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The 80 Best Albums of 2015

Travel back five years ago when the release calendar was rife with stellar albums. 2015 offered such an embarrassment of musical riches, that we selected 80 albums as best of the year.

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Art Is a Recycling Across Generations: In Conversation with Julia Holter

As an artist who boldly blurs the line between avant-garde aesthetics and pop accessibility, Julia Holter's new album comes at us as a statement, and one that speaks to the power of her artistic journey.

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How Did Julia Holter Wind Up Scoring a Boxing Film?

How was a composer who makes music as celestial as Julia Holter's going to channel the energy of a boxing epic?

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Julia Holter: Have You in My Wilderness

On her fourth album, Holter may have crafted her most peaceful -- and poppy(!) -- album yet.

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Julia Holter - "Everytime Boots" (Singles Going Steady)

This perfect pop gem gallops along in an upbeat manner that’s in sharp contrast to Holter’s dreamy, gauzy vocals.

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"I Love Going Crazy in My Songs": A Conversation with Julia Holter

"I write with a character in mind. I just let myself write whatever comes out without it necessarily being directly a translation of what I'm aware that I'm feeling, you know?"

Juan Edgardo Rodríguez
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Julia Holter - "Sea Calls Me Home" (audio) (Singles Going Steady)

“Sea Calls Me Home” is a pleasant introduction to Julia Holter’s upcoming album Have You in My Wilderness.

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Ducktails: St. Catherine

Matt Mondanile's (Real Estate) latest solo excursion improves upon his refined fuzz-pop approach, though he struggles to find an emotional core inside his casual synth arrangements.

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Darryl Holter: Radio Songs: Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles 1937-1939

By making a record to remind us about Woody Guthrie's tenure on Los Angeles radio, Holter is also reminding us of California’s unique legacy of promises unfulfilled.

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Linda Perhacs: The Soul of All Natural Things

To live up to the legacy of a cult classic is a daunting task. While The Soul of All Natural Things isn't quite up to the challenge, it does add a number of memorable songs to her catalog.

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Julia Holter: Loud City Song

A different kind of fantasy, and a more dangerous one, permeates the streets of Julia Holter's Loud City Song.

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Julia Holter - "Maxim's I" (stream) + Tour Dates

The blossoming, dramatic third single from Julia Holter's Loud City Song expands her former largely synthetic style in an organic, classic-sounding direction.

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The Best New Artists of 2012

The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.

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Julia Holter – “Moni Mon Amie” (video)

Ekstasis is one of the most unusual and unprecedented indie pop albums to come along in quite awhile

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The Audibly Deteriorating Landscape

The ruins of Detroit identified a past that stands in contrast with Techno's futurism, but do the foreclosed homes, uninhabited luxury condos, and padlocked storefronts provide any kind of guide to tomorrow's music?

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Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for March

PopMatters previews some of March's most compelling new releases, including works from the Magnetic Fields, Julia Holter, Bowerbirds, and more.

Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan

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