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Royal Headache: High

“Try as you might, you’re not likely to find too many albums in 2015 that rock as hard or bleed as much as High.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“Cage the Elephant are maturing and their songs have a new heft to them, which may drive away some old diehards but will certainly attract new followers.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Dead Weather: Dodge and Burn

“Perhaps the first time the Dead Weather have truly lived up to their promise, Dodge and Burn is a joyride of an album — sexy, fun, and dangerous, it upholds the tenets of rock & roll.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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New Politics: Vikings

“The third full-length album from Denmark’s New Politics, 2015’s Vikings features more of the trio’s infectious emo and dance-oriented pop.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Yo La Tengo: Stuff Like That There

“If Stuff Like That There isn’t as revelatory as Fakebook, it’s a splendid, beguiling album that’s perfectly suited for late nights and rainy afternoons, and a welcome reminder of one of the many, many things Yo La Tengo do so well.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble

“Didn’t He Ramble shows that as a performer and a songwriter, Hansard can create powerful and satisfying work that’s up to the standard he set with the Frames, and this is a step up from 2012’s impressive but uneven Rhythm and Repose.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Of Monsters and Men: Beneath the Skin

“Many of the songs are sturdy, constructed to support these grand ambitions, but these individual pieces are not as consequential as the big, big picture. No, what matters is that gigantic, sparkling rush, a sound that seems destined to fill a vast, empty sky.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Foals: What Went Down

“Ultimately, What Went Down should please fans of Holy Fire, and they may not be the only ones drawn to its gloomy and persistent energy.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Silversun Pickups: Better Nature

“Better