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Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for June 2015

Catch an early glimpse of new albums from Jamie xx, Sun Kil Moon, and Hudson Mohawke.

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Mikal Cronin: MCIII

It's easy to assume that an artist will keep developing each time out, but Mikal Cronin shows that he doesn't take his evolution for granted on MCIII.

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Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for May 2015

Get the early word on new albums by My Morning Jacket, the Tallest Man on Earth, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

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Built to Spill: Untethered Moon

Built to Spill's guitar-driven sound is the indie-rock equivalent of comfort food, indulgent and satisfying in how familiar it is.

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Speedy Ortiz: Foil Deer

They may party like it's 1995, but 2015 might just be the year of Speedy Ortiz.

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Fact and Fiction: The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle on Wrestling and the Creative Process

The prolific songwriter and now acclaimed author John Darnielle tells PopMatters how he created his wrestling-themed album Beat the Champ, what he calls the Mountain Goats' "most musically interesting record by a country mile".

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Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Even though Courtney Barnett has tightened and punched up her sound, her songwriting still gets stuck in your head because she gets lost in her own imagination.

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Mom+Pop/Marathon Artists

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Modest Mouse: Strangers to Ourselves

On Strangers to Ourselves, Modest Mouse often come off like strangers to themselves.

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Epic / Glacial Pace

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Natalie Prass: Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass is technically a self-titled singer-songwriter debut. It's just that it doesn't sound like any of those things.

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Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

Contrary to their twee reputation, Belle and Sebastian prove they don't shy away from taking risks with a techno-pop heavy new album.

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Unwound: No Energy

The No Energy boxset provides a valuable opportunity to place the unsung Unwound in a proper context, both offering nostalgia-tinged appreciation of a band at the height of its powers, as well as putting the music of the '90s Kill Rock Stars stalwarts in a new light.

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The Best Music of 2014

More than ever in 2014, the music industry as we know it was in need of saving. Any imminent doomsday scenarios may have been put off for the time being thanks to Taylor Swift.

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Christopher Owens: A New Testament

In light of Christopher Owens' never-a-dull-moment backstory and back catalog, the last thing you'd expect is that A New Testament would be as monotonous as it is.

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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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Foxygen: ...And Star Power

Try as you might to take Foxygen's ...And Star Power at face value, it's hard to because the mischievous duo does everything but play it straight on the 82-minute double LP.

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Ex Hex: Rips

Mary Timony's new project Ex Hex makes the best case possible for listening to that urge to simplify on Rips.

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Sallie Ford - 'Slap Back' (album stream) (Premiere)

On the boisterous Slap Back, the first full-length under her own name, Sallie Ford hopscotches between folk, blues, psychedelia, and punk intuitively and convincingly.

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Hamish Kilgour - "Smile" + David Kilgour - "Lose Myself in Sound" (videos) (Premieres)

This year saw new efforts by the first family of the New Zealand underground, the brothers Kilgour. PopMatters premieres new videos from Hamish and David Kilgour.

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Mecca Normal - "Between Livermore & Tracy" (video and Q&A) (Premiere)

PopMatters caught up with Mecca Normal's Jean Smith on the Vancouver duo's upcoming album Empathy for the Evil. The video for album track "Between Livermore & Tracy" premieres here.

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