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Gordi: Reservoir

Gordi's debut seamlessly blends epic electronic soundscape with intimacy in lyricism and folk sensibilities, even if it pulls a little too often from Justin Vernon’s toolkit.

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Goat: Requiem

Although Goat's sense of adventure sometimes results in indulgent and diminished returns, it just as often furnishes the listener with warm, inspired, and exuberant music.

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Soccer96: As Above So Below

Soccer96 are excellent at their individual instruments, and this set proves they can link up to make some excellent music, too.

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Exploded View: Exploded View

Exploded View's debut contains a ghostly sound that manages to whisk listeners into an illusion.

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Mutual Benefit: Skip a Sinking Stone

This record made me buy better headphones so I could do it justice writing about it. This record made me a better person.

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Emotional: Ahh... The Name Is Emotional, Baby!

Brian Wakefield's Emotional navigate us on an incredibly eclectic musical journey with their latest offering

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Tori Amos' 'Boys for Pele': 20 Years of Fire

It’s been 20 years since Tori Amos slammed down the gauntlet and set her piano afire, willing and possibly eager to sacrifice anyone who spurned her to writhe in Pele’s eternal flames.

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Beach House: Thank Your Lucky Stars

Beach House once again has us drifting slowly in musical space. Thank Your Lucky Stars is hypnotic head trip music of the highest caliber.

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Ryn Weaver: The Fool

An electrifying, although imperfect, debut that rightfully sets the anti-pop princess on the map.

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Various Artists: OIM Volume 1

Oakland Indie Mayhem's first compilation.

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Slow Down Molasses: Black Burnt Cars

Powerfully blending melody and discord and inspired by pictures of the Paris events in May 1968, Canada’s Slow Down Molasses reflect the tension between ideals and reality, then and now.

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The Young: Chrome Cactus

The Young's sophomore effort demonstrates the band's talent and potential but the overall creation is lacking.

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The Rentals: Lost In Alphaville

Matt Sharp's side project-turned-band is back, and they sound just like most of you remember them. But is that really such a good thing?

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The Flaming Lips: 7 Skies H3

7 Skies H3, like the majority of The Flaming Lips albums, ‘beats to its own drum’.

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The Best Pop-Punk of 2012

If last year was a reminder that “pop-punk’s not dead”, then 2012 was a celebration of the vitality and diversity of the genre.

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OMBRE: Believe You Me

OMBRE's Believe You Me is a most lovely palette cleanser that beckons to be experienced.

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Anthony Green: 21 June 2012 - Indianapolis, IN

Whether hitting the stage as front-man for Circa Survive or stripping things down for a solo-set, Anthony Green knows how to captivate a crowd.

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Lost in the Trees: A Church That Fits Our Needs

An arresting reminder of music's ability to help heal. This may be one of the best records of the year so far.

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To Destroy a City: To Destroy a City

A pleasing debut from a Chicago post-rock outfit.

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Gojogo: 28,000 Days

Pushing world music into the post-modern age.

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All the Apparatus: All the Apparatus

All the Apparatus is a rollicking, eclectic, and hysteric form of indie rock, perfect for those who prefer celebration over navel-gazing.

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Yellowcard: When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes

Yellowcard has returned from their hiatus with a renewed vision and some of the catchiest songs you'll hear all year.

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The Spill Canvas: Formalities

Pop rockers put together the best of their two EP's from this year, throw in some other new tracks, and result in a decent full-length to keep fans appeased.

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Juliana Hatfield: Peace & Love

Juliana Hatfield remains deep in mourning for the days of Crystal Pepsi and Pogs, but can't seem to say anything very intellectual about it here.

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Sells Like Teen Spirit: Music, Youth Culture and Social Crisis by Ryan Moore

Moore is a first-class music journalist and historian, and when he delves into a particular subculture like the “econo” ethos of the Minutemen, the reader is richly rewarded.

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Camper Van Beethoven: Popular Songs of Great Enduring Strength and Beauty

Popular is a point of debate, but the best picks from the legendary indie slacker outfit's catalogue still spreads strength and beauty across college radio stations to this day.

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