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The Soft Hills: The Bird Is Coming Down to Earth

Psych-folk quartet's LP intrigues some, but frustrates more.

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Tycho: Dive

Scott Hansen's third full-length is more than just a soundtrack to his own dazzling graphic art. It's one of the best electronic releases of 2011.

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Gardens & Villa: Gardens & Villa

With production assistance from label mate Richard Swift, this Santa Barbara quintet turns in an exciting debut.

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Hidden Pictures: Synchronized Sleeping

On their debut LP, the Kansas band offers twee and alt-country in equal measure. Just not enough personality.

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Matt Pond PA: Spring Fools

The latest EP from the chamber pop quintet falls short of being the companion piece to 2004's superb Winter Songs EP.

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Des Ark: Don't Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker

Singer-guitarist Aimée Argote barrels down Tobacco Road on her band's first LP in six years.

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The Rosebuds: Loud Planes Fly Low

The once-married couple regroup for their fifth and best LP.

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The Fresh & Onlys: Secret Walls

The tireless San Francisco quartet serve up spacious, hazy psych-pop.

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Technicolor Revelations: A Conversation with Jon Lindsay

The talented new singer-songwriter chatted with PopMatters about his affinity for storytelling and collecting keyboards, and what inspired his debut LP, a collection of power pop songs that shine from Chicago to Charlotte.

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Sleepingdog: With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields

On Sleepingdog's third LP, Chantal Acda's vocals and piano-playing sound like the ambient-pop duo's lesser half.

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Snowblink: Long Live

Having made their mark in San Francisco and risen to indie-pop stardom in the Toronto scene, Snowblink is poised with Long Live to make new fans in every town in between.

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Brown Recluse: Evening Tapestry

On their full-length debut, the Philadelphia band takes the psych rock-sunshine pop combo of their early EPs and gives it a spooky twist.

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Pete Yorn: musicforthemorningafter (10th Anniversary Edition)

Two-disc set commemorates Yorn's first studio album and shows what it plainly is: a collection of beautiful songs, nearly each one a small victory.

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Brave Irene: Brave Irene

Ex-Tiger Trap and Go Sailor frontwoman returns in her latest incarnation of twee pop.

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No More Trouble: An Interview with the Concretes

PopMatters chatted with guitarist Daniel Värjö about moving on without Victoria Bergsman, the band's new disco grooves, and musical influences ranging from Anthony Russell to My Morning Jacket.

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Jon Lindsay: Escape From Plaza-Midwood

Charlotte-based singer-songwriter compares love to a Ponzi scheme and honors his power pop forbears.

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Gift Wrapped in Wit: A Conversation with Kate Nash

What's Nash's gift? Making her diary sound like it could be yours. You're her best friend, after all. This girl's words just speak to you, man, however mundane the details or big the heartbreak.

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The Radio Dept.: Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010

With the release of this two-disc best-of and rarities compilation, the Swedish indie-pop veterans ride the momentum they've gained from their spectacular 2010 album Clinging to a Scheme.

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Anna Bullard: Split Heart

No one moment on Split Heart really reaches out and grabs you; instead, the album ends up being the best kind of background music, like a soundtrack for your daily comings and goings.

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