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The Pedaljets Celebrate Contentment With "Sleepy Girl" (premiere + interview)

"Let memories happen later. Live now," says the Pedaljets's Mike Allmayer as he discusses the themes running through the group's upcoming LP, Twist the Lens. Hear "Sleepy Girl" now.


American Werewolf Academy: Out of Place All the Time

You can listen to this album and pretty much spot the influence of previous bands of vintage, which is not necessarily a bad thing.


The Grapes of Wrath: High Road

The first album since 1991 from the fully reunited original members of this Canadian folk-rock/alternative group is a great return, if not a pretty good return to form.


The Blurries: Paper Cuts

Guitar-centric quartet offers a lively set of peppy tunes


R.E.M.: Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 - 2011

Part Lies, which is the band’s seventh (!) greatest hits album not counting live records, is the one to get your mitts on – particularly if you’re like me and are more of a casual fan than a rabid diehard.


Dark Ocean Colors: Dark Ocean Colors

Overindulgence is the key word here, with lots of overwrought harmonizing and melodies torn from old records that rightfully should have been forgotten.

Zachary Houle

Real Estate: Days

The songs on Days could be largely interchangeable with those on Real Estate, and, what’s more, there isn’t a really obvious attention grabber of a tune here as “Beach Comber” was in introducing the debut disc.


Lake Street Dive: Live at the Lizard Lounge

Live at the Lizard Lounge, which was recorded earlier this year at a Boston-area hometown show, has an amazing soundtrack but a rather underwhelming video to accompany it.


Witches: Forever

After being mesmerized by Forever, you'll get the sense that this trio might just be one of the best-kept secrets in the American indie scene today.


Bubblegum Lemonade: Sophomore Release

With Sophomore Release, you get nearly pitch-perfect recreations of gold sounds from popular music’s past that are unleashed in quick two to three minute bursts.


The Flower Machine: Lavender Lane

The Flower Machine is a decidedly retro band and it has set the controls of the time machine back to the jingle-jangle sounds of the psychedelic 1960s.

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