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Discover Michigan's 1990s Space-rock Scene on 'Southeast of Saturn'

Third Man Records offers a generous overview of Michigan's burgeoning space-rock scene from the 1990s. It covers a wide swath of genres while offering a bunch of largely-unheard rarities.

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Hawkwind Hit a Late-Career High With 'All Aboard the Skylark'

The nostalgia circuit will have to wait a while. Hawkwind have just released an album that borrows from the 1970s, but still sounds relevant in 2019.

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The Tea Club's 'If/When' Is a Brilliant Mixture of Folk and Progressive Rock

If/When is stunning, proving yet again why the Tea Club should be celebrated by admirers of any—if not all—of their sundry genre classifications.

Jordan Blum
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Galactic Protector Takes Listeners For a Walk in the "Liseran Sand" (premiere)

Bassist with the Sword, Bryan Richie steps out with his new solo project Galactic Protector in which he upsets expectations on "Liseran Sand".

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Gong Continue Their Stellar Revitalized Streak on 'The Universe Also Collapses'

The Universe Also Collapses is another singular victory for psychedelic rock masters Gong, chiefly due to its adventurous scope and cohesive ambition.

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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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Spaceface Offers New Track and KWKA Remix (premiere)

The Flaming Lips' Jake Ingalls' tuneful, experimental outfit Spaceface teams with Mike Friddman for a sonic odyssey.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Spacehog's Royston Langdon Returns As Leeds and Asks "What Became of the People" (premiere + interview)

Spacehog's Royston Langdon returns with a new guise and observations on isolation and the role of the artist with his new track "What Became of the People".

Jedd Beaudoin
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Searching for Optimism: An Interview with Wooden Shjips

One of rock's most reluctant bands Wooden Shjips makes a play for Summer Album of the Year with V.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Stornoway: You Don't Know Anything

Revisiting their newly found brand of folksy, space rock cooked up by the band on Tales from the Terra Firma, it’s anybody’s guess why these tracks were excluded from the final cut.

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Wooden Shjips: Back to Land

Back to Land, the latest release from minimalist motorik four-piece Wooden Shjips, isn’t likely to be the album you were expecting. But it is one to prove that the band’s free spirit still reigns.

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Aqua Nebula Oscillator: Spiritus Mundi

Wig-outs, freak-outs, and tripped-and-fuzzed-out rock 'n' roll is accepted from French trio Aqua Nebula Oscillator. But, in keeping with the band's enigmatic persona, it's pulled a sinister swerve on its latest album, Spiritus Mundi.

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White Hills: So You Are... So You'll Be

Played at deafening volume, with the lights turned low and incense lit, mind-expanding journeys have been guaranteed from White Hills in the past, but the band's latest release, So You Are… So You’ll Be, finds the group dropping from its cosmic trajectory for a more controlled burn through the atmosphere.

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Aqua Nebula Oscillator: Third

French musicians have a long history of warping and reconstructing the orthodox adornments of rock/metal and electronica into more unconventional configurations. Aqua Nebula Oscillator's contribution to that anomalous pool is delightfully bizarre.

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White Hills: Heads on Fire

For the uninitiated, Heads on Fire is the perfect place to begin your journey into the endless galaxies of psychedelic rock.

Craig Hayes
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Wooden Shjips: West

The latest and most compelling album from Wooden Shjips doesn’t mess with the formula of previous releases, but does add more consistency to an already dependable sound of heavy drone.

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The Globes: Future Self

While Future Self has a loftiness to it, there are very few individual songs that really stand out – everything is coated in a veneer of desperation, of an almost faux attempt at being down and out for the sheer sake of it.

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Hotels: On the Casino Floor

Imagine if the Smiths collided with OK Computer-era Radiohead on the set of a spaghetti western, and you’ll get an idea of the cinematic scope that Hotels is shooting for.

Zachary Houle
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Wooden Shjips: Wooden Shjips

Plenty of lovely fuzz-drenched guitar, spaced-out production, and intense use of repetition.

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Stars of the Lid: And Their Refinement of the Decline

Repetition mesmerizes us, lulls us, and yes, bores us when misused. Fortunately, with the long-awaited new album from SotL, repetition rests in very capable hands.


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