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Torture Chain | Time Is But a Doorway to the Incinerator

Torture Chain have had black metal locked down with an ultra raw punkish aesthetic over three demos for the past four years.
Eternal Summer (2012)
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  August 03, 2012
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The Dears: Degeneration Street

This fifth and latest album from the Dears suggests that these Montreal natives need to clear out some Britpop cobwebs.
Dangerbird Records (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  February 11, 2011
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PJ Harvey | Let England Shake

Polly Jean Harvey's newest manages to be a song cycle about the soldier's perspective on armed combat without being a typical anti-war diatribe — and is all the better for it.
Island Records (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 11, 2011
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Cut Copy | Zonoscope

The most difficult thing about releasing a near-perfect album has to be the follow-up. People flipped when Cut Copy dropped 2008's In Ghost Colours , which saw the Aussie dance trio ramping up the formula of their debut LP with unrelenting momentum, str
Modular (2011)
By Michael C. Walsh reviews "Zonoscope" by Cut Copy  |  February 11, 2011
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For the sheer sake of keeping an underrated name out there, Thin Lizzy, and more specifically Jailbreak , fully deserve the deluxe-edition treatment.  
Mercury (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 11, 2011
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Azure Ray | Drawing Down the Moon

Is it possible to produce a record that sounds anything like a comeback when your sonic trademark is one of delicate sulk and sorrow?
Saddle Creek (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  September 24, 2010


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Homeboy Sandman | The Good Sun

If you’re not listening to Homeboy Sandman, you may be missing the most stylistically agile MC ever to spit. And if you don’t cop his official debut, then you’re depriving yourself of an album that’s worthy of more superlatives than could possibly fit i
Asylum (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 28, 2010
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Born Ruffians | Say It

Over the past half of Warp’s robust 20-year run, the label’s enduring legacy as a vanguard force in electronic music has drifted as its tastes have gone positively eclectic. The mixed-media future folk of Bibio, the experimental soul of Jamie Lidell, th
Warp (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2010
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Thieves Like Us | Again and Again

When today’s musical magpies look back to the ’80s to steal the sonic shiny items that catch their ears’ fancy, they gravitate toward the Day-Glo sheen of that era’s false promise and anthemic vacuousness. Thieves Like Us, however, are not that breed o
Shelflife (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 28, 2010
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James Lidell | Compass

Hey, I love Veckatimest as much as the next wimp, but the prospect of Grizzly Bear multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor’s offering production to the latest album from Jamie Lidell didn’t seem promising when it was announced earlier this year.  After all,
Warp (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 28, 2010
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The Claudia Quintet | Royal Toast

Although it’s led by a drummer, the Claudia Quintet is not necessarily about groove.
Cuneiform (2010)
By JON GARELICK  |  May 28, 2010


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Various Artists | A Boston State Of Mind Volume 2

Every night, when I get home from reporting facts, I poison the Internet with innuendo on a Boston-based hip-hop blog called jumptheturnstyle.com.
Commonwealth (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010
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CocoRosie | Grey Oceans

Freak-folk fans disappointed by the relative accessibility of recent efforts by Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom should check out CocoRosie’s latest.
Sub Pop (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 21, 2010
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Ketman | Ketman a Go Go

The winking disconnect between Ketman’s promotional art (swingin’ young people from a half-century ago enjoying the pleasures of their hi-fi system; Twiggy types with black bars across their eyes) and Ketman’s music (lean, pugilistic rock with 1980s Amer
Lifted & Gifted (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 21, 2010
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Crystal Castles | Crystal Castles (2010)

The battlefield of ’00s electro-tantrum spazz-ravers is littered with the corpses of those who burned too brightly at the outset and, in the process, burned out any interest in a sustained career of noisemaking.
Fiction (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 21, 2010
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Everyone Everywhere | Everyone Everywhere

Remember when emo wasn’t just some watered-down pop-punk version of goth? No? Well . . . it wasn’t.
Tiny Engines (2010)
By LEOR GALIL  |  May 21, 2010


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Beach Fossils | Beach Fossils

There are currently no functioning synonyms (ask Thesaurus) for the term “lo-fi,” so I’ll spare us all the agony of trying to find a more nuanced way to pigeonhole this band.
Captured Tracks (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  May 21, 2010
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The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! | I Love You! I Love You! I Love You And I’m In Love With You! Have An Awesome Day! Have The Best Day Of Your Life!

The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! are a dance/electronica collective known around the Manhattan/Brooklyn scene for their elaborate live performances, where members wear outrageous costumes made of stuffed animals and have on-stage pillow fights.
I Love You! I Love You! I Love You And I’m In Love With You! Have An Awesome Day! Have The Best Day Of Your Life! on Luaka Bop (2010)
By DAVID BOFFA  |  May 14, 2010
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Pat Metheny | Orchestrion

The “orchestrion” is a Rube Goldberg-like contraption that empowers Metheny in one-man-band format to trigger a variety of percussion and other instruments as he plays guitar.
Nonesuch (2010)
By JON GARELICK  |  May 14, 2010
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Free Energy | Stuck On Nothing

Like Bad Company and Damn Yankees before them, these buzzed-about Philadelphia longhairs have a song on their debut that shares the name of their band — a sure sign that Free Energy are serious about having a good time.
DFA/Astralwerks (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 14, 2010
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Dese | Dese Be With You

Before Sam Adams, sleazy Boston co-eds relied on the Camp to get their panties moist.
Cursed Out (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010


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LCD Soundsystem | This Is Happening

If the self-conscious hypercontrivance of James Murphy ever appears to you at odds with his relentless quest for abandon, I hear ya.
DFA (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 14, 2010
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The New Pornographers | Together

Once a group of Canadian unknowns masquerading as a supergroup, the New Pornographers are no longer entirely Canadian or unknown, and neither are they the same cavalier bunch who redefined left-field power pop for the Naughts.
Matador (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 07, 2010
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Broken Social Scene | Forgiveness Rock Record

Recent “loudness wars” notwithstanding, dynamics in music have very little to do with actual volume.
Arts & Crafts (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 07, 2010
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Matthew Stubbs | Medford & Main

Boston-based roots guitarist Stubbs has a wicked way with a groove and an ability to conjure vintage tones.
Blue Bella (2010)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2010
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Indian Jewelry | Totaled

Mystery and confusion are sexy, and Indian Jewelry get that.
We Are Free (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  May 07, 2010


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Booka Shade | More!

Booka Shade get back to where they once belonged.
Get Physical (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 07, 2010
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Reflection Eternal | Revolutions Per Minute

It really sucks when critics sing about their personal relationships with old records.
Asylum (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010
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Packets of Sugar

It’s easy to paint Bebe Buell as some talentless pretty face who slept her way to whatever modicum of stardom she has right now.
Bebe Buell returns to town throwing ‘Air Kisses’
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2010
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Male Bonding | Nothing Hurts

The ’90s generated lots of terrific pop culture — Sandman comics, Pulp Fiction, decent Mortal Kombat games, etc. — but quiz Male Bonding on their favorite product of the decade and, if they’re telling it straight, the London trio are bound to pick Americ
Sub Pop (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  April 30, 2010