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U.S. Girls: Half Free

On her 4AD debut, a Toronto artist produces a damaged pop nightmare and one of the best albums of the year.

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Darwin Deez: Double Down

For his third release, a pretender to Prince's throne trips over his own nastiness.

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The Banality of Destiny

Fateful Ties is exhaustive and exhaustingly catalogued history of the US' aggressively narcissistic relationship with China.

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Robert Christgau Falls From Grace in 'Going into the City'

We have here the post-apocalyptic wanderer, able to go anywhere because there’s nowhere he belongs.

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'The Mathematician's Shiva' Is Classically Middlebrow

There are secret plots, geopolitical rumblings, high-math technical language, and a parrot of interest, but as often as not these things wanly colorize an otherwise monochromatic narrative.

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NONONO: We Are Only What We Feel

This electro-dance trio wants you to feel human. Easier done than said.

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Homeboy Sandman: White Sands

Queens' militant pedagogue teams up with one of London's weirder producers.

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GRMLN: Soon Away

On his third release as GRMLN, Yoodoo Park expands and explores pop-punk's roots.

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Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours

The Walkmen's bandleader becomes big-band bandleader.

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Black Pus / Oozing Wound: Split LP

Two very noisy bands try out kinds of noise.


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