July 20th – 22nd in Seattle: Neko Case, Major Lazer, Phantogram, Grimes, Diplo, Youth Lagoon, Cloud Nothings, Twin Shadow, Porcelain Raft, Thee Oh Sees, Trust and lots more.


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More names added for 2012’s P4K Festival including Sleigh Bells, Dirty Projectors, Flying Lotus, Danny Brown, Clams Casino, Iceage and Purity Ring.

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No real shocker that Grimes’ Claire Boucher made a super-quirky clip for “Oblivion” filmed at a football game and a motocross event. Screaming fans, cheerleaders, shirtless dudes and a locker room mosh pit.

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Okay, let’s preface this one by saying all these woman are exceptionally talented and deserve to be the acclaimed artists they are. They also happen to be extremely hot. These are essentially the two forces that make up the ultimate indie music babe, and it’s time we declare our crushes.

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This Week: Sleigh Bells power chord their way back with Reign Of Terror; Claire Boucher Visions as Grimes; Ex-Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong transcends; Indie-folk virtuoso Damien Jurado’s releases album number ten.

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OK, the lineup for this year’s Primavera Festival is outrageous: A$AP Rocky, AraabMUZIK, Atlas Sound, Beirut, Björk, Black Lips, Danny Brown, Death Cab For Cutie, Death Grips, Dirty Beaches, Girls, Grimes, Hype Williams, Japandroids, Justice, Liturgy, Mazzy Star, Melvins, Napalm Death, Neon Indian, OFF!, Real Estate, Refused, SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, Spiritualized, The Cure, The Drums, The Rapture, The War On Drugs, The xx, Trash Talk, Washed Out, Wavves, Wilco, Yo La Tengo and about a hundred other bands.

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To conclude our coverage of everything next-level in 2011, these are the eleven most compelling “breakout” acts of the year.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest is this weekend in Austin,TX and the lineup is insane: M83, Girls,Passion Pit, Lykke Li, ,The Damned, Slayer,Danzig, Public Enemy,Odd Future, Diplo, Spank Rock, Wugazi, Neon Indian, Henry Rollins, Turquoise Jeep, Cold Cave, Yacht, Grimes, Purity Ring…it goes on.

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Happy Hipster Halloween! Gorilla vs Bear put out this spooky hour-plus mix. More for your headphones than for a party. Go ahead and scare yourself.

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CMJ is done for another year, its 31st to be exact, and like most 31 year-olds this music marathon has grown and matured significantly from its early College Music Journal days. Without the aid of cloning and time travel abilities it would be impossible to attend every show, but we did our best. Here are five highlights from this year.

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The idea of isolating artists based on region (let alone country) seems a tad backwards, but simply put, we’re in the midst of another Canadian wave of music.

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More danceable dreampop from Canadian solo artist Grimes (Claire Boucher).

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