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Matt Pond PA: A Band For All Seasons

In "Love to Get Used," Matt Pond PA crafts an irresistibly sunny slice of playful power-pop.

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Yellow Ostrich: Echoing Drums And Distant Drones

"WHALE" finds a strange patch of common ground between primitivism and production-driven pop.

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Blind Pilot: An Unlikely Force Of Nature

In "We Are the Tide," Blind Pilot's sweet folk-pop gets a welcome jolt of propulsive percussion.

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Download: A.A. Bondy's Cool Menace In 'Surfer King'

In "Surfer King," A.A. Bondy's lamentations hit harder for the way lush beauty surrounds them.

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With "There By Your Side," The Milk Carton Kids' members make feel-better music — and who doesn't want to feel better? Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Milk Carton Kids: The Sweet Spot

With "There By Your Side," the band makes feel-better music — and who doesn't want to feel better?

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Fountains of Wayne's "Richie and Ruben" seems to be mocking a pair of fast-talking losers, but there's more to the story. Violeta Alvarez hide caption

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Fountains Of Wayne: A Song For Luckless Suckers

"Richie and Ruben" seems to be mocking a pair of fast-talking losers, but there's more to the story.

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