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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: It's a Holiday Soul Party

Soul revivalists Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings bring funk and fun to the holiday album and even give Hannukah the anthem it's been waiting for.

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The Enemy Is Everywhere: The Top 10 Titus Andronicus Songs

The definitive ranking of the 10 best songs from the first decade of New Jersey's own Post-Modern Lovers, Titus Andronicus.

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Barrence Whitfield and the Savages: Under the Savage Sky

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages sound as wonderfully raw and unhinged as ever on their latest record. Hopefully it will find an audience to match.

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The Autumn Stones - 'Escapists' (album stream) (premiere)

The Toronto band sounds more seasoned on their new album Escapists, which has been four years in the making.

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Epic - '#OPRAH' (album stream) (Premiere)

On his first solo release, Epic (from the Chicago hip-hop maestros BBU) obliterates the boundary between personal and political.

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'The End of Absence' Is an Argument to Turn Off and Tune In

These days there's so much technodread floating around that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a thinkpiece about how smartphones are ruining our minds.

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The Rock*A*Teens: Sweet Bird of Youth (Reissue)

Released 14 years ago, the final album from Atlanta's Rock*A*Teens' failed to find an audience its first time around. Merge's reissue gives it a much-deserved second chance.

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Screaming Females: Live at the Hideout

After five studio albums, the Screaming Females have finally distilled the essence of their sound into a single record.

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EMA: The Future's Void

On her second album, EMA looks at isolation and overexposure in the digital age. Fortunately for us she has songs able to match her ambition.

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Death: III

The once-forgotten Detroit proto-punk pioneers' third album is spotty at times, but still contains some true gems.

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Loud Quiet Loud: The Top 15 Pixies Songs

A quarter century after the release of Doolittle and with a new record on the way, PopMatters looks at the 15 best songs from the Pixies' original go-round.

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September Girls: Cursing the Sea

Yet another fuzzy "Girls" group shows on their debut album that they can hold their own.

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Tree: @MCTreeG EP

The Chicago's MC's latest EP finds him slowing down, getting reflective and preparing to take his soul trap sound to the next level.

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Pixies: EP2

In their second of three self-released EPs, the once-great alt-rockers continue to lose steam.

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The Lemons - "Best Day" (stream)

The Lemons are a ruthless delivery vehicle for some the leanest, sweetest, fluffiest guitar pop out there in 2014.

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Cloud Nothings - "I'm Not a Part of Me" (stream)

Cloud Nothings' first single for their new album shows them moving forward without leaving any of their charm behind.

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Wesley Stace: Self-Titled

On his first record released under his own name, Wesley Stace delivers a set of reflective musings on lost love and mortality.

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We Call It Living the Dream: An Interview with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

The acclaimed Missouri indie-poppers talk with PopMatters about whether to name a song "Harrison Ford" on their new album (they did), being forced to play a song on Russian television, and their love of J-Pop.

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Pixies: EP1

The Pixies reunion finally produces a new record. Unfortunately nothing on EP1 approaches the heights of their previous work.

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Superchunk: I Hate Music

I Hate Music is undeniable proof that creating something with resounding beauty is the ultimate defiance of death.

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Robbie Fulks: Gone Away Backward

On Gone Away Backward, Robbie Fulks doubles down on his back country bona fides, crafting an album full of sweet, haunting, country-folk tunes that sound refreshingly out-of-place in 2013.

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