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Steve Albini: A Biographical Collage

Everyone's favorite noise rock curmudgeon, Steve Albini sounds off as he prepares to release an eerie score to a horror film.

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Cheer-Accident Work Through Their 39-Year History on 'Chicago XX'

Chicago XX is an absolute must for long-time fans and not a bad start for those curious about Cheer-Accident.

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Parachute For Gordo's New Post-Rock LP Is Driven By Percussion, Not Guitars

Parachute For Gordo's new LP, Best Understood By Children and Animals, diverges from the band's art-punk past. The result is an enthralling, throbbing, and incredibly percussion-driven document.

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OOIOO Blast Out of Lengthy Hiatus with Brash and Beautifully Unpredictable 'nijimusi'

Revered experimental Japanese noise/punk/jazz band, OOIOO are back with a typically intense and brilliant new album, nijimusi.

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Battles Keep the Loops Going on 'Juice B Crypts'

Going from a trio to a duo doesn't affect Battles' dedication to chirpy synths and deep grooves on their latest, Juice B Crypts.

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Black Midi's 'Schlagenheim' Is Technically Proficient But Emotionally Shallow

Like their namesake, Black Midi are a restless, unstoppable force that push their members and listeners to their limits in Schlagenheim.

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CHON Continue Their Intricate Yet Inviting Instrumental Excellence on Self-Titled Third LP

Fans CHON's previous work—as well as instrumental rock in a broader sense—will surely find plenty to enjoy about Chon. Just don't expect anything especially diverse or daring along the way.

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American Football Produce That Sweet Melancholy on 'American Football (LP3)'

The slow motion success story of a '90s college band from Urbana, Illinois, takes another unlikely turn with American Football (LP3).

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Pom Poko Defy Conventions and Classifications with 'Birthday'

Norwegian quartet Pom Poko's debut Birthday is a stunning, mind-blowing mix of monster riffs and sweet melodies.

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Math-, Prog-, and Pop-. Death and the Penguin Are Full of Hyphenated Rock.

Death and the Penguin's debut album Anomie mixes different strains of instrument-oriented rock, particularly math and progressive, with an ear for hooks.

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Orchards Explore the Travails of Relationships on 'Losers/Lovers'

All relationships, whether romantic or otherwise, are full of peaks and valleys. Orchards figure might as well put a bright backdrop on the whole thing.

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Death and the Penguin Fuse British Charm and Biting Complexity on "Leatherface" (premiere)

London's Death and the Penguin showcases equally refined songwriting and playing on this selection from their debut LP, Anomie.

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Dance Gavin Dance Relishes Soaring Emotional Assaults with 'Artificial Selection'

Artificial Selection is a fine addition to not only the Dance Gavin Dance catalog but the entire stylistic landscape to which it belongs.

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Ricarda Cometa Combines Latin, African and Asian Influences With Noise, Math Rock on 'Ricarda Cometa 2' (album stream)

Argentine-Peruvian duo Ricarda Cometa prepares for a European tour with the release of a new album filled with adventure, Ricarda Cometa 2.

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Palm - "Dog Milk" (Singles Going Steady)

Here we are, in 2018, and we finally have a band that sounds like the lo-fi budget version of looping math-rockers Battles.

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Umphrey's McGee Gives Us Another Futuristic Light Show With Their "Forks" Video (premiere)

Directed by Umphrey's McGee's light designer, Jefferson Waful, "Forks" is a blast into the future following the events of a spectacular solar flare.

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And So I Watch You From Afar: The Endless Shimmering (review)

On its fifth studio LP, And So I Watch You From Afar re-centers its musical approach on instrumental gymnastics, with added emotional warmth to boot.

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Bubblemath - 'Edit Peptide' (album stream) (premiere)

Minnesota progressive band returns with sophomore release that combines melodic and mathematical ecstasy.

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Chavez: Cockfighters

Twenty years later, the New York foursome's new EP does little more than make long-time fans yearn for their older material.

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And So I Watch You From Afar: Heirs

The reverb-drenched Heirs is a solidly fun and frantic album, a rarity for the stuffy, overserious post-rock genre.

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Tommy Alto: Atlas \\ Patterson EP

If you’re into art rock in any remote way, you’re bound to enjoy the boundless pleasures that Tommy Alto has to offer.

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Owls: Two

Two is certainly a good album, and it’s absolutely the one Owls wanted to make. It’s just not always a record I want to listen to.

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Their/They're/There: Analog Weekend

Musical kinship excuses hero worship on this EP.

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And So I Watch You From Afar: All Hail Bright Futures

If "movie thriller punk" was a thing.

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And So I Watch You From Afar: All Hail Bright Futures

All the major flaws present on math rockers And So I Watch You From Afar's last LP, Gangs, have been corrected on the exuberant All Hail Bright Futures, their best work to date.

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TTNG: 13.0.0.0.0

TTNG's precocious indieisms-meets-knotty math rock is technically impressive, even when it slumps into a homogenous sonic.

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And So I Watch You From Afar: Gangs

Technically impressive and stunning at every turn, Gangs is a fine instrumental rock record that's only lacking in heart.

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Adebisi Shank: This Is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank

Does for math-rock what Gabba did for Kraftwerk...

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Shipping News: One Less Heartless to Fear

Math rock stalwarts release a live album in place of a studio full-length while Jason Noble recovers from illness and other members marry and become dads.

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Battles: Mirrored

Unexpected threads of melody make listening to this math-rock debut an absolute pleasure.

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