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"It's Liberating Not Having to Compromise My Guts": An Interview with Doves' Jimi Goodwin

As the frontman for Doves, Jimi Goodwin proved to be quite the pop craftsman. On his new solo album, he creates a sort of personal mixtape, styles all around, Goodwin telling us how as a solo album, it couldn't have existed in any other form.

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Spiritualized: 16 May 2012 - Austin

A performance from a band like Spiritualized relies heavily on its setting and it is difficult to consider a poorer choice of venues in town then this metallic chrome warehouse.

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Beirut: 29 October 2011 - Austin, TX

Zach Condon listens to his bandmates with the keen ear of a conductor.

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Austin City Limits: Sunday 18 September 2011

The Arcade Fire reminds us all that nothing is too serious if nothing lasts forever.

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Austin City Limits: Saturday 17 September 2011

Once you get to Stevie level, people are going to wait for you and not really complain.

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Austin City Limits: Friday 16 September 2011

Even the sticky situation of having Kanye West and Coldplay sort of split the Friday night finale on opposite sides of Zilker Park was a wise and calculated decision.

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Bon Iver: 13 September 2011 - Austin, TX

Are you familiar with the mythology and publicity surrounding Bon Iver’s meteoric and surprising rise to fame? If not, ask Kanye West and read this.

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"It's Not Like You're Getting Better": An Interview with Joseph Arthur

When Joseph Arthur -- celebrated musician, sometimes painter, and occasional black sheep of Akron -- put out his latest disc, little did he know he'd push his career forward by taking a powerful look back ...

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The Sound of 'Beginners': An Interview with Mike Mills

With his acclaimed new film Beginners, director Mike Mills sits down with PopMatters to discuss the autobiographical nature of the soundtrack, and oh so much more ...

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ACL Music Festival Day 3: 10 October 2010 - Austin, TX

As I walk slowly down the street, back towards the heart of South Austin that I now call my home, I realize there is no other place I would rather be than ACL and I look forward to next year.

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ACL Music Festival Day 2: 9 October 2010 - Austin, TX

Day two of our three day coverage of the ACL Music Festival, and fatigue still runs high, while Black Lips and LCD Soundsystem shine. M.I.A, unfortunately, is a different story.

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ACL Music Festival Day One: 8 October 2010 - Austin, TX

The first of our three day coverage of the Austin City Limits Music Festival finds PopMatters' Eddie Ciminelli experiencing euphoria, nostalgia and some serious fatigue.

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Ra Ra Riot + The Antlers: 5 February 2010 - Brooklyn, NY

I am not sure if I feft lukewarm about Ra Ra Riot’s performance because the pop they generate is so commonplace these days or because I was flat out blown away by The Antlers.

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Girls + The Magic Kids: 29 January 2010 - Austin, TX

As soon as Owens and the rest of Girls hit the stage, it becomes quite evident who most people paid to see this evening.

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Spiritualized: 12 October 2009 - London

There is no doubt things got ugly, but because of his fall, Pierce found his salvation and gave us an album that will forever be a roadmap to finding your way back to the light.

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Animal Collective: 14 August 2009 - Brooklyn, NY

I am unaware of any band these days that is constantly pushing themselves creatively as much as Animal Collective.

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All Points West Music & Arts Festival

Anchored by Radiohead sets on the the festival's first two nights, the inaugural All Points West was a Thom Yorke fan's dream and a commuting nightmare.

Eddie Ciminelli
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Ambulance LTD

After battling back following the desertion of his band mates, as well as a bankrupt record label, Marcus Congleton and his latest incarnation of Ambulance LTD faced their biggest test -- the talkative Bowery Ballroom crowd.

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"A Language That Nobody Else Could Understand": An Interview with Elbow

With their new album The Seldom Seen Kid fresh on shelves, the guys in Elbow sit down with PopMatters to reflect on the losses, tragedies, and hopes that got them to where they are now, all while celebrating the music that continues to unite this group over nearly two decades of existence.

Eddie Ciminelli
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Destroyer

A Destroyer song can take off in any direction at any given time, often leaving its audience too bewildered to understand exactly what Bejar is getting at. This device, however, seems to work in his favor.

Eddie Ciminelli
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Everybody Enduring: An Interview with Sam Prekop

Over the course of 14 years, the Sea and Cake has quietly established itself as a Chicago institution.

Eddie Ciminelli
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Boredoms perform 77Boardrum [2007 Rewind]

Japanese noiseniks Boredoms make history, pounding the ground between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges alongside 77 indie and avant-garde scene stalwarts.

Eddie Ciminelli
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Animal Collective

Half of the crowd has already experienced a night with the Animals and left forever changed. The other half is hoping to join the converted.

Eddie Ciminelli
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