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Datura4 Travel Blues-Rock Roads on 'West Coast Highway Cosmic'

Australian rockers Datura4 take inspiration from the never-ending coastal landscape of their home country to deliver a well-grounded album between blues, hard rock, and psychedelia.

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2nd Grade Go From 'Hit to Hit' with Indie Power Pop Delights

Some sincere goofiness would feel glorious right about now. 2nd Grade, a power-pop group from Philly, have the goods we need in heaps on their full-length debut, Hit to Hit.

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Datura4 Take Us Down the "West Coast Highway Cosmic" (premiere)

Australia's Datura4 deliver a highway anthem for a new generation with "West Coast Highway Cosmic". Take a trip without leaving the couch.

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Hinds' 'The Prettiest Curse' Is One of Victory

On The Prettiest Curse, Hinds create messy pop music that captures the vibrancy of youth without being childish.

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From Norway and Oregon Come the No Ones with a Potent Dose of Classic Jangle Pop

Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck's the No Ones took their sweet time on their debut, The Great Lost No Ones Album, but it was well worth the wait for any indie or pop fan.

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Punk Rock's Flat Worms Evoke the 2010s in 'Antarctica'

Los Angeles punk rockers, Flat Worms succeed in transforming the urgency to escape into a musical experience on Antarctica.

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Wyldlife Celebrates Flowers, Friendship, and Jesus and Mary Chain in Their New Song, "Automatic" (premiere)

New York quartet Wildlife has plenty of glam and pop swagger to go around on single "Automatic" from upcoming LP Year of the Snake.

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The Districts Grow Older and Wiser on 'You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere'

You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere is a sonic and lyrical breakthrough for the Districts, a record that's years beyond anything else in their catalog.

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'Meat Bones Chemicals Electricity' Is Eamon Ra's Love Letter to '60s Psych-Pop

The new album from Seattle's Eamon Ra, Meat Bones Chemicals Electricity, is a pitch-perfect throwback to a golden age of youthful innocence and killer hooks.

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Eddy Current Suppression Ring Return with 'All in Good Time'

Australian garage rockers Eddy Current Suppression Ring return after nine years with a surprise album, but the excitement doesn't last too long.

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Scantron's 'Electric City' Is a Four-Song Blast of Engaging Garage Rock

Philadelphia garage rockers Scantron continue their "single-slinging" tradition on the satisfying, riff-heavy new EP, Electric City.

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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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Dune Rats Strike Back with More Grown-up Sound on 'Hurry Up and Wait'

Dune Rats are, without a doubt, a rebel-rousing bunch whose call-outs, curse-outs, and amateurish stunts have earned them mass appeal with an audience just as eager to stick it to the man alongside them.

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Ghost Funk Orchestra Offer Up 'A Song for Paul' and One for Isaac As Well

The mastermind of the Ghost Funk Orchestrahonors the spirit of his grandfather -- and the spirit of Isaac Hayes -- on A Song for Paul.

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Costa Rica's Las Robertas Celebrate the "Thunder Rider" (premiere)

Dreamlike, psychedelic and infectious, the new single from Costa Rica's Las Robertas will make you grab your dancing shoes and head to the desert.

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'Infest the Rats' Nest' Sees King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Embrace Their Inner Thrash

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard go full metal to craft a brutal warning against ecological destruction on their 15th studio album, Infest the Rats' Nest.

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Bleached Sneak Up on You with Their Brand of Power Pop

Bleached's Don't You Think You've Had Enough? is a summer record with big sing-along power pop songs that deliver.

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The Black Keys Celebrate the Electric Guitar on 'Let's Rock'

The Black Keys loudly rock out with Let's Rock, an album celebrating the directness and enjoyment of the electric guitar.

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'Help Us Stranger' Is a Rousing, Welcome Return for the Raconteurs

On their first album in more than ten years, Jack White's acclaimed foursome the Raconteurs are back with a solid collection of songs.

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Swamp Blues Band Bark Create a Testament to Living Life to the Fullest with 'Terminal Everything'

For Bark, the question isn't whether life's glass is half-full or half-empty; the point is to drink it all in deeply because it's the only glass we get. This is music that celebrates life despite its necessary pains and setbacks.

