Now in its seventh year, the line up for this week / weekend’s Pygmalion Festival is looking pretty spectacular. Taking place in Champaign-Urbana, IL, it’s an indie superstar extravaganza featuring: Explosions In The Sky, Cut Copy, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, The Dodos, The Hood Internet, Japandroids, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum Of Death, Gardens & Villa and about a hundred others.

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This Week: Megafaun’s fourth album is for cloud-watching; Jens Lekman’s charming little stories; Nurses’ elastic freak folk is fun; Besnared Lakes release the score to web documentary Welcome To Pine Point; UK moody pop outfit Veronica Falls combine morbid thoughts with a preppy package.

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This Week: St. Vincent’s third and most approachable album yet; Girls’ second release is heavy-hearted but even better than their last; Neon Indian expands his 80s crush; Das Racist’s first studio effort is smart, though they can still annoy; Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor and Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. impress as CANT.

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This Week: The Rapture return after five years of silence; Bombay Bicycle Club combine albums one and two for the third; Thundercat’s futuristic-jazz-soul (co-produced by Flying Lotus); Sir Paul McCartney re-releases a 2005 hit with Radiohead’s Nigel Godrich at the helm; TV On The Radio’s live EP, recorded one month after the loss of bassist Gerard Smith.

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This Week: Red Hot Chili Peppers drop album number ten; Balam Acab inspires ooos and ahhs; Lil Wayne takes a stab at The Throne; CSS’ nu-rave sex punk; Zach Hill and Hella’s ferocious math rock.

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There has been a recognizable shift in the musical landscape over the past couple of years, one that recalls the sounds of the early and mid 1990s: grunge, shoegaze, twee / noise-pop, etc. Here are a few bands that have helped usher in this revival exceptionally well.

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This week: Active Child’s much-awaited debut; Patti Smith’s impressive retrospective; Ganglians are back with a cleaner sound; Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks produced by Beck; Sun Araw go for stoner album of the year.

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Seattle hosts yet another amazing music festival September 3rd-5th. Act featured include: Hall and Oates, Wiz Khalifa, Big Boi, YACHT, Phantogram, Broken Social Scene and many more.

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This Week: Hercules & Love Affair rotate artists and sounds; Philly’s The War On Drugs brings American rock appeal; Yellow Ostrich jump from the blogosphere with a quirk and harmony; The Cool Kids When Fish Ride Bicycles finally drops; Jeff Bridges’ self-titled release is further evidence that The Dude abides.

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To celebrate The Horrors’ amazing new album Skying, FACT got them to make a mixtape. The artists range from influencers to compatriots, the track listing is as varied as you might expect for such a music loving band.

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A song can take you back—both to places of your past and, interestingly, sometimes to places you’ve never been before…sometimes the artists haven’t been either. Here is some music-evoked nostalgia for you.

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This week: Beirut’s Balkan ballads; Widowspeak’s downer lover songs; DOM brings in a top producer for their new one; Pepper Rabbit uplifts and haunts; Neil Young’s “Lost Tapes” from 1991 are recovered.

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This week: one of Wolf Parade becomes Moonface; Fruit Bats head in a refreshing direction; Collections of Colonies of Bees release their sixth album; Mode Moderne explore goth-pop; the Archers of Loaf re-release is on-trend for 90′s nostalgia.

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Hard to believe it, but The Strokes debut album, Is This It, is about to turn 10 years old. To celebrate, the good folks at Stereogum put together an album of covers for you to download. Free. Hear Austra, Peter, Bjorn and John, Real Estate and others rework your favorite tracks.

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This week: The Horrors bring an expansive third album with Skying; Arrange explores tragedy; Little Dragon is getting bigger; Fair Ohs soundtrack your August BBQs; Inc. excite and disappoint.

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