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The 50 Best Songs of 2009

As part of PopMatters’ 20th anniversary, we are revisiting classic features. Travel back in time a decade ago to 2009, when indie rock was in its full ascendency,and hear the songs that soundtracked the era.

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BUKU Music and Art Project: 8-9 March 2013 - New Orleans

With a diverse lineup, BUKU intended to incorporate the post-industrial vibe as well as the garish festivity of Mardi Gras World, which it pulled off with varying degrees of success.

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Sweetlife Food & Music Festival: 28 April 2012 - Columbia, MD

In its second year, Sweetlife seems to be establishing strong roots for it to develop into an original, appealing and noteworthy festival choice.

Tim J. Nelson
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Tomorrow Will Be Kinder: An Interview with Greg Wells of 'The Hunger Games' Soundtrack

The superstar producer just helped helm the mega-selling Hunger Games soundtrack, and tells PopMatters all about its creation, including how he never actually knew about the series until right before he started working on the music.

Teresa Jusino
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Steve Aoki: Wonderland

Wonderland highlights both of the highest and lowest points of electronic music over the course of its tiresome 53-minute run-time.

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“Don’t Let Me Fall”: Hip-Hop in the Age of Austerity

Rappers have always wrestled with the question of how to succeed in a society where the odds are stacked against them. The biggest difference now is that their middle class listeners have the same worries.

Jonathan Tjarks
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Guessing the 2012 Grammys

Predictions on who will be honored on “music’s biggest night”, based on a mixture of rumors, critical acclaim, and the academy’s voters.

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Wale and Kid Cudi Offer Up Collaboration on "Focused"

Wale and Kid Cudi end their feud, as the two MCs collab on a new single for Wale's Ambition.

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Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West - “Welcome to Heartbreak”

"Welcome to Heartbreak" is the most underrated valuable song on 808s & Heartbreak. Here, West separates himself from every other rapper alive by utilizing the simplicity of heartbreak in such a poignant manner.

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Dan Black: ((Un))

This is music made equally for headphones, clubs, and car stereos. This is as creative and re-playable as debut pop albums get.

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Lady Gaga: 3 December 2009 - Camden, NJ

In terms of a benevolent diva successor in the years to come, Lady Gaga more than fits the bill.

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David Guetta: One Love

"One Love" is the kind of dance song that makes listeners forget troubles and believe in the beat, if only for the duration of the song.

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