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Cartoon Lizard - "All in the Cards" (video) (premiere)

Canada's Cartoon Lizard share their latest video for “All in the Cards”, a simultaneously nuanced and extravagant tune decorated with warm harmonies, enticing riffs, and fun percussion.

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Crippled Black Phoenix - "Winning a Losing Battle" (premiere) + Interview

Hear the latest from heavy prog act Crippled Black Phoenix.

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Mndsgn: Body Wash

Mndsgn takes us a on a mind-bending, psychedelic soul and funk trip through the stars.

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The Minders - "Summer Song" (audio) (premiere)

“Summer Song” is a love letter to a bygone time, folk-rock drawing bits of old-school pop and psychedelic to fuel itself.

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BOYO - "Moombah" (audio) (premiere)

It’s surprisingly simple: mix catchy chord progressions with legions of guitar, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

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Various Artists: I’m a Freak Baby: A Journey Through the British Heavy Psych & Hard Rock Under

If you have ever watched Spinal Tap and thought, “Yeah, I get the joke, but this music still rocks,” then this is the anthology for you.

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The Dan Ryan - "Tomorrow Forever" (video) (premiere)

If you’ve ever complained about people tagging music which ends up being too straightforward for your taste “psychedelic rock”, the Dan Ryan might be something you’d like.

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Laser Background - "Slip n Slide" (video) (premiere)

Laser Background’s brand of psychedelic rock is one which looks firmly backwards in a good way.

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Kadavar: Berlin

Blistering with raw energy and rejuvenating power, Kadavar's newest release stands as one of the best rock releases of 2015, as well as a spark of life for the genre.

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The Besnard Lakes: A Coliseum Complex Museum

A deep love for texture and amplification is what gives Besnard Lakes' records their distinctive flair, manifesting a capacity to engage with a kaleidoscopic resonance.

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Swans: The Gate

Michael Gira’s lauded experimental rock group returns with an apocalyptic shriek.

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Ty Segall: $ingle$ 2

Segall's collection of cast-off numbers is a slow burn build to the single stand-out track.

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Hookworms: The Hum

Though the individual tracks stand strong, The Hum's corner-cutting arrangement obscures and frustrates its most important asset: momentum.

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Temples: Sun Structures

Throughout Sun Structures, Temples obsess over emulating their idols and many songs go by without a hint of originality. Yet, there is some fun to be had.

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Matt Boroff: Sweet Hand of Fate

Sweet Hand of Fate is an irresistible, thundering blend of crunchy blues-rock and grungy beatnik solipsism.

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The Entrance Band: Face the Sun

Some good stuff here, undermined by weak vocals

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Okta Logue: “Dream On” (video) (Premiere)

The German psych/prog outfit Okta Logue has kindly offered PopMatters the premiere of the fourth video from their Tales of Transit City LP, "Dream On."

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MGMT: MGMT

MGMT's latest balancing act is a bit of a mess. But it’s a thrillingly inventive and uncompromisingly colorful mess. And isn’t that the best kind of mess?

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Portugal. The Man: Evil Friends

As imaginative and catchy as it is immaculate and daring, Evil Friends is a spectacular ride.

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The Saint James Society: Bab(a/y)lon Rising

Ladies and gentlemen of the Saint James Society, it is time to get psychedelic.

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McGough & McGear: McGough & McGear

This 1968 album of psychedelic rock and folksy poetry became a collector's item due to its rarity and long list of celebrity contributors. What happens when you strip away that mystique with a reissue?

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The Shrine: Primitive Blast

In the words of Southern Lord, "Behold: the power of the riff."

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The Smashing Pumpkins: Oceania (take 2)

Oceania is a prog rock record. The songs might not be as long, but the sounds and the themes are just as portentous as all that dinosaur rock of the 1970s. And it's just as boring, too.

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White Fence: Family Perfume Vol. 1 / Family Perfume Vol. 2

While Family Perfume treads familiar lo-fi psych-folk ground, it does it well, as well as anyone since the weird ramblings of Elephant 6’s Olivia Tremor Control and Apples in Stereo. Good melodies, weird noises, basement tape production – what’s not to love?

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Traffic Sound: Virgin

This 1969 sophomore release from a Peruvian psychedelic band is a lost, overlooked gem.

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Ozric Tentacles: Paper Monkeys

Paper Monkeys, though nothing new for these prog standbys, is proof that they're still doing what they do best, even after 16 studio releases.

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Radio Moscow: The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz

Channeling Hendrix, Zeppelin, Cream, and pretty much any '60s/'70s psychedelia ever played, Radio Moscow have made a record that, while authentically retro, doesn't manage to transcend that.

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Cambodian Space ProJect: 2011 A Space Odyssey

Fantastic foreign psych-rock that pays homage to pre-war Cambodian innovators.

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Quilt: Quilt

A blanket of awesome.

Jedd Beaudoin
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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
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Beta Hector: Sunbeam Insulin

Beta Hector is successful on Sunbeam Insulin in marrying diverse and seemingly contrarian styles of music together into an almost seamless blend of electronic pop.

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Bachelorette: Bachelorette

While Bachelorette is not perfect, it does make a case for an artist who is not afraid to go against the norms of popular recorded music and craft intricately woven sound-songs that can captivate and delight an audience accustomed to going beyond conventions.

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TV Ghost: Mass Dream

Mass Dream will scare the bejesus out of you with its horrific cacophony of white noise, combining the surf guitar and rockabilly elements of the Cramps with the art-punk stylings of early Pere Ubu.

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Akron/Family: S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

The latest helping of left-field psych-folk from the Brooklyn outfit is one of 2011’s first great albums.

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Various Artists: Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga!

Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! offers the screeching guitar tones and blurting organs you'd expect, with spirited and blissful head trips peppering its 20 thoroughly researched selections.

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