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Tour Dates: Arcade Fire Heads West

Fresh off their much buzzed about sold out, two-night stand at MSG in New York, Montreal-based act the Arcade Fire have announced the details for their West Coast heavy fall

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Tour Dates: Blinded By The Light

2009 has shaped up to be quite a year for HT faves Blind Pilot. The Portland-based act have logged a lot of miles on the road over the course of

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Tour Dates: A Taste of Rare Wine

On May 17, Sub Pop will release a 2 disc/3 LP collection of rarities, including out-of-print and unreleased tracks from Iron & Wine called Around The Well. In conjunction with

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Tour Dates: Blind Pilot Takes Flight

Last year we introduced you to the lush indie-folk music of Portland, Oregon’s Blind Pilot. While the duo gained notoriety for their bike tour last year, the band will be

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The B List: Top Six Of The Last Six

Earlier this week the HT Staff picked their favorite albums of ’08, when we gathered Around The Barbecue. To continue on our year-end house cleaning, we’ve got another list. Back in early July I dropped my Top 6 Of The First 6 list, and since we’re not ones for traditional Top Ten around these parts I figured I’d revisit that format to round out the year’s releases.

The second half of the year saw releases from a number of my favorite artists, many of which made it on this list. So let’s get to my favorite six albums that were released in the last six months of 2008…

6. Blind Pilot3 Rounds and a Sound

This album was a late discovery for me – despite its July release. I literally picked it up several weeks back after hearing it mentioned on NPR during All Songs Considered’s Year In Music show and haven’t been able to stop listening to it since. Blind Pilot have taken the White Stripes/Black Keys minimalist band model of guitarist and drummer and unplugged it – though live they play with a nine-piece band. The Portland, OR duo’s debut is chocked full of strummy, lush indie-folk that would provide the perfect Sunday morning soundtrack and has helped to cement the Pacific Northwest’s stronghold on producing some of the best albums of the year.

READ ON for Some Dude’s top five releases of the second half of ’08…

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