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Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

It's been a year of complacency deferred and sleeping giants roused. So it's only natural that much of 2017's best music would reflect that tumult, albeit in radically different ways.

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It's Time To Say Thnks Fr Th Mmrs To Vans Warped Tour

Friday, November 17, 2017

On Wednesday, founder Kevin Lyman announced the tour is ending after 23 years. After helping launch bands like No Doubt, Sublime and countless others, next summer will be the last cross-country tour.

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Maxine Waters' Words Get Covered, Remixed And Transformed Into A Gospel Jam

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The congresswoman's recent testimony, including a phrase ("I'm reclaiming my time") that went viral, is now a song by Mykal Kilgore, who loops his voice to form a virtual gospel choir.

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In 'Fluorescent Light,' Stars Soar To Heart-Swelling Heights

Thursday, July 27, 2017

An effervescent song for every Stars fan, "Fluorescent Light" sports a melancholy message about stasis, loneliness and the power of risk-taking.

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For 'Thomas County Law,' Iron & Wine's Sam Beam Presides Over His Own Funeral

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The gently rendered ballad's video finds frontman Sam Beam decorating a church and giving a eulogy for his own (unattended) funeral.

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Peter Frampton Rescued A Bird, And Now There's A Song About It

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Watch a gorgeous animated video about the single, simple act of grace chronicled in Frampton's new single, "I Saved A Bird Today."

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Phoebe Bridgers Announces Debut Album, Shares 'Motion Sickness'

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

One of the year's best new artists is set to release her first full-length album, Stranger In The Alps, on Sept. 22.

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Ben Gibbard's New Album Is Teenage Fanclub's 'Bandwagonesque,' Covered Song For Song

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Death Cab For Cutie singer remakes the Scottish pop band's 1991 classic on an album due out July 28. Here, he starts out by tackling "The Concept."

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Why Lizzo Should — Nay, Must — Play The Super Bowl LII Halftime Show

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The singer nominated herself via Twitter, proposing an epic performance that pays tribute to Prince, including the release of a hundred doves, 300 dancers and cheeseburgers falling from the sky.

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For 'On My Side,' Gordi Channels The Celebratory Spirit Of Jónsi

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The singer has released a string of gorgeously gloomy covers and singles, but in "On My Side," she unveils a sound that's more vibrant — even playful.

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First Listen: Waxahatchee, 'Out In The Storm'

Monday, July 10, 2017

Katie Crutchfield has polished Waxahatchee's sound to maximize its glimmering-but-spiky forcefulness, but her words remain as bracing and unsparing as ever.

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Rhye Returns To Lull You Into The Sultriest Stupor

Friday, July 07, 2017

"Please" picks up where 2013's Woman left off: namely, by draping sweet-voiced pleas for intimacy and connection with vaporous layers of softly shimmering soul.

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Ted Leo Returns, Solo And Reinvigorated, With 'You're Like Me'

Thursday, July 06, 2017

On Sept. 8, the singer-guitarist returns with The Hanged Man. Self-released and financed via Kickstarter, it's his first solo album in seven years.

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Think You've Memorized 'Hamilton'? Get Ready To Prove It

Friday, June 30, 2017

The latest offshoot from the Broadway sensation, The Hamilton Instrumentals, allows listeners to demonstrate just how well they've committed Lin-Manuel Miranda's words to memory.

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'New York,' I Love You: Hear St. Vincent's Bold New Ballad

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Last week, St. Vincent announced an upcoming tour, suggesting the impending release of her first album since 2014. Now, she's got a sweet, sad new single to match.

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First Listen: Sarah Jaffe, 'Bad Baby'

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The versatile Texas singer-songwriter mixes spiky synth-pop with softer, slower-burning reflections on the way human beings interact.

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First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, 'Every Valley'

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The U.K. band uses interviews, newsreels, propaganda films and its own stormy instrumental music to craft a fun-but-powerful statement about industry and automation.

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Widowspeak Announces A New Album, Kicks It Off With 'Dog'

Monday, June 26, 2017

Molly Hamilton channels an animal's mindset in the dreamily yearning first single from Expect The Best, due out August 25.

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Holly Macve: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, June 23, 2017

Backed by a suitably low-key band, Macve would sound subtly radiant just about anywhere, from your nearest country bar to the most dreamily lit stage in Twin Peaks.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'GLOW' And Lena Waithe

Friday, June 23, 2017

The gang tackles Netflix's new wrestling-themed dramedy, and then Linda Holmes interviews Master Of None costar Lena Waithe onstage in Los Angeles. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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