' releases June 19th, but NPR has the whole thing streaming this week on First Listen. In addition Apple has just released the video for the album's first single, "Every Single Night".

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New Fiona Apple Song “Anything We Want” Appears Online

Fionna Apple's eagerly awaited new album The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do releases June 19th. Apple played “Anything We Want” at SXSW, but now a stream of the studio version is available as an album preview.

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SXSW Music Day 3: Fiona Apple + Grimes (Pitchfork Showcase)

This performance anticipates a huge year for Fiona Apple.

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SXSW Music Day 2: NPR Showcase at Stubb's

NPR’s annual SXSW showcase was one of the hottest tickets last night, with an impressive array of acts including Andrew Bird, Alabama Shakes, and the long-awaited return of Fiona Apple to the stage.

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The Most Disappointing Albums of 2011

The selections on this list aren't necessarily bad albums -- some actually happen to be among the most critically acclaimed of this year. In some cases, it's just that the albums weren't what fans were expecting, and in others, they were exactly what they were expecting.

Enio Chiola
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Various Artists: Rave on Buddy Holly

This tribute collection of 19 covers of one of early rock's most influential pioneers features legends (Paul McCartney, Lou Reed), indie A-listers (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, She & Him), and -- would you believe? -- Kid Rock.

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Fiona Apple: Tidal

The author grapples with his adolescent obsession with Fiona Apple's Tidal

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