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The Babies | Our House on the Hill

This fall, Freaks and Geeks started streaming on Netflix, and, coincidentally, the Babies released their sophomore album.
Woodsist (2012)
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  November 16, 2012
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Bill Withers | The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums

Bill Withers has always been the down-to-earth, odd-man-out of the '70s soul brothers: he's the one who came bearing a lunch box on the cover of his relaxed 1971 debut, Just as I Am .
Columbia/Legacy (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 02, 2012
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Aerosmith | Music From Another Dimension

Don't let Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension confuse you. It was produced inside the normal, predictable dimension where all Aerosmith songs since Armageddon sound pretty much alike.
Columbia (2012)
By SEAN CORBETT  |  November 02, 2012
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The Soft Moon | Zeros

Feeling disassociated, darkened, distressed, or just plain different this fall? Don't fret or suffer like the only hope out there for getting lost musically is by listening to early Depeche Mode or jumping on the Kraftwerk revival bandwagon.
Captured Tracks (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 26, 2012
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Why? | Mumps, etc.

Why?'s fourth studio album has been marketed as a "return to form" after 2009's tepidly received Eskimo Snow , since frontman Yoni Wolf's trademark raps are once again prominent.
Anticon Records (2012)
By NICK JOHNSTON  |  October 26, 2012
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Benjamin Gibbard | Former Lives

"It's been a basement of a year," Ben Gibbard sings over a perky two-chord strum on the saccharine "Oh, Woe." It's hard not to take him literally.
Barsuk Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 12, 2012


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Flying Lotus | Until The Quiet Comes

On Until the Quiet Comes , his reliably solid fourth studio album, Flying Lotus's Steven Ellison continues to bang out mind-bending electro-donut jams for folks who don't quite "get" electronic music.
Warp Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 05, 2012
OTR: Tame Impala :: Lonerism

Tame Impala | Lonerism

Australia's Tame Impala make music as the Lester Bangs character describes it in Almost Famous : if and when their psychedelic rock and roll "chooses you," it begs for intimate consumption.
Modular Records (2012)
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 05, 2012
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Diving into discs by Castle, Bob Kendall, and more

This is the perfect time of year to catch up on the endless goodie sack of music coming down the pipe on a weekly basis (and please keep it coming).
Odds and ends
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 17, 2012
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Proving Mercury was just a launching pad

"I almost don't want to listen to the new record because I like the first one so much I'm not sure how I couldn't be disappointed."
Theodore II
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 27, 2012
Sugar: Copper Blue + Beaster + File Under: Easy Listening

Sugar | Copper Blue/Beaster + File Under: Easy Listening

Two live shows, mucho B-sides, and the ferocious Beaster EP now all compressed into one gulp could leave even the biggest power-pop fan gasping for air.
Merge (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  July 20, 2012


Passion Pit: Gossamer

Passion Pit | Gossamer

It's now been more than three years since Cambridge-bred Passion Pit birthed debut Manners to critical acclaim, a wait largely the result of a two-year world-touring schedule.
Columbia (2012)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 20, 2012
Gaslight Anthem -- Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem | Handwritten

Handwritten finds the Gaslight Anthem firmly grounded — all grease, grit, and earnest emotion as visceral as the hometown soil caked beneath their fingernails.
Mercury (2012)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  July 20, 2012
Album: Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring | Shrines

Ever imagined what it would be like to hear an angel-voiced woman recite a book of fairy tales in the back of a nightclub at 2 am as drowsy synth lines float through the speakers?
4AD (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  July 20, 2012
Album:The Very Best - MTMTMK

The Very Best | MTMTMK

"World music" is an archaic label, but there's no better way to describe the Very Best's MTMTMK .
Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  July 20, 2012
Micachu & The Shapes -- Never

Micachu & The Shapes | Never

Like her stylistic sista Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Micachu's Mica Levi makes pixelated, abstract anti-pop that sounds like marionettes jamming in an aluminum factory.
Rough Trade (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 20, 2012


