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MacGillivray - “Night Skin” (audio) (Premiere)

With "Night Skin", the Scottish protest poet and singer MacGillivray paints a lyrical image of Marilyn Monroe over a dreamy electronic nocturne.

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Best Coast: California Nights

Lo-fi no longer, Best Coast give listeners an avalanche of hooks and waves of power chords with their third LP, California Nights.

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Jeen - “Higher and Higher” (audio) (Premiere)

Prime for clapping and singing along, "Higher and Higher" is one of the catchiest numbers from Toronto musician Jeen's new record, Tourist Deluxe Edition.

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The Mountain Goats: Beat the Champ

The Mountain Goats follow up albums about divorce, heartbreak, and scripture with one about professional wrestling.

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Fact and Fiction: The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on Wrestling and the Creative Process

The prolific songwriter and now acclaimed author John Darnielle tells PopMatters how he created his wrestling-themed album Beat the Champ, what he calls the Mountain Goats' "most musically interesting record by a country mile".

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Ride: OX4: The Best of Ride

Reissue of the British dream-rock band's 2001 compilation, to "celebrate" their current reunion. As ever, the back half of Ride's career nearly spoils the party.

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SILVA - “Vista Pro Mar (Tom Bailey Remix)” (audio) (Premiere)

Winter may have just begun its thaw, but one listen to this remix of Brazil's SILVA will have you in a summertime island paradise.

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12 Nov 2014 // 2:04 AM

2:54: The Other I

2:54 craft a weirdly woven tapestry of implied grunge, dream pop, and psychedelic folk in compelling sophomore record.

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6 Nov 2014 // 2:05 AM

Grouper: Ruins

It’s as if she took a previous Grouper album and stripped everything away, down to the bones, down to dust.

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Sleepless Inn - “Karol Simon” (video) (Premiere)

Sleepless Inn release debut music video juxtaposing ‘40s noir aura with a contemporary rave vibe

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30 Oct 2014 // 10:30 AM

Titanics: Deeper

Icy beats, glimmering guitar lines, and subtly flowing melodies meld into a chillwave atmosphere on Albany duo's new EP.

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23 Oct 2014 // 12:30 PM

Vogue Dots: Mauka EP

This group definitely shows that it is in vogue with the times and makes an arresting brand of glitchy music.

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Inspired and the Sleep - “Pool Guard” (audio) (Premiere)

It's never out of season for a quality slice of summery beach pop, as the flute-accented "Pool Guard" attests.

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Mount Eerie: New York - 24 September 2014

Phil Elverum brought minimalist arrangements of songs from upcoming Mount Eerie release Sauna to NYC's Le Poisson Rouge, along with plenty of mystery and endearing stage banter.

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16 Oct 2014 // 1:03 AM

JAWS: Be Slowly

These Birmingham lads mine their musical past to create a sound in keeping with their influences without straying too far from established templates, finding comfort in familiarity.

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6 Oct 2014 // 1:02 AM

Martin Carr: The Breaks

The ex-Boo Radley finally gives us his sophomore solo album. And while it's pretty good, we can only hope that Martin Carr will someday reconnect with his musically reckless self.

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Iska Dhaaf - ‘Even the Sun Will Burn’ (album stream) (Premiere)

On Iska Dhaaf's debut Even the Sun Will Burn, the bittersweet hints of '60s psychedelia lend depth and texture to catchy indie-pop melodies.

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Eternal Summers: The Drop Beneath

This is an LP that merits liberal use of the repeat button, and, even when it occasionally misfires, there’s always something interesting just around the corner.

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Keep Shelly in Athens: At Home

Inconsistent in tone and patchworked together from what appears to be two distinctly different EPs,At Home highlights both a stylistic identity crisis and the limitations of the chosen vocalist.

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6 Sep 2013 // 2:03 AM

Postiljonen: Skyer

Scandinavian dream-pop trio delivers one of the year's great records.

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"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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