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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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Sleater-Kinney: Live in Paris

Sleater-Kinney celebrates their 2015 reunion with a live album that captures the excitement and mood of their concerts without any hint of their decade-long hiatus.

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Sleater-Kinney Wallop New York with Five Shows (Irving Plaza Photos)

Sleater-Kinney's five night run in New York drew out hardcore fans and Fred Armisen as the band played off their "comeback" album No Cities to Love and other classics.

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Carrie Brownstein's New Memoir Is a Mash Note to Her Band

“It’s a love letter to music and a love letter to my bandmates,” Brownstein says of her book.

Carolyn Kellogg
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Everything Has Changed, Nothing Has Changed: Music in a Post-9/11 World

The attacks of 9/11 may have caused a noticeable shift in the lyrical content of musicians and even sonic changes in the short term, but, in the end, normalcy finds a way to settle in.

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Sleater-Kinney: 26 February 2015 - Terminal 5, New York (Photos)

Audiences hungry for the reunited Sleater-Kinney will be thrilled. The band are as explosive as ever.

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Sleater-Kinney - "The Fox" (From My Playlist)

Here are some reasons why Sleater-Kinney's "The Fox" is the greatest opening to a rock record ever.

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Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love

The alternative rock band's first record in a decade exceeds all expectations of what a reunion album should sound like by not sounding like a reunion album at all.

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The Best Album Re-Issues of 2014

The music world saw reissues from all over the genre map, spanning classic rock titans to electronic music legends.

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Sleater-Kinney - "Bury Our Friends" (video)

What Sleater-Kinney reunion? "Bury Our Friends" makes you think the pathbreaking trio never went on hiatus in the first place.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 40-21

From breathtaking reformulations of shoegaze to British soul revival, this batch of stellar recordings from the 2000s is an eclectic one.

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The Corin Tucker Band: Kill My Blues

The progression of Corin Tucker’s career and the arc of Kill My Blues provide proof positive that the personal may be political, but it’s also still personal.

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Corin Tucker Band: 14 September 2012 - Milwaukee, WI

At Milwaukee's Cactus Club, the Corin Tucker Band's second stop on their tour, the band put on a tight, energetic show despite some sound problems and unfamiliar songs.

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Ethnographies of the Hipster: Miranda July's 'The Future' and 'It Chooses You'

It Chooses You provides a sketch of the deluxe hipster, one who hardly knows what to make of the poor, the underprivileged, the recently incarcerated, and others who are just plain weird, as opposed to quirky.

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Distort Me Deadly: The Top 10 Female Punk Bands

For three decades, punk's not-so-secret weapon -- pioneering women -- have shaped the sonic template and bristling attitude of underground music's teeming core.

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CMJ 2011 Day 1: Wild Flag + Eleanor Friedberger + Hospitality

An amazing evening of music from a group of female-fronted acts kicks CMJ off with enormous, life-affirming fanfare. Wild Flag, Eleanor Friedberger and Hospitality at the Bowery Ballroom on 10/18.

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Wild Flag: Wild Flag

Maybe Wild Flag comes out of the gate a little slowly, but the indie supergroup makes up a lot of ground in the end.

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Ballad of a Working Mom: An Interview with Corin Tucker

Following Sleater-Kinney's indefinite hiatus, Corin Tucker kept quiet for several years while raising a family. Now, with a new band and a new sound, she its down with PopMatters to talk about how this endeavor came into being, and where she'd like to go next.

Ben Schumer
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Sleater-Kinney: The Woods

Consistently challenging and absolutely thrilling, Sleater-Kinney's seventh release is a renewal of the word 'loyalty': to a band, and to rock 'n' roll.

Jill LaBrack
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Jillian Steinberger

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