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Pixx's 'Small Mercies' Is Strange Yet Endearing

Despite the mostly upbeat nature of Pixx's Small Mercies, there's a dread surrounding its world.

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Fucked Up Holds on to a Never Let Die Attitude on 'Dose Your Dreams'

Fucked Up's Dose Your Dreams compensates for its conceptual emptiness with a sound that blasts on all fronts.

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'Art of Doubt' Presents Metric As a Band Skilled at Evaluating Time

Much like the design on the Art of Doubt album cover the way Metric shape love is as skewed as an odd circle, one refusing to even connect the dots.

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Christine and the Queens' 'Chris' Is Unmistakeably Moving, Emotionally and Physically

As new album Chris proves, Christine and the Queens only need to touch a simple beat to transform it into their own.

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Going Solo Lets Devon Welsh Understand Loneliness in 'Dream Songs'

With Majical Cloudz's Devon Welsh going solo, we receive the depth of his introspections as if they were cannonballs on Dream Songs.

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Desire and Fantasy Keep Tancred Afloat on 'Nightstand'

Tancred flaunt their pop rock with a presence that is half beauteous and half dangerous on Nightstand.

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Big Ups Lay Out Cacophony and Bliss on 'Two Parts Together'

Big Ups' Two Parts Together is a headstrong record that finds optimal comfort in post-punk and unpredictability.

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Are Eternal Summers Too Dreamy for Their Own Good?

Every Day It Feels Like I'm Dying is a record that barely redeems its cautious nature with its slightly varied instrumentation.

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Confidence Man Effortlessly Explore the Notion of "Cool"

Confident Music for Confident People is a superb debut by Australian dance-pop band, Confidence Man, who have already found their sound.

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La Luz Jump From One Blissful Dream to the Next on 'Floating Features'

The hot and heavy nature of La Luz's Floating Features is grounded in its ability to comfortably mix rock and folk.

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Bully: Losing

Bully go beyond the surface to make the ground quake with their candid grunge.

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Susanne Sundfør: Music for People in Trouble

Susanne Sundfør is quiet and loud in her introspection, creating an album that is flexible in its sound and glorious in its self-meditation.

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Silverstein: Dead Reflection

Dead Reflection shows the band’s development in a subtle manner, carrying tropes and images with crowd-pleasing lines rather than intense guitar riffs.

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Fazerdaze: Morningside

The balance between poppy and grungy make Morningside a fine debut, despite its all-too clean appearance.

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Methyl Ethel: Everything Is Forgotten

Methyl Ethel might not forge anything very unique in their introspection, yet their power to possess still manages to yield results.

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The Courtneys: The Courtneys II

The Courtneys' sophomore release unfortunately lacks the fun that surrounded their debut.

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Molly Burch: Please Be Mine

Molly Burch makes yearning an art on her debut, only faltering when she questions herself and her love.

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Teen Daze: Themes for Dying Earth

A cold atmosphere and candid words are what make Teen Daze soar on Themes for Dying Earth.

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Fufanu: Sports

The foreground of Fufanu's Sports lingers like a bad feeling, one that could have been more frightening by pulling closer more elements within the background.

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Mono: Requiem for Hell

Mono's main strength is their ability to make one realize how infinitesimal they are in the universe.

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Oozing Wound: Whatever Forever

Whatever Forever demonstrates Oozing Wound as a band willing to try anything to make their sound rougher and more aggressive--even if it means taking the reins of a black metal atmosphere.

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Jenny Hval: Blood Bitch

Blood Bitch invites listeners with its conceptual bite, controlling them effortlessly through Jenny Hval's journey along lonely spaces.


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