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Mumford & Sons | Babel

Three years ago, London folk-rock quartet Mumford & Sons blew up in a major way with "The Cave," an angst-fueled, Grammy-nominated strummer built on quiet-loud dynamics, Country Marshall's propulsive banjo, and Marcus Mumford's gruff bellow, which c
Glassnote (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  September 28, 2012
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Dark Dark Dark | Who Needs Who

Back in 2010, the loosely Minneapolis-based quirk-folk jamboree Dark Dark Dark wrote songs that felt like they were about being outside (even if they weren't).
Supply and Demand
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 28, 2012
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R.E.M. | Document [25th Anniversary Edition]

Fans of R.E.M. enjoy arguing over which album was the band's true shark-jump, but 1987's Document was inarguably the end of a groundbreaking era.
Capitol/I.R.S. Records (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 21, 2012
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Field Report | Field Report

Just because Chris Porterfield recorded his debut solo record at ex-DeYarmond Edison bandmate Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Eau Claire does not mean it will break your heart like Vernon's mythic cabin in the woods.
Partisan (2012)
By DEVON S. MALONEY  |  September 21, 2012
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Maximo Park | The National Health

Maximo Park have always slipped through the cracks in the US, a fact that borders on the criminal: besides being one of the most consistent post-Britpop acts around, the Newcastle quintet is also one of the genre's most adventurous bands.
Straight to the Sun (2012)
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  September 07, 2012
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Four Tet | Pink

Ironically, this patchwork of 12-inch singles is Kieran Hebden's most delectable album-as-album.
Text Records (2012)  
By DAN WEISS  |  September 07, 2012


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Richard Hawley | Standing at the Sky's Edge

Richard Hawley's seventh studio album opens with "She Brings the Sunlight," a clouds-parting, hippy-dippy drone explosion that plays like "Tomorrow Never Knows" caught in the echo of a football stadium.
Mute (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 07, 2012
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The Raveonettes | Observator

Attentive Raveonettes fans passed the summer anxiously, weighing the implications of the revelation that the duo's forthcoming collection largely sprang from frontman Sune Rose Wagner's Jim Morrison-inspired bender of booze and benzos.
Vice Records (2012)
By JAY BREITLING  |  September 07, 2012
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Abadabad | The Wild

I'm no expert on pop music, but I know a good pop song when I hear it, and ABADABAD's first full-length, The Wild, is full of them.
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By PERRY EATON  |  September 07, 2012
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Various Artists | True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax

Soul hounds love deep, obscure shit — the deeper it is, the more obscure it is, the funkier it is, the more Southern it is, the better.
Now-Again (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 15, 2011
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The Birthday Massacre | Pins and Needles

If you disregard the distorted guitars, the spooky sound effects, and the unapologetically gothtarded imagery, not much separates the Birthday Massacre from honest-to-gosh bumblegum pop.
Metropolis Records (2010)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 01, 2010