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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Echo of Pleasure

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are back to show us that '80s alternative synthpop isn't dead, and it's perfectly fine to be mopey as long as there's a good beat.

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Kadavar: Berlin

Blistering with raw energy and rejuvenating power, Kadavar's newest release stands as one of the best rock releases of 2015, as well as a spark of life for the genre.

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Brian Setzer: Rockabilly Riot! All Original

It's a fine line between "retro" and "novelty", but no one walks it better than Brian Setzer.

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Kitten: Kitten

Kitten may be a young band, but it has an old style. That it partially misses the mark is just an example of music being way too regressive for its own good.

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Matthew Connor - "Smoke Signals" (+4 Remixes) (audio) (Premiere)

PopMatters has the exclusive premiere of the moody "Smoke Signals" by Matthew Connor, as well as four remixes of the tune by artists including electronic producer André Obin.

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Pure Love: Anthems

Although its energy is appealing, Pure Love's debut album ultimately doesn't offer anything fresh.

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Royal Band De Thies: Kadior Demb

Even in the mellower numbers, it retains a restless, untamed sort of itching speed, a challenge thrown in front of the dancing nightclub audience of Thiès.

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Four Tet: Pink

Four Tet moves forward by not really moving forward.

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Ringo Deathstarr: Shadow EP

Ringo Deathstarr shifts its shoegaze retro period of focus ahead by a year or two, maintaining the same striking, if now predictable, fidelity to its influences.

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'Retromania': You’d Throw It Against the Wall If You Weren’t So Immersed in It

Retromania is about the anxiety of influence; how our present moment is feeding into it, how it emerged framed as a historical inevitability, and how its necrotic collateral is any futurism that may have the audacity to disregard the past.

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You Say Apocalypse, I Say Retro Chic

Much like telling an erotic story within a Victorian backdrop seems ever so sexy, human depravity juxtaposed against a seemingly golden age of good, moral values is darkly comic and that much more disturbing.

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Ming & Ping: Causeway Army

Finding a synth-pop CD with this much polish and straight-up style feels like an utter breath of fresh air.

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Kamera: Resurrection

Kamera is as pure a retro throwback as you may ever find.

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Contra 4

Games like Contra presented a sort of difficulty that, while extremely demanding, was what offered those games longevity to begin with.

Arun Subramanian
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Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Much more than a gimmick, the controls of Metroid Prime: Corruption eventually gel into the definitive FPS experience.

Cole Stryker
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Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Metroid has always been akin to waking up in the eye of a storm.

Arun Subramanian
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Tetris Evolution

Tetris Evolution starts with the tried and true concept of Tetris and takes it somewhere it's never been before: Xbox Live.

Kevin Garcia
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