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Marc Carroll: In Silence

A couple of tracks stand out on their own, but In Silence, as a whole, is an awkward hodgepodge of Irish folk music and sappy piano ballads.

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Deer Tick: Divine Providence

There's a lack of musical exploration here, but the Providence alt-country rockers embrace their love for booze and rebellion more than ever on this record.

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Hurricane Bells: Tides and Tales

Their song "Monsters" got them noticed off the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, but it's doubtful their sophomore album will turn many heads.

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Dirty Projectors and Björk: Mount Wittenberg Orca

It's been out digitally for over a year now with proceeds having gone to charity. So now that the money isn't even for a good cause, why buy an underwhelming seven-track EP?

Matt Edsall
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Toro y Moi: Freaking Out EP

Energy is at an all-time high for Toro y Moi mastermind Chaz Bundick, who spikes these tunes with MJ-like vigor.

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WATERS: Out in the Light

This isn't the banjo folk of Port O'Brien. On this project, frontman Vans Pierszalowski plugs in and sets sail with a harder-hitting sound.

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Brief Candles: Fractured Days

Don't judge Brief Candles by the name. On Fractured Days, the shoegazers shine brightly.

Matt Edsall
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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Tape Club

Someone may still love the Russian ex-president, but not many will love this boring collection of b-sides and rare releases.

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It's All Right, It's All Right, Alllllll Right: U2's 'Achtung Baby'

Pretty much everyone under the age of 35 views U2 as a bunch of overzealous assholes, but this 25-year-old can't help but still blast the group's 1991 masterpiece.

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Grouplove: Never Trust a Happy Song

The Los Angeles quintet settles for a mixed bag of goods on their debut album. Or perhaps a mixed bag of bads is more applicable?

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Hysterical

The folkloric Brooklyn band of indie rock fame return almost five years later with their third and most cohesive LP.

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Claps: Wreck

Minimalism may be simple, but Claps are able to do a lot with it.

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Bombay Bicycle Club: A Different Kind of Fix

After 2010's acoustic-centered, Flaws, Bombay Bicycle Club return with another fantastic follow-up that threads the dance-pop of Passion Pit with the ambient intonations of Interpol.

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100 Monkeys: Liquid Zoo

The album's inconsistent, but 100 Monkeys have too much talent to go unrecognized.

Matt Edsall
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Peter Wolf Crier: Garden of Arms

Yep, another duo in the indie scene. But, I gotta admit...this one's pretty damn good.

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Pepper Rabbit: Red Velvet Snowball

It's got it's moments of sweetness, but Red Velvet Snowball turns cold after so many listens.

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Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman: World Wide Rebel Songs

His Rage Against the Machine virtuoso comes out on this one, but Tom Morello's failure to decide whether he wants to make a rock album or a folk album ruins exactly what the Nightwatchman stands for: choosing a side and fighting for it.

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Tig Notaro: Good One

A nonstop laugh fest, Good One proves that Tig Notaro is one of the funniest comedians currently on the market.

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The Wyld Olde Souls: Ensoulment

The New York quintet was last heard from in 2000, but Ensoulment makes it seem as though they time-warped from the late-'60s folk movement.

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Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't: Lost in the Pancakes

It sounds like the Beatles piano-driven tracks, and is that ever a bad thing?

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