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Tabi Bonney: Fre$h

D.C. M.C. provides further evidence of the album format's irrelevance for up-and-coming rappers.

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Shugo Tokumaru: Port Entropy

On his fourth LP, Shugo Tokumaru's jubilant bedroom pop proves to be a bit too much of a good thing.

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Baths: 11 February 2011 - Washington D.C.

Will Wiesenfeld takes his glitchy, beat-driven electro-pop on the road with impressive results.

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Bright Eyes: The People's Key

On The People's Key, Conor Oberst bids farewell to an adolescence marked by histrionics and artistic restlessness. Even enfants terribles have to grow up sometime.

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Wild Nothing: Golden Haze

Golden Haze is less disposable than it might appear at first glance; taken together, these six songs hint at where Jack Tatum may be headed.

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Glasser + Twin Shadow: 15.Nov.2010 - Washington D.C.

Recasting themselves as proper ensembles, both Twin Shadow and Glasser successfully sought out bigger, fuller sounds.

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Belle & Sebastian + Versus: 14 October 2010 - Washington D.C.

Anyone who says that Belle & Sebastian don't know how to have fun clearly hasn't seen the band play live recently.

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Deerhunter + Casino Versus Japan + Ducktails: 12 October 2010 - Washington D.C.

Much like Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter's live show finds the band splitting the difference between ambient noise and delicately constructed pop.

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Eels: 26 September 2010 - Washington D.C.

What do the Eels and ZZ Top have in common? More than you might expect...

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Superchunk: 17 September 2010 - Washington D.C.

Plowing through a 90-minute set with more energy than most bands half their age can muster, Superchunk reminded us that a reunion tour doesn't have to be a by-the-numbers cash-in.

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Hopscotch Music Festival: 9-11 September 2010 - Raleigh, North Carolina

Well curated, organized and executed, the inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival announced the arrival of a new stop on the summer festival circuit.

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Sharon Van Etten and Marissa Nadler: 8 September 2010 - Washington D.C.

Transcending the stereotype of the morose singer-songwriter, Sharon Van Etten proved more personable than her melancholic songs let on.

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Hard Luck and Hard Work: An Interview with the Eels' Mark Oliver Everett

The Eels' Mark Oliver Everett (aka "E") discusses his latest LP, Tomorrow Morning, reveals what the Eels and Prince have in common, why he hopes his next book is boring, discusses the dangers of being bearded around police officers.

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Arcade Fire + Spoon: 6 Aug 2010 - Columbia, MD

More than any other band of their generation, the Arcade Fire prove that "indie rock" and "stadium rock" are not mutually exclusive categories.

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M.I.A.: ///Y/

That /\/\/\Y/\ lacks the focus and confidence of M.I.A.'s previous albums is disappointing; that it finds Maya Arulpragasam content to follow, rather than lead, is indefensible.

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Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles

Focused, sophisticated and accessible, Crystal Castles is in nearly every way a more accomplished album than its predecessor.

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High Places: 24 May 2010 - Washington D.C.

As both High Places and Dustin Wong demonstrated on Monday night, you don't always need a lot of people to make a lot of noise.

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The Depreciation Guild: Spirit Youth

Brooklyn indie-poppers lean away from shoegaze and chiptune and toward twee-pop on their sophomore LP.

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A Weather: Everyday Balloons

Portland slow-core act continues to document solitude and domestic ennui with a painter's eye for detail.

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The Return and Demystification of Jeff Mangum

Indie-rock's most revered recluse makes a rare appearance in New York City and in so doing, manages to overcome his own myth, one song at a time.

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