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Maps: We Can Create

Shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, Maps' debut full length is another solid entry into the growing “widescreen sound” oeuvre.

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Montag: Going Places

Antoine Bedard's sophisticated electronic compositions provide more than meets the ear.

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Boom Bip: Sacchrilege

An ‘80s aesthetic that borders on ironic, and will throw longtime fans for a bit of loop.

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The Locust: New Erections

Still going after 12 years, San Diego's most provocative outfit offer their most ambitious record to date.

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Various Artists: Music From And Inspired By Spider-Man 3

Featuring exclusive tracks by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, the Walkmen and the Killers, Spider-Man attempts to court an indie audience.

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Tim Kinsella: Field Recordings of Dreams

I’m probably one of the few critics left who still believes Kinsella has some great stuff still instead him, but he is losing the goodwill of both critics and fans by releasing tossed off projects like this.

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Stars: Do You Trust Your Friends?

Stars take their breakthrough album Set Yourself on Fire and hand it over to their friends for hit-and-miss remix treatment.

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The Narrator: All That To The Wall

This Chicago trio offer up another solid disc of shaggy-haired and slackjawed indie rock.

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Mando Diao: Ode to Ochrasy

Swedish garage rockers use their run-ins with lowlifes and weirdos on the road to help fuel their third full length.

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Call Me Lightning: Soft Skeletons

After a promising debut, Call Me Lightning disappoint with a routine sophomore effort.

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Shining: Grindstone

On its fourth album, Norway's Shining obliterates the line between rock, jazz and classical composition and, in the process, creates one of the most compelling albums of the year.

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The One AM Radio: This Too Will Pass

While the songs feature even more organic instrumentation than before, they all exist in that tepid, midtempo, watery, emotional area that is being done much better by similar artists.

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Amiina: Seoul

Fragile, and twee to the point of nothingness, it’s sweet without being sugary, but unfortunately acts like a constant appetizer in a meal where the main dish never appears.

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Loney, Dear: Loney, Noir

Originally released in 2005, Loney, Noir is an elegant album of earnest indie pop.

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Acrobat: The Unbelievable Truth

Falling somewhere between the delicate, emotional songwriting of Travis and the sonic bombast of Elbow, Acrobat’s carefully crafted sound is nearly stadium ready.

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Trans Am: Sex Change

After the politically charged Liberation, Trans Am return with their ninth album of fused electronics and rock 'n' roll.

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Youth Group: Casino Twilight Dogs

Australia's Youth Group add another album of midtempo, sensitive indie rock to an already crowded marketplace.

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Owen: At Home With Owen

Mike Kinsella moves from his bedroom to the studio, but is still having trouble finding love, reconciling the past, and living with regrets.

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Surround Sound #9: Hodgepodge

The latest Surround Sound installment tackles a hodgepodge of kids movies, TV shows, indie flicks, and more.

Kevin Jagernauth
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Air: Late Night Tales

Air take their fans on a trip through their record collection.


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