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Brite Futures | Dark Past

Turnout (2011)
A few years ago, the cutesy teens in Natalie Portman's Shaved Head slid out of Seattle on the hot pink shoulders of robo-bounce kinda-hit "Me + Ur Daughter" and the cheap intrigue of a ridiculous moniker.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 24, 2012

Cloud Nothings - CD review

Cloud Nothings | Attack on Memory

Carpark (2012)
With Attack on Memory , the third full-length from Cleveland-based Cloud Nothings, 20-year-old frontman Dylan Baldi approaches new, drastically darker material with the same empty-bottle angst that made his previous releases so appealing.
By: PATRICK MCDERMOTT  |  January 24, 2012

Hospitality - CD Review

Hospitality | Hospitality

Merge (2012)
On their homonymous debut, Hospitality sound like 800 different trendy bands at once (from Twin Sister to Tennis to TV on the Radio), so if it's pure originality you're after, you've come to the wrong department.
By: RYAN REED  |  January 24, 2012

Album review - Imperial Teen

Imperial Teen | Feel the Sound

Merge (2012)
Like its title, fifth album Feel the Sound is as generic as doubters have probably always assumed — they sound both relaxed and exhausted.
By: DAN WEISS  |  January 24, 2012

You Me at Six - Sinners Never Sleep

You Me at Six | Sinners Never Sleep

Virgin Records (2011)
Sinners Never Sleep is a transitional album, though such efforts rarely bode as well for the future as this does.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 24, 2012

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The Walkmen | Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone (Vinyl Re-issue)

The Walkmen (2011)
The Walkmen released their debut record Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone 10 years ago this month — they're celebrating with the release of a limited run of high-fidelity vinyl.
By: P. NICK CURRAN  |  January 17, 2012



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Chairlift | Something

Columbia (2011)
"You lost your focus, but I got a plan for it," sings Caroline Polachek in a crystal-clear chirp on "Amanaemonesia," hovering over a dark, winding bassline and iceberg synths.
By: RYAN REED  |  January 17, 2012

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Future of the Left | Polymers Are Forever

Xtra Mile (2011)
Since we last heard from Future of the Left, Cardiff's greatest non-furry export lost founding member Kelson Mathias and gained two new ones.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  January 17, 2012

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Kathleen Edwards | Voyageur

Zoe/Rounder (2011) 
It's unfair, even sexist, to assume the expanded sonic palette of Kathleen Edwards's fourth album, Voyageur, is due to the presence of Justin Vernon.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  January 17, 2012

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Seeker Lover Keeper | Seeker Lover Keeper

Spunk Records (2011) 
Singer-songwriters forming supergroups is always risky.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 17, 2012

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The Duke Spirit | Bruiser

Shangri-La Music (2011) 
Don't be tricked by Bruiser's title. On album number three, the Duke Spirit are in no hurry to get into a scuffle.
By: REYAN ALI  |  January 17, 2012



Alex Chilton - Free Again

Alex Chilton | Free Again: The ''1970'' Sessions

Omnivore (2011)
Post–Box Tops and pre-Big Star, Alex Chilton was an 18-year-old Memphis boy on his way to his dual identity: former #1 pop hitmaker, perpetual underground hero.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  January 10, 2012

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Cardinal | Hymns

Fire Records (2012)
After a nearly two-decade silence, chamber-pop duo Cardinal emerge from their near-mythic hibernation with the sleepy-eyed, Beatles-underwater gem "Northern Soul," which crawls out of the speakers as if to say, "Yeah, we've been gone since 1994 — but really, don't mind us!"
By: RYAN REED  |  May 21, 2012

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Guided by Voices | Let's Go Eat the Factory

Guided By Voices, Inc. (2012)
The GBV name on Let's Go Eat the Factory' s label indicates two things to those fans: this is the first record to feature the "classic" Bee Thousand/Alien Lanes line-up since 1996, and this is the first Pollard album to deserve the GBV moniker since the break-up.
By: GARRETT MARTIN  |  January 11, 2012

O'Brother - Garden Window review

O'Brother | Garden Window

Triple Crown/Favorite Gentlemen (2011)
O'Brother's bio for their debut album, Garden Window, reads in part: "Native American tradition believed taking a picture of someone also took a piece of their soul. O'Brother views this album in the same vein. It captures a piece of them at a time in their lives that they will never get back."
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  January 10, 2012

Snow Patrol - Fallen Empires

Snow Patrol | Fallen Empires

Interscope (2011)
Word on the street had Snow Patrol looking to change up the big anthem sound for their sixth release.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 10, 2012



off record - The Big Pink

The Big Pink | Future This

4AD (2012)
The Big Pink's name is forgettable and their sound is too generic to describe. Sneering electronic dance-rock heavy on synths and slowed-down '90s rave beats? They might as well be the Klaxons.
By: DAN WEISS  |  January 10, 2012

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Fang Wizard | Pure Hex

Teen Beat (2011)
Who really cares about evaluating the long-term importance of how a record fits into an artist's oeuvre?
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  December 14, 2011

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Korn | The Path to Totality

Roadrunner (2011)
Korn claim to embrace "dubstep" on the surprisingly un-terrible The Path of Totality, but their electronic makeover is skin-deep.
By: RYAN REED  |  December 14, 2011

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Ridgemont | Colder Days

Mindless (2011)
For some, colder days in Boston mean more whiskey, more isolation, and a time to reflect and mostly be pissed off.
By: ALI DONOHUE  |  December 14, 2011

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The Dø | Both Ways Open Jaws

Six Degrees Records (2011)
For people put off by the epic grandeur of Björk's recent Biophilia multimedia spectacle and longing for the song structures of Post and Homogenic , Both Ways Open Jaws will more than suffice.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 14, 2011


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