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ACITM’s Top 20 Albums of 2012

There’s been so many great albums released in 2012, we’ve really been given a gift as music fans. Check out the Top 20 Albums of 2012 below, and make sure to let us know if you disagree with the rankings, the choices, or anything. We want feedback! Enjoy! Click the flag to get started, each album with have the songs you just cannot skip, the release date, and a little more. Be sure to scroll down below each album image to learn why the album made the list!

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*Make sure to scroll below the album cover when in the gallery*

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ACITM’s Top 10 Mixtapes of 2012

A lot of great stuff has been released this year, and over the next week, we’ll be ranking everything. First up are the top 10 mixtapes of 2012. Mixtapes have been instrumental in helping the marketing and promotional endeavors of record labels, and are utilized by those without labels to gain exposure on the bigger scene. Almost always free, they’re an awesome gift for fans regardless of their purpose.

Click the images below to learn a little more about the tape, and find the download links at the bottom. Enjoy! Let us know what you think about the order, or if you think we left anything out.

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Happy Halloween from ACITM!

As you can see from the picture above, Maggie and I both decided to go with music themed costumes this year. She was Katy Perry and I was 2 Chainz. If you still need some ideas for costumes, check out this post featuring 5 DIY costumes. For Halloween, we have three sets of mixes for you guys, from Diplo, RL Grime and Black Lips. Check them out below! Have a Happy Halloween! If you dress up as anything relatively music related, post a picture on our wall and we’ll get you guys an ACITM shirt!

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Local Natives “Breakers”

“Breakers” is the first single off the band’s upcoming album, Hummingbird (available January 29, 2013). Local Natives live are incredible, and hopefully the album brings on a long, nationwide tour. Let us know what you think!

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Pygmalion Roundup: The 2012 Pyggy Crown

The best weekend of the year in Champaign-Urbana wrapped up Saturday night, and left bands like Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors marveling at the line-up founder Seth Fein was able to produce. We were there for it all, traveling between Krannert Art Museum, Canopy Club, downtown Urbana outside of Black Dog, and downtown Champaign behind the High Dive. So without further ado, here’s the fourth and final part of the four part ACITM Pygmalion Roundup. The second annual Pyggy Crown, awarding the best performers of the festival. We’re doing it bracket style this year. Enjoy, and let us know if you agree!

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Pygmalion Roundup: Willis Earl Beal, Dinosaur Jr, Cloud Nothings, Grizzly Bear, Big Freedia and the Divas (Reviews/Pictures)

The best weekend of the year in Champaign-Urbana wrapped up Saturday night, and left bands like Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors marveling at the line-up founder Seth Fein was able to produce. We were there for it all, traveling between Krannert Art Museum, Canopy Club, downtown Urbana outside of Black Dog, and downtown Champaign behind the High Dive. So without further ado, here’s the third part of the four part ACITM Pygmalion Roundup (the Pyggy crown will be the finale coming this Wednesday), highlighting Saturday’s shows in downtown Champaign at the High Dive outdoor annex and late night inside the High Dive.

Click here for Part 1 featuring Night Beds, Santah, and HUM.
Click here for Part 2 featuring Tennis, Lord Huron, Dirty Projectors, and Best Coast.

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Pygmalion Roundup: Night Beds, Hum, and Santah (Reviews/Pictures)

The best weekend of the year in Champaign-Urbana wrapped up Saturday night, and left bands like Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors marveling at the line-up founder Seth Fein was able to produce. We were there for it all, traveling between Krannert Art Museum, Canopy Club, downtown Urbana outside of Black Dog, and downtown Champaign behind the High Dive. So without further ado, here’s the first part of the four part ACITM Pygmalion Roundup (the Pyggy crown will be the finale coming this Wednesday), highlighting Thursday’s shows at Krannert and Canopy.

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Pygmalion Music Festival: An Interview With Founder Seth Fein

Although writing about the final festival of the summer season brings me down a bit, just looking at the Pygmalion 2012 lineup makes it all better. Festival founder Seth Fein has jam packed the 3 day festival with the big name likes of Grizzly Bear, Dinosaur Jr, Dirty Projectors, Sleigh Bells, and Best Coast, along with local acts Common Loon, Elsinore, and Santah. 54 bands will make their way to the Champaign-Urbana area overall, and you can catch all of them for the price of $100. To buy a festival pass, click here.

The great man that brings all of this to the generally quiet (maybe not quiet anymore) college town is Seth Fein. The Smile Politely founder (Champaign-Urbana’s independent online magazine) and Nicodemus Agency owner is a very busy man, as the titles show. Luckily he answered a couple questions for ACITM, which should help you learn more about the festival and CU’s musical savior himself. Check it out after the jump!

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2012 Lolla Must Sees

The best weekend of the summer is rapidly approaching, and we’re here to help make it that much of a better experience.  Last year we recommended Local Natives, Black Lips, Kids These Days, The Vaccines, and the Naked and Famous to name a few, and they all delivered. So here we go again; the Lolla Must Sees, outside of the headliners that you already have on your schedule. Think of this as your what to do before 8 PM.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday must sees after the jump!

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Wavefront 2012 Wrap Up (Pictures + Video)

Arguably the party of the summer tore through Montrose Beach this weekend as part of the inaugural Wavefront Beachside Music Festival. World renowned names such as Duck Sauce, Boys Noize, Erick Morillo, and Eric Prydz graced the stage and took the Chicago crowd weaving through blistering techno, crunchy electro, and classic Chicago house tracks. Armed with disposable cameras and a cell phone, I attended both days and was blown away.

Pictures and more after the jump!

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