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Mad Cool Festival Day 1: Pearl Jam Get 80,000 People to Cry, Tame Impala and Kasabian Mesmerize the Crowds

Spain's Mad Cool Festival proves an instant triumph of organization and content, leaving tens of thousands of people in absolute awe of its magnitude and power.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 60-41

PopMatters' coverage of the 2000s' best recordings continues with selections spanning Swedish progressive metal to minimalist electro-R&B.

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Band of Horses: Acoustic at the Ryman

The intimate and lovey feel of Acoustic at the Ryman is very becoming to Band of Horses.

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Today’s "New" Music Is All Folked Up

One of today’s biggest musical trends owes a debt to one of music’s oldest traditions – buddies gathered on a front porch jamming with guitars, banjos, and mandolins. Some of today’s most popular groups sound like they belong in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1920s, not on alternative radio of the 2010s.

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Poor Moon: Poor Moon

Poor Moon still feels like its developing, which makes this first full-length an uneven, sometimes frustratingly safe record, but it also makes it an album of some promise.

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Jonti: Sine & Moon

The glitch-hop hip-pop debut from Australia-based, South African born Jonti shines as brightly as the sun.

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Those People's Lists: On Pitchfork's Favorite Albums, 1996-2011

On the occasion of Pitchfork's first ever crowdsourced Best Of list, we reappraise the webzine's favorite albums of 1996-2011.

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Birdy: Birdy

On her debut album full of indie-rock covers, this 15-year old proves that she can really sing; but Birdy's appeal may depend on how much you enjoy desperate, aching piano ballads, because there are a lot of them here.

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Father John Misty: Fear Fun

J. Tillman, formerly Fleet Foxes' drummer, proves he can do just fine on his own with Fear Fun.

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Poor Moon: Illusion EP

Illusion’s five songs occupy a dreamy netherworld elicited by the hushed, acoustic instrumentation and subdued production.

Cole Waterman
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The 2011 Artists of the Year

This year's top artists are a diverse lot represented by two of the world's biggest pop divas, a plethora of critically adored indie faves, some new talents emerging from the hip-hop underground, a couple of veteran Americana acts, and a few alt-rock legends among many more.

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The Best Americana of 2011

If you ask a critic or music fan to define Americana, be prepared for an avalanche of diverse responses of opinion. Still, there remain some constant benchmarks, such as pedal steel, fiddle, acoustic guitars -- and good songwriting.

Steve Leftridge and Jeff Strowe
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Austin City Limits: Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr + Fleet Foxes + Arcade Fire

When you get right down to it, very few bands are truly capable of commanding a festival size crowd and won't be getting any easier, as attention spans get ever shorter.

Rory O'Connor
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Pearly Gate Music: Pearly Gate Music

Pearly Gate Music offers an interesting mix of different styles and genres of low-fi, almost garage-y music, but like a cake mix stirred up with an inexact blend of the proper ingredients, it comes off a little bit lumpy at times.

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The Best Albums of 2008

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2008, highlighted by the return of British trip-hop legends and some infectious American indie rock by way of the Cascade Mountains.

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Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes

The boys' voices rarely go where you'd expect, but upon even one play-through, you can't imagine them going anywhere else.

Cole Stryker
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Fleet Foxes: 18 Mar 2008 - Memphis

Their voices rose up as if being resurrected from a long, deep sleep, and echoed out through the tiny bar-turned-sanctuary, mesmerizing the crowd. With that brief a cappella introduction, the gospel according to Fleet Foxes began to unfold.

Matt Perry
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