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Doomtree | No Kings

Doomtree (2011)
As of this writing, no one on has created a tag for "hyper-paced, ultra-smart, ultra-self-aware, futuristic, planet-hopping indie hip-hop."
By: REYAN ALI  |  December 06, 2011


Tristen brings candor and contradiction to folk

Old sound, modern means
Ordinarily, the end of days isn't a very enticing prospect, but after hearing Tristen Gaspadarek chant "Doomsday" repeatedly, you might welcome horsemen on the horizon.
By: REYAN ALI  |  December 07, 2011


Tycho | Dive

Ghostly International (2011)
In order to appreciate Dive properly, you'll need one thing: headphones.
By: REYAN ALI  |  November 29, 2011


Baths submerse electronics in dreamy detail

Kind of blue
Will Wiesenfeld believes in making purposeful choices.
By: REYAN ALI  |  November 21, 2011


Coliseum | Parasites

Temporary Residence Limited (2011)
Coliseum are a band acutely aware of their strengths — perhaps too much so.
By: REYAN ALI  |  November 22, 2011


Crystal Antlers sharpen their psych-punk fireworks

Once more with feeling
At this point in Crystal Antlers' young career, their most powerful song is still the turbulent, desperate "Andrew."
By: REYAN ALI  |  November 03, 2011

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Memory Tapes | Player Piano

Carpark (2011)
Tinny, lonely keyboards and aching romanticism lead the way for Player Piano's first two tracks, but a minute into "Today Is Our Life" it seems like the dude wants to create a song hopeful enough to end an '80s teen rom-com on a high note.
By: REYAN ALI  |  August 03, 2011

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From the bedroom to beyond with Craft Spells

Temple of gloom
There's been an enormous wave of musicians gaining notoriety for creating work where they sleep, and subsequently seeing their star rise as blogs have picked up on the results.
By: REYAN ALI  |  July 28, 2011

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Com Truise | Galactic Melt

Ghostly International (2011)
The glassy, hallucinogenic, and goofy electronics straddle this indecisive middle ground between creating something soothing and something to get your blood pumping.
By: REYAN ALI  |  July 26, 2011

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Crystal Antlers | Two-Way Mirror

Recreation Ltd. (2011)
Crystal Antlers' latest can be a pretty frustrating record — not because of what it is but because what it isn't.
By: REYAN ALI  |  July 19, 2011

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Taking Back Sunday are back on the scene

Pride of strong island
For a lot of people, just mentioning Tell All Your Friends reignites a bunch of old motifs and memories. For me, nostalgia accounts for half of my affection, whereas the album's raw, naïve tenacity justifies the remainder.
By: REYAN ALI  |  July 13, 2011

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Fucked Up scale new concept heights, eye closure

High wired act
Fucked Up have always relished the idea of screwing with people's heads. Case in point: when Deranged Records issued 2002's "No Pasaran," the first of dozens of 7-inch records by the Toronto band, several indie distribution houses initially refused to stock it.
By: REYAN ALI  |  June 24, 2011

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The Antlers find strength in dream-pop numbers

Going full burst
The indie-rock world adores its creative hermits more and more every day.  
By: REYAN ALI  |  June 09, 2011

'D' by White Denim

White Denim | D

Downtown Records (2011)
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.
By: REYAN ALI  |  June 07, 2011

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Face to Face | Laugh Now, Laugh Later

Antagonist (2011)
Putting 1999's Ignorance Is Bliss aside, Face to Face still sounds the way they always have.
By: REYAN ALI  |  May 25, 2011

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The World/Inferno Friendship Society lead a punk cult

Anarchy in the BK
If Ann Orrin had done some crafty editing on her 2008 documentary about the World/Inferno Friendship Society, it would have been easy to confuse the band with some fringe religion.  
By: REYAN ALI  |  May 20, 2011

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Blank Dogs | Collected By Itself 2006-2009

Captured Tracks (2011)
Mystique is a powerful tool, as Mike Sniper knows well, since it helped get Blank Dogs, his bedroom-project-turned-band, a healthy amount of press.
By: REYAN ALI  |  May 18, 2011

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Young Widows seek beauty and mortality in noise

Sludge hammer
It's not much of a leap to imagine Young Widows hanging out in a funeral home.
By: REYAN ALI  |  May 03, 2011

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Pantha du Prince | XI Versions of Black Noise

Rough Trade (2011)
Outright blandness is the worst sin in all of art.
By: REYAN ALI  |  May 06, 2011

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Cold Cave unearth a new wave of noise pop

Wes Eisold didn't realize he was undergoing the experience that would inspire Cold Cave's Cherish the Light Years until the experience was over.  
By: REYAN ALI  |  April 19, 2011

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TV Ghost | Mass Dream

In the Red (2011)
Welcome to beautiful Lafayette, Indiana: population 67,000, plus the four rapidly disintegrating psyches of the guys in TV Ghost.
By: REYAN ALI  |  April 13, 2011

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