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Listomania 2009: College Records of the Year

College-Rocker Records of the Year Yeah, pal, that's "college rock," scare quotes very much included. Look, it's a meaningless term. As are "indie," "alternative," "hipster," etc., etc. Let's not overthink this: Here we have 10 splendid records with an amorphous…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Let's Get Killed's Top Albums of 2009

Let's Get Killed's Top Albums of 2009

Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion Merriweather made it onto many favorite lists this year, and for good reason. It's a sonic fireworks show. Small explosions of electronic glee build into giant displays of happy handclaps, ecstatic voices, and upbeat instrumental…
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Music, Hear This Phoenix


Despite the American name, Phoenix is a French band. And to further confuse things, the group's fourth and most recent album has a cheeky Viennese nod to it. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix weaves bright, jangly guitar pop; English vocals; and a…
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Music, Phoenix crafts the season’s perfect hits

Phoenix crafts the season’s perfect hits

As with the Pulitzer Prize, an esteemed and inviolable committee — a slightly larger one, in this case, as it comprises the entire American public — convenes annually to bestow glory upon the Official Song of the Summer. We're actually…
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