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Naytronix: Dirty Glow

A plethora of cool sounds and intriguing timbres can't make up for repetitiveness and a lack of decent songwriting.

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Pussy Riot, Paul Ryan, and Protest Music in 2012 America

With a high-stakes presidential election around the corner, many people have wondered what's happened to protest music in America. From Pussy Riot to Paul Ryan, taking stock might not be as simple as it was a few decades ago.

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Tune-Yards + Delicate Steve: 1 June 2012 - New York

Merrill Garbus is an extremely powerful performer.

Conor Kelley
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Elephant & Castle: Transitions

With any debut album there's high expectations. When your previous work has been praised by numerous high-profile publications both online and print, those expectations skyrocket. Transitions somehow manages to exceed them.

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Mwahaha: Mwahaha

More than another synth-pop album and a good name, this is an album that you’ll want to listen to again.

jJonathan Kosakow
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The 2011 Artists of the Year

This year's top artists are a diverse lot represented by two of the world's biggest pop divas, a plethora of critically adored indie faves, some new talents emerging from the hip-hop underground, a couple of veteran Americana acts, and a few alt-rock legends among many more.

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The Best Indie Rock of 2011

A “Best of Indie Rock” list, by definition, will be an eclectic bunch. And the process of culling through what the genre had to offer is a task this year -- the indie world has had a banner 2011.

Corey Beasley
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The Best Alternative Songwriters of 2011

Some of 2011's best songwriting came from artists whose work could be broadly defined as "alternative". Few of these artists fit the mold of the traditional singer-songwriter, creating music the blurs the lines defining genres.

Robert Alford
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Yuck: Yuck (Deluxe Edition)

The shoegazing Brits re-release their excellent February debut album along with a bonus EP; a nice addition for fans, a must-have for the uninitiated.

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Thao and Mirah: Thao and Mirah

The names on the marquee may be Thao and Mirah, but it's tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus who gives this collaborative project its identity.

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tUnE-yArDs: w h o k i l l

Lo-fi folk, avant-jazz instrumentation, dubby funk beats, Afropop shimmy, soulful R&B vocals, hip-hop attitude, riot grrrl politicking -- they're all present and accounted for in tUnE-yArDs' music-without-borders aesthetic.

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Xiu Xiu + Tune-Yards: 14.April.10 - Washington D.C.

Upstaging Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart is no mean feat but Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus made even that look easy.

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