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We Were Promised Jetpacks: Unraveling

How many times can you challenge your audience to join you at the top of the room before these big moves become big tropes?

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Thom Yorke: Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes isn't about any new technology, even with its faux-edgy release through bittorrent; it's about the old question about the power and limitations of our human containers.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage: Mended With Gold

On third LP, Mended With Gold, the band pursues escape velocity with the most commitment yet, making the most bombastic and polished arrangements of their career.

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Saddle Creek / Paper Bag

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Alt-J: This Is All Yours

The contradiction of all second records but especially this one: Be what people expect when people want something unexpected.

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Infectious / Canvasback

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Saddle Creek/Paper Bag

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Infectious/Canvasback

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Wildcat! Wildcat!: No Moon at All

The hooks are here, even when the lyrics aren't: a pleasant night drive to absolutely nowhere.

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Only Run

Only Run, both in form and function, is CYHSY's return to relevance, excellence even, and one of the best independent rock records of 2014.

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Future Islands: Singles

The layperson finally arrived to Future Islands, the question was: What would they find here on the beach of the band's new fame?

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Thumpers: Galore

For a moment, the darkness holds at bay and the band colors their world with tropical guitars and chanting vocals, a type of brief bulwark against cold, linear modernity.

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Delorean: Apar

A long look in the mirror, the band's fourth record proves an examination of reflection, best where predictable and worst where you see something surprising that doesn't belong.

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Chvrches: The Bones of What You Believe

If their failings are failings in the pursuit of greatness, they are forgivable.

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What the Folk? When the Traditional Becomes the Counter-Culture

The question of the ubiquity of folk revival is different from how long it will last. Instead, we could be asking whether the Lumineers and Mumford can tear down the establishment when they're in the mainstream.

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Glassnote / Virgin / Goodbye

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True Panther/Mushroom Pillow

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Glassnote (US), Virgin/Goodbye (UK)

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Twin Peaks - "Irene" (stream)

One of the best independent rock songs of 2013, Twin Peaks' "Irene" roots itself in layers of fuzz and reverb effect.

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Happy Hollows - "Galaxy" (streams)

One of the best bands coming out of LA over the past few years, Happy Hollows return in advance of their next record, Amethyst, with "Galaxy", backing the already riveting and retrofitted "Endless".

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Tom Odell: Long Way Down

Sadly, Tom Odell finds himself lost in a sea of himself.

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Rogue Wave: Nightingale Floors

Zach Rogue stumbles back in search of old sounds and old incivisiveness.

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The Airborne Toxic Event: Such Hot Blood

Airborne Toxic Event get lost in a search for love on a bloated third LP, Such Hot Blood.

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Was That It: The Rise and Fall of the Strokes

The sound, the cultural shifts, and the new way of doing business in the Internet-era music industry may have made the Strokes stars in 2001, but also contained the recipe for their undoing. Is Comedown Machine it for the Strokes?


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