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The Pipettes: Earth Vs. the Pipettes

Having shed Spectorian pop nostalgia for an altogether more '80s synth-pop approach, the Pipettes struggle to find a unique voice without any of their original female members remaining.

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Menomena: Mines

Portland's finest purveyors of spastic, ADD-fueled indie rock return with an album that's nearly as good as its predecessor.

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Barsuk/City Slang

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Stuff to Live For: The Mighty Return of Annie Hardy and Giant Drag

Lead singer and songwriter Annie Hardy weighs in on Giant Drag's return, and how battling the corporate ogre, along with an extended break, has made her stronger and shaped her songs for the better.

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Caspian: The Four Trees / You Are the Conductor EP

Naysayer journalists and irony-obsessed hipsters may be quick to declare the post-rock genre dead and buried, but they probably haven't heard The Four Trees.

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Fortuna POP!

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Woods: At Echo Lake

Brookyln's Woods have proven themselves to be lightyears ahead of their compatriots on this riveting indie-folk collection.

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The Radio Dept.: Clinging to a Scheme

The media hyperbole of perceived 'shoegaze influence' has haunted these Swedish dream-poppers for far too long. Now they respond with a near-perfect album of blissed-out indie-rock, and shed the misconceptions for good.

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Ocean Colour Scene: Saturday

After 20 years of solid and dependable releases, Birmingham's Ocean Colour Scene have survived the Britpop era with flair, and pack their latest disc with good-time party jams that are guaranteed to keep you moving.

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Juliana Hatfield: Peace & Love

Juliana Hatfield remains deep in mourning for the days of Crystal Pepsi and Pogs, but can't seem to say anything very intellectual about it here.

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Ye Olde Records

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Quasi: American Gong

Quasi are content to pump out slight, mildly engaging Northwest indie pop with some admittedly thrilling harmonies.

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Domino (Europe)

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