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Sleep | Dopesmoker [re-issue]

In the early-'90s metal drought, a strange strain developed through the cracks in the pavement, as downtuned strings, sluggish tempos, and vintage amplification led to the blossoming of stoner rock.
Southern Lord (2012)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 08, 2012
Kin - Crowell and Karr

Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell | Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell

Kin is a finely crafted country ode to home and family from a couple of writers who know the territory.
Vanguard (2012)
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  June 08, 2012
WIXIW - Liars

Liars | WIXIW

The sixth full-length from Brooklyn band Liars is an album in the sense that it's been recorded, has a release date, and is worth a review. But with so much improperly used space and so few tangible ideas, the result doesn't feel like an actual album as
Mute (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  June 08, 2012
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David Bowie | The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [40th Anniversary Edition]

Bowie's greatest album? Depends on the day. Canonically, however, this is and will always be a BFD: an archetype of alternative commercial rock, the primo platter of the so-called glam era; and arguably the best record ever made about apocalypse, interp
Virgin/EMI (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  June 08, 2012
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Fawn | Coastlines

Jaded girl-boy harmonies, gleeful three-chord riffs, healthy doses of punkish noise and emo melody: Coastlines , the debut LP from Detroit indie-pop quartet Fawn, feels like a charming souvenir from a musical era two decades in the rear-view.
Quite Scientific Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  June 08, 2012


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Metric | Synthetica

Of all the Canadian acts that stumbled onto the scene in the early aughts, Metric have been the most consistent in putting out quality material.
MMI/Mom+Pop (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  June 08, 2012
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Get back in the groove

For the casual music fan, the record store might seem an anachronism in the age of the iPod. And in a way, it is. That's no small part of the charm.
Vinylution
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 20, 2012
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Bruce Springsteen | Wrecking Ball

There was a time when Bruce Springsteen didn't need rousing choirs, swelling orchestrations, or repetitive Pogues poses to broadcast anthemic populist subversion.
Columbia (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 09, 2012
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Black Bananas | Rad Times Xpress IV

It's a rare thing when you listen to a record and can actually hear drugs spewing from the speakers, but such is the gift of Rad Times Xpress IV , the latest from Jennifer Herrema, the exRoyal Trux chanteuse now doing business as Black Bananas.
Drag City (2012)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 09, 2012
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Nite Jewel | One Second of Love

Los Angeles songstress Ramona Gonzalez began home-recording dark dance music in 2008, attracting the attention of blogspots and boutique labels with her soulful voice, lo-fi post-disco beats, and distinct sense of weirdo minimalism.
Secretly Canadian (2012)
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 09, 2012


Scuba album Personality

Scuba | Personality

Believe it or not, there still exist some pockets of the globe where dubstep remains sacred, with champions of purism deflecting the ever-tainting mainstream intrusions.
Hotflush Recordings (2012)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 09, 2012
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The Woodrow Wilsons | The Devil Jonah

The Woodrow Wilsons are a haushold name — to anyone familiar with Jamaica Plain's Whitehaus Collective, that is.
Whitehaus Family Records (2012)
By  |  March 06, 2012
Overdub Tampering 3

The Overdub Tampering Committee

Armed with an idea, a hastily written manifesto, a press release, and some software to disguise my computer's IP address, I was able to raise the question, "How do you know that what you're illegally downloading is the actual music it claims to be?" This
How a group of Boston musicians exacted their weird price from the world of online music sharing — without actually doing a thing
By RYAN WALSH  |  February 17, 2012
Off the record: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour | Out of Frequency

Getting a boost with songs from their 2009 debut, Fruit , featured in iPod and Heineken ads, and getting handpicked as concert openers by a then-still-functioning Amy Winehouse in their native Copenhagen, the Asteroids Galaxy Tour rode a lucky streak o
BMG Rights (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 03, 2012