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Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin Aims to Make a Lasting Impression with the Lasters

Former Lemon Jelly frontman Fred Deakin uses Kickstarter to fund a pop-rock passion project, but for all its good faith efforts, it ends up an unfocused mess.

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Mastodon: Emperor of Sand

Emperor of Sand is by no means a bad album, but there's little here that the band hasn't already explored.

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Clipping.: Splendor & Misery

If any group were to succeed in making a rap opera in outer space, it would be Clipping.

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The Dear Hunter: Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional

While it feels a bit too much like Act IV, Part II at times, Act V is still another magnum opus.

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Mike Keneally: Scambot 2

The most brilliant multi-instrumentalist you’ve never heard of releases a stunning new album that sounds like a rock opera co-written by Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut.

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Austin Lucas: Between the Moon and the Midwest

Between the Moon and the Midwest is a collection of tales told by those with broken hearts and proud souls.

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Gazpacho: Molok

Molok is another masterful excursion into the magnificent splendors and sorrows that make Gazpacho such a one-of-a-kind act.

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The Dear Hunter: Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise

Act IV exemplifies everything that makes the Dear Hunter so ambitious, creative, and special. It's a work of art.

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Between the Buried and Me: Coma Ecliptic

Coma Ecliptic is an exquisite masterpiece that once again proves why Between the Buried and Me is leading the progressive metal movement.

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Keeping the Acclaim: The Legacy of Coheed and Cambria's 'Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV'

A decade after its release, Coheed and Cambria's third full-length album remains the group's highest benchmark, as well as one of the genre's best modern albums.

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Genius. Doesn't. Fade: A Conversation With Steven Wilson

Revered English musical visionary Steven Wilson discusses the inspirations, methods, and reflections that helped create his newest solo opus, Hand. Cannot. Erase.

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Miraculous Metropolis: A Reflection on Dream Theater's 'Scenes from a Memory'

Fifteen years after its release, Dream Theater's fifth LP remains not only the quintet's truest masterpiece, but arguably the greatest progressive metal album ever made.

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United States of Rage and Love: Green Day's 'American Idiot' - Introduction and "American Idiot"

A decade later, Green Day's politically charged concept album remains one of the best, most important records of its era. The newest Between the Grooves series examines it in detail, starting with its mission statement title track.

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San Fermin: San Fermin

San Fermin's strange mix of genres and lyrical ideas makes for an enticing and fantastic listen.

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Local H: Hallelujah! I'm a Bum

A concept album about politics, money troubles, and Chicago weather that rocks harder than 90 per cent of last year.

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7even Thirty: Heaven's Computer

The weight of a concept album is enough to crush even the best of musicians, so how does newcomer 7even Thirty hold up when releasing one as his debut?

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Jens Lekman: I Know What Love Isn't

Lekman's sweetly melancholy third full-length is that rare breakup album that emphasizes mature, thoughtful perspective over wallowing, self-hate, or bile.

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David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Forty years later, Bowie's influential masterpiece is still as electrifying and addicting as ever.

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Cursive: I Am Gemini

As a seminar in how not to make a concept album, very useful! As anything else...

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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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Blip Blip Bleep: Alarm Clock, Snooze Bar, Wake Up

A day in the life of a bar-hopping 20something, as told by an upbeat synth-pop band.

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The Gunshy: Theres No Love In This War

An album inspired and based on 17 letters that Matt Arbogast’s grandfather wrote to his then-girlfriend in the Second World War.

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