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Getting glitchy with Mindless Self Indulgence

I once thought all music that wasn't performed by three-to-five angry dudes with guitars and a drum kit was stupid.
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By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 02, 2012
Random Axe; Random Axe

Random Axe | Random Axe

It's no wonder that it takes a 10-ton Uzi to get rap fans psyched about posse cuts these days.
Duck Down (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2011
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Washed Out | Within and Without

Two summers ago, a number of glo-fi buzz bands surfed trendy chillwaves around the blogosphere, reaching mild popularity amongst fans of subtle, retro dance beats and laid-back vibes.
Sub Pop (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 15, 2011
'Sun & Shade' from Woods

Woods | Sun & Shade

As with previous Woods records the instantly entrancing element is Earl's Neil Young–inspired falsetto, wrapped in swirls of gauzy tape hiss.
Woodsist (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 10, 2011
'Black Up' by Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces | Black Up

The musical reincarnation of Ishmael Butler, the elusive Seattle rapper who makes up one-third of the semi-popular '90s jazz-rap act Digable Planets under the name Butterfly, is a lot to unpack.
Sub Pop (2011)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 10, 2011
Jessica 6 - 'See the Light'

Jessica 6 | See the Light

There is an odd paradox in the modern Western way of appreciating music-as-art: musical pieces that get enshrined on top of the pillar of "art" tend to be those with little-to-no practical utility. Thus, no genre is treated quite as disposably as dance
Peacefrog (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 10, 2011


'Revelator' the new album by Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band | Revelator

If you like your summer soundtrack replete with the familial, genre-stir-fried Good Life incarnate, then this CD is right in your friggin' wheelhouse.
Sony Masterworks (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  June 10, 2011
'Past Life Martyred Saints' album from EMA

EMA | Past Life Martyred Saints

This hasn't been a bad year for music, but there haven't been a lot of songs that hit in such a way that there's a physical need to hear them again — immediately. But Past Life Martyred Saints, the solo debut from former Gowns frontlady Erika M. Anderse
Souterrain Transmissions (2011)
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 10, 2011
'D' by White Denim

White Denim | D

White Denim's D just won't be ignored. The Austin quartet's fourth studio LP is an album so dense, so unstoppably kinetic, that the flurry of movement makes background listening impossible.
Downtown Records (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  June 03, 2011
Friendly Fires drop 'Pala'

Friendly Fires | Pala

For a densely layered, expertly produced dance-rock album, this second full-length from British three-piece Friendly Fires is perplexingly bland.
XL (2011)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 03, 2011
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Cold Cave | Cherish the Light Years

The '80s have been dead for a while, but the decade's goth-rock/post-punk/synth-pop sounds still maintain cultural prestige.
Matador (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 25, 2011


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The Rural Alberta Advantage | Departing

On their debut, Hometowns, Toronto's Rural Alberta Advantage sounded like a band in search of an identity. It was a bit of a mess, but there were moments when they seemed to be onto something. So surely the improved focus on Departing must be to their b
Saddle Creek (2011)
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 25, 2011
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The Mountain Goats | All Eternals Deck

The Mountain Goats' 13th studio album is an artfully simple collection featuring narrative-rich lyrics, John Darnielle's flinty, clear vocals, and jangly, driven, acoustic guitars.
Merge (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  March 25, 2011
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Withered Hand | Good News

Good News is the sound of a gifted writer declaring his humanity in all its filthy, fucked-up glory.
Absolutely Kosher (2011)
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  March 18, 2011
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The World/Inferno Friendship Society | The Anarchy and the Ecstasy

Jack Terricloth once likened playing in a band to being married and having a full-time job. Hence, his World/Inferno Friendship Society fashion themselves a kooky circus punk co-op, not a band.
Chunksaah Records (2011)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 18, 2011
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The Death Set | Michel Poiccard

Michel Poiccard insists on having it all.
Counter (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 18, 2011


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New York Dolls | Dancing Backwards in High Heels

The new New York Dolls have now been around longer - and released more albums (three) - than the old New York Dolls, and they're commemorating that new longevity by letting go of any compulsion they may have still harbored to honor their designation as
429 (2011)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 18, 2011
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Mogwai | Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will

There's a fine line in the post-punk instrumental world between mind-blowing musical ecstasy and, uh, whatever is playing underneath the guy who says, "Well, there's an app for that."
Sub Pop (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 18, 2011
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Lifeguards | Waving at the Astronauts

Hey, it's another Robert Pollard record. Today must be a day. We can't even joke about how prolific this guy is because we've heard 'em all a million billion times already.
Ernest Jenning Record Co. (2011)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  March 11, 2011
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Burzum | Fallen

Illegible as they are ubiquitous (anywhere a patch meets denim or a bored headbanger's head meets a study-hall desk), metal logos are the ultimate example of form over function.
Byelobog Productions (2011)
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  March 11, 2011
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Rihanna | Loud

Let's be honest here: the average human doesn't care about RiRi's need to express her artistic personality through music and would be more psyched if it were just 11 versions of "Don't Stop the Music."
Def Jam (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 12, 2010


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Suuns | Zeroes QC

Secretly Canadian (2010)
Secretly Canadian (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  October 15, 2010
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Old 97's | The Grand Theatre

When Old 97's are on — which they are most of the time on their eighth studio album — they're very, very on.
New West (2010)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 15, 2010
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Belle and Sebastian | Write About Love

As the obviousness of Write About Love 's title implies (it could have been called Play and Sing! ), Belle & Sebastian are looking to get back to basics with their first album since 2005's tremendous The Life Pursuit .
Matador (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 15, 2010