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Apricot Rail: Quarrels

After a four-year absence, Apricot Rail have returned with Quarrels, a satisfying second effort.

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Escondido: The Ghost of Escondido

A gorgeous record full of underpinnings that are quintessentially Nashville that nonetheless just barely misses a certain mark.

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Preston Lovinggood: Sun Songs

Sun Songs is a record that invites you to cast aside expectations and live in the moment. It's also just a few hairs shy of absolute brilliance.

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: 1 April 2013 - Chicago

April Fool's Day 2013 in Chicago didn't belong to practical jokes; it belonged to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

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Beat Mark: Howls of Joy

Howls of Joy is celebratory in tone but there's a dark undercurrent that suggests an awareness of tough times both behind and ahead.

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Harper Simon: Division Street

The man who produced Elliott Smith behind the boards, a bevvy of guest musicians ranging from Bright Eyes' Nate Walcott to the Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture and a determined songwriter combine for one hell of a sophomore effort.

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Hot Water Music: Live in Chicago

Live in Chicago will satiate fans' appetite for a defining live Hot Water Music release, but it isn't likely to make converts out of the non-believers.

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Triple Hex: E.P.

Triple Hex's E.P. is an enjoyable and immediate short-player; a short blast of dark primal minimalist punk.

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Bill Mallonee: The Power & the Glory

The Power & the Glory positively radiates a classic American vibe.

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Erin Costelo: We Can Get Over

Erin Costelo's most recent full-length, We Can Get Over, has its moments but ultimately feels a little stale.

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Rupa & the April Fishes: Build

Rupa & the April Fishes' most recent full-length never manages to live up to the promise of its title track.

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Alek Fin: Mull

Mull is a delicately rendered EP that perfectly marries a grounded sense of history with the vastness of future possibility.

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Tusks: Total Entertainment

Total Entertainment creates a world that's not without shortcomings but feels very lived-in nonetheless.

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Slam Dunk: Welcome to Miami

On Welcome to Miami, Slam Dunk continue to release high-energy garage pop stompers.

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Half Film: East of Monument / Road to the Crater

Half Film's first two LP's are rescued and given a proper re-release treatment. A necessary item for any self-respecting record collector.

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Brian Whelan: Decider

Decider is a gem of Americana-infused powerpop.

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Simon Spire: Four-Letter Words

Simon Spire is barely a few years into a career that, based on the strength of Four-Letter Words, looks to be very promising.

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Emanuel and the Fear: The Janus Mirror

The Janus Mirror is aggressive, forward thinking and imperfect. We need more of its kind.

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Thigh High

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