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Category Archive for 'Alt Rock'

Lo-Fang: Blue Film

“Blue Film, Matthew Hemerlein’s intense, intimate debut album as Lo-Fang, was inspired by a mixtape, and the free-flowing blend of sounds on these songs retains some of that feel. Encompassing R&B, synth pop, orchestral, and folk music — sometimes within the same song — Hemerlein loves and excels at striking juxtapositions…. [A]n often unforgettable introduction.” [...]

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Nicole Atkins: Slow Phaser

“Atkins has come a long way since her debut and without the distractions of a major label or a major break-up, she seems to be in the driver’s seat and completely in control of her destiny, delivering her most artistic and confident album to date.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Neneh Cherry: Blank Project

“Compared to Neneh Cherry’s three proper solo albums, the last of which was released in 1996, Blank Project is from another dimension….From front to back, Blank Project is riveting uneasy listening.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“[I]t’s elastic guitar rock constructed partially out of cannabis guitar jams and partially out of punk rock squalls, both sides distinguished by wry melodicism and dexterous wordplay….[I]t feels looser than most of the Jicks records; the compositions are tight but the attitude is ragged, which winds up being more infectious and fun than albums where [...]

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Sam Philips: Push Any Button

“[T]he album is a well-rounded sonic and emotional experience that hits hard and sticks around long after the last note has faded. In other words, Push Any Button is what Sam Phillips fans have come to rely on over her course of her career: a perfectly crafted album that overflows with melodic hooks, musical grace, [...]

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Beck: Morning Phase

“As Morning Phase is a slow, shimmering album deliberately in the vein of classic singer/songwriter LPs, it’s easy to think of it as a pained, confessional sequel to Sea Change, the 2002 record written and recorded in the wake of a painful romantic breakup….[T]he abiding impression left from this album is one of comfort, not [...]

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“Olsen expands in all directions, fully reaching the depth of expression hinted at on her last album while still lingering in the restlessness and searching feelings that make all of her work so captivating….The song’s multi-tracked vocals and pained melody get into different territory than anything else on the record, leaving the door open for [...]

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Habibi: Habibi

“A cursory listen to Brooklyn indie act Habibi’s self-titled debut album would initially seem to suggest a straightforward punk approach to the classic girl group template….Far from naive but also completely lacking any of the jaded calculation of many of their peers, Habibi’s debut offers up a set of songs that swim in strangeness, beauty, [...]

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Phantogram: Voices

“Voices is filled with catchy, emotion-packed songs that will sound great booming out of radio speakers, soundtracking late nights spent alone and wondering, and anytime some really powerful modern pop is needed.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Phosphorescent: Muchacho

“Muchacho has some of Houck’s best songwriting since his early days, seemingly tapped into the grainy pain, hard-living tendencies, and wandering muse of his subconscious, with the most listenable results Phosphorescent has produced in years.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Warpaint: Warpaint

“‘Undertow’ was one of the highlights from Warpaint’s debut album The Fool, and it still describes and defines their sneakily captivating approach and appeal. Their songs circle around themselves like smoke, creating a seductive haze….Expansive and enveloping at the same time, this set of songs puts Warpaint’s past and future in perfect balance — one [...]

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St. Vincent: St. Vincent

“Annie Clark began recording St. Vincent almost immediately after she finished touring in support of Love This Giant, her inspired collaboration with David Byrne. It’s not hard to hear the influence that album had on these songs; Love This Giant’s literal and figurative brassiness gave Clark’s witty yet thoughtful approach more sass without sacrificing any [...]

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Dum Dum Girls: Too True

“Dee Dee and her crew are determined to test the self-set boundaries of their sound, and even if it won’t always work the attempt will always be interesting. If they keep making records this emotionally powerful, hook-filled, and easy to listen to as this, their future is very, very dark and promising.” –All Music Guide [...]

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“For years, the easy point of comparison for Muse and their brand of driving rock was Radiohead, but as the trio has grown, it became clearer and clearer that the sound they were really striving for was something akin to the pure spectacle of Queen….[T]he enormity of their sound is best captured in the live [...]

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“Boogarins were in high school when they recorded their debut, and they spend its duration lightly teasing every record in their collections, reproducing it note-perfect faithfully while tweaking its nose….That they assembled an album that sounds this good while working in their parent’s basements says a lot about their talent. They have good taste in other people’s records, [...]

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Phosphorescent: Muchacho

“Muchacho has some of [Matthew] Houck’s best songwriting since his early days, seemingly tapped into the grainy pain, hard-living tendencies, and wandering muse of his subconscious, with the most listenable results Phosphorescent has produced in years.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Yo La Tengo: Fade

“[F]luidity and cohesion is what drives the songs on Fade to stand stronger as a unified mood, and one that grows more satisfying with repeat listens. By this point, Yo La Tengo have developed not just a style, but a voice of their own so distinct that the deeper the details go determines how strong [...]

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Los Campesinos!: No Blues

“When Los Campesinos! burst onto the indie scene in the late 2000s, they were a rambunctious (more or less) half-male/half-female crew who madly ran through their songs like they were chasing rainbow-puking unicorns. The results, like the song ‘You! Me! Dancing!,’ or the album Hold on Now, Youngster…, were wild, unpredictable, and the best kind [...]

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Dave Hause: Devour

“Former Loved Ones frontman/guitarist Dave Hause drops his second solo set with the help of friends from Frightened Rabbit, My Morning Jacket, and Social Distortion….Devour is fully electric, beautifully played, and driven by often anthemic melodies and dynamics that recall Bruce Springsteen circa The River, but infused with the spirit of 21st century punk.” –All [...]

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Jellyfish: Radio Jellyfish

“Fans fearing that the Jellyfish well has run dry can rest assured that the kind folks at Omnivore have their backs….[T]he label lives up to its promise of releasing music ‘for the fan with an insatiable appetite for everything good’ with the self-explanatory Radio Jellyfish: Live Radio Broadcasts 1993….Live Radio Broadcasts is geared toward hardcore [...]

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