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Maps & Atlases | Beware And Be Grateful

Early in their career, Maps & Atlases reveled in being math-rock whizzes fond of sparkly percussion, frantic tempos, and finger-tapped guitars.
Barsuk (2012)
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  April 20, 2012

Mates of State | Mountaintops

As the sequenced synths and handsome beats unfold, matched in merriment by the husband-and-wife vocals of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner, your mind is miles away from the raging fires of the underworld.
Barsuk (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  September 16, 2011

Review: Ra Ra Riot | The Orchard

Two years after the modest success of The Rhumb Line , these Ithaca-based college chums have returned with a sleeker, more cerebral album that speaks to their post-grad sensibilities.
Barsuk (2010)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 03, 2010

Menomena | Mines

This Portland (Oregon) three-piece have spent the past 10 years doing a nerdy high-wire act using heady, patchwork writing to create accessible albums.
Barsuk (2010)
By MATT PARISH  |  August 06, 2010

David Bazan | Curse Your Branches

The "Christian music" tag is still a puzzling cross on David Bazan's back. Sure, he writes a lot about Christianity, but he mostly sticks to its failures in the face of depression, death, and doubt.
Barsuk (2009)
By JAKE COHEN  |  August 28, 2009