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The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.

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Let It Spill: An Interview with Los Campesinos!

After losing one of their founding members, Los Campesinos! were at a turning point, wondering whether to go on. Good news for us, they did (in the form of new album No Blues), and sonic architect Tom Campesinos! tells PopMatters all about it ...

Corey Beasley
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Parenthetical Girls: Privilege (Abridged)

The sickness Zac Pennington details is worth the pain.

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“But If We Did That, We’d Be Lying”: An Interview with Gareth Campesinos!

Gareth Campesinos! talks about how a recent breakup affected the new record, the role that depression plays in his lyrics, and why touring is a weird thing to do.

Ian Mathers
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Prinzhorn Dance School: Clay Class

Somber, minimalist punk rockers from Britain serve up a solid sophomore effort, full of ominous bass lines and oblique lyrics.

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Los Campesinos!: 17 February 2012 - Austin, TX

Los Campesinos! have done a lot of growing up in a short amount of time, but it is their vision and dedication to their core principles that has kept them humble and morphed them into a dependable and always exciting indie rock institution. May they never lose their vitality.

Ryan Lester
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Los Campesinos!: Hello Sadness

Hello Sadness is a very confessional and autobiographical record, overall; one that might cause a sense of discomfort in some listeners for all of its brute honesty and unflinching emotion.

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"An Adult Person": An Interview with Gareth from Los Campesinos!

In four years, Los Campesinos! have put out three albums, toured the world several times, and become critically-adored indie-rock darlings. So why is Gareth Campesinos! still obsessed with gloom and doom? Atheism, meeting fans expectations, and an aversion to their poppier early songs all make up this insightful interview.

Ian Mathers
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Los Campesinos! + Titus Andronicus

It’s laudable and exciting that the band refuses to rest on its laurels live, but it also means that anyone who likes their recorded material needs to catch them in this environment as soon as possible.

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The Best of Britain 2008

British music in 2008 was for once every bit the match of its American equivalent, and tantalisingly suggested there's much more to come.

Chris Baynes
Music

Los Campesinos!: We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

Welsh septet follows up their stellar debut from... 2008. Working at that kind of pace could be worrisome, but not when the results are this good.

Music

Eyes Wide Open: An Interview With Los Campesinos!

Welsh speed-pop septet Los Campesinos! have ascended the indie-rock ladder at a rate that has even stunned co-founder Neil Campesinos. Touring with Broken Social Scene and releasing a critically adored full-length: all in a day's work for a band that didn’t even exist three years ago.

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Los Campesinos!: Hold on Now, Youngster...

Here's a riddle for you: How is a promising Welsh septet like an American political candidate?

Ian Mathers
Music

Los Campesinos!: Sticking Fingers Into Sockets

A group of exuberant Cardiff college students pay homage to Lesley Gore, cover a Pavement song and "find the perfect match between pretentious and pop" -- all in just 16 minutes.


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