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Foo Fighters: Wasting Light

Fantastic and very nearly flawless; everything you could hope for from a new Foo Fighters record.

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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit: Here We Rest

Inspiration strikes on the third solo album from the former Drive-By Trucker, but not as often as you might like.

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Mike Watt and the Missingmen: Hyphenated-Man

Mike Watt and Hieronymus Bosch revisit the Minutemen sound, with strange and wonderful results.

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Poor But Sexy: Let's Move in Together

Smooth? Sure. But that's not always a bad thing.

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Team Clermont

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Cold War Kids: Mine Is Yours

Cold War Kids return with Kings of Leon producer to lead an assault on the mainstream. Oh good.

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The Autumn Defense: Once Around

The latest from the Autumn Defense is pretty and fully-realized, but perhaps a little too mellow for its own good.

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Neil Young: Le Noise

Neil Young, Daniel Lanois, and Old Black team up to deliver a late-career masterpiece.

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Screaming Females: Castle Talk

The New Jersey-based punk rockers deliver their fourth and most accessible record yet.

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Dead Confederate: Sugar

Dead Confederate strips down sound, but trim some of the good parts as well.

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TAO/Old Flame

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Richard Thompson: Dream Attic

After 40-plus years, one question remains: Is Richard Thompson just too good?

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Shout Factory!

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Marah: Life Is a Problem

The "Last Rock 'N' Roll Band" manages to resurrect itself with a career highlight in tow.

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Valley Farm Songs

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The Black Keys: Brothers

Can a two-piece band go "back to basics"? The Black Keys get close enough here, with excellent results.

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Brad Mehldau: Highway Rider

Behold the second coming of third wave.

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The Nels Cline Singers: Initiate

This studio/live set provides an accessible point of entry to the Wilco guitarist's ongoing jazz outfit.

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Earl Greyhound: Suspicious Package

Classic rock in every sense. These musicians have emerged with their own voice: one with clear antecedents, sure, but without any apparent peer.

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Pavement: Quarantine the Past

This well-intentioned compilation gives short shrift to an important band's legacy.

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Hawk Race

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These New Puritans: Hidden

Don't let the name throw you; These New Puritans show an enthusiasm for sound so intense it suggests the fullest throes of gluttony or lust.


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