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My Bloody Valentine's Loveless stands as an album of (at least) equal importance to Nirvana's Nevermind. A great deal of its importance is how it offers a gender-bending sonic style that severed the entrenched connections between the electric guitar and masculine phallic power.
Sonic Boom is Peter Kember, a veteran of 1980s indie space rockers Spacemen 3, as well as Spectrum, E.A.R., and a whole bunch of other fascinating stuff. On his first solo album in 30 years, he urges us all to take our foot off the gas pedal.
The Brazilian Gentleman's "Armageddon" is a psychedelic part of a concept album about beloved New Jersey shoegaze collective All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors.
On her Polyvinyl debut Wake Up! Hazel English works through thorny relationships with a collection of breezy, dreamy indie rock tunes with touches of a little bit of everything from country and contemporary pop to psychedelia and Motown.
Early Day Miners' moody, ethereal gem Placer Found turns 20 and is ripe for reappraisal. This is warm, intimate, bracing music with no expiration date.
Magnetic Ghost's Pixels is absolutely masterful stuff from a sound-sculptor sitting at the intersection of post-rock, post-classical, and strains of ambient music.
Former Modern Rivals member Alex Schiff recruits former bandmates for Blue Canopy's "656", which is filled with childlike wonder and bright-eyed instrumentation.
Straining to be heard over the noise of a 1,000 over-effected electric guitars, are Pale Saints the lost champions of shoegaze?
Brooklyn dream pop darlings, Cigarettes After Sex re-emerge from the touring circuit with their second record of lust, longing, and nicotine-stained regret.
Everything that fans could want—and everything that makes blackgaze stand out—is contained within Alcest's Spiritual Instinct.
Expanding their sound and lyrical intensity, DIIV feel heavier and darker on their third album, Deceiver.
M83's follow-up to 2007's ambient collection Digital Shades Vol. 1 lacks the ingenuity of his pioneering predecessors' output and the thrill-ride wonder of the genres he set out to salute.
More pleasant and breezy than Weather Diaries, Ride's This Is Not a Safe Place very much feels like a proper follow-up.
Brazilian-born, Canadian-based duo Palm Haze deliver a deliciously weighty bit of goth-cum-shoegaze that feels like this could be one of your new favorite bands.
Deerhunter's Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? and Cryptograms are antithetical twins -- shattered mirror images, whose fragments echo each other and reflect Deerhunter's beginnings of and return to inspired experimentation.
Former members of Wolvhammer, Nachtmystium, and the Gates of Slumber unite as Chrome Waves on album that unites shoegaze, post-rock, and extreme metal.
Swervedriver's sixth album Future Ruins, their second since reuniting, faces dystopia with sustained momentum.
The Twilight Sad's It Won/t Be Like This All the Time is like all of us. It's bruised, lonely, confused yet hopeful. It feels more important than a collection of songs on a spinning disc.
Sometimes noisy, sometimes dreamy, often both in a delicious collision of the senses, Chambers captures Chicagoland dream pop/shoegaze band Lightfoils in full blossom.
Lights on Moscow is the duo of Justin Lockey (Editors/Minor Victories/Mastersystem) and Hazel Wilde (Lanterns on the Lake) and their new single "Like Lovers Often Will" shows this art rock group shooting for the stars.
Star Rover Proves That Not All Who Wander Are Lost Via Debut, 'I May Be Lost But I'm Laughing' (album stream)
With a CV that features turns with Okkervil River, Landlady, Rubblebucket, Albert Hammond Jr., Star Rover creates a safe passage between the avant-garde and the well-guarded.
Jason Pierce's latest And Nothing Hurt is a kind of condensed greatest hits of the greatest merits of Spiritualized.
Dance on the Blacktop is not a new Nothing, it's just Nothing in new clothes, and it is probably a Smashing Pumpkins T-shirt.
Glass Lungs Explore a Variety of Emotions, Sounds on Debut Album, 'Impermanence' (premiere + interview)
Brooklyn sextet Glass Lungs upsets expectations with gorgeous soundscapes, soaring choruses and unexpected twists and turns on their debut, Impermanence.
King Who's "Ice Cream" could be a song about the end of something. A friendship? Summer? Life itself?
Brandon Moore directed video for Fine Points proves the best "horror" happens when ambition exceeds ability.
Flasher play hook-filled rock songs, influenced by everything from post-punk to new wave via shoegaze and indie dream pop on new album, Constant Image.
Former Margot & The Nuclear So and So's frontman Richard Edwards issues sophomore release, Verdugo, with some sunnier sides.
The latest from the British indie icons is an EP of material recorded during the sessions of last year's Weather Diaries, and it feels just as confused and inconsistent as its predecessor.
Bound Meditates on Thin Line Between Hope and Resignation Via 'No Beyond' (album stream + interview)
Washington, D.C. quartet Bound issues debut album on 20 April. Founding member talks about the year-long journey toward the record's completion and the events which inspired its nine tracks.