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Drug Church: Paul Walker

The sound of post-recession hardcore kids, pissed off and fed up with the realities of millennial life.

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Whirr: Around

Powerfully poignant and evocative shoegaze to rival not only their peers, but such stalwart torchbearers as My Bloody Valentine.

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Senses Fail: Renacer

Renacer paints a clear portrait of a band lacking the courage and will to abandon the tendencies they have clearly grown out of -- and no longer stand behind.

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Mixtapes: Ordinary Silence

Scrappy pop-punk that shows little to no development from the band's last effort, and is at times derivative of itself.

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City and Colour: The Hurry and the Harm

With The Hurry and the Harm, Dallas Green proves that even his weakest effort is still lightyears ahead of most popular artists played on both Canadian and American airwaves.

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Staple

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Lights & Motion: Reanimation

Quite possibly the greatest debut album in post-rock history.

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Broadway Calls: Comfort/ Distraction

An exemplary effort in pop-punk excellence that is free of both fat and filler; a true gem within a genre so often stuck in its past.

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Sandra McCracken: Desire Like Dynamite

Desire Like Dynamite finds McCracken at her most confident, exuding a feeling of complete creative realization that could very well put her over the proverbial top of the Contemporary Christian milieu.

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Noisetrade

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Texas Is the Reason: Do You Know Who You Are? (The Complete Collection)

Do You Know Who You Are? compiles the short and illustrious discography of one of post-hardcore’s most beloved bands; a near-perfect album for the time, that today serves as a playbook for modern post-hardcore.

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Our Lost Infantry: The New Art History

A progressive post-rock album that is neither moody nor somber, but forceful and gallant.

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Big Harp: Chain Letters

This husband and wife duo makes great strides, composing a record that is both tempered and aggressive in its Americana inspired folk-rock.

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Vinnie Caruana: City By the Sea

Vinnie Caruana is a punk rock troubadour and his debut EP, City By the Sea, effortlessly blends acoustic folk constructs with the upbeat dynamism of his punk roots into a release that is both solid and daring, but leaves something to be desired.

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Feeding People: Island Universe

A repetitive set of boring garage rock-inspired tracks, leaving much to be desired.

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Madison: We've Been Nothing

Often dilettante, at times enlightened, but mostly amateur, Madison’s We’ve Been Nothing is a DIY pop effort that shows promise, but ultimately fails to produce anything remotely catchy.

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I Surrender, Run For Cover

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La Big Vic: Cold War

La Big Vic are not that of one member's contextual background -- or even the marriage one would expect from such broad strokes -- but an experimentation in avant-garde dream-pop.

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G Records

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Revelation

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The Faint: Danse Macabre (Reissue)

More forward thinking than many could have imagined, Danse Macabre is a record that plays faithfully today as it did over a decade ago. In just nine tracks, the Faint compose wide and evocative soundscapes, pioneering the indie rock intersection between new wave and post-punk.

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Ed Tullett: Never Joy

Full of beauty and anguish, amidst grace and dynamism, Never Joy is a portrait of young, yet tortured melancholy, well beyond the artist's years.

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Annabel: Youth in Youth

One of 2012’s last-minute releases boasts a truly timeless collection of raw and introspective songs in the vein of emo’s past.

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Count Your Lucky Stars


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