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The 10 Best Indie Rock Albums of 2018

Indie rock represents a spirit that's found where folk songsters and punk rockers come together to dialogue about what they're fed up with in mainstream culture.

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The Dodos Make Their Mid-Life Crisis Album with 'Certainty Waves'

On their seventh LP Certainty Waves, the Dodos continue to make hyperkinetic indie folk. They have made a record of blistering folk-pop poetry that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Visiter.

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'Vitriola' Stands Among Cursive's Most ambitious work

Sprawling, philosophical, and politically charged, Cursive's Vitriola is a flawed yet compelling opus by one of contemporary post-punk's most vital voices.

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Roosevelt Aims to Create Non-Populist Pop on 'Young Romance'

On Young Romance, Roosevelt's '80s-indebted yet EDM-inflected confections aren't as anthemic as he wants them to be, but they're almost uniformly infectious.

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Brandon Coleman's 'Resistance' Is a Record by an Unabashed Futurist

Funk-jazz polymath Brandon Coleman's sophomore LP is a memorable record by an unabashed futurist steeped in funk, jazz, electronica, and everything in-between.

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'Young Sick Camellia' Shows St. Paul & The Broken Bones at the Height of Their Powers

Buoyed by the remarkable soul vocals of frontman Paul "St. Paul" Janeway, Young Sick Camellia is a record steeped in tradition that still defies easy categorization.

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Alkaline Trio Discovers That the "Young Idea" Has Never Left Them on 'Is This Thing Cursed?'

Alkaline Trio diehards will find themselves, by turns, nostalgic for what came before and thrilled by what they hear now on Is This Thing Cursed?

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Devotchka's 'This Night Falls Forever' Is Indie Rock at Its Most Cinematic

On their first LP since 2011's 100 Lovers, Devotchka fall somewhere between the marching troubadour worldliness of Beirut and the grandeur of Arcade Fire, writing songs of widescreen suburban romance that radiate with ghosts and demons.

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Visible Cloaks: Reassemblage

On Reassemblage, Portland's Visible Cloaks craft ambient soundscapes where machines talk and muted light suffuses even the remotest of places

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Porcelain Raft: Microclimate

The third LP from professional dreamer Mauro Remiddi, Microclimate is filled with lush bedroom pop that transports you to strange, hermetic vistas

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Volcanic Field

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Surfer Blood: Snowdonia

Surfer Blood's first LP since the passing of Thomas Fekete, the group's longtime guitarist, Snowdonia is laden with the same power pop-meets-surf rock that put these melodically-minded Floridians on the map.

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Erik Hassle: Innocence Lost

On Innocence Lost, Swedish soul-pop stalwart Erik Hassle brings out all the bells, whistles, smoke, and mirrors he can to make music that seems sculpted from the mortar that holds the Hot 100 together

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Emeli Sandé: Long Live the Angels

While Sandé may not hit any highs higher that what we heard on Our Version of EventsLong Live the Angels gives the neo-soul belter plenty of scenery to chew

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Peter Doherty: Hamburg Demonstrations

Hamburg Demonstrations is exactly what we've come to expect from Doherty: tongue-in-cheek Brit-rock bristling with vernacular attitude and guitars reeking of booze and windowless bedrooms

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BMG / Clouds Hill

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BMG/Clouds Hill

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Pale Hands: Graphism

Pale Hands' moody indietronica LP Graphism reminds us that, in a time of frothing demagogues and unsightly political upheavals, there are still euphorias to chase

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Justin Time Records

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The Griswolds: High Times For Low Lives

A desperate plea for radio recognition, the Griswolds' High Times For Low Lives is a step back for a band known for tentpole hooks and untempered kinetic dynamism.

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Wind-up Records

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Jamie Lidell: Building a Beginning

Like most of Lidell's discography, Building a Beginning seems simultaneously old and new, retro-minded and attuned to contemporary R&B trends.

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Jajulin

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