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The Cribs | In The Belly Of the Brazen Bull

Wichita Records (2012)
In the 2000s, the Cribs initially drew comparisons to the Libertines, the Strokes, and other rag-tag rockers when they formed in West Yorkshire, England.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  May 01, 2012


Brendan Benson | What Kind Of World

Readymade (2012)
"Crank it up for me," mutters pop-rawk craftsman Brendan Benson on the intro to "Here in the Deadlights."
By: RYAN REED  |  April 24, 2012


Chromatics | Kill For Love

Italians Do It Better (2012)
Chromatics fans have become very familiar with the sensation of anticipation, almost to the point of numbness.
By: ANDREW GRAHAM  |  April 24, 2012


Diamond Rugs | Diamond Rugs

Partisan (2012)
Deer Tick ringleader John McCauley doesn't know what to do with himself if he isn't making music.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  April 24, 2012


Lower Dens | Nootropics

Ribbon Music (2012)
From her earliest freak-folk beginnings, Jana Hunter has mastered the beautiful bummer jam.
By: NINA MASHUROVA  |  April 24, 2012


Rufus Wainwright | Out Of The Game

Decca (2012)
Out of the Game is being billed as the most "pop" album of Rufus Wainwright's career, which is to say that it dismisses many of his trademark classical and/or stagey affinities.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  April 24, 2012


Santigold | Master Of My Make-Believe

Downtown/Atlantic (2012)
Holding the torch for unbridled eclecticism when spontaneity was out of style, Santogold — Santi White's out-of-nowhere 2008 debut —was a very good album that nicked from Tegan and Sara, No Doubt, and reggae-rap, and risked typecasting her even as she defied type.
By: DAN WEISS  |  April 24, 2012


Dry The River | Shallow Bed

RCA (2012)
Just what the world needed: Mumford & Sons put into a blender with Fleet Foxes, served with an Arcade Fire garnish— it's like a late-aughts hipstercocktail.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  April 17, 2012


Jack White | Blunderbuss

Third Man/Columbia (2012)
The White Stripes — the candy-coated, Delta blues-worshipping duo responsible for some of the 2000s' greatest rock albums — recently broke up.
By: RYAN REED  |  April 23, 2012


Maps & Atlases | Beware And Be Grateful

Barsuk (2012)
Early in their career, Maps & Atlases reveled in being math-rock whizzes fond of sparkly percussion, frantic tempos, and finger-tapped guitars.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  April 17, 2012


Screaming Females | Ugly

Don Giovanni (2012)
It's nice to know a woman as talented as singer-guitarist Marissa Paternoster was influenced by Our Band Could Be Your Life, despite Kim Gordon being the only woman in it.
By: DAN WEISS  |  April 17, 2012


The Dandy Warhols | This Machine

The End (2012)
The title of the Dandy Warhols' eighth record may be a Woody Guthrie allusion, but don't fret — the closest the Portland, Oregon, band get to politics here is a cover of Merle Travis's "16 Tons."
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  April 17, 2012


The Mars Volta | Noctourniquet

Warner Bros. (2012)
The Mars Volta sprang forth from the '90s avant-punk of At the Drive-In.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 17, 2012


Alabama Shakes | Boys & Girls

ATO (2012)
In 2012, every other mainstream female pop singer is trying her hand at honest-to-God soul, shooting stylistically for Aretha Franklin (by way of Adele's 21) but usually winding up closer to early-Nelly Furtado.
By: RYAN REED  |  April 10, 2012


Allo Darlin' | Europe

Slumberland (2012)
It's good to hear a band grow. Like Allo Darlin's first effort, Europe is full of catchy pop songs, and Elizabeth Morris's vocals are still heart-tuggingly direct and intimate.
By: GARRETT MARTIN  |  April 10, 2012


Eternal Summers | The Dawn Of Eternal Summers

Kanine (2012)  
The Dawn of Eternal Summers is being released by a small record company whose name starts with K.
By: REYAN ALI  |  April 10, 2012


Lords Of Acid | Deep Chills

Metropolis (2012)  
It's been more than a decade since Praga Khan dropped a proper Lords of Acid release, and in that time the Belgian electro-industrial mastermind has learned some new tricks on how to deliver his message of fuck.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  April 10, 2012


Quakers | Quakers

Stones Throw (2012)
No, this isn't the theological rap supergroup you've been pining for.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  April 10, 2012


Sleepy Sun | Spine Hits

The End (2012)
San Francisco's Sleepy Sun have been recognized in recent years for their hand in the resurgence of West Coast psychedelia.
By: PERRY EATON  |  April 10, 2012


M. Ward | A Wasteland Companion

Merge (2012)
"Jump inside this tidal wave with me," sings ash-voiced cherub Matt Ward on his stunning seventh album.
By: RYAN REED  |  April 03, 2012


The All-American Rejects | Kids In The Street

The All-American Rejects began life as an emo-scarred keyboard-pop band and gradually smoothed out their rough edges (or, rather, gave in to their '70s and '80s rock tendencies) on earworms such as "Gives You Hell" and "Move Along."
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  April 03, 2012

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