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'Red Winter' Weathers the Heartbreaks of Communism

Swedish graphic novelist Anneli Furmar paints a bright window into a gray corner of political history.

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Ball - 'Ball' (album stream) (premiere)

Stream the self-titled debut album from filth soaked Swedish trio Ball.

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'The Glassblower's Children' Explores the Existential Melancholia of the Child's World

Deep at the existentialist heart of this story there's a solemn treatise on the socially inequitable struggles between the worlds of the child and the adult.

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The Radio Dept.: Running Out of Love

Running Out of Love is an exceptional political document that takes on the current state of the world.

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Taking the Bitter With the Swede: Adam Tensta's Moody Hip-Hop Soul

One of Sweden's most outspoken and celebrated rappers returns with an album of eerie hip-hop noir, where the heavy grooves luxuriate in the nebulous fog of despair.

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Little Dragon: Best Of

Best Of only offers a truncated, abridged version of three quality records that, ironically, misses out on much of the Swedish synthpop band's best music.

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'Force Majeure' and the Art of Putting Your Marriage on Ice

Provocative filmmaker Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure is getting awards buzz for setting the story of a crumbling marriage on avalanche-prone ice slopes.

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Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. 2014

Sweden may be the 800-lb gorilla of Northern European cinema, but its neighbors have come on strong.

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Noctum: Final Sacrifice

To some, Final Sacrifice may play out like retro worship, but it's that precise reverence to the past that makes Noctum's sophomore LP the vital traditional metal record it is: unpretentious, wildly fun, and masterfully executed.

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Icona Pop: This Is... Icona Pop

Unashamedly fun, This Is... Icona Pop is the perfect pop album to blare out of your speakers and dance around your room without a care in the world.

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Stina Nordenstam - "Another Story Girl"

Stina Nordenstam's chilly examination of soured love evokes the austerity and drama of an Ingmar Bergman film on "Another Story Girl", a cut from her underappreciated debut, Memories of a Color.

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Weird & Wonderful: Karin Tidbeck's 'Jagannath'

Magic in the woods, anthropomorphic plants, machine/beast hybrids, and some intense body horror: it’s the stuff of dreams and nightmares.

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The Amazing: Gentle Stream

Swedish rockers aim for mellow lushness, but hit lethargy instead.

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Theresa Andersson: Street Parade

Theresa Andersson breaks down the sounds of a New Orleans parade and reconstructs them into wonderfully idiosyncratic, introspective pop. No beads or revelry required.

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Hellsongs: Long Live Lounge

Swedish lounge masters deftly transform metal masterpieces into pop standards.

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Mats/Morgan Band: Live

Live contains 76 minutes of Mats Öberg and Morgan Ågren doing what they do – and have always done – best: playing beautifully complex music that fires the imagination and the soul.

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Opeth + Katatonia: 2011 October 16 - Portland

A surprisingly short concert for a band like Opeth, this Portland show was nonetheless a strong demonstration of how Opeth came to make an album like Heritage. This, foiled with the brutal heaviness of Katatonia, made for one fine evening of Swedish music.

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Graveyard: Hisingen Blues

The Swedish retro-rockers return with a an assured, surprisingly nuanced second album.

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20 Questions: Fredrik

Sweden's noted art-rockers Fredrik are setting themselves up for a big break, and as we find out, they provide great insight on how to pass along advice, what the Swedish winter does to your blood, and the joys of singing to your morning coffee . . .

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A Mastery of Grand and Fine Details in 'Everlasting Moments'

Jan Troell's exploration of the nuts and bolts of old-school photography feels particularly archaic and his imagery achingly nostalgic.

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Little Dragon: Machine Dreams

This is electronic pop music done right, free from hipster trimmings or overly vulnerable declarations of self-discovery, and a sure sign that Little Dragon have the all the strength and memorability of a lucid dream.

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Our Hearts Still Beat For You: An Interview with Anna Ternheim

Last fall, Anna Ternheim sat down with PopMatters to discuss her music, Sweden, and being on the road before her show at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. Pictures by Kirstie Shanley and Thomas Hauner

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Jaqee: Kokoo Girl

The album bounces with nuttiness in the ska sense of the word.

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Pascal: Galgberget

Galgberget is nothing revolutionary, but it's full of heart and commitment.

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The Tough Alliance: A New Chance

Though currently only available as an import, this Swedish dance album is worth every penny of the hefty import price.

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Aly Bain and Ale Möller: Beyond the Stacks

Like many sequels, it gives you more of the same but you don't mind at all because you enjoyed everything so much the first time around that you didn't really want it to change.

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Hans Appelqvist: Sifantin Och Mörkret

A modest pragmatist's view of wonderment.

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Killing's not the key to these Swedish novelists

the aftermath of murder is what absorbs these writers

Peter Rozovsky [The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT)]
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