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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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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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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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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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