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  • Gallows

    published November 14, 2012

    Songs about failed relationships aren't usually in a hardcore punk band's repertoire, but let's make an exception for Gallows' "Abandon Ship."... More >>

  • Dan Deacon

    published October 31, 2012

    If you're searching for an impossible-to-forget concert experience, go see Dan Deacon. The lovable Baltimore weirdo has a knack for getting the... More >>

  • Sleigh Bells

    published October 31, 2012

    Sleigh Bells have made the most of their penchant for excess. Mixing rap beats pushed so far into the red that you probably checked your speakers... More >>

  • Crystal Castles

    published October 31, 2012

    When the debut album dropped, the list of people who saw longevity in Crystal Castles was short. The car-crash pileup of 8-bit synths,... More >>

  • The Rural Alberta Advantage

    published October 24, 2012

    Hard fact: Summer's over, gang. If the current glut of dance-pop isn't helping, dig around that dusty mp3 folder and revisit those two Rural... More >>

  • Grimes

    published October 17, 2012

    With all the artists clamoring to be a pop princess, Grimes was able to float just under the radar as a pop poltergeist. After a couple of albums... More >>

  • The XX

    published October 17, 2012

    The XX conquered the world with their debut album, which undressed rock songs like an attentive lover and then slipped slyly into everyone's... More >>

  • Taking Back Sunday

    published October 10, 2012

    Backlash against gushy, mushy breakup songs seems pretty quaint now. Consequently, an album like Taking Back Sunday's Tell All Your Friends... More >>

  • Silversun Pickups

    published September 19, 2012

    At this point, Silversun Pickups don't seem to care about killer hooks. They're focused on creating a particular atmosphere, relying on pregnant... More >>

  • Built to Spill

    published September 19, 2012

    The guys in Built to Spill don't need to write any more albums. They've already earned their place in indie-rock heaven. After records like... More >>

  • Four reasons Lollapalooza needs EDM
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    Four reasons Lollapalooza needs EDM

    published Aug 07, 2012

    See Also:[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012: The PeopleJustice at Lollapalooza, 8/5/12Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about youWith every year that passes, it feels like electronic dance music gai... More >>

  • Frank Ocean & the Weeknd at Lollapalooza, 8/4/12
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    Frank Ocean & the Weeknd at Lollapalooza, 8/4/12

    published Aug 05, 2012

    See Also:Lollapalooza 2012 suspended, resumed after dangerous weather conditionsTen things your Lollapalooza outfit says about youThe Weeknd at First Avenue, 6/17/12Best of Lollapalooza day three: At ... More >>

  • M83 at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12
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    M83 at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12

    published Aug 04, 2012

    See Also:Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about youBlack Sabbath at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12Best of Lollapalooza 2012, day one: Afghan Whigs, Die Antwoord, and more[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012 Da... More >>

  • The Darkness at First Avenue, 2/12/12
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    The Darkness at First Avenue, 2/12/12

    published Feb 13, 2012

    ​The DarknessFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSunday, February 12, 2012For a slideshow from the concert, click here.Something about the Darkness band feels a little like Jurassic Park: Use the genetic code ... More >>

  • Wu-Tang Clan at Epic, 1/7/12
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    Wu-Tang Clan at Epic, 1/7/12

    published Jan 09, 2012

    ​They might be battle-hardened rap assassins, but the Wu-Tang Clan aren't above having a good time.  The Clan were clearly up for a party on Saturday night at Epic, with Method Man admitting th... More >>

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