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Getting Naked, Playing with Guns: An Interview with Andrew Jackson Jihad

They started out as a fiery "folk-punk" outfit, but have drifted far away from such genre confinement. The band tells us about Nicholas Cage films, Temple Grandin, and why their new album is about not one, but multiple apocalypses.

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Eels: The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Mark Everett admitted that Cautionary Tales was an uncomfortable record to make, but what's most unsettling is how familiar it sounds.

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Hospitality: Trouble

Indie pop for indie pop scholars.

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Merge / Fire

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St. Vincent: St. Vincent

To stay alive, you have to improvise. Learn from the master.

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Laurel Halo: Chance of Rain

As its title suggests, Chance of Rain hinges on contingencies.

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Moonface: Julia with Blue Jeans On

Spencer Krug wields the love song like it's the best sword in his collection.

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Speedy Ortiz: Major Arcana

Major Arcana calibrates its intensity perfectly; when Speedy Ortiz flare up, they sound righteous.

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Okkervil River: The Silver Gymnasium

The Silver Gymnasium is Will Sheff's best work with Okkervil River, and it contains his hardest truths. Going home is never quite going back.

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The Dodos: Carrier

The most fascinating thing about Carrier is how it finds a confident songwriter flushed with uncertainty.

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Carpark/Paw Tracks

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Julianna Barwick: Nepenthe

Nepenthe keeps its shivering hands in its pockets.

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Julia Holter: Loud City Song

A different kind of fantasy, and a more dangerous one, permeates the streets of Julia Holter's Loud City Song.

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The Polyphonic Spree: Yes, It's True

Tim DeLaughter loses some cosmic points by making fun of Facebook on this new, strained Polyphonic Spree record.

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Animal Collective: Monkey Been to Burn Town (Remix EP)

Centipede HZ found joy in flicking through radio frequencies. These remixes treat Animal Collective as briefly and fondly.

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Good

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Case Studies: This Is Another Life

Jesse Lortz is at his best when he assesses the damage, rather than splitting it sideways.

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Jenny Hval: Innocence Is Kinky

Jenny Hval's newest album is another eroding soliloquy on the body and the mind.

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Camera Obscura: Desire Lines

Tracyanne Campbell doesn’t have the feeling of “French Navy” inside of her anymore, and four years on, her songs aren’t about the solace of romance or even the thrill of it.

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Rune Grammofo

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Baths: Obsidian

Obsidian is the dark record it was billed as because it starts to ask its own uncomfortable questions. Love becomes more illusory when it stops getting quoted.

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Deerhunter: Monomania

Music is a neccessity for Deerhunter's Bradford Cox, and on Monomania he asks whether or not that's good for him.

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Daughter: If You Leave

"I think I'm dying here" is a mission statement for Daughter's slowly decaying debut album.

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Laura Stevenson: Wheel

Here's your apocalypse song. Laura Stevenson's stunning brand of Americana pop translates the 21st century breakdown into something worrying and sweetly touching.


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