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Peace-out

After seven rockin' years, Sonic Reducer bids adieu with a look back at some choice musical moments

Feel the ‘Love

Rosily buzzing U.K. outfit the Big Pink gets it, Carly Simon and all

Sly ‘n’ sincere

Don't confuse this Brit with Britney. Plus: Midlake and Barn Owl and Daniel Higgs

Sing, spelunker, sing

Frisky and Feelies-like, the Cave Singers find joy. Plus: Johnny Cash Tribute, Zaimph and Stellar Om Source, more

Taken by the wind

STS9 mixes cheese with brain-tickling charm on its latest, while FM Belfast strikes a teen truant pose

Burn notice

Scout Niblett torches the sky. Plus: Jaguar Love, Stuporbowl XLIV, Dave Rawlings Machine

All together now

Citay makes a mighty big noise. Plus: NOMO, Clipd Beaks, Do Make Say Think, and Thee Oh Sees

Post-apocalyptic post-irony

Spoon get irreverent on the line, while Vampire Weekend lead a peppy rally

New Year’s relief

Rock in 2010 with Brett Dennen, Morning Benders, Devin the Dude, and more live cork-poppers

Getting Xmas Twisted

Twisted Sister tackles the holidays

Aughties Bay Area

DECADE IN MUSIC: Meet me at MySpace with your iPod and we'll dance

Monster mash note

Lady Gaga: She's not just "another pop chick with blonde hair"

Answer me!

Devendra Banhart, Animal Collective, and Jimmy Reed answer the eternal questions

Killer ‘Droids

Don't call Japandroids post-hardcore. Plus: Savoy Family Cajun Band, Simian Mobile Disco, and George Hurd Ensemble and Build

Friends forever

Peter Bjorn and John celebrates 10 years of togetherness, Them Crooked Vultures dive into the wreck

Button pushers

Fuck Buttons bring the noisy ecstasy. Plus: Buraka Som Sistema, Lover!, The Black Heart Procession, and Bellini

Girls, girls, girls

Brilliant Colors glow, Madonna asks for "more tuna." Plus: Former Ghosts and Big Business

Northwestern soul

Gossip do the right thing, major label or no. Plus: Budget Rock, Islands, and more

Solar flair

Flaming Lips bubble over at Treasure Island Music Fest. Plus: Jesus Lizard, Monsters of Folk, more

Ray of darkness

Fever Ray gives birth to icy electro ideas. Plus: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass explodes with green sounds

Godsend

Rock duo Om initiates "a conversation between the instruments"

Rock me, Amadeus

Phoenix flies far, Monotonix rocks Israeli culture, and more

She’s a rebel

Jesus and Mary Chain meet Mary Wells through the sound of Vivian Girls. Plus: Power to the Peaceful and more

Taxi cab confessions

Comedian Brent Weinbach hails the laughs. Plus: Jonesin', Al Green, and more