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Lars and the Magic Mountain's "Invincible" Is a Shoegazey, Dreamy Delight (premiere)

Dutch space pop/psychedelic band Lars and the Magic Mountain share the dreamy and gorgeous "Invincible".

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My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless' and the Un-Invention of Cock Rock

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.

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Reaching For the Vibe: Sonic Boom Fears for the Planet on 'All Things Being Equal'

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.

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The Brazilian Gentleman Celebrate Shoegaze on "Armageddon" (premiere)

The Brazilian Gentleman's "Armageddon" is a psychedelic part of a concept album about beloved New Jersey shoegaze collective All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors.

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Dream Pop's Hazel English Urges Us to 'Wake UP!'

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.

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Early Day Miners' Debut 'Placer Found' Gets a New Life on Vinyl

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.

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Magnetic Ghost's 'Pixels' Is Andy Larson's Most Majestic and Profound Music

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.

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Blue Canopy Say Goodbye to New York, Hello to Portland With "656" (premiere)

Former Modern Rivals member Alex Schiff recruits former bandmates for Blue Canopy's "656", which is filled with childlike wonder and bright-eyed instrumentation.

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Revisiting Dream Pop Past with Pale Saints on 'The Comforts of Madness'

Straining to be heard over the noise of a 1,000 over-effected electric guitars, are Pale Saints the lost champions of shoegaze?

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Cigarettes After Sex Resurface With Another Smoldering Collection of Libidinous Lullabies on 'Cry'

Brooklyn dream pop darlings, Cigarettes After Sex re-emerge from the touring circuit with their second record of lust, longing, and nicotine-stained regret.

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M83's Ambitious But Inert 'Digital Shades Vol. 2' Underwhelms

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.

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Palm Haze's "Almost Soon" Is Noisy, Shoegazey, and Delightful (premiere)

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.

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Drab Majesty's Darkwave Peaks on 'Modern Mirror'

Still gothy after all these years, darkwave duo Drab Majesty's songwriting is catching up with their impeccable aesthetic on Modern Mirror.

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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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Deerhunter's Transcendent Trajectory

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.

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Chrome Waves Arrives With Debut Album, 'A Grief Observed' (album stream) (premiere)

Former members of Wolvhammer, Nachtmystium, and the Gates of Slumber unite as Chrome Waves on album that unites shoegaze, post-rock, and extreme metal.

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'Future Ruins' Shows Swervedriver Are Still Making Their Own Breakthroughs

Swervedriver's sixth album Future Ruins, their second since reuniting, faces dystopia with sustained momentum.

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Bethany Curve Are Back, and This Time It's 'Murder!' (album premiere)

Shoegaze band Bethany Curve's first album in 15 years breathes deeply and dreams through the darkness.

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'It Won/t Be Like This All the Time' Is the Album the Twilight Sad Was Destined to Make

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.

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The Best Shoegaze and Dream Pop of 2018

Significant shoegaze storylines came around full circle last year, and in 2018 the plot thickened. Meanwhile, the chilling effects of dream pop continue to reverberate across other musical spheres.

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Love, Lust, Loss Live Together on 'Chambers', New Release From Lightfoils (album stream)

Sometimes noisy, sometimes dreamy, often both in a delicious collision of the senses, Chambers captures Chicagoland dream pop/shoegaze band Lightfoils in full blossom.

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Lights on Moscow Emerge As a Duo to Watch with "Like Lovers Often Will" (premiere)

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.

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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.

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Spiritualized's 'And Nothing Hurt' Is a Remarkably Efficient Record

Jason Pierce's latest And Nothing Hurt is a kind of condensed greatest hits of the greatest merits of Spiritualized.

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Nothing's 'Dance on the Blacktop' Is a Homage to the Best of Early '90s Alternative Rock

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.

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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.

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Fine Points Get Sentimental, Campy With "The Fang" (premiere)

Brandon Moore directed video for Fine Points proves the best "horror" happens when ambition exceeds ability.

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Flasher's 'Constant Image' Is Driven by the Small Liberties That Make Our Days Better

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.

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Richard Edwards Sings Through the Pain on 'Verdugo' (album stream)

Former Margot & The Nuclear So and So's frontman Richard Edwards issues sophomore release, Verdugo, with some sunnier sides.

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Ride Struggle to Find a New Identity on 'Tomorrow's Shore'

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.

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Crystales Emit Instant Nostalgia  (album premiere)

Los Angeles shoegaze collective Crystales develop a dreamy debut album full of shimmering surf riffs and sunny melodies.


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