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Few figures in pop culture, let alone straight female ones, have sparked in my the instant feeling of “You are so fucking cool” that ex-Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bass player Melissa Auf Der Maur sparked in me as a 14 year-old boy. I used to spend every Sunday night of my adolescent life parked in front of the kitchen TV, enjoying a quiet house and the chance to watch 120 Minutes on MTV. This is where I saw my first Rufus Wainwright video, for April Fools, and Ms. Auf Der Maur’s cameo within. She went at that moment from just a bad-ass redhead bass player to someone who also would probably be cool with me as an out gay man, and that really mean something.

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Sweden’s Acid House Kings make absolutely lovely pop music, on par with fellow sunshine-bringers Ivy or Camera Obscura, that has a way of heightening good moods to near-MDMA levels of euphoria. Check out the track below, and imagine half an hour of such happiness, and you have the band’s new album “Music Sounds Better With You.” The only thing that might be lovelier than their sound is singer Julia Lannerheim, who in answering our questions about straight people has turned into the number one woman I wanna have a drink with and talk intelligently about important (yet still amusing) things. Thanks, Julia!

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It’s amazing how mood can effect music, just as much as the other way around. When I first heard the self-titled EP of Aska it seemed perfect for winter. The Japanese-born L.A. resident has a classically ethereal voice that is only augmented, not overwhelmed, by the hints of production beneath it. It made for some great “get me through this fucking January” music. Now that DC is in pre-pre-spring, and the sun is gracing an amazing 50-degree day, songs like “There Are Many of Us” seem actually hopeful.

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Queens-based “hip-hop/pop sensation” Kandys seems like someone I’d really like to hit the town with. She claims influences along the lines of Missy Elliott, Ciara, Gwen Stefani and the Pussy Cat Dolls (so you won’t have to worry about her dampening the mood with an acoustic guitar and a breakup story) and she states in this refreshingly low-key interview that she considers herself to be just starting out, which means I could probably relate to her as a person and not a pop creation.

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What happens when a married couple takes a sail boat around the world and lives to write an album about it? No, that’s not a dirty joke. (Though I also can’t really imagine how a straight married couple and a sloop could end up being dirty.) The question actually describes the making of Cape Dory, the first (and swoony) full-length by Denver’s Tennis. The husband/wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley are working within the beach rock milieu that so dominated 2010, but have added a near-Camera Obscura level of sweetness and tranquility that elevates it above the pack.

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With the instant pop pedigree of touring with Robyn, and a debut single that sounds like Pink fingering Lady Gaga with a synthesizer, LA’s Natalia Kills might bring scary back. And I’m OK with that. Though her LP Perfectionist doesn’t drop until the spring, it is scientifically proven that 65% of the nation’s gay boys will see her with Robyn. They will be smitten.

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Deerhoof’s focal point is Satomi Matsuzaki, the Tokyo-born, former film student whose hands move like independent monkey tails, always forming new shapes and never held still, while their owner belts out melodic non-sequiters. Phrases that might sound like delusional ramblings in the hands of others come from her mouth like beatitudes. She ain’t so hard on the eyes either, and for all those reasons I’m excited Ms. Matsuzaki took the time to answer these questions.

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If there is a true god and goddess of alternative rock, if there is a sort of Mt. Olympus in the clouds above the Viper Room, then the two biggest thrones are occupied by Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield. The respective fronts of The Lemonheads and The Juliana Hatfield Three had so much fun last at New York’s Mercury Lounge, and discovered there is still much love for them in the indie-verse, that they are returning this year for a couple more shows. If Winona Ryder can do it in Black Swan with four lines and a death scene, just imagine how much these two can rock with an actual live show!

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These days it’s pretty hard not to know absolutely everything about a band you like. How they got their start, what their influences are, who dated whom. If it’s not in an official press bio somewhere its in their record review or on the lips of all the devoted fans that read the same bio you did. Thats why it was so cool to run this interview with Liz from Brooklyn’s evil-shoegaze band Kordan. For one, I couldn’t even find Liz’ last name after 40 minutes of googling. Their website is minimal, their MySpace lists no upcoming shows until January and (brace yourself) Pitchfork had no record of them.

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My least-updated iTunes playlist is called “Pure Joy.” It has about 5 tracks in it and they are all so pleasure-inducing, so catchy and fun, that new additions are rarely added to their midst. They are special. The only track I’ve added this year is Club 8′s “Shape Up,” my current reason to be thankful for Sweden.