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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
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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Rattle them Bones

For too long has dance pop been solely occupied by commercial beat-makers like Dr. Luke.
Reimagining the trio
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 04, 2012
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The quiet side of A Place To Bury Strangers

When you are surrounded with those jagged barbs of sheer bloody noise for the first time, do you run for the hills or continue to stick your head in the acid bath? It only takes a few seconds of luxuriating in the stinging audio hailstorm that is A Plac
Sonic bids
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 30, 2012
Hospitality - CD Review

Hospitality | Hospitality

On their homonymous debut, Hospitality sound like 800 different trendy bands at once (from Twin Sister to Tennis to TV on the Radio), so if it's pure originality you're after, you've come to the wrong department.
Merge (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  January 27, 2012
Onwards to the Wall - Review

A Place to Bury Strangers | Onwards to the Wall

Onwards to the Wall clocks in at 16 minutes and 35 seconds, and it could shatter into smithereens at any moment.
Dead Oceans (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 27, 2012


Ash Borer 2011

Ash Borer | Ash Borer

NorCal black-metal trio Ash Borer's debut full-length is as diminutive as their namesake (limited to a 150-cassette run) but no less destructive or striking as they hurtle through three tracks in 40 minutes.
Flenser (2011)
By JANSSEN McCORMICK  |  July 15, 2011
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All aboard the Reverend Bastien bandwagon

After a couple of years traversing the country from here to Alaska with only an acoustic guitar, PVD-bred singer/songwriter Reverend Bastien is rolling solo no more since recruiting a pair of longtime friends and dubbing them the Congregation of the Tra
Empire state of mind
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 13, 2011
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Photos: A.K.A.C.O.D. at the Plough & Stars

A.K.A.C.O.D. perform live at the Plough and Stars on December 8, 2010.
A.K.A.C.O.D. | Plough & Stars | December 8, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 17, 2010
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Giant step

Indie-folk trio the Low Anthem — Jeff Prystowsky, Ben Knox Miller, and Jocie Adams — have signed with Nonesuch Records, which will re-release their highly-acclaimed disc, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, on June 9.
The Low Anthem sign with Nonesuch Records
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 17, 2009
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Trio

Trio began to serve customers on Monday, May 19, and we broke our cardinal rule of waiting three months to review a spot by walking in two days later.
Three times the buzz
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 28, 2008