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Friday Playlist: Pitchfork Festival Weekend

Finally! It’s Pitchfork Festival weekend. Instead of the usual Monday playlist, here’s a Friday edition featuring some new-ish videos from artists who will be playing in Union Park. Plus, check out the streaming schedule inside.

The Best Albums of 2011 (So Far): Part I

It’s never too early to have “the talk” — you know, what albums out there are worth your time? Now that Q1 is finished, our Liner Notes vets break down the best of the year so far and discuss what you should pick up if you haven’t already.

Get Lost in Kurt Vile’s Smoke Ring

Smoke Ring For My Halo, the newest release from Kurt Vile, is an exciting step forward for the Philadelphia songwriter. His music is a blend of American guitar music, filtered through just enough of his own halo that we’re left with something different.

Monday Playlist: Kick Off the Week Thusly

What’s a Monday without shakin’ a little ass? Start your workweek off right with the Liner Notes’ Monday Playlist — from Blur to Sonic Youth to Superchunk, this is guaranteed to get you going in the right direction or your money back.