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Leila: Blood, Looms and Blooms

After an eight-year absence, Björk's right-hand woman returns with an excellent album that tweaks the down-tempo trip-hop of yore just enough to avoid becoming anachronistic.

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Swervedriver

Returning from a nine-year hiatus, Swervedriver fused the ethereal textures of shoegaze with the heavy riffs and hard rhythms of grunge and came close to replicating the densely layered arrangements found on their records.

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When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth: Not Noiice

With two drummers, two shredders and two screamers, Austin noise-rock band gives listeners double the migraines, double the fun!

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Grupo Fantasma

With a blockbuster live show, a stunning new album, and the endorsement of one of this era's greatest musicians, Grupo Fantasma are closer than ever to becoming a household name.

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The BellRays

Vocalist Lisa Kekaula controlled the music with a voice as full-bodied as her afro, and prowled around the stage as if she was scanning the audience for prey. "I know this is a Monday night," she said, "but I need you to act like it's Friday night! I've come to give you EVERYTHING, but you're gonna have to give something back to me! I've got a job to do, but so do you...and YOU CLOCKED IN WHEN YOU WALKED IN!!!"

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Sarandon: Kill Twee Pop!

This English trio's caffeinated, catchy tunes that tell terse tales of loneliness, jealousy and embarrassment; fans of the Minutemen and the Futureheads should rejoice!

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Snowden

Now that the "dance-punk" sound has begun to fall out of favor, I was finally about to get beyond the trendiness of Snowden's music, and appreciate them for the excellent songwriters and musicians that they truly are.

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Boo and Boo Too: Boo and Boo Too

On its most recent EP, Lawrence, KS band relives the messy, noisy glory days of mid-'90s indie-rock.

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Free Kitten: Inherit

After an 11-year hiatus, this noise-rock supergroup has finally made an album that's worth listening to for reasons other than the members' collective pedigree.

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Joan of Arc: Boo! Human

Album number 10 from Tim Kinsella's most prolific and polarizing band is a solid return to form(lessness).

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Ahleuchatistas: The Same and the Other

Politically-charged math-rockers' second album gets a John Zorn-approved reissue; for better or worse, time hasn't softened the music one bit.

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Auburn Lull: Begin Civil Twilight

Michigan group's third album fuses the soothing texture of shoegaze with the deep bass and negative space of dub. It's sonic Calgon: let it take you away!

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What Made Milwaukee Famous: What Doesn't Kill Us

Austin alt-rock upstarts disappoint with a derivative, didactic second album that lacks the strong hooks of their debut.

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New Bloods: The Secret Life

A perfect fit for the Kill Rock Stars label, this Pan-African feminist baroque punk trio shows staggering promise on its debut album.

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Pegasuses-XL: The Antiphon

A grab-bag of ideas that don't ever coalesce into a whole.

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Singer: Unhistories

Chicago post-rock supergroup releases a debut album that sounds like all of their previous bands at once...which isn't necessarily a good thing.

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Evangelista: Hello, Voyager

With the help of her new band Evangelista, sonic nomad Carla Bozulich releases a diverse album that ranks among her best. Fire and brimstone has rarely sounded this good!

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The Weird Weeds: I Miss This

The best experimental rock band in Austin releases its third album, a comparatively streamlined effort that addresses matters of the heart with characteristic terseness and subtlety.

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Various Artists: Box of Dub 2: Dubstep and Future Dub

There's much more to dubstep than just Burial. This compilation is a great entry point into one of electronic music's most interesting subgenres.

Sean Padilla
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Cryptacize: Dig That Treasure

Chris Cohen's new band distinguishes itself from his previous bands (Deerhoof, the Curtains) through sweetness and simplicity.

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Kirsten Ketsjer: Ffffoo K Tsscch

A refreshing burst of unrestrained creativity from a band whose talent exceeds their weirdness.

Sean Padilla
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