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The 70 Best Albums of 2010

2010's best albums are highlighted by the emergence of a future superstar, two veteran and virtuoso rappers, and a Dream Team of indie bands releasing career peaks.

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Rostam Takes the Spotlight at American Songbook Show

Hearing Rostam perform at the Appel Room for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series on January 31st, it was obvious how pivotal the man was in crafting the strings on Vampire Weekend's records.

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How the Strokes and Other Indie Bands Reignited Rock 'n' Roll in NYC and Beyond

Author Lizzy Goodman talks with PopMatters about "beautiful, accessible, sexy, dirty, pretty punk rock" and her new book, Meet Me in the Bathroom.

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Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam: I Had a Dream That You Were Mine

On their first collaborative album, Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij linger in unrequited love.

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Fucked Up: Year of the Hare

Can a 23-minute long track with acoustic interludes be the best punk song of the decade?

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Governors Ball Music Festival 2014: Recap + Photos from Randall's Island

Perfect weather and fantastic music lent Governors Ball 2014 the sensation of escaping from New York, even though the island itself sits snug atop the East River.

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Counterbalance: Vampire Weekend's 'Modern Vampires of the City'

Keep that list of who to thank in mind, and don’t forget the rich ones that are kind. A critically acclaimed 2013 LP from New York indie rockers is this week’s Counterbalance.

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The Artists of the Year: 2013 Edition

It was a year of thrilling comebacks from legends like My Bloody Valentine and David Bowie as well the launch of major new talents like Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. These artists had the biggest impact on the shape of music in 2013.

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God and Man on 'Modern Vampires of the City'

The biggest surprise of Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City is that it's a deeply God-haunted album, with Ezra Koenig posing some questions that don't have answers.

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Vampire Weekend Live at Roseland (video)

Steve Buscemi of 'Fargo' and 'Boardwalk Empire' fame steps behind the lens to direct this mini-film of Vampire Weekend's recent performance at New York's Roseland where the band plays some new material from their stellar 'Modern Vampires of the City'.

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Vampire Weekend - “Unbelievers” / "Oxford Comma" (videos)

Vampire Weekend played 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' last night in ghoulish costumes and debuted the new tune “Unbelievers”, as well as performing their classic "Oxford Comma", released as a web exclusive.

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Taking It All In: The Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 (Sunday)

The final day of Pitchfork brings a barrage of guitar bands, a tight race between coasts east and west and a feel-good farewell from the boys in Vampire Weekend.

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Spoek Mathambo: Father Creeper

With a lot going on, South African Spoek Mathambo's second album unleashes township tech on unsuspecting passers by. While it's good, it doesn't quite fully hang together.

Jez Collins
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Guessing the Grammys

Predictions on who will win what in the biggest categories, based on industry hype and a little guessing about the academy’s voters.

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Joy As a Toy: Valparaiso

The deceptively low-key debut of Belgium trio Joy as a Toy is an avant-pop blast from start to finish.

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The Year in Music: January 2010

Let’s single out the biggest events that happened in the world of music one month at a time, starting with January 2010.

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Vampire Weekend + Beach House: 5 September 2010 - Chicago

Vampire Weekend and Beach House stopped through Chicago earlier this month, part of a nationwide tour filled with indie jams and dance grooves.

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The National + Vampire Weekend: 13 July 2010 - Lyon, France

While it’s odd to see such a 50/50 split in the attentions of an audience, it’s clear that both bands have something worthwhile to offer.

Sam Cleeve
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The Roots Picnic: 5 June 2010 - Philadelphia

The music at the Roots Picnic was loud, crisp, engaging and diverse. With the inclement weather holding off, all the elements successfully blended to create a great outing. The wide range of musicians demonstrated why the Roots are more than a crew but rather Philadelphia’s finest musical family.

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Big Ears Festival: 26-28 March 2010 - Knoxville, TN

For Knoxville music and arts fans, it was time to show the rest of the world that we’ve got a pretty hip little town on our hands, and the Big Ears Festival is a perfect mission statement.

Andy Feliu
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The Kids Don't Stand a Chance: An Interview with Vampire Weekend

From championed blogosphere heroes to chart-topping rockers, Vampire Weekend talks about the supposed controversy over the band's sound, their new hit album and more.

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Vampire Weekend: Contra

Contra's songs offer sharp, bracing takes on modern life and the album could strengthen their core audience, while netting them some new fans at the same time.

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Vampire Weekend + Titus Andronicus: 17.Jan.2010 - NYC

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"You Can't Go That Far With Irony": An Interview with Chromeo

Releasing hit singles for free? Re-creating Hall & Oates classics? Courting Vampire Weekend for some remix work? Yes, these are just some small facets of Chromeo's neon-accented world.

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The Best Albums of 2008

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2008, highlighted by the return of British trip-hop legends and some infectious American indie rock by way of the Cascade Mountains.

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