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The Best Albums of 2011

Our favorite album of the year: Bon Iver’s Bon Iver 50 Panda Bear – Tomboy (Paw Tracks) [buy the album] 49 Nicole Atkins – Mondo Amore (Razor & Tie) [buy the album] 48 GIVERS – In Light (Glassnote) [buy the album] 47 Admiral Fallow – Boots Met My Face (Lo-Five) [buy the album] 46 The Civil Wars – … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2011 | 25 – 1

Well, friends, the end is no longer near. It’s here. The end of our Best Songs of 2011 countdown, that is. The real end comes next December, as we all know. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Bon Iver landed the number one spot with the track, “Holocene.” But, amazingly, the song and the record itself … Read more

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10 to Spin | Courtney Jaye (ACL Edition)

Today is the beginning of the 10th Austin City Limits Music Festival, and we’re excited for two big reasons: A) We’re covering the festival and B) we get to unveil our latest and greatest 10 to Spin, handpicked by one of our favorite artists, the one and only Courtney Jaye (who we were also fortunate … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Cults – You Know What I Mean

Back in November of 2010, Cults were charming us with their lo-fi groove “Go Outside,” a web buzz track that had the whole internet stirring and wondering if there was more auditory excellence to come from the New York City duo. Well, Ms. Follin and Mr. Oblivion have certainly been able to keep everyone’s crush … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Cults – Abducted

Back in January, we suggested you keep your eyes and ears on Cults, the cryptic NYC duo that set innumerable music websites aflutter with its dreamy, slightly creepy single “Go Outside.” Cults capitalized on the unabashed internet love, signed with Columbia Records, and now the self-titled debut LP drops on June 7th. In advance of … Read more

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Keep Your Eyes + Ears On | Cults

We first told you all about Cults back in November when “Go Outside” was our JOTD, and again in December when the dreamy track also made our Best Songs of the Year list. In 2010, however, precious little was known about this NYC duo. The mysteries of Cults (apparently named individually, Brian Oblivion and Madeline … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2010 | 100 – 76

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Welp, it’s that time of year again. As we groove into 2011 with renewed goals to get our asses off the sofa and onto the treadmill, we must reflect back on all of the music that kept us in semi-permanent couchlock, frantically downloading, listening to, and researching the gobs of tunes that … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Cults – Go Outside

If one attempts to uncover information about the NYC film school duo known as Cults on the all-seeing, all-knowing world wide web, one will find all sorts of good info on various forms of religious and worship-based sects or groups of people bound together by the common adulation of the same object, ideal, or person. … 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