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Yo La Tengo Leaf Through Their Back Pages on 'Sleepless Night'

Do six disparate pieces, culled from the dusty corners of Yo La Tengo's career make a satisfying whole?

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Taffy, As Sweet and Noisy As Ever on 'Deep Dark Creep Love'

Japanese noise-pop band Taffy never let fans down on their fifth album, Deep Dark Creep Love.

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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.

Jennifer Kelly
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Demons, Caravaggio, and Feminism: Xiu Xiu on 'Girl with Basket of Fruit'

Sparked by Caravaggio's Boy with Basket of Fruit, Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart sees the title of their latest work, Girl with Basket of Fruit, as a comment on feminist politics and the precarious role of women in the world.

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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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U.S. Girls Listen to the Sinister Voice in All of Us on 'A Poem Unlimited' ​​​​

Her melodramatics are in the service of the material. We may be living in hell. Women in particular may be living in a worse hell than men. But as John Paul Sartre taught us long ago, hell is other people.

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Lowly: Heba

On debut album Heba, Lowly is skilled at communicating new ideas about the shape of pop to come.

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Sleigh Bells: Jessica Rabbit

Noise pop duo rise to the challenge of diversifying trademark sound with host of new elements, crafting one of their strongest albums.

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Deerhoof / Ensemble Dal Niente: Balter-Saunier

Not one forgettable moment surfaces; not one skippable track presents itself in this era of impatient listeners waiting for the memorable or gut-punching banger.

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No Joy Slip Into Something a Little Less Comfortable

Nouveau shoegazers mix pop accessibility and difficulty on their third full-length More Faithful.

Jennifer Kelly
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Why "Wr" Still in Love With Joanna Gruesome

Joanna Gruesome had an early hit with "Do You Really Wanna Know Why Yr Still In Love With Me?" After we spent time with them, the reasons why we're still in love are obvious.

Robert Daniel Evers
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Deerhoof: La Isla Bonita

Deerhoof's 12th album channels the band's musical chops toward sharp political critique while retaining moments of whimsical release.

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The Men: Open Your Heart

Recalling Yo La Tengo (circa 1997) and Sonic Youth (circa 1988), the new album from the Men delivers delicious noise pop, but it promises to wear thin with time.

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Ringo Deathstarr: Shadow EP

Ringo Deathstarr shifts its shoegaze retro period of focus ahead by a year or two, maintaining the same striking, if now predictable, fidelity to its influences.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Belong

Belong isn’t an album worried about the prospect of pricking its finger on the serrated edges of the stars, like Carl Sagan leafing through a Dorling Kindersley book about being an astronaut.

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The Radio Dept.: Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010

With the release of this two-disc best-of and rarities compilation, the Swedish indie-pop veterans ride the momentum they've gained from their spectacular 2010 album Clinging to a Scheme.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Say No to Love

The Pains' tried and tested formula has yet to lose its charm.


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