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St. Vincent: 22 May 2012 - Knoxville, TN

Though it could be the coldest performance I've ever witnessed, it also might be the most beautiful.

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Lotus Plaza: Spooky Action at a Distance

Though Spooky Action does find guitarist-vocalist Lockett Pundt carrying over some of his more song-like sensibilities from Deerhunter, he's still far more committed to reverb than hooks.

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Radiohead: TKOL RMX 1234567

Two possible outcomes: fresh perspectives that breathe new life into these often difficult tracks... or a straight-up snoozefest.

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Thrice: Major/Minor

Inevitably, many Thrice diehards have openly craved a return to the band's rougher roots. Basically, cutting the bullshit and getting back to basics.

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Paul McCartney: 4 August 2011 - Cincinnati, OH

Even if McCartney YouTubed himself backing over a sackful of puppies in his SUV, thousands would still shell out hundreds to see the guy bang out "Hey Jude".

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Ear Pwr: Ear Pwr

If you're gonna stop telling jokes, you'd better have some kick-ass drama up your sleeve.

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My Morning Jacket: 17 April 2011 - Lexington, KY

When My Morning Jacket took the stage at the Memorial Coliseum, strolling out confidently to a sax-drenched waltz, what might have been interpreted by the unfamiliar as a strange choice of tune only seemed head-scratchingly appropriate.

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William Fitzsimmons: 13 Apr 2011 - Knoxville, TN

At one point during his set, Fitzsimmons poked fun at himself, laughing, "All my songs sound similar anyway."

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Peter Broderick: How They Are

He aimed small, and it paid off big-time.

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Hush Records

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Grand Lake: Blood Sea Dream

Grand Lake won't be fooling anyone with Blood Sea Dream. This is an album clearly "of its time", built from the era's most obvious references. There's also absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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The Bad Plus: Never Stop

No longer hiding behind irony, The Bad Plus emerge unscathed and even more worthy of applause.

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Cellos, Peaches, Cool Cufflinks: An Interview with Ra Ra Riot's Alexandra Lawn

Recording their album in a peach field, unleashing secret Genesis influences, and more: speaking to PopMatters, Ra Ra Riot's Alexandra Lawn spills all about the recording of the group's acclaimed new album The Orchard ...

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Hippies Are Dead

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Spirit Night: What We Will Be

What We Will Be offers plenty of reasons to keep listening.

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Superhumanoids: Urgency EP

Urgency is an apt title -- Superhumanoids get straight to the point in a trim, refreshingly direct 18 minutes of sonic goodness, a promising tease of future brilliance.

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Carl Broemel: All Birds Say

This is a confident, finely crafted collection of songs that feels like a natural, albeit slightly more reflective, extension of Broemel's main gig with My Morning Jacket.

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez: Tychozorente

"Omar, we're all here for you..."

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Coming Full Circle (Accidentally): An Interview with Kevin Drew & Charles Spearin

What is currently one of the most sprawling, dynamic indie-rock bands out there once started as a series of small bedroom recordings between Broken Social Scene members Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin. PopMatters talks to both of them about their beginnings ...

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Hippies Are Dead Records

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Oceana: Love Supply

"I like them boys in uniform / Who wants to hop on my unicorn?"

Ryan Reed
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Altar Eagle: Mechanical Gardens

At the end of the day, there has to be a line somewhere. Ladies and gentlemen, meet "The Line".


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