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listen to the official LEVITATION 2018 mixtape + win a 4-day Stubb’s pass for the fest


Austin's LEVITATION 2018 is now officially only 100 days away, and to get y'all even more psyched for this year's fest, we're premiering volume I of the always epic annual official LEVITATION mixtape by Al Lover, featuring over an hour and a half of deep jams from this year's performing artists...

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Austin’s LEVITATION returning in 2018 with Panda Bear, Slowdive, Ty Segall + more


We're extremely psyched that LEVITATION will be back in 2018, taking over your favorite downtown Austin venues (the Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlie's, Barracuda, Empire Control Room, etc.) from April 26-29...

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Panda Bear announces A Day With the Homies 12″

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You know those lyrics Panda Bear has been dropping on Twitter over the last week or so? Those tracks will appear on his new vinyl-only A Day With the Homies EP, out January 12th on Domino. Check the tracklist and cover art below + pre-order here.

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Panda Bear’s Person Pitch receives 10-year anniversary reissue


Panda Bear's Person Pitch -- still our favorite album in the 12-year history of this site -- turns 10 years old in March 2017. To celebrate the milestone, Vinyl Me Please will release a special 2xLP reissue on blue and white vinyl, complete with a new gatefold jacket and a 12x12 original art print...

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Animal Collective takeover: pega monstro — não consegues


i gather that people stop being open to new sounds after the age of 33? but i haven’t found that to be the case so much and I’m an old man. this is off one of my favorite records from last year and the video reminds me of home...

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Animal Collective takeover: tom jobim — águas de março


when I’m making something and I’m really getting down to it i begin to feel like tom and elis seem to here in this video at around 2:50. i want the music to make other people feel like that. above all i hope to share that feeling...

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Animal Collective takeover: bobby hutcherson — bouquet


i heard this on the radio a couple months ago while i was washing dishes. after half a minute or so i just kind of stopped working and listened. like the best music it took me over. the video here is a live version and i love the way they’re all listening to each other and reacting to each other...

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watch Animal Collective’s animated “Golden Gal” video


Shout to Bea Arthur. Visuals by Celeste Potter + Passion Pictures / Suren Perera. Painting With is out Friday:

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Gorilla vs. Bear x SiriusXM // Albums of the Year edition


Our SiriusXM show airs today and every Thursday at noon EST + again at midnight, on channel 35 SiriusXMU. Today's special Albums of the Year edition features selections from our favorite releases of 2015, including tracks from Grimes, Panda Bear, Jamie xx, Erykah Badu, Beach House, Vince Staples, and more. Listen here + check the full playlist below:

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We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, '90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D'Angelo with probably the best show we've seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded.

With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:

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