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Brown Bird | Fits of Reason

Supply & Demand (2013)
Brown Bird, a boundary-pushing Americana duo from Rhode Island, make music that touches upon that can't-put-my-finger-on-it amalgamation of past and future sounds.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  March 18, 2013


The Strokes | Comedown Machine

RCA (2013)
The Strokes burst out in a post-9/11 musical world with a sound that was compact and airtight, melodies coiled frictionlessly in beats and fuzzed vocals.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 18, 2013


Wavves | Afraid of Heights

Mom + Pop (2013)
"I Can't Dream," the closer on Wavves' fourth studio album, opens in a drunken lo-fi stupor — Nathan Williams warbling bratty, tone-deaf nonsense over hissy acoustic power chords.
By:  |  March 18, 2013


How To Destroy Angels | Welcome Oblivion

Columbia (2013)
Whereas the monsters and ghosts of NIN songs can scream in your face and rip you to bits with their fangs, Welcome Oblivion tracks like techno-folk haunter "Ice Age" and the doom-pop jaunt "How Long?" make uncredited cameo appearances in your nightmares until you go insane and eat your own hands.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 13, 2013


Marnie Stern | The Chronicles of Marnia

Kill Rock Stars (2013)
In the arena of charming and entertaining indie-music figures, Marnie Stern stands unopposed.
By: REYAN ALI  |  March 13, 2013


The Mary Onettes | Hit the Waves

Labrador (2013)
Hit the Waves is so heartfelt as a pastiche of '80s alternative music that it almost muscles its way into being brilliant.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 13, 2013


The Men | New Moon

Sacred Bones (2013)
They're just a band, they insist; they didn't realize that a name as authoritative as the Men makes a band look, well, definitive and self-important.
By: DAN WEISS  |  March 06, 2013


Pissed Jeans | Honeys

Sub Pop (2013)
On one hand, the album is a dazed Frankenstein's monster — the frantically paced "Health Plan" shows half-man, half-creature savagery.
By: PERRY EATON  |  March 06, 2013


The Virgins | Strike Gently

Cult Records (2013)
After a half-decade of semi-obscurity, frontman Donald Cumming is redefining his band as the hipster sultans of swing.
By: RYAN REED  |  March 06, 2013


Shout Out Louds | Optica

Merge Records (2013)
Stockholm's Shout Out Louds have always been a curious but consistent act.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 26, 2013


Torres | Torres

Self-released (2013)
Twenty-two-year-old Mackenzie Scott's homemade music floats somewhere between the cathedral jangle of 10,000 Maniacs and the buzzy churn of EMA.
By: DAN WEISS  |  February 26, 2013


Atoms for Peace | AMOK

XL (2013)
Kid A , Radiohead's confounding electro-rock masterpiece, is officially hitting puberty.
By: RYAN REED  |  February 26, 2013


Johnny Marr | The Messenger

Sire/ADA (2013)
Going solo is rarely a good decision. For every exception to the rule of who flourishes after unburdening themselves of the half-talents that have been holding them back — Justin Timberlake, for one — there are dozens of embarrassing Dee Dee Ramone rap albums that exist because Joey and Johnny Ramone weren't around to kibosh a terrible idea.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 25, 2013


Beach Fossils | Clash The Truth

Captured Tracks (2013)
Last year in an interview with the Phoenix , Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils said his sophomore album would be inspired by "a lot of frustration from a lot of different sources."
By: LIZ PELLY  |  February 20, 2013


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Push The Sky Away

Bad Seed Ltd. (2013)
Much like the similarly low-key The Boatman's Call , Cave's highly anticipated 15th album with the Bad Seeds manages the puzzling feat of making a great band seem inconsequential, if not entirely absent.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  February 20, 2013


Atlas Genius | When It Was Now

Warner Bros (2013)
Atlas Genius are schooled students of modern pop architecture, seamlessly bouncing from Coldplay-styled acoustic rock to fizzy Phoenix funkiness to deadpanned Strokes-ian guitar chug. But When It Was Now is more like an alt-pop NOW compilation than a joyous synthesis.
By: RYAN REED  |  February 20, 2013


Foals | Holy Fire

Transgressive (2013)
Even at their most expansive, Foals are digging into more primal territory.
By: RYAN REED  |  February 11, 2013


Iceage | You're Nothing

Matador Records (2013)
There's something intriguing about the ways Copenhagen punk band Iceage seem simultaneously to care so much and so little.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  February 11, 2013


Frightened Rabbit | Pedestrian Verse

Atlantic Records (2013)
Worrywarts who were stressed about Frightened Rabbit making the major-label jump after three well-received indie full-lengths and a pair of EPs can quit fretting.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 11, 2013


Gliss | Langsom Dans

Modern Outsider (2013)
If rock and roll is three chords and the truth, then the mutant genre offspring shoegaze can be summed up as one chord, three fuzzboxes, and a sullen, muttered bleat.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 01, 2013
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