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The Black Heart Procession: Six

Still bleak after all these years, the Black Heart Procession has failed to, well, proceed much.

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Múm: Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know

On this, its fifth full-length since its landmark 2000 debut, Múm tries too hard to recapture the magic of its often remarkable past.

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Six Organs of Admittance: Luminous Night

The 11th album by Six Organs of Admittance is like a drug: it will lower your blood pressure. That's a good thing.

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Joe Pernice: It Feels So Good When I Stop

This slight-yet-compelling covers album accompanies pop craftsman Joe Pernice's first foray into the world of letters.

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The Antlers: Hospice

Confronting death, Hospice shows the full-length album is as alive as ever.

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Cass McCombs: Catacombs

Cass McCombs' fourth full-length has its flaws -- and is better of for them.

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Amazing Baby: Rewild

Amazing, baby? Not quite.

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Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse: Dark Night of the Soul

Sparklehorse, Danger Mouse, David Lynch and an all-star cast of contributors have made one of the best albums of 2009 so far. Good luck finding it.

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Grand Duchy: Petits Fours

This collaboration between Black Francis and his wife, Violet Clark, confirms that music made by married couples is often as unexciting as marriage itself.

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Chin Chin: The Flashing, the Fancing

Reflexively hating revisionist disco is so 1999. Unless you hate fun, Brooklyn retro disco/funk/dance outfit Chin Chin deserves your appreciation.

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Comet Gain: Broken Record Prayers

Sublime in flashes, this 74-minute compilation from Comet Gain gives the listener too much time to contemplate its nagging flaws.

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The Would-Be-Goods: Eventyr

The Would-Be-Goods would-be-better if they would loosen their collars a little bit.

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The Week That Was: The Week That Was

Field Music's Peter Brewis takes a week off the Internet to write a solo record. The result might make you want to abstain for a week, too.

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The New Year: The New Year

On their first album in four years, the New Year quietly reminds the indie rock community why no one makes music for the Painfully Alone better than them.

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Mother Mother: O My Heart

Manic, mellifluous, and moving, Mother Mother's sophomore album borrows the best from the best while remaining startlingly original.

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Azeda Booth: In Flesh Tones

Azeda Booth’s debut mines the same glitchy ground as Mum and the Postal Service – to similarly captivating effect.

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The Black Ghosts: The Black Ghosts

Introducing the Black Ghosts’ debut to the iTunes library upsets the delicate balance achieved by the other “Black” bands.

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Darker My Love: 2

Darker My Love’s sophomore effort, 2, defies easy classification. But that doesn’t mean it’s any good.

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In Memoriam: Mitch Hedberg

Mitch Hedberg was a leather-jacket, tinted-sunglasses-wearing proto-beatnik, one that burned out far to fast.

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Less Smooch, More Dance: An Interview with the Clientele

The Clientele's Alasdair Maclean tells us everything we need to know, from A to K.

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The Perceptionists

Imagine the biggest Afro you can: four nappy dreads, each thicker than a banana, two resting atop a head like ram horns. Extraordinary.

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