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Clipping Take a Stab at Horrorcore with the Fiery 'Visions of Bodies Being Burned'

Clipping's latest album, Visions of Bodies Being Burned, is a terrifying, razor-sharp sequel to their previous ode to the horror film genre.

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Hip-Hop Since the Don of Rhyme: Shabazz Palaces' 'The Don of Diamond Dreams'

With the release of Shabazz Palaces' The Don of Diamond Dreams, producer-rapper Ishmael Butler envisions yet another lunar world of sound disturbed by his anxieties and desires.

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Bully's 'SUGAREGG' Is Loud and Noisy

The good news is that Bully are still loud and noisy on SUGAREGG. That's what makes them such a great live band. Alicia Bognanno explodes with energy.

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Washed Out's 'Purple Noon' Supplies Reassurance and Comfort

Washed Out's Purple Noon makes an argument against cynicism simply by existing and sounding as good as it does.

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Omni Bring Old-School Post-Punk to the Modern World with 'Networker'

With a move to a Sub Pop Records, Atlanta post-punkers Omni go for a more understated, stripped down affair on their third album, Networker.

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Marika Hackman Cranks Up the Volume and the Honesty with 'Any Human Friend'

With Any Human Friend, British singer-songwriter Marika Hackman largely ditches her folk leanings and makes a sharp, emotionally resonant statement.

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Calexico and Iron & Wine Find New Ground on 'Years to Burn'

Finally collaborating on a full-length, Calexico and Iron & Wine create an album as rewarding as it is natural with Years to Burn.

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Tacocat Blesses This Mess

Seattle's Tacocat returns with This Mess Is a Place, a stellar new album in which the band confronts existential crisis and embraces widescreen guitar-based pop.

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20 Questions: Porter Ray

Quiet and thoughtful, yet nimble in his poetic applications, hip-hop artist Porter Ray has much to say in our 20 Questions feature.

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Weyes Blood Gets Cinematic on 'Titanic Rising'

Weyes Blood (a.k.a. Natalie Mering) conjures up a beautiful, cinematic world through with her insightful songwriting on Titanic Rising.

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Perfect Son Blows Warmly Reflective Electronic Breezes on Debut LP 'Cast'

Cast is a deeply moving and harmonious introduction to electropop mastermind Tobiasz Biliński's latest persona, Perfect Son.

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J Mascis Returns with Another Subtle Work in 'Elastic Days'

Dinosaur Jr. guitarist/vocalist J Mascis carries on with his trademark solo sound on Elastic Days, producing another intricate work that mixes folk and rock.

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Kyle Craft Goes Widescreen with the Set in the '70s 'Full Circle Nightmare'

On his sophomore effort, Kyle Craft creates an album from another era that still manages to sound fresh, unique and inspired.

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Kyle Craft - "The Rager" (track review)

In the official video for Kyle Craft's "The Rager", the singer/songwriter brings a sense of poetic tragedy to an intoxicating folk ballad.

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Metz: Strange Peace

On the band's third album, there is a constant search for a frequency that is thrilling and a commitment to it.

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Iron & Wine: Beast Epic

Sam Beam returns to his roots with a warm acoustic record which is often understated but packed with emotional power and arguably his strongest vocal performance to date

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The Afghan Whigs: In Spades

On their second reunion album, the Afghan Whigs craft a layered exploration of the fluid nature of memory and how experiences shape us as individuals.

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Porter Ray: Watercolor

Porter Ray's rapping on Watercolor is relaxed but quick, a style that emphasizes the intellectual bent to many of his rhymes, but intentionally fails to prepare you for the weight of his message.

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Morgan Delt: Phase Zero

Delt sounds like a vinyl LP left out in the LA sun, with the melted wax frozen into a popsicle that melts perfectly while you eat it.

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Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary (Deluxe Edition)

Recreating the magic of something like Apologies to the Queen Mary is no easy feat, yet it shines as a stunning example for those who might want to make music matter again.

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Kyle Craft: Dolls of Highland

Kyle Craft has no right to make a debut album this damn good.

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Low: Ones and Sixes

Low's Ones and Sixes is surprising for sounding very much of the moment.

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The Afghan Whigs - "Lost in the Woods" (video)

The Afghan Whigs release creepily compelling video for "Lost in the Woods" just in time for Halloween.

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Timeless Resonance: An Interview with Luluc

Australian songwriter Zoë Randall of Luluc has been listening to her favorite albums, over and over, for decades. Her own new one Passerby is so effortlessly lovely that you can likewise imagine yourself putting it on again this year and next year and the one after that.

Jennifer Kelly
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Mudhoney: On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle

Seminal Seattle band Mudhoney celebrate their 25-year existence by playing at the top of the city's iconic Space Needle. I guess that makes sense.

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The Head and the Heart: Let's Be Still

Bassist and songwriter Chris Zasche of the wildly popular group the Head & the Heart speaks on the new record.

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Dum Dum Girls - "Lost Boys and Girls Club" (video)

Dum Dum Girls release details of new album, unveil first single's video.

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Poor Moon: Illusion EP

Illusion’s five songs occupy a dreamy netherworld elicited by the hushed, acoustic instrumentation and subdued production.

Cole Waterman
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Dum Dum Girls: Only in Dreams

Maybe it’s time to call a moratorium on cribbing beats from nearly-half-century-old Ronettes singles.

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Obits: Moody, Standard and Poor

For those that fear Sub Pop has strayed too far from its sweaty grunge rock roots, the presence of New York’s rough-and-ready garage rock revivalist Obits offer plenty of reassurance to the contrary.

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Dum Dum Girls: He Gets Me High EP

While it's no secret that the retro-leaning indie popsters aren't exactly forward-thinking originators, all it takes is one well-chosen cover song to leave the Girls’ creative limitations exposed.

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Male Bonding: Nothing Hurts

On the hot-and-bothered Nothing Hurts, Male Bonding represents for a new generation of orgasm addicts and slack motherfu**ers.

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The Ruby Suns: Fight Softly

Hopefully next time out, Ryan McPhun will cast his intentions out of the bedroom and into the wild with some friends.

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Nirvana: Bleach

Starting with Nevermind, Kurt Cobain intentionally simplified his compositions in order to emphasize their pop components. Less song-focused than later Nirvana works, Bleach acts as an interesting showcase of the band’s musical chops.


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