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photos: the Gorilla vs. Bear x Hype Machine SXSW showcase (feat. Charli XCX + more)

photo: Jesse DeFlorio
photo: Jesse DeFlorio

Our official Gorilla vs. Bear 2016 SXSW showcase at Mazda + Hype Machine's Hype Hotel offered a glimpse into the future of pop music on a beautiful Thursday night in east Austin, from Negative Gemini's frenetic, club-ready experimental electronic pop that began the evening (I heard at least a few people compare her vibe to an early Grimes set circa 2011) to headliner Charli XCX's first-ever, next-level collaborative set with SOPHIE, which Charli proclaimed "maybe my most favourite set I have EVER played"...

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Gorilla vs. Bear x 2015 year-end mix

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Here's our annual year-end retrospective, a definitive 80-minute mix of the songs by which we'll remember 2015 (it also doubles as a very emotional and hopefully serviceable misty-eyed New Year's Eve soundtrack). Thanks for hanging with us this year, see y'all in 2016.

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top 5 Young Thug songs of 2015

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Nothing more subjective than picking your favorite Young Thug song in a year when the absurdly prolific rapper seemed to release a new mixtape, collab, or random-ass potential hit every week, so here are our personal top 5, at least until ThuggaXWapp drops (spoiler: at least 4 of these will be on our songs of 2015 list). No wrong answers in this case, so let us know what your list looks like, and if you're one of the last people on the planet still unable to get into Thugger — shout out to our SiriusXM show listeners — maybe this is a start? Polaroid of Young Thug and his daughter by Faith Silva.

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our favorite albums + tracks of 2015 so far

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ALBUMS
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01 PANDA BEAR - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
02 LEON BRIDGES - Coming Home
03 JAMIE XX - In Colour
04 LOWER DENS - Escape from Evil
05 SUFJAN STEVENS - Carrie & Lowell
06 BOP ENGLISH - Constant Bop
07 JESSICA PRATT - On Your Own Love Again
08 YOUNG THUG - Barter 6
09 YUMI ZOUMA - EP II
10 CHASTITY BELT - Time To Go Home
11 RAE SREMMURD - SremmLife
12 BULLY - Feels Like
13 SUSANNE SUNDFØR - Ten Love Songs
14 DOMENIQUE DUMONT - Comme Ça
15 THE GALLERIA - Calling Card / Mezzanine EP
16 STEALING SHEEP - Not Real
17 KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH - Euclid
18 VALET - Nature
19 VIET CONG - Viet Cong
20 BOSQUE BROWN - Us
21 ANTHONY NAPLES - Body Pill
22 TEI SHI - Verde EP
23 RECYCLE CULTURE - Trapped Goddess EP
24 THE SANDWITCHES - Our Toast
25 PENDER STREET STEPPERS - The Glass City / Golden Garden 12"

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SONGS
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01 GRIMES - REALiTi
02 D'ANGELO - The Charade*
03 METRO THUGGIN - Free Gucci
04 JAMIE XX - Loud Places (feat...

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running best songs of 2015 list

GRIMES REALiTI

01 GRIMES - REALiTi
02 METRO THUGGIN - Free Gucci
03 JAMIE XX - Loud Places
04 CHROMATICS - In Films
05 LEON BRIDGES - River
06 PANDA BEAR - Tropic of Cancer
07 LOWER DENS - Your Heart Still Beating
08 JAMIE XX - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat...

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GvsB IV

GvsB IV

We are psyched to finally announce the 2014 edition of our annual summer showcase: GvsB IV happens on Friday, September 12, 2014, at the Granada Theater here in Dallas. This year is special, as we are beyond honored to present arguably our single favorite artist in the history of this site, Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, whose Person Pitch remains one of the most influential and acclaimed albums of the past decade, and whose current live set (complete with all new material + mind-warping visuals from Animal Collective collaborator Danny Perez) is one of the best shows we've ever experienced...

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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2013

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This is always the most difficult and ridiculous list to make, but we spent a lot of time thinking about it (about 11.5 months), and these are the songs that stuck with us this year. Following last week's list of the albums of the year, we present our favorite songs of 2013. Check the list + a nearly comprehensive 4-hour spotify playlist after the jump, and as always, we'd love to see your favorites too. Thanks for hanging out with us this year.

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gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2013

ALBUMS OF 2013

Here is the list of our favorite releases of 2013: not quite as deep as last year's list, which probably has more to do with our increasingly/intently focused listening habits (I feel like I listened to nothing but Anxiety for a month straight early this year, thus its spot at the top) than the quality of this year's offerings. Check our selections + a very emotional accompanying BEST OF 2013 mix (and Spotify playlist) below, and as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts on anything we might have overlooked. Stay tuned for the GvsB songs of 2013 list -- easily my favorite post every year -- coming soon...

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video: The Knife – “Full of Fire” short film + official stream

Shaking the Habitual

Let's try this again: those of you that abstained from listening to that garbage webrip that was floating around everywhere last week, and missed the bootleg video rip that was up for about 10 minutes, your patience has been rewarded: The Knife just dropped the official Marit Östberg-directed video and stream for their massive, sprawling new single "Full of Fire...

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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2012

GORILLA VS BEAR SONGS OF 2012

With 2012 (and possibly humanity as we know it) nearing its end, we give you our 100 favorite songs of the year. This is always the best list to make, and we enjoy seeing your choices, so leave those too if you'd like. While you take it all in, hit play on this ridiculous 5+ hour Spotify playlist featuring (nearly) every song on the list. Check the full top 100 + download our 2012 year-end mix, then take it for a night drive, after the jump...

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