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Monday, February 3 2014

Broken Bells: After the Disco

After the Disco rides that morning after wave, holding up a mirror to cast a dark reflection on the fun that's come and gone.


Emily Jane White: Blood/Lines

White's fourth album finds her playing bolder music with a daring conceit, but the results are decidedly mixed.


Jake Bugg: Shangri La

The takeaway here is that while Bugg's debut album felt genuine, Shangri La feels forced and awkward.


Tuesday, December 3 2013

The Best Indie Rock of 2013

It's a generalization, but the year in indie rock saw a turn away from harmony-focused, gentle rock and back toward something a bit noisier, a bit more idiosyncratic, a little harder to ignore.


Wednesday, September 4 2013

Okkervil River: The Silver Gymnasium

The Silver Gymnasium is Sheff's best work, and it contains his hardest truths. Going home is never quite going back.


Monday, August 19 2013

Pure Bathing Culture: Moon Tides

While Beach House is squarely dream pop in a retro-indie sense, Pure Bathing Culture forks off the road slightly to have a passing familiarity to the sounds of ‘70s-era Fleetwood Mac.


Monday, July 29 2013

Heaven: Telepathic Love

If there’s a flaw with Telepathic Love, it’s that it doesn’t quite push the envelope far enough: it sounds like the kind of thing that someone who likes JAMC, but hates the punishing nature of their music, would make.


Wednesday, July 24 2013

The Love Language: Ruby Red

These are pop songs in the baroque tradition of ‘60s pop, and if some of it feels to you as being a little cheesy and nostalgic, like Burt Bacharach mixed in with a little Lawrence Welk, you wouldn’t be far off the mark.


Sunday, July 21 2013

The Memories: Love Is the Law

A sloppy lo-fi album with half-written melodies and lyrics that aren't as clever as their writers think they are? Sign me up!


Sunday, June 23 2013

Royal Canoe: Today We’re Believers

Today We’re Believers definitely employs the kind of sound that the term “hybrid” was invented to describe, especially in its excellent mid-section.


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Deerhunter: Monomania (Reviews) [6.May.13]
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Iron and Wine: Ghost on Ghost (Reviews) [23.Apr.13]
Young Galaxy: Ultramarine (Reviews) [23.Apr.13]
The Dear Hunter: Migrant (Reviews) [23.Apr.13]
Life Coach: Alphawaves (Reviews) [14.Apr.13]
Kleenex Girl Wonder: Let It Buffer (Capsule Reviews) [1.Apr.13]
Veronica Falls: Veronica Falls (Reviews) [23.Jan.12]
Yuck: Yuck (Deluxe Edition) (Reviews) [8.Dec.11]
Ohbijou: Metal Meets (Reviews) [5.Dec.11]
Built Like Alaska: In Troubled Times (Capsule Reviews) [9.Nov.11]
We Barbarians: Headspace EP (Reviews) [8.Nov.11]
Girl in a Coma: Exits & All the Rest (Capsule Reviews) [31.Oct.11]
Jupe Jupe: Reduction in Drag (Capsule Reviews) [30.Oct.11]
Weekend: Red EP (Capsule Reviews) [27.Oct.11]
Real Estate: Days (Reviews) [17.Oct.11]
Siskiyou: Keep Away the Dead (Reviews) [3.Oct.11]
Whisperlights: Surfaces (Capsule Reviews) [3.Oct.11]
Das Racist: Relax (Reviews) [29.Sep.11]
Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost (Reviews) [9.Sep.11]
Memoryhouse: The Years EP (Capsule Reviews) [8.Sep.11]
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