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Sweet symphony

Parenthetical Girls tap into the tingle of Entanglements

Feel-good sounds

Noise Pop 09: Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele and A.C. Newman make a plea for pop

Hungry for Lee Hazlewood

The Year in Music 2008: You didn't have to dig deep to find the canonical figure this year

Child’s play

Hauschka toys with our emotions

Warming to cold fact

Sixto Rodriquez, sumptuously rediscovered

Welcome to my dreamscape

Michael Zapruder taps into sleepy-time riches

High Places

Jungle music from the heart of hipsterland

Horn dogs unite

Hornucopia Festival brings together lovers of that bold and brassy sound

No borders!

Singer-songwriter Rupa Marya leads the charge toward boundary-busting pop

Back to the land

Fleet Foxes tear back the centuries, fusing pre-rock 'n roll sounds with indie sensibility

The Explorers Club

Charleston septet channel the Beach Boys' "teenage symphonies to God"

Los Campesinos!

Candy-covered glockenspiel overdrive

Unlock your Sons and Daughters

Nothing but broken bottles and dark-corner encounters to be regretted the morning after with this foursome

Talking ’bout pop

Berkeley's Morning Benders hark back to the glory of '60s songwriting

One ear to the ground

Yousef Al-Mohaimeed's storytelling transcends bans

Noise Pop: Up from under

The Gutter Twins recast grunge

Your cassette pet

Rob Sheffield writes the book of mixtape love

Nailed

The Pine Box Boys revive the murder ballad for horrorbilly heads

Adrift and lovin’ it

Castanets' Ray Raposa is caught rambling

Year in Music: Bling

Frenzied xylophones in 2007

Take Dap

Sharon Jones and the Dap-kings get their due

Moving out …

... and making music with White Williams