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Guided By Voices Deliver Their Most Sonorous and Authoritative Album of 2019

Sweating the Plague is Guided by Voices' third album of 2019. It also happens to be their loudest, most conceptually focused, and most enduring record of this year.

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Joyce Manor: Cody

Joyce Manor’s fourth album, Cody is their most elegant effort yet.

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4Knots Music Festival Reaches NYC's Shore Saturday (Preview)

4Knots makes land at South Street Seaport with Guided by Voices, The Strumbellas and more on Saturday.

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Guided by Voices: Please Be Honest

Guided by Voices keep doing whatever it is they've been doing.

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Robert Pollard: Of Course You Are

Of Course You Are is a succinct reminder of Robert Pollard's lyrical penmanship.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 100-81

PopMatters' picks for the best albums of the 2000s begins with a series of albums that spans epic metal, ornate indie folk, and a terrifying work of electronic music.

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Guided By Voices: Cool Planet

Forget "classic". Guided By Voices is a current, working band, history and great past records be damned. And Cool Planet celebrates that more clearly than any of its immediate predecessors.

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Teenage Guitar: Force Fields at Home

The album is imperfect, incomplete and superfluous, but it exists in a world where those traits are what we want in an album.

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Teenage Guitar: Force Fields at Home

The album is imperfect, incomplete and superfluous, but it exists in a world where those traits are what we want in an album.

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You Have Been Waiting for 'Yes Is the Answer' Your Whole Life

Excellent writing from Rick Moody, Peter Case, Jim DeRogatis, and the man formerly known as John Wesley Harding. All on the subject of prog.

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Keep It in Motion: An Interview with Guided by Voices' Tobin Sprout

Tobin Sprout has been one of the most important songwriting voices for a long while, part of Guided By Voices' "classic lineup" if you will. Now, with the band's fourth post-reunion album just getting released, Sprout talks to PopMatters about why he left the band to begin with, being inspired by Brian Epstein's death, and his surprising side-career with children's literature.

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Robert Pollard: Jack Sells the Cow

Pollard's second solo outing since Guided by Voices reformed is tight and loud, but uncharacteristically light on hooks.

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Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for November

Before the release schedule becomes all about Christmas albums and deluxe box sets, November offers enough long-awaited albums and under-the-radar gems to hold you over for the holidays.

Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan
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Todd Tobias: Medicine Show

Todd Tobias's instrumental debut has some strong moments, but as a whole it plays like a soundtrack without a story.

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Guided By Voices: Class Clown Spots a UFO

Guided By Voices are two-thirds of the way through their 2012 LP releases with Class Clown Spots a UFO, which is their best full-length in quite some time.

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The Moog: Seasons in the Underground

Hungarian quintet is this close to making a major impression.

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Robert Pollard: Mouseman Cloud

Mouseman Cloud manages to sound up-to-date while still being warm, sincere and nonchalant, and Pollard of all people should recognize that those things simply transcend recording aesthetic.

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Boston Spaceships: Let It Beard

Let It Beard excels for the fact that it sprawls but also punches, that it feels both careful and ragged.

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Robert Pollard: Space City Kicks

This album continues a now long and impressive run of solid records, but it might be remembered more as a curious companion piece to this classic GBV tour.

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Boston Spaceships: Our Cubehouse Still Rocks

Our Cubehouse Still Rocks is a record of propulsion, something that can be defined not only in the fast-paced, fist-in-the-air anthems that Uncle Bob has penned for this album, but in the lyrical concerns as well.

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Losing My Religion: Revealing the Hollow Reality of Lo-Fi

This whole lo-fi thing, in its current form, is an affectation—a performance, a pose, the indie community’s response to “Vogue”. And this upcoming Guided By Voices tour will only enhance the performative aspects of the supposedly authentic aesthetic they have been championed for canonizing.

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New Theories of Everything Prompted by Guided by Voices Appreciation Night, or, Good News

Tonight I will go belly-up in some kind of mental cloud, a meandering consideration of what tribute shows are really about, and why Guided by Voices deserves one, and what they were really about -- and that will lead to thoughts about prophecy and nihilism and Ralph Waldo Emerson and postmodernism.

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The Devil Went Home and Puked: Robert Pollard's Rock Show

Sorry Guided By Voices fans, but there's no nice way to put it: this tedious, bewildering, and often unwatchable collage of rare home video footage of Dayton's favorite indie rock heroes is just flat out terrible.

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Times New Viking: Born Again Revisited

From Columbus, Ohio ("where people drink beer and smoke cigarettes"), Times New Viking continue the war against fidelity on their fourth album.

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Robert Pollard: Crickets

In typical Pollard fashion, Crickets is overstuffed with filler, but sifting through the mess will yield some classic tracks, and even a few lesser-known gems.

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Guided By Voices: The Electrifying Conclusion [DVD]

Guided By Voices say goodbye with a four-hour finale full of fans, friends, and inebriation.

Josh Berquist
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Guided By Voices

Drunken revelry, a brewery's worth of beer, and a solemn so-long to my crazed, party crashing uncle.

Adam Williams
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Guided by Voices: Half Smiles of the Decomposed

Half Smiles of the Decomposed feels like Pollard making peace with GBV's legacy and taking steps in the direction of progress and reinvention.

Dave Heaton
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Guided by Voices: Earthquake Glue

Steeped in big rock history, steadfastly tenacious, perversely, refreshingly uncool, Bob Pollard has written a fine collection of songs, for the most part, and his band, in their execution, have matched him every step of the way.

David Antrobus
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Guided By Voices: Isolation Drills

Although the band's 12th studio album continues in the more polished vein of Do the Collapse, its surface is nicely tarnished and scuffed so its indie-rock roots are always audible.

Wilson Neate
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