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Tobin Sprout Goes Americana on 'Empty Horses'

During the heyday of Guided By Voices, Tobin Sprout wasn't afraid to be absurd amongst all that fuzz. Sprout's new album, Empty Horses, is not the Tobin Sprout we know.

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Black Lips Create a Killer Country Record, Infused with Lo-fi Garage Rock

Black Lips concoct a lustful mix of cocaine country, psych stomp, and honky-tonk fire and brimstone on Sing in a World That's Falling Apart.

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Jane Weaver's 'Loops in the Secret Society' Offers a Glimpse into the Mystic and Her Creative Process

Jane Weaver's Loops in the Secret Society revisits songs from her previous body of work in an "expansionist experiment" interwoven with ambient connective tissue.

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Vanishing Twin Travel the Spaceways on 'The Age of Immunology'

Vanishing Twin's second album, The Age of Immunology, challenges borders physical, cultural, and beyond in a remarkable musical odyssey.

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"I Wanna Be Someone Else": The Lemonheads' Transformative Adventures in Cover Versions

By way of Charles Manson, Suzanne Vega, Gram Parsons, and, yes, Simon and Garfunkel, the Lemonheads once utilized cover songs to reinvent themselves and spark brilliantly infectious guitar-pop originals. And they will again. One day. Perhaps.

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Howe Gelb's Latest Is a Welcoming Call to Gather Around

Listening to Howe Gelb's Gathered is like being at a dinner party with Gelb at the head of the table, telling stories, offering his sagacity, and taking the listener on clever lexical excursions.

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The Bevis Frond Just Want to Be Your Friend, Man

The songs have a sunny playful spirit even when a song's topic suggests serious contemplation. This is the sound of one hand clapping, and who knows what's happening with the other hand!

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Josephine Foster's 'Faithful Fairy Harmony' Will Carry Listeners to a Far-off Fairytale Realm

Faithful Fairy Harmony finds Josephine Foster scouring enchanted realms to create a puckish musical vim and sylphish harmonic verve.

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The Chills' 'Snow Bound' Captures the Pathways Leading to Emotional Growth and Awareness

The Chills' Snow Bound musically captures the band's depth and versatility while demonstrating their creativity and willingness to embrace new directions.

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Matthew Cutter Chronicles the Ordinary/ Extraordinary Life of Robert Pollard

On the lo-fi high jinks of unlikely alt-rock legend, Guided by Voices' Robert Pollard.

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Virginia Wing Find the Sweet Spot with 'Ecstatic Arrow'

On their fourth album, quirky indie synthpop outfit Virginia Wing brings in the light and serves up their most hopeful, optimistic release yet.

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Modern Studies' 'Welcome Strangers' Possesses a Timeless Cinematic Quality

Scottish chamber pop ensemble Modern Studies document and detail the unknown with strong writing and recording on their second album Welcome Strangers.

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Pere Ubu: New Picnic Time / The Art of Walking / The Song of the Bailing Man

Pere Ubu is known mostly for their first two records, The Modern Dance and Dub Housing. This subsequent trio of releases showcases a noted change in the direction of the band.

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Josephine Foster: Graphic As a Star

The Snow White of freak-folk gets her Emily Dickinson on.


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