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Near to the Wild Heart of Life

I really like the Japandroids, and so I hope they have a long, prolific career, with a lot more highs than lows. Unfortunately, this uninspired release, Near

The XX
I See You

The XX’s new album, I See You, is one of the most uninterestingly beautiful recordings in recent memory. This album wants you to stand back and

Staff Picks of 2016: Matt Slaybaugh

Top 10 of 2016

10. David Bowie, Blackstar (Columbia Records)
What a way to end the story. The timing was incredible in and of itself, but the fact that Bowie recorded his best work in at least 35 years, one of his boldest…

David Bowie

After David Bowie passed away in January, Nothing Has Changed jumped to number five on the U.K. charts and number 57 on Billboard’s Top 200

Pitchfork Music Festival
Union Park, Chicago, July 15–17

The Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a great place to see a few bands you love, a few bands you know, and a few bands you had no idea you would love

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Catharsis, virtuosity, spectacle, escape. Pitchfork’s annual Chicago festival, at its best, offers heightened moments of all four, and in the most

Sturgill Simpson
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

There’s a lot of enjoyable music on Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, but what’s perhaps most notable is the lack of roots music. That’s not really

Amen & Goodbye

When they released their second album, Odd Blood, in 2010, Yeasayer were on the rise to indie mega-stardom alongside the likes of Grizzly Bear, Beach House, and

The Thermals
We Disappear

The Thermals career is starting to seem like a long, slow fade to black. They peaked sometime before 2010, and their releases since then have charted a

A Mineral Love

Even if you didn’t like Bibio's previous work, which had all the gestures and rituals of a DJ trying to build a human being out of the sounds in his head, you might want

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