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Festival Preview | RiotFest Chicago

Photo by Agatha Donkar There’s bands on the RiotFest Chicago — in its 9th year — that everyone is going to see; you don’t need me to tell you about them. Pixies, The Dismemberment Plan, Bob Mould, Public Enemy, Blondie. The Replacements. (And frankly, if you’re not going to RF to see the Replacements, we … Read more

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The Best Albums of 2010 | Part Two

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Today, we continue on with paragraphical odes to our favorite albums of 2010. To see the entire list so far, go here! Best Coast | Crazy For You (Mexican Summer) [buy] Surf. Garage. Indie. Motown. ’50s pop. Grunge. Lo-fi. Fuzz. Doo-wop. Roll up all of these genres together in equal portions, … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2010 | 75 – 51

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Check out songs 100 – 76 here! 75 Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) All of the members of the multi-musicianed Arcade Fire are clearly critical to the band’s immense sound and stunning performances. With “Sprawl II,” however, Regine Chassagne rises above the collective and shines in this astoundingly … Read more

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Download the Free + Awesome Target Christmas Album!

What’s your seasonal soundtrack? Is it a jolly ol’ beat? Or do you prefer a little peace and love with your lyrics? Discover the fresh songs below to rekindle your spirit – A free gift from Target to your ears. Download HERE. Tracklist below! 1 Guster – “Tiny Tree Christmas” 2 Blackalicious – “Toy Jackpot” … Read more

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Full Report: Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh

Photo Credits: The Independent Weekly Well folks, the inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival is now firmly five days behind us, and it’s honestly taken me this long to decompress, catch up on “real work,” and recover from the sleep deprivation. Thinking back, everything seems a bit blurry – which could be the product of countless pints … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Warpaint – Undertow

L.A.’s Warpaint is just about the buzziest buzz band out at the moment.  And “Undertow,” the first single from the band’s ridiculously anticipated debut album, The Fool, calls to mind pretty much every great alt-rock female group known to man. Its all-lady harmonies twirl between kick-ass guitar breakdowns to make a JOTD that is both down AND … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Best Coast – I Want To

Surf. Garage. Indie. Motown. ’50s pop. Grunge. Lo-fi. Fuzz. Doo-wop. Roll up all of these genres together in somewhat equal portions (in a tortilla with avocado), and you have Best Coast, the charming trio from Los Angeles, California, composed of Bethany Cosentino, Bobb Bruno, and Ali Koehler. Best Coast’s exceptional debut LP, Crazy For You, … Read more

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Full Report: Pitchfork Music Fest (Day Three)

Photo credit: Katie Guymon I trekked to Chicago last weekend to attend the Pitchfork Music Fest for the first time ever. Knowing that I’m simply not as quick and nimble as I once was, coupled with the fact that my “bounce back capabilities” aren’t completely intact, I only bought tickets for Sunday’s line-up (what I … Read more