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Jamie T: Kings & Queens

I’m sorry, I know England loves this guy, but something about him rings false.


Julian Casablancas: Phrazes for the Young

The singer-songwriter of the Strokes has finally released his solo debut. The wait was worth it.


Max Richter: Memoryhouse

Fat Cat reissues Max Richter's debut album from 2002.


Devendra Banhart: What Will We Be

“I know I look high," Banhart sings on his new album, “but I’m just free-dancing." If only we could join him.


7 Worlds Collide: The Sun Came Out

The feel-good glow of shared love informs both the intent and the content here.


Alec Ounsworth: Mo Beauty

The singer from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah releases his second solo side-project for 2009, this one recorded with local musicians in New Orleans


Noah and the Whale: The First Days of Spring

This young London group returns with a much more ambitious sophomore project, encompassing both an album and a film.


Various Artists: Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy

Thom Yorke, the National, Mercury Rev and a host of others contribute to this tribute album for a little-known singer-songwriter


Amy Millan: Masters of the Burial

The Stars/Broken Social Scene singer returns with a sedate sophomore album


Dappled Cities: Zounds

When a group’s having this much fun with their own music, it’s hard not to get pulled along for the ride.


Luigi Archetti and Bo Wiget: Low Tide Digitals III

One generally signs up to review these Rune Grammofon releases with a little trepidation -- how much of a challenge is this one going to be?


Susanna and the Magical Orchestra: 3

For her third album as Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Norwegian Susanna Wallumrod offers another collection of spare, demanding art songs with hints of jazz and electronica.


Various Artists: Music from the Motion Picture Funny People

Judd Apatow’s collection on the Funny People soundtrack is a valiant, though ultimately unsuccessful, bid for relevance.


Sally Shapiro: My Guilty Pleasure

Sally Shapiro, the icy disco queen who captured hearts in 2007 with her superb debut Disco Romance, returns with a solid (if a tad familiar) sophomore effort.


Blind Man's Colour: Season Dreaming

Kanye-approved psych-pop duo of 19-year-olds from Florida. What more could you ask for?


The Phenomenal Handclap Band: The Phenomenal Handclap Band

This loose, eight-person downtown collective makes music that's so post-genre it's almost futile to describe.


The Silent Years: Let Go

The Silent Years continue to make good, quality music in relative obscurity.


Cherry Tree


Holly Throsby: A Loud Call

Holly Throsby, an Australian singer-songwriter, returns with her third album


Beirut: Live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

Zach Condon and his merry band keep on getting better and better.


Hypnotic Brass Ensemble: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

They busked, but their first professionally produced album doesn't sound amateur in the least.


Lacrosse: Bandages for the Heart

Lacrosse, an indie pop band from Stockholm, make the kind of music that you can sing along to and that you don’t feel bad about forgetting.

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