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American Authors: What We Live For

“The sophomore set from New York-based American Authors doesn’t stray too far from their debut Oh, What a Life, but they make up for the lack of freshness with scope.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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The Strumbellas: Hope

“Featuring more of the sextet’s festival- and fair-friendly, folk-infused pop, the Strumbellas third long-player, Hope, loads the track list with memorable anthems and stomping rhythms.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“The lyrics, devilishly wedded to their echo-chamber-laden arrangements and sneering Bowie-esque croons, play like coded spells set to music.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“…PersonA finds the group still offering music-festival-friendly fare, but of a nature that’s more jammy than jamboree.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Dr. Dog: The Psychedelic Swamp

“Back in 2001, The Psychedelic Swamp seemed an appropriate name for the debut cassette from psychedelic pranksters Dr. Dog, but some 15 years later the title seems even more fitting given that the band decided to revisit, rework, and re-jigger the entirety of the album to create a brand-new album for 2016.” -Allmusic.com Check our […]

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Of Montreal: Snare Lustrous Dooming

“A must for fans, those who enjoy the group but find their records a bit challenging to get through will want to give this one a spin.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Atlas Genius: Inanimate Objects

“The amiable, penultimate number ‘City We Grow’ tries to get the home fires burning again with its driving back beat and easy pop-punk chorus, but by time the folksy ‘Levitate’ ambles in to seal the deal, there’s so little gas in the tank that the listener can no longer afford to keep the radio on.” […]

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JR JR: JR JR

“Light on ballads, the song mix is much more frolicking than disjointed, all stamped with JR JR’s blend of classic songcraft and contemporary, electronic-infused sound, and choruses that manage not to get too chanty or overcooked while still easy to digest. With all proper attention on the music, the rebranding will also likely go down […]

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Passion Pit: Kindred

“Married after his group’s previous album, Gossamer, having split from prior bandmates, and appearing in a PSA about the importance of his having sought professional help for his bipolar disorder, frontman Michael Angelakos presents a gratitude-imbued, relatively ballad-heavy, but still sparkling third Passion Pit LP in Kindred. In no great shift from the distinctive sound […]

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“Irony abounds in the title of Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, the ninth album by the Scottish collective Belle & Sebastian. It goes unstated that the record was released in an atmosphere not quite synonymous with peace, but the group unquestionably want to dance, spending nearly half of this lengthy record grooving to a […]

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Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: After

“There are plenty of startling moments full of guts and gristle in Lady Lamb’s dense lyrics, and then there are the moments when she wanders. The fingerpicked ‘Sunday Shoes’ stretches out between the shoegaze-inflected ‘Heretic’ and ‘Spat Out Spit’, injecting a weird bubble of space into the album’s flow. The rousing coda on ‘Penny Licks’ […]

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“…with a new kind of focus in their songs and arrangements that makes it clear this album’s sound is a result of creative evolution, not an offering to their newer, larger audience, and it’s a sweet and sour wonder that rewards repeated listening.” -allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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She & Him: Classics

“While the release of another standards album doesn’t always elicit cries of celebration, some artists are perfectly suited to such a task. Taking a romp around their own bailiwick is a breeze for pop classicists like She & Him, who offer up this platter of elegantly conceived cover songs that resembles the very source material […]

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“While much of Springtime Carnivore walks in a Twilight Zone between indie pop and clever appropriations of the past, Morgan does manage to reveal a personality of her own over the course of these 14 tracks, and she comes off as clever, confident, and a sure hand with a tune on this set, while her […]

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Beverly: Careers

“The strength of the songs and the powerful energy with which the duo deliver them help them escape any charges of ripping off the past. Careers isn’t a nostalgia trip, it’s an excellent example of noise pop at its best….Judging from her efforts here, whatever she does next should be worth checking out.” –All Music […]

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PHOX: PHOX

“The eponymous debut album from the Baraboo, Wisconsin-based seven-piece is as unassuming as it is oddly decadent, offering up a heady mix of cosmopolitan, worldbeat-infused, yet still distinctly Midwestern-sounding indie pop and breezy collegiate folk that falls somewhere between Vampire Weekend, Norah Jones, Brazilian Girls, and Sade.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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Sia: 1000 Forms of Fear

“1000 Forms of Fear is an appealing balance of Sia the artiste and Sia the chart-topping songwriter. To say it’s her most accessible album yet doesn’t diminish it or her previous albums; instead, it’s the sound of Furler owning her success.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Lykke Li: I Never Learn

“I Never Learn utilizes the simplest tools of confessional songwriting: uneasily strummed acoustic guitars and resonant piano chords enlarged for texture and dramatic flair, like they’re appearing from behind a just-raised curtain, or from a radio as you sing to yourself….We’re used to breakup albums that assume you just want to crawl into a hole […]

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Arc Iris: Arc Iris

“Arc Iris is the band singer, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Jocie Adams established after leaving the Low Anthem. This self-titled debut album is nearly impossible to categorize. Though this bracing, fresh, nearly seamless meld of cabaret, folk traditions, country, rock, classical, cabaret, and jazz is eclectic and ranging, it’s accessible to listeners of many stripes….Arc […]

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Foster the People: Supermodel

“Supermodel is full of infectious, dance-oriented music that touches upon ’80s-influenced dance-rock… soulful psychedelia… and melodic acoustic rock… in equal measure….[I]f Torches scratched the surface of twenty-something angst, then Supermodel takes that exploration a few steps deeper, revealing a more introspective, enigmatic, world-weary tone.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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