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Here are the 15 albums we're looking forward to hearing this year
CMJ's complete list of the top 30 albums of 2012
Listen to a playlist of some of CMJ's favorite tracks from this year
Featuring the killer squirrels, adorable kids, kidnappers and porn stars who won our hearts this year
Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt seem tall. Maybe it's the shoes. Or maybe it's their massive party songs that make them seem larger than life.
The Minneapolis rapper tops CMJ's Hip-Hop Chart for three weeks in a row
The all-sister band's bassist on signing with Columbia, L.A. radio and touring till her arms fall off
John Darnielle is a grown man with a wife, a child and a home of his own—so why can’t he stop singing about troubled kids?
The Christmas music fan weighs in on the best and worst holiday classics
Finding the worldwide sound of electronic dance music in L.A.
On leaving Kill Rock Stars, reissuing the band's catalog and why she'd sometimes rather talk about the weather than riot grrrl
The Atlanta rapper breaks down the political theater of election season
Power outages, scheduling conflicts and sleepovers
Peter Bauer and Paul Maroon on how, 12 years in, the Walkmen came of age and arrived at the easiest album of their career in 2012
Martin Frawley and Julia McFarlane on this year's 7" release, comparisons to Flying Nun artists and the highs and lows of reviews