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My third trip to SXSW was another incredible experience, this time seeing 45 bands in 4 days and nights. My favorite acts to see live were Lucius, The Dum Dum Girls (with Blondie), Painted Palms, Temples, Jungle, and Soundgarden playing Superunknown front to back. And perhaps not coincidentally, almost all of the artists in my playlist made the trek to Austin this year.
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Dnak 2013 – Top 50 Songs of 2013

Putting together my year-end list is something I always look forward to. It’s been another year full of music for me, so much so that I took a job at Amazon working on digital music! And despite pouring myself into the job, I still managed to see over 40 different bands this year. Some of my favorite live acts this year were The XX, Pickwick, Frightened Rabbit, Wild Cub, Chvrches, Phoenix, and Vampire Weekend.
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The holidays are just around the corner, and the last few releases of the year are out now before the onslaught of cheesy Christmas albums. Definitely check out the new albums from Lucius and Blood Orange. And we have some great new singles from Broken Bells and Architecture In Helsinki. Enjoy.
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Definitely check out the new Arcade Fire album. It’s a little all over the place, but it’s beautiful. There’s also an intriguing album collaboration between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington (called Darkside) that I’m starting to get into. I have a few samplings from the rush of recent releases, so put on your earphones and enjoy.

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We’re full into fall now which means there’s a ton of new music being released. The debut Chvrches album is a must listen, and we have new LPs from Delorean, Naked and Famous, Lorde, and more. And we have some sneak peaks from Arcade Fire, Cut Copy, Man Man, Midlake, and Augustines. I close out with an introspective stunner from Cloud Control. Check it out.

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Check out the new music that’s come out this past month. The Moondoggies, Washed Out, and The Civil Wars have brand new albums out, and I’ve included some great early-release singles from Two Door Cinema Club, Polica, and Army Navy. Please take a listen to Grand Hallway’s single “Horses” included at the end of the list. It’s a stunning and gorgeous track that’s part of the movie Touchy Feely coming out in September.

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