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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 80-61

In this next segment of PopMatters' look back on the music of the 2000s, we examine works by British electronic pioneers, Americana legends, and Armenian metal provocateurs.

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"Be a Woman": Joanna Newsom, the Selkie, and the Sea

Newsom uses the sea as a lawless mirror of our present social world.

Tyra Lagerberg
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Joanna Newsom - "Divers" (Singles Going Steady)

The title track from one of this year's best albums, Newsom begins "Divers" with a soothing oath that sounds like it could double as a hymn.

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Various Artists: The Voice Project Presents Home Recordings Volume 1

Music as a tool for social change: An important cause highlighted in a simple, yet powerful way.

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Joanna Newsom Debuts New Song at Treasure Island

The new Joanna Newsom song is tentatively titled "Look and Despair".

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Grimes and Female Celebrity

Grimes's Claire Boucher is the indie heroine of the year, which makes it all the more interesting that she's using her newfound celebrity to subtly challenge what we expect of women in the entertainment industry.

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5 Great Records to Help You Through Winter

PopMatters's Corey Beasley can't knit you a blanket, but he can do the next best thing: here are five classic wintertime records to help you through the big chill.

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Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps: Little Wind

Smith has a quirky voice with a warble that resembles the freak-folk style of Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane. But while there is something Western about those two singers, Smith’s vocals have a Midwestern, plaintive air.

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Carol Kleyn: Love Has Made Me Stronger

Harpist Carol Kleyn's 1976 record, now reissued by Drag City, is a heavy dose of intense, almost insular, joy that would sound naïve if she wasn't so convincing in her optimism.

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The Year in Music: February 2010

Let’s continue our look at the biggest events in music, one month at a time, with February 2010.

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Glasser: Ring

Glasser’s debut album, Ring, is filled with the kind of indie-pop pedigree that makes music PR people froth at the mouth. Fortunately, the album is hardly a collection of popular indie derivatives.

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Green Man Festival: 20 August 2010 - Glanusk Park, Wales

The rain proves to characterize the weekend as much as anything else, as the weekend is blighted by downpours almost without break. Luckily, no one involved was about to let that get in the way.

Sam Cleeve
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Big Ears Festival: 26-28 March 2010 - Knoxville, TN

For Knoxville music and arts fans, it was time to show the rest of the world that we’ve got a pretty hip little town on our hands, and the Big Ears Festival is a perfect mission statement.

Andy Feliu
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Joanna Newsom: 18 March 2010 - New York

Ms. Newsom and her fantastic backing band gave Have One On Me the warmth and musical depth it deserves. But it was her revamped takes on older treasures that show how far she’s really come.

Zach Schonfeld
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Joanna Newsom: 23.Mar.10 - Washington D.C.

Performing in a venue that easily accommodated her fans' hushed reverence, Joanna Newsom led her band through a set of assuredly sophisticated folk-pop.

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Josephine Foster: Graphic As a Star

The Snow White of freak-folk gets her Emily Dickinson on.

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Joanna Newsom

It can be tasking to deconstruct Newsom's epic landscapes, yet you still find yourself listening, quiet, patient, like a child tired from playing all day. It's so rough, so soothing.

Brian Bartels
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Joanna Newsom: Ys

And we all fall down slack-jawed to marvel at Joanna Newsom.


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