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Dawes: We’re All Gonna Die

“The fifth studio album from Dawes, 2016’s cheekily titled We’re All Gonna Die, finds the rootsy Los Angeles outfit pushing its melodic, literate roots rock in an artsier, more sonically experimental direction.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Two Door Cinema Club: Gameshow

“…Gameshow is a dynamic shift away from the buoyantly kinetic guitar-based approach of their first two albums.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Warpaint-Heads Up

“Though the fever-dream beauty of their previous album is missed sometimes, Warpaint sound so excited to be making music on Heads Up that the feeling can’t help but be contagious.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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KT Tunstall: KIN

“…by turning that aesthetic inside out — this is an album about embracing the outside world — she’s every bit as compelling.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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O.A.R.: XX

“A celebration of the veteran alt-rockers’ 20th anniversary as a band, the aptly named XX offers up a career-spanning collection of their biggest hits and most vital live performances.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“Most of the songs exceed the four-minute mark and the lack of an obvious single makes If I Should Go Before You feel even more like a single, lovingly crafted entity.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Mini-Mekons: Jura

“Jura feels more like a playful experiment than a major statement, but the talent and vision of these artists makes this a surprisingly powerful and impressive work, and is a testament to the fact both the Mekons and Robbie Fulks need to record more often.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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We Are Scientists-Helter Seltzer

“While you can certainly pick out some of the influences — a Billy Idol drumbeat here, a Smashing Pumpkins-esque guitar sound there — they are are used in unexpected ways on songs that would sound as good and as catchy if Murray and Cain simply played them on acoustic guitars.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen […]

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Radiohead-A Moon Shaped Pool

“…there’s a melancholic comfort to its ebb and flow, a gentle rocking motion that feels comforting; it’s a tonic to the cloistered, scattered King of Limbs and even the sleek alienation of Kid A.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Beth Orton: Kidsticks

“Kidsticks isn’t the sound of Orton closing her circle but opening it wide. In her restlessness and self-discovery, she looks outward and comes away fresh and renewed as a result.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Goo Goo Dolls-Boxes

“… the pseudo-new age art winds up fitting the album: this is a record that attempts to unfold but remains grounded within its own humble limitations.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Foy Vance: The Wild Swan

“With three albums under his belt, Vance has settled into a nice groove, and on The Wild Swan, he’s pulled off a neat trick. He dons some familiar hats, but never loses himself beneath the brim.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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LIGHTS: Midnight Machines

“Ultimately, Midnight Machines plays less like an acoustic afterthought and more like sincerely crafted work by an artist who has reached a new plateau in her career.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“Behind the soaring voice of singer Conor Mason, Nothing But Thieves pull inspiration from the punchy hard rock of Foo Fighters and the soulful melancholia of Jeff Buckley, creating their own melodic alt-pop style that plays out over these 12 tracks.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Pete Yorn: ArrangingTime

“This tonal elasticity gives ArrangingTime an enveloping warmth, one that is alluring even if it tends to shift concentration away from the songwriting that allegedly was his greatest strength.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Violent Femmes: We Can Do Anything

“Even when things get silly on We Can Do Anything, the silliness blows on by, headed toward a bit of revved-up folk or unexpected introspection, and those twists are what makes the album worth hearing.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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M. Ward: More Rain

“Within Ward’s canon, More Rain may not work overtime to distinguish itself, but like nearly all of his releases, it’s a companionable listen with a lot of craft hidden under its layers.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Blur: The Magic Whip

“There are hooks, there are songs — songs that sink their hooks in slowly and fully, registering in the subconscious without notice — but it’s Blur claiming their status as an art-pop band, favoring texture and mood over wit and flash.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Grizfolk: Waking Up the Giants

“Led by Florida native Adam Roth and Swedish multi-instrumentalists Fredrick Eriksson and Sebastian Fritze, the California-based band’s aesthetic falls somewhere between Lord Huron’s high-desert expanse and the Killers’ jagged glitz.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Grimes: Art Angels

“…Claire Boucher’s fourth album is wilder, more ambitious, and — at least on the surface — more accessible than her breakthrough.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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