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Obits: Beds and Bugs

More bare bones, straight-ahead garage rock from the Brooklyn band.


No Age: An Object

Drums and guitar duo No Age strip out the drums and guitar. What remains feels underdeveloped, but always interesting.


Saltland: I Thought It Was Us But It Was All of Us

An atmospheric but ultimately aimless trip into a chilly post-rock landscape, from Silver Mt Zion alumni Rebecca Foon.


Bill Ryder-Jones: A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart

A defiantly old-fashioned, exceptionally good quality collection of lush, broken-hearted pop songs from the Coral's former guitarist.


Alex Calder: Time

A hazy, unfocused, occasionally diverting collection of tracks from Mac DeMarco's former collaborator.


Keep It in Motion: An Interview with Guided by Voices' Tobin Sprout

Tobin Sprout has been one of the most important songwriting voices for a long while, part of Guided By Voices' "classic lineup" if you will. Now, with the band's fourth post-reunion album just getting released, Sprout talks to PopMatters about why he left the band to begin with, being inspired by Brian Epstein's death, and his surprising side-career with children's literature.

Matt Messana

The Veils: Time Stays, We Go

The Veils seem to have lost confidence in their earlier work without having a clear idea of where to go next.


Toy Love: Live at the Gluepot 1980

A long-lost recording of one of the last shows by the legendary New Zealand band that gave birth to the Tall Dwarfs and the Bats.


The Men: 19 March 2013 - London

The Men's new album might have brought in a new set of country and classic rock influences, but in this show the band are keen not to lose sight of their own, more modern set of roots.


Holly Williams: The Highway

More heartfelt, occasionally awkward, country-flavoured adult pop from Hank Williams's granddaughter.


My Bloody Valentine: 13 March 2013 - London

The shoegaze legends are back touring in support of their hugely anticipated and epically delayed new album. So it's a bit strange they hardly play any of it.


Robyn Hitchcock: Love from London

Robyn Hitchcock isn't letting turning 60 slow him down. Inspired by the darkness and light in the capital, Love from London is another gorgeous, imaginative album from one of England's most consistent and individual songwriters.


Lisa Germano: No Elephants

Lisa Germano's new album is her most austere, unforgiving work, but it's just about worth the effort.


The Men: New Moon

The Men get away from it all, returning from the woods with a new sound and a whole bunch of great songs.




Nightlands: Oak Island

The War on Drugs' bass player steps out from the shadows of his main band with a warm, intimate and strange little album that has one foot in the past, one in the future.


Rah Rah: The Poet's Dead

A big rock band from the Canadian prairies finds itself pulling in different directions, even while recording some their best work.


Secretly Candadian


Björk: bastards

Can an album that is just a sample of a larger series of previously released Biophilia have much to add? Surprisingly, the answer is yes.


Robert Pollard: Jack Sells the Cow

Pollard's second solo outing since Guided by Voices reformed is tight and loud, but uncharacteristically light on hooks.

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