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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