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Shopping Checks Out on Third Album 'The Official Body'

On this tired, tired album, Shopping's sound is the most exhausted.

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Mini Mansions: The Great Pretenders

Melodic, dark, contemporary music with delightful twists and turns, Mini Mansions's The Great Pretenders offers fans a bit of psychedelic swirl amalgamated with sensible, fairly sophisticated, fun pop rock.

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Camera: Radiate

Camera's Radiate formed out of improvisations in unplanned public appearances. That kind of thrill-seeking energy is more than apparent on their debut record.

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Ormonde: Machine

Ormonde's Machine is a perfect soundtrack to quiet mornings.

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Boy Omega: Night Vision

Night Visions is yet another strong entry into Boy Omega's impressive discography.

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Timi Yuro: The Complete Liberty Singles

Timi Yuro's singles on Liberty Records are given a definitive compilation treatment.

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Ultraísta: Ultraísta

Ultraísta doesn't feel like a great record, it feels like a template for one.

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Conveyor: Conveyor

Taking hints from Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, and Grizzly Bear, Conveyor has streamlined an art-pop sound into something incredibly accessible.

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Gordie Tentrees: North Country Heart

With his fifth record, Gordie Tentrees flexes some muscle and proves that he ain't goin' nowhere.

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Saint Saviour: Union

Becky Jones steps out into the spotlight on her own for the first time and winds up with a career highlight.

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Is/Is: III

Is/Is' latest record is the strongest offering from an all-girl punk band in years.

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Permanent Collection: Newly Wed Nearly Dead

This is a solid effort that may have functioned better as an EP.

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George Sarah: Who Sleep the Sleep of Peace

Who Sleep the Sleep of Peace manages to transcend music and elevate itself into forward-thinking art, and that's something we could use much, much more of.

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Maribel: Reveries

Reveries is good enough to warrant Maribel a spot right alongside the Black Angels and the Raveonettes.

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The Nightmare River Band: Last Goodbye

Last Goodbye is a barn-burner from start to finish with bright-burning flames. One of 2012's best.

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It's a Musical: For Years and Years

For Years and Years is a record that feels positively alive. It's a joyous, vibrant, and inventive affair that may go a long way in bringing the duo greater recognition.

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Megan Reilly: The Well

The Well is an immediately striking record that may someday be considered a classic.

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Whitman: Weekends

Whitman's Weekends may be one of the most honest and representative records of twenty-something angst that's been recorded in quite some time.

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Good Night & Good Morning: Narrowing Type

Good Night & Good Morning are a young Chicago-based band. They're quiet, but they're unbelievably good, and they've created a small masterpiece with Narrowing Type.

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Langhorne Slim & the Law: The Way We Move

The Way We Move is the record we all knew Langhorne Slim was capable of making.

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Vitaly Golovnev Quartet: What Matters

Vitaly Golovnev Quartet's What Matters is loosely experimental but rooted in pure jazz.

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Liminal Phase: LP

"There's a lot of similarities between what we're doing now and what Miles Davis was doing in '69" says a member of Liminal Phase. It's hard to argue.

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Old Time Machine: Old Time Machine

Old Time Machine began as an art-show contribution of a bluesman and a bedroom musician. They've stuck together since that exhibition and become one of the most exciting new bands in music.

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Like Pioneers: Oh, Magic

Like Pioneers deliver one of the year's most exciting sophomore efforts with the brilliant Oh, Magic.

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Loquat: We Could Be Arsonists

Loquat offer up a concise batch of engaging pop songs with their latest, We Could Be Arsonists.

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Baby Grand: Arts & Leisure

On their fourth LP, Arts & Leisure, Baby Grand never offer anything that's less than enjoyable.

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Felix: Oh Holy Molar

Oh Holy Molar impressively avoids the sophomore slump some were expecting and continues to make beautiful pop miniatures.

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Dark Room Notes: Dark Room Notes

A surprisingly engaging album from the Irish synth-pop trio.

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Pumice: Puny

Noise music is supposed to be challenging. That's something that Pumice understands and has taken to heart as Puny makes clear. Fortunately, like the best noise releases, there are breaks from the madness where everything makes sense, at least for a little while.

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Young Man: Vol. 1

Young Man's second release in a three-part series about the fleeting nature of youth and transition into adulthood is nothing short of spectacular.

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Robert Francis: Strangers in the First Place

Robert Francis crafts a more than worthy follow-up to his acclaimed debut, One by One.

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Electric Guest: Mondo

This Danger Mouse-produced debut LP shows serious promise for the electro-pop duo.

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Tomat: 01-06 June

Tomat's debut 01-06 June is an occasionally terrifying, often exhilarating, record that finds the delicate balance between structure and chaos.

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The Beautiful Sunsets: Coalminers & Moonshiners

Recorded as an extension of the band At the Spine, the Beautiful Sunsets' full-length proves to be more than worth the separate division in the project.

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Devin: Romancing

Romancing is Devin's fiery debut that packs several punches and leaves a very impressive mark.

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La Sera: Sees the Light

Kickball Katy goes out of her Vivian Girls perimeter and proves she can do better on her own with her sophomore effort as La Sera.

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Portland Cello Project: Homage

Homage, the Portland Cello Project's latest masterful collection of artfully arranged takes on pop pieces, works perfectly as both background music and as an album that rewards attention.

Steven Spoerl

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