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Pissed Jeans: Shallow (Reissue)

The 2005 debut by this Philadelphia noise-punk band sounds right at home in the fall of 2014.

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Purling Hiss: Weirdon

The latest from Philadelphia guitar wizard Mike Polizze gives voice to his catchy, pop-loving side.

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The Fleshtones: Wheel of Talent

Nearly four decades into their career, these veteran garage-rockers haven't lost their knack for creating catchy and infectious tunes.

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Milagres: Violent Light

There's a lot of beauty on the second album by this Brooklyn band, but the songs suffer from a museum-like coldness.

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Pontiak: Innocence

The prolific Virginia power trio delivers an album stocked with enough potent guitar riffs to overcome a few less than inspired ballads.

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Hank3: A Fiendish Threat

The latest punk effort from Hank3 takes a rustic approach to the genre, but the songs are more bland than bad-ass.

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Flume: Flume Deluxe Edition

The reissue of the acclaimed debut by Australian producer Flume offers enough strong new content for both fans old and new.

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Oozing Wound: Retrash

A Chicago trio delivers an exhilarating blast of sneering, snarling, punk-fueled heavy metal.

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Ha Ha Tonka: Lessons

This excellent indie quartet from Missouri broadens its sonic palette and creates its richest album yet.

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Holograms: Forever

Swedish post-punk revivalists deliver a few killer tracks, but then start to repeat themselves on their sophomore album.

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The Microphones: The Glow, Pt. 2

Sometimes, you just have to bow your head to the legions of fans and critics who love an album and respectfully say, "I'm sorry, but it's just not for me."

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The Julie Ruin: Run Fast

Feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna is back with a great new band and sparkling new album.

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Come: 11:11 (20th Anniversary Edition)

An anniversary reissue of this Boston band's debut shows that the record's emotional, jagged guitar rock remains fresh and vital.

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The Baptist Generals: Jackleg Devotional to the Heart

Ten years in the making, the sophomore album from these Texas folk-rockers is a vibrant and eccentric listen.

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Rose Windows: The Sun Dogs

The debut album from Seattle's Rose Windows displays stellar musicianship but never quite breaks free from its classic rock influences.

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The Handsome Family: Wilderness

This New Mexico duo's latest is another strong collection of strange and hypnotic Americana music.

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Blind Melon: Blind Melon (Expanded Edition)

It might not rank with the best of the 1990s, but Blind Melon's debut holds up as a solid rock record that also happens to contain one of the best pop songs of the past two decades.

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The Meat Puppets: Rat Farm

The latest from these legendary slacker-punks is a worthy addition to their 30-year catalog.

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Deadstring Brothers: Cannery Row

There are some great songs on the new album by this alt-country-rock band, but too often the record feels hemmed in by its classic influences.

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The Tossers: The Emerald City

The veteran Chicago "Celtic-punk" band sticks to formula on its latest album, but the band's exuberance keeps the songs from feeling tired.

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Toy Love: Toy Love

This two-LP compilation of singles and demos from the great New Zealand post-punk band Toy Love is the perfect primer for those who missed the group the first time around.

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Chris Stamey: Lovesick Blues

The new solo record from the dB's co-founder is subtle, introspective and often quite beautiful, though it takes some time to appreciate.

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