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Light Pollution | Apparitions

Light Pollution unabashedly endorse marijuana use: “How many glass pipes can you find in this picture?” the band ask under a press photo posted on their MySpace.
Carpark (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 25, 2010
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Suckers | Wild Smile

Dissenting from the almighty forces of fuzz-pop and the subgenres that have defined its counterparts for the past year or so, the Brooklyn-based Suckers' debut full-length is both frustratingly and pleasantly difficult to place in today's indie-rock land
Frenchkiss (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 18, 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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Phosphorescent | Here’s To Taking It Easy

What was once an aching, drowsy fireside croon fest (2007’s Pride ) has taken a blatant leap into hoedown territory on singer/guitarist Matthew Houck’s latest effort.
Dead Oceans (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  May 14, 2010
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Javelin | No Más

No offense to 2009 or anything, but there’s something really refreshing about a Brooklyn-based, MySpace-made indie band’s releasing an album devoid of blatant art-rock agendas and half-assed attempts at cohesion.
Luaka Bop (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  April 16, 2010
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Dum Dum Girls | I Will Be

Kristin Gundred serves up a slightly softer version of the concise, lo-fi throwback bliss that the White Stripes perfected with “Fell in Love With a Girl” in 2002.
Sub Pop (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  April 02, 2010


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Jónsi | Go

To the Sigur Rós fans still weeping over the band’s decision to scrap their latest full-length and take an indefinite paternity leave: dry your tears with Jónsi’s uplifting solo debut.
XL (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  March 26, 2010
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jj | jj N° 3

Secretly Canadian's new acquisitions (and future touring partners of the xx) continue to harness dualities that leave them smack dab between savvy-kitschy and kitschy-kitschy.
Secretly Canadian (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 26, 2010
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Photos: Get Your Beard On Saturday at Precinct

Photos from the Somerville Arts Council's winter beard contest
Beards-a-poppin' at Union Square's Precinct on February 13
By JENELL RANDALL  |  February 19, 2010
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Xiu Xiu | Dear God, I Hate Myself

The reigning King of Discomfort, Jamie Stewart, and his new bandmate, Angela Seo (who took Cold Caveward–bound Caralee McElroy's place last year), recently released a video for this album's title track in which Seo forces herself to puke in front of the
Kill Rock Stars (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 19, 2010
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Review: Patti Smith's Just Kids

How do you get to be the Godmother of Punk? Pure dumb luck, for starters.
The small prophecies of Patti Smith
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 12, 2010