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The empowerment of Kate Nash

Singer-songwriter Kate Nash was recently named a Global Ambassador for the Because I Am a Girl initiative, which aims to give females in developing countries the opportunity for a better life.

By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 08, 2013
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There’s hope for the Vaccines

Every few years, a guitar band forms and swaggers up the charts on the strength of music that captures the UK's youthful zeitgeist.

By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  January 25, 2013
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Purity Ring’s body of futuristic pop

The brain of a seamstress must carry an intricate understanding of human anatomy, a knowledge of the body's limbs and joints, and the ways each part flexes into the next.
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By LIZ PELLY  |  January 25, 2013
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The bright lights of Ellie Goulding

Long before Ellie Goulding hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in summer 2012 with "Lights" — a starry-eyed dance-floor trifle with subtle neo-disco beats and sleek keyboard burbles — the singer-songwriter was a star in her native England.

By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  January 18, 2013
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Blurring electronic-pop reality with Providence's Math the Band

Around the age of 10 or 11, Kevin Steinhauser started having recurring dreams about supermarket shelves stocked with vintage keyboards.
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By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 18, 2013
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Descending into madness: National pop of 2012

Harvests are deteriorating, polar icecaps are melting, eternal global war is a way of life, and people seem to think that Japandroids are the future of rock.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 21, 2012


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The Big Hurt: The Year Ahead

Predicting the future is a little silly.

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 21, 2012
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Tegan & Sara set a new sound

If there were any question that confessional pop darlings Tegan and Sara were heading in a new direction with their forthcoming album, Heartthrob (Warner Bros), the upbeat new single "Closer" dispells these doubts.

By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  December 14, 2012
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What's F'n Next? Stepdad

The kaleidoscopic neon-pop of Stepdad, which shares some sonic DNA with the Double-P, has unpredictably blown out of Grand Rapids.
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By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 30, 2012
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Scott Walker | Bish Bosch

Scott Walker's late-period about-face is one of the strangest in the annals of pop music.
4AD (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 30, 2012
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Photos: Sky Ferreira at the Fourth Wall Project

Sky Ferreira performs an acoustic show for WFNX at the Fourth Wall Project on November 27, 2012.

By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  November 30, 2012


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Kreayshawn battles back

Kreayshawn is a prime example of the type of supernova pop-star cycle that we can expect in the Internet era; not only because of her meteoric rise and almost-as-powerful backlash, but in the way that fame gives her fans and detractors alike such person

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 16, 2012
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Dan Deacon is coming to America

In 2007, Dan Deacon experienced startling cultural self-awareness.

By REYAN ALI  |  November 09, 2012
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Born Gold | Little Sleepwalker

Little Sleepwalker , written alone in the Arizona desert, is Born Gold's step back.
Audraglint (2012)
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  November 09, 2012
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Saint Etienne's love letter

No more than two seconds into Saint Etienne's latest album (their first in seven years), Words And Music (Heavenly/Universal UMC), angelic-voiced Sarah Cracknell opens "Over the Border" with a spoken-word confession over a soft acoustic guitar: "When

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 26, 2012
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Benjamin Gibbard | Former Lives

"It's been a basement of a year," Ben Gibbard sings over a perky two-chord strum on the saccharine "Oh, Woe." It's hard not to take him literally.
Barsuk Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 12, 2012


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Sun Airway | Soft Fall

One of the more remarkable evolutions in the contemporary musical underground may be Jon Barthmus's decade-long peregrination from hardcore punk to the ambitious electro-pop of Sun Airway.
Dead Oceans Records (2012)
By JAY BREITLING  |  October 12, 2012
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Beach House's artful myth

Victoria Legrand opened her notebook and saw the word "Myths." "There were no other words on the page," says the Beach House singer and keyboardist. VJust JMythsM. . . . I hadn't even remembered writing it. It was magical. A total sign."

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 12, 2012
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Frightened Rabbit ready to emerge

It's always annoying when a band is touted as "the next big thing," especially when they've been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winnin

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 05, 2012
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Adam Ant tries to climb back on top

"Ridicule is nothing to be scared of," sang Stuart Leslie Goddard, a/k/a Adam Ant, on his seminal 1981 pop/post-punk smash "Prince Charming."

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 05, 2012
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Billie Joe's crackup, Muse's truth

Jeers this week to regrettable behavior -- Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is seeking treatment for substance abuse following a tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 05, 2012


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What's F'n Next? Poliça

Poliça have come a long way in the past year. When they played the Paradise last September, the Minnesota act opened for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — and it was one of their first shows ever.

By NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 05, 2012
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What's F'N Next: Niki and the Dove

Of all the near-perfect things to emerge out of Sweden over the past few decades, from IKEA’s meatballs to Peter Forsberg’s playoff beard, perhaps the country’s most impressive import has been electro-pop.
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By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 28, 2012
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Following Julia Easterlin's beat

Long accustomed to repeating herself, Julia Easterlin is finally done explaining.

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 21, 2012
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The measured success of Metric

Two years ago, Metric dropped their fourth effort, Fantasies , with catchy-as-fuck compositions "Sick Muse," "Help I'm Alive," and "Gold Guns Girls."

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  September 21, 2012
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Minimalists and maximalists

When working on a sophomore follow-up to a successful debut, most bands react to the extra dough and time-as-luxury bounty given to them by trying to cram as much as they can into the confines of their new grooves.
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By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 21, 2012


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Local pop records to look for this autumn

The four quick cuts on the Boston quartet Pretty & Nice's Us You All We embody what guitarist Holden Lewis calls an endless-summer mentality. "I think our songs got happier," he says.
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By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 21, 2012
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Grizzly Bear | Shields

The initial moments of "Sleeping Ute" are so quintessentially Grizzly Bear, they almost have no impact — Daniel Rossen nurses jagged, staggering chords on an electric guitar likely purchased from a 12th-century pawn shop.
Warp (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  September 21, 2012
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R.E.M. | Document [25th Anniversary Edition]

Fans of R.E.M. enjoy arguing over which album was the band's true shark-jump, but 1987's Document was inarguably the end of a groundbreaking era.
Capitol/I.R.S. Records (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 21, 2012
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Photos: KISS and Mötley Crüe at the Comcast Center

KISS and Mötley Crüe perform live at the Comcast Center on September 16, 2012.
September 16, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  September 21, 2012