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19 May 2011 // 9:30 AM

Wild Beasts: Smother

Wild Beasts return with a subtle, stripped-down album that represents their finest work -- and one of the finest albums you'll hear all year.

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12 May 2011 // 10:45 AM

The Antlers: Burst Apart

The Antlers follow-up their breakthrough album, 2009's Hospice, with a record that at once echoes their previous work and builds upon it in subtle, and entirely gratifying, ways.

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4 May 2011 // 7:22 AM

Holy Ghost!: Holy Ghost!

New York duo signed to James Murphy's DFA label use 21st century genre-bending innovations to make music firmly rooted in the past.

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Dropkick Murphys: Going Out in Style

Celtic Punk band delves into the world of the concept album and emerges with a riveting story of love, war, and family.

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3 May 2011 // 9:59 PM

The Trews: Hope & Ruin

Parts of this Canadian band's record come off as Tragically Hip-lite with a dash of country and folk tossed into the mix.

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Explosions in the Sky: Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Explosions in the Sky tinker with their cinematic formula just enough to keep things interesting, crafting their best and most satisfying album in years.

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Parts & Labor: Constant Future

Parts & Labor continue to shoot for the rafters above the rafters, and keep getting closer and closer.

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The Hours: It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish

This album is made up of tracks from the band’s previous two European-only releases, tailor made for an American audience. And it is a stunner.

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Emerson Lake & Palmer: Live at Nassau Coliseum ‘78

Everyday mediocrities may be swept away by time, but great atrocities must never be forgotten.

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Homophobia Is Alive and Well on TV at the WWE

With the WWE's biggest event of the year on the horizon, fans and sponsors might want to take a closer look at its blatant homophobia and reconsider the wisdom of handing over their money to a bigoted and retrograde institution.

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Neil Diamond: The Bang Years 1966-1968

This long-overdue compilation showcases Neil Diamond the rhythm fiend, the backbeat scientist, the Dr. John of NYC guitar-slingers.

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28 Feb 2011 // 10:00 PM

Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes

If there was any justice in the world, Lykke Li would be our most valued Swedish import, not Steig Larsson. If her stunning second album is any indication, justice may soon be served.

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Doug Paisley: Constant Companion

Doug Paisley returns for a second LP, bringing his quiet, confident voice to tracks that unfold with a grace and patient beauty.

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Radiohead: The King of Limbs

Yes, Radiohead has rediscovered their love for electronica, but they've also infused it with a dubby, R&B-laced humanity that proves -- shall we say it? -- sexy, even.

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Ducktails: Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics

Real Estate side project offers similarly chilled-out soundscapes for your summer haze.

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Joan As Police Woman: The Deep Field

Joan Wasser's third album with her Joan As Police Woman proves a dense listen, but one that rewards patience and attention with gems of blues and soul for the new decade.

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2 Feb 2011 // 10:00 PM

Phil Manley: Life Coach

Phil Manley (Trans Am, the Fucking Champs) pays his respects to his Krautrock heroes, but doesn't make enough out of his own voice to keep this record afloat.

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2 Feb 2011 // 9:59 PM

Bilal: Levels EP

"Levels" has Flying Lotus’s sonic fingerprints all over it, even if he was only involved with a "re-edit" here.

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1 Feb 2011 // 10:00 PM

Sic Alps: Napa Asylum

Lo-fi devotees Sic Alps shred a good deal of the layers of noise that shrouded their past releases in favor of more straight-forward, blues-inspired songwriting -- it's a good experiment, but they haven't quite worked out the kinks yet.

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Smith Westerns: Dye It Blonde

Smith Westerns make an unfussy record full to the brim of subtle pop brilliance and unimpeachable rock touchstones.

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