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Guitar Wolf Is Still Loud and Fast and Hungry in 'Love and Jett'

Guitar Wolf, Japan's answer to the Ramones, has proudly kept their shtick going for 32 years, and the ravenous pack doesn't let up in their latest, Love and Jett.

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Los Coast Delivers Bold Flavors, Sounds via Their Debut 'Samsara' (album stream) (premiere)

A sprawling and deeply conceptual work, Los Coast's Samsara touches on personal, social, and philosophical dilemmas while never losing sight of its basic purpose, to move the heart and the feet.

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The Atom Age Take Listeners on a "Walk Through Walls" (premiere)

Punk/garage outfit the Atom Age deliver a potent new video in "Walk Through Walls".

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Stef Chura's 'Midnight' Is a Scorching, Emotive Indie Rock Masterstroke

Midnight fulfills Stef Chura's promise. Broad in scope, its 12 songs cover a range of moods, tones, and energies.

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The Jacks Put Rock and Roll Back on Display With "Walk Away" (premiere)

Los Angeles' the Jacks deliver music meant for the stage directly from the garage. Raw, filled with attitude and meant to be sung along with, "Walk Away" gives taste of their debut EP.

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Swedish Rock 'n' Rollers, Royal Republic Return with "Anna-Leigh" (premiere)

With "Anna-Leigh", Sweden's Royal Republic have created kind of neon-suited, '80s pop-rock inspired, party starter that's only desire is to please the eardrums.

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Reigning Sound's 'Abdication... For Your Love' Gets a Welcome Reissue

Reigning Sound's 2011 album, Abdication... For Your Love, reissued on Merge, is a tour de force of grassroots rock and soul.

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​On 'It's Real', Ex Hex Take a More Nuanced Approach to Songwriting

It's Real proves that Ex Hex can draw influences from different eras of rock music and spin them into something that sounds like only them.

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White Denim Keep Their Weird Boogie Punk Hybrid Intact on 'Side Effects'

On Side Effects, Austin's White Denim continue to mine an odd combination of retro styles to create a record that is wildly and refreshingly unpredictable.

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People Are Going Bananas: An Interview with Cherry Glazerr

Cherry Glazerr's singer, main songwriter, and guitar player Clementine Creevy is not one of those artists who wishes everyone would leave her alone. She's made a big rock star album in Stuffed and Ready and she's having a blast playing sold-out shows.

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Ardent Sons Give Up on Love via "Take Me Down Easy" (premiere)

Flamin' Groovies drummer Tony T. Sales leads new outfit, Ardent Sons, which gathers the best of blues, garage rock, and soul on "Take Me Down Easy".

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The Woolly Bushmen Ask the Eternal Question, "What You Doin' to Me?" (premiere)

Garage-cum-rockabilly outfit the Woolly Bushmen issue new LP, In Shambles, on 10 May. Fans of spirited, rollercoaster rock 'n' roll rejoice.

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Cherry Glazerr Perfects Noise Pop Blend on the Incendiary and Vital 'Stuffed & Ready'

With its personal perspectives on the effects of the current cultural zeitgeist, Cherry Glazerr's Stuffed & Ready is not simply a great rock record, but an important document in the early days of 2019.

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Death Valley Girls Have a Cool Garage Rock Sound But Need Better Songs

Death Valley Girls' Darkness Rains is a stew of bad attitude, crunchy guitars, and simple, pounding drums. But occasionally the band throws in a twist, which at least perks up the ears a bit.

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Brits in Hot Weather #8: Amethysts, Peakes, Farai, Bessie Turner, and Pizzagirl

Featuring the atmospheric, dark pop of Amethysts, the spacious electropop of Peakes, the caustic grime meets post-punk of Farai, the sparkling garage-rock of Bessie Turner and the '80s synthpop influenced Pizzagirl.

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Washer Get Straight to the Point with "Super Pop" (premiere)

The indie punk sucker punch kicks off the DIY duo Washer's new split 7" with Brooklyn compatriots Bethlehem Steel.

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Crack Pipes, Legendary Austin Soul/Garage Outfit Returns With First Album in 11 Years, 'Fake Eyelashes' (album stream)

You may not have a volume knob that reaches high enough for how loud the Crack Pipes' Fake Eyelashes needs to be played. Keep America dirty.

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