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Dengue Fever add eccentricity to psych pop

For all the kitsch and B-movie flair of Dengue Fever, there are still a few aspects of their obsession with Cambodian pop that they haven't put on record.  
Holidays in Cambodia
By MATT PARISH  |  June 03, 2011
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Il Giardino Armonico

In their dark suits, they could have been Milanese bankers, except for the brightly colored ties (each different), puddling trousers, and full spectrum of hairstyles.
Venice Rising
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 25, 2011
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Beach Fossils | What A Pleasure

This EP is an eight-song follow-up to Beach Fossils' homonymous full-length debut from 2010, and these days, Dustin Payseur and his band of chilled-out '80s worshippers have their sound down pat.
Captured Tracks (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  February 25, 2011
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The Luyas | Too Beautiful To Work

The tone and feel of this release suggests the Luyas are at a big party where they don't really know anyone. The indie-pop four-piece from Montreal are well dressed and clinging to a couch in the corner.
Dead Oceans (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  February 25, 2011
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Hekseri | Hekseri

Since 2004, Hekseri have been one of Boston's loudest and most volatile black-metal bands. After several demos and a split single, this staple of the Boston scene have finally released their full-length debut.
Time Before Time Records (2011)
By WREN LEADER  |  February 25, 2011
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The Low Anthem | Smart Flesh

For those eager to see that indie-folk cherry get popped, the Low Anthem's latest should be the lucky one to do the deed.
Nonesuch (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  February 25, 2011


Young Galaxy new album Shapeshifting

Young Galaxy | Shapeshifting

The synthesizer called and Young Galaxy answered. On their third studio full-length, the Canadian indie-pop trio have gone all-out digital, laying down their guitars as sacrificial lambs and bowing to the altar of '80s electro-pop legends like Eurythmics
Paperbag (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  February 18, 2011
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Julianna Barwick | The Magic Place

Julianna Barwick grew up singing hymns in churches in Louisiana and Missouri, and now the Brooklyn singer replicates those grandiose choir sounds as a solo artist, cloning and looping her own wordless vocals, stringing ambient patchworks with minimal ins
Asthmatic Kitty (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 12, 2011
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Darkest Hour | The Human Romance

My earliest exposure to Darkest Hour came via “Sound the Surrender,” off 2005’s Undoing Ruin. It was an arresting introduction: dystopian metalcore/sorta death metal paired with an unexpectedly effective piano hook.
Century Media (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  February 11, 2011
Thin Lizzy

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For the sheer sake of keeping an underrated name out there, Thin Lizzy, and more specifically Jailbreak , fully deserve the deluxe-edition treatment.  
Mercury (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 11, 2011
Review of Zonoscope by Cut Copy

Cut Copy | Zonoscope

The most difficult thing about releasing a near-perfect album has to be the follow-up. People flipped when Cut Copy dropped 2008's In Ghost Colours , which saw the Aussie dance trio ramping up the formula of their debut LP with unrelenting momentum, str
Modular (2011)
By Michael C. Walsh reviews "Zonoscope" by Cut Copy  |  February 11, 2011


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PJ Harvey | Let England Shake

Polly Jean Harvey's newest manages to be a song cycle about the soldier's perspective on armed combat without being a typical anti-war diatribe — and is all the better for it.
Island Records (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 11, 2011
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The Dears: Degeneration Street

This fifth and latest album from the Dears suggests that these Montreal natives need to clear out some Britpop cobwebs.
Dangerbird Records (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  February 11, 2011
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Cloud Nothings | Cloud Nothings

There's still something borderline poetic about a teenage dude recording a collection of lo-fi punk/pop songs on a laptop in his bedroom.
Carpark Records (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  January 21, 2011
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Einstürzende Neubauten | Strategies Against Architecture IV, 2002 - 2010

Double-disc IV brings us up date with everything these industrial grandpas have done since frontman Blixa Bargeld left Nick Cave's Bad Seeds.
Mute (2010)
By MATT PARISH  |  December 17, 2010
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Motörhead | The World Is Yours

The Myth of Lemmy is one of speedfreak exuberance fashioned into a lean, mean machine of blackened annihilation.
EMI (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 17, 2010


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Hex Map | Cryptidography

The one-sheet for Hex Map's debut consists of a vague numeral code and an infograph of angular, multi-colored lines connecting to overlapping circles that match songs with their amalgamations of spiritual antecedents.
Claw Solutions (2010)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  December 17, 2010
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Click Animosity | Feeders of the Flamez

You know how righteous rap fans say that brutal hip-hop can't turn kids into monsters?
Metal Barz (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 17, 2010
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The Sunshine Factory | Sugar

Never underestimate the impact of a My Bloody Valentine record.
Self-released (2010)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 11, 2010
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Shackleton | Fabric 55

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By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 11, 2010
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Bombay Bicycle Club | Flaws

London's Bombay Bicycle Club here take a Brit-folk cue from Mumford & Sons, sharing both the genre and some of the achy-breaky harmonies of the more popular band.
Island (2010)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  December 10, 2010


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Pascal Pinon | Pascal Pinon

The opener on this bright debut floats along on the bleating of a couple of wonky wooden recorders and some chirping Icelandic vocals.
MORR Music (2010)
By MATT PARISH  |  December 10, 2010
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Buff1 and DJ Rhettmatic | Crowne Royal

From Freeway and Jake One to Ill Bill and DJ Muggs to Celph-Titled and Buckwild, 2010 was the year of the tag team.
Fat Beats (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 10, 2010
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Reading Rainbow | Prism Eyes

An album like this sophomore effort from Philly-based husband/wife team Reading Rainbow is part of a very unlucky battle against the status quo, since its garage-band approach to reverb-heavy fuzz-punk melodies does exactly what an endless gaggle of lo
HoZac (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  December 10, 2010
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Ke$ha | Cannibal

As club banger "Blow" crescendos, incendiary brat and cultural irritant Ke$ha intones, "We are taking over — get used to it!"
RCA (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 10, 2010
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Deadmau5 | 4x4=12

The world of the superstar DJ is not dissimilar to that of the superstar architect.
Ultra (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 03, 2010


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Nicki Minaj | Pink Friday

When you're accustomed to being the coolest attendee at everyone else's parties, hosting your own can be tricky. And so it goes for Nicki Minaj.
Motown/Universal (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  December 03, 2010
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My Chemical Romance | Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

Loath as My Chemical Romance might be to admit it, they were once an emo band, as their teaming of jagged pop-punk with love-is-pain lyrical histrionics attests.
Reprise (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  November 26, 2010
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My Chemical Romance | Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

Loath as My Chemical Romance might be to admit it, they were once an emo band, as their teaming of jagged pop-punk with love-is-pain lyrical histrionics attests.
Reprise (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  November 26, 2010
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Stereolab | Not Music

Despite making their online announcement of an indefinite hiatus last year, Stereolab haven't exactly been sitting on their keyboards.
Drag City (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 26, 2010