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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 60-41

PopMatters' coverage of the 2000s' best recordings continues with selections spanning Swedish progressive metal to minimalist electrosoul.

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Sing My Songs to Me: Eric Johnson on the Return of Fruit Bats

Having left behind a highly identifiable name in 2013, Eric Johnson embarked on a career as EDJ. The music stayed the same but, Johnson says, a little bit of confusion in the marketplace had to go.

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Flake Music: When You Land Here, It's Time to Return

The reissue of the debut album from the band that would become the Shins showcases a raw indie rock sound that bridges that gap between '90s alternative and poignant post-millennial indie pop.

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Broken Bells: After the Disco

After the Disco rides that morning after wave, holding up a mirror to cast a dark reflection on the fun that's come and gone.

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Broken Bells - "Holding On For Life" (stream)

"Holding on for Life" features Danger Mouse's trademark atmospheric soundscapes, underscored by a telltale bass line and James Mercer's Bee Gees-esque falsetto.

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The Shins + White Rabbits: 10 October 2012 - Houston

It's been nearly a decade since the Shins released their most-lauded work, but that hasn't stopped droves of fans from flooding their concerts.

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The Shins and Dr. Dog Play 'Austin City Limits'

Last night the Shins and Dr. Dog played sets on 'Austin City Limits' and here are the highights...

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The Shins: 29 May 2012 - Morrison, CO

The Shins give a cosmic yet planetary performance at Red Rocks.

Martin Balgach
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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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The Pop Fan's Most-Anticipated Albums of 2012?

Here’s a look at what might be taking space in your CD collection or filling up your MP3 player this year.

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The Shins Offer Up New Track, "Simple Song"

Filling a void until anticipated release in March

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The 2011 Outside Lands Music Festival: San Francisco

With a wide variety of music coming from five different stages in one of the nation's most beautiful locations, the only problem was trying to catch as many bands as possible.

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Broken Bells: Broken Bells

Broken Bells may not supersede either Mercer's or Burton's respective main gigs, but as a side project that felt implausible to hit as markedly as it has in the first place, it's a minor victory for both parties involved.

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Various Artists: This is Next

The world is better for every new pair of ears that gets turned on to Of Montreal and Ted Leo. The only real question is this: do you really need this album to begin with?

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Bumbershoot feat. Joss Stone, John Legend, Wu-Tang Clan, the Shins, Fergie, and Panic! At the Disco

PopMatters' Steve Horowitz braves the Seattle sun (!?), bringing you the highlights of Bumbershoot 2007.

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The Shins: Wincing the Night Away

Can't sleep? The Shins know how you feel. They're probably the reason why.

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The Shins

refuse to rush anything. Nothing wrong with that.

Tom Mantzouranis
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The Shins

The feeling is recognizable and certain. Exhaustion. It's a great band, on autopilot.

Cori Taratoot
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The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow

The Shins dare to take some chances on this CD, and their boldness winds up elevating this album over their first one by a considerable margin.

Adrien Begrand
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The Shins

Devon Powers
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The Shins

Steven Hyden

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