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Wild Beasts: Boy King

Wild Beasts’ Boy King is a woefully uncensored portrait of masculine libido woven through their aesthetically tightest record to date.

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Mitski: Puberty 2

On Puberty 2 Mitski has hit a deep stride, delivering music with effortless power and resonant wit.

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Whitney: Light Upon the Lake

Whitney’s Light Upon the Lake is a taut debut, which sparkles throughout with sunny melody tempered by just the right amount of angst.

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Islands: Should I Remain Here at Sea / Taste

Islands’ latest two records are a liberated, iconoclastic take on a dual set of genres. Some of Nick Thorburn's clearest and most relaxed work, the albums serve as an extended meditation on the idea that music is simply a matter of taste.

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Spookyland: Beauty Already Beautiful

Spookyland’s Beauty Already Beautiful is a rock 'n' roll melting pot filled with youthful disaffection and ugly, everyday romance.

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There's Music Coming From 'The Last House on Dead End Street'

Having apparently blown $2,200 of his $3,000 budget on coke, Roger Watkins turned to what's known as ‘library music' to salvage a decent soundtrack.

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Suuns: Hold/Still

Suuns made a career-focusing album reflective of, and worthy of, our scattered brains.

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Vombis / Light in the Attic

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Kevin Morby: Singing Saw

Singing Saw is a breakthrough record for Kevin Morby, brimming with vibrant imagery and fluid orchestration.

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Crew Love: Based on a True Story

Often hypnotic, often funky mash-ups of different club styles, Based on a True Story, an allstar collaborative release from Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap DJ labels, runs the gamut of Soundcloud mix-core.

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'Small Town Talk' Both Celebrates and Interrogates Woodstock's Past

If you're looking for a true-to-life portrait of the way cultural memory evolves and is shaped within the context of a small town, this is a profound case study.

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Public Memory: Wuthering Drum

Wuthering Drum is a moody, cinematic collection of low-tempo ambient music, that while relatively restricted, can be immersive.

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Night Moves: Pennied Days

Night Moves' Pennied Days is a small town rock record with big studio ambition.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Lower Dens Rock Irving Plaza

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is fast becoming one of the best live bands going right now.

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Grant-Lee Phillips: The Narrows

Phillips' “The Narrows” is self-assured alt-country from a songwriting veteran.

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Miike Snow: iii

Miike Snow’s latest record is a masterful producer’s blend of musical styles, with a heart beating at its core.

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Protomartyr + Priests + Beach Creeps: Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Agent Intellect has elevated Protomartyr from great band from Detroit to a national treasure from Detroit. Go see them live. Go pick up a record, so you can tell your friends you knew them when.

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Ra Ra Riot: I Need Your Light

Besides the Rostam tracks, I Need Your Light is trapped in limbo between indie and pop.

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Gogo Penguin: Man Made Object

Gogo Penguin’s debut on Blue Note is a relentless, electronic-influenced collection of rhythmic jazz that would make Miles Teller jealous.

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Jamie Woon: Making Time

Jamie Woon’s Making Time is a diligently watched pot that, predictably, refuses to boil.

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Lemaitre: 1749 EP

1749 EP finds Lemaitre approaching the top of their pop-slinging game


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