Real Estate plays Atlas at SubCulture in NYC.
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February 27, 2014 Real Estate's shimmering pop-rock seems to echo out of the past with melancholy beauty. Watch the band perform its third album, Atlas, in its entirety at New York's SubCulture.
Elton John performs in 2013. Earlier that year, he put out his 31st studio album, The Diving Board.
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February 21, 2014 How should a reader deal with the guilt of abandoning what used to be her most beloved musicians?
February 21, 2014 A reconstituted panel discusses Netflix's latest season-length offering before taking turns defending the seemingly indefensible. Then, as always, it's on to What's Making Us Happy.
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The Notwist's new album, Close to the Glass, comes out Feb. 25.
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February 17, 2014 The German band's collage-based sound brims over with buzzing, springy, playful urgency. Bathed in electronics, Acher's softly accented vocals land like late-night affirmations from a trusted friend.
Death Vessel's new album, Island Intervals, comes out Feb. 25.
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February 16, 2014 Joel Thibodeau's eerily high voice sounds equally suited to basement-bound laments and celestial explorations. Island Intervals finds him splitting the difference.
Not every mixtape has to come with romantic intentions.
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February 14, 2014 How do you share good music without giving the impression that you're "trying to say something"?
Phantogram's new album, Voices, comes out Feb. 18.
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February 11, 2014 The New York duo plays spiky, dense and danceable pop-rock songs with an electronic pulse. Voices is the sound of a band at ease and assured in its moment, as it seizes every scrap of momentum it's created for itself.
Suzanne Vega performs at a Tiny Desk concert in January 2014.
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February 10, 2014 Performing at the NPR Music offices, the inventive folk-music veteran bookends a four-song set with her hits "Luka" and "Tom's Diner." But she also plays two terrific new songs, from album called Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, that sound as sharp as anything she's done.
These teenagers in the 1998 film Can't Hardly Wait needed their own nostalgia â which is why today's teenagers might not connect with Can't Hardly Wait the way an earlier generation did.
February 7, 2014 You're putting together a dance for teenagers. What kind of music best reflects their adolescence?
Several of us loved The Soil and the Sun at SXSW 2013 — and we'd have never heard the band if it hadn't sent us an MP3 before the festival.
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February 6, 2014 If you're in Austin come mid-March, we're asking for one song (via MP3) to represent your sound.
Cibo Matto's new album, Hotel Valentine, comes out Feb. 14.
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February 2, 2014 Cibo Matto has always been skilled at Trojan-horsing weird art within glossy, goofy songs (often about food), but the new Hotel Valentine isn't so concerned with disguising its intentions. For their first album together in 14 years, Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda showcase their evolution.
Everyone piles on Starship's "We Built This City," at least in part, because it's too feeble to fight back.
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January 31, 2014 It's largely accepted as truth that Starship's 1985 song "We Built This City" is the worst atrocity in all of music, in all of time. But we can do better — or worse, depending on how you look at it.
Sweetheart 2014 comes out Feb. 4.
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January 26, 2014 The Sweetheart compilations adhere to a simple concept in which well-liked contemporary artists cover well-liked classic love songs just in time for Valentine's Day. This year's participants include Fiona Apple, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones, Ben Harper, Jim James, Beck, Valerie June and more.
Jeremy Messersmith's new album, Heart Murmurs, comes out Feb. 4.
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January 26, 2014 With its subtle strings and sly infectiousness, Heart Murmurs is no less than an attempt to craft a new batch of pop standards. Whether Messersmith succeeds depends mostly on how many people are lucky enough to hear him.
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January 24, 2014 A reader discovers Devendra Banhart eight albums into his career. Where's a new fan supposed to begin?
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