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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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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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Paul Banks | Banks

It has taken a decade, but Paul Banks has finally written his mission statement in song: "Death will come by ocean, I want that guarantee," he sings on "I Paid for That," a propulsive cut from his debut solo album.
Matador Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 26, 2012
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The Walkmen fill in the gaps

Nothing on the seventh Walkmen release is remotely as jarring as their 2004 masterpiece, "The Rat," a song that had frontman Hamilton Leithauser howling over frenetic guitars and a wildly crashing drumbeat.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 12, 2012
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Beach House's artful myth

Victoria Legrand opened her notebook and saw the word "Myths." "There were no other words on the page," says the Beach House singer and keyboardist. VJust JMythsM. . . . I hadn't even remembered writing it. It was magical. A total sign."

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 12, 2012
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Sun Airway | Soft Fall

One of the more remarkable evolutions in the contemporary musical underground may be Jon Barthmus's decade-long peregrination from hardcore punk to the ambitious electro-pop of Sun Airway.
Dead Oceans Records (2012)
By JAY BREITLING  |  October 12, 2012


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Black Moth Super Rainbow | Cobra Juicy

Technology makes secrecy well-nigh impossible, so Black Moth Super Rainbow settle for employing it as a narrative device.
Rad Cult Records (2012)
By RYAN FOLEY  |  October 12, 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
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Frightened Rabbit ready to emerge

It's always annoying when a band is touted as "the next big thing," especially when they've been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winnin

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 05, 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


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
Album review: Be the Void

Dr. Dog | Be the Void

With Be the Void , their sonically raw sixth album, these Philly psych-pop oddballs have pulled a fussy, self-conscious about-face, indulging in their weirdest ideas in years.
Anti- (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  February 03, 2012
Grimes -- Visions

Grimes | Visions

The debut record from Grimes, an alias of the Montreal-based Boucher, kicks off the peculiarity parade by presenting song titles steeped in cutesy affectation.
Arbutus (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  February 03, 2012
Off the record: Mark Lanegan Band

Mark Lanegan Band | Blues Funeral

Unlike a few of his early '90s Seattle contemporaries who made tons of money, erstwhile Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan has not died, put out shitty records, or made a self-deprecating cameo on Portlandia.
4AD (2012)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 03, 2012
Off the record: Habits

Schoolboy Q | Habits & Contradictions

Without much that can be considered "structure" in terms of the verse-chorus-verse standard, Q confidently wobbles through an album's worth of jaded bangers.
Top Dawg Entertainment (2012)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 03, 2012


Off the Record: Air - Le Voyage

Air | Le Voyage Dans La Lune

It was inevitable that Air would one day be asked to soundtrack a colorized version of an iconic 1902 silent French film about moon exploration, right? There's the French thing, the moon thing, the kitsch-cool factor.
Astralwerks (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 03, 2012