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The 12 Best Pop Albums of 2019

From "Old Town Road" to "7 Rings", from Lizzo to Lucy Spraggan, 2019 was a wild time for pop music, one where escapism was king. Now, as the year winds down, we simply can't escape how good these 12 albums are.

Evan Sawdey
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The Wombats: iTunes Festival London 2011

How many souvenirs does it take to create a junk drawer?

Jedd Beaudoin
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Friendly Fires + The Naked and Famous + Cults - Live at SummerStage in Central Park

On record, Friendly Fires are a kinetic blend of dance rhythms, massive washes of synthesizers and guitars and the blue-eyed soul yelps of frontman Ed Macfarlane. Live, however, they’re even better, a frenzy of motion from which the noise escapes.

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Friendly Fires: 10 June 2011 - Hollywood

Though the trio of disco-punk kings known as Friendly Fires aren’t yet a household name, the boys are rock stars of the finest sense.

Melissa Bobbitt
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Friendly Fires: Pala

The dumb joy of Friendly Fires’s ecstatic celebration should be more than enough though to sustain those who are wise enough to not confuse this for anything other than a pop album.

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Another Great Taco- and Tune-Filled SXSW: A Long Weekend Photo Essay

Another great South By weekend. Thanks for the tacos, the drinks and the music... delicious.

Michael Ritchie
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Part 1: AmpLive to Damien Jurado

From AmpLive to Damien Jurado, PopMatters offers up the first batch of Slipped Discs, 40 great albums that didn't quite make our year-end list in 2008, but our writers thought belonged there.

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Lykke Li + Friendly Fires

Live, Lykke Li is a show of force, and during an hour of mesmerizing, artfully arranged originals and a few covers, she confirmed there's plenty of teeth behind her tweeness -- and piquancy, too.

Chad Berndtson
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CMJ Music Marathon 2008 Day 1: Friendly Fires

Words and Pictures by Thomas Hauner


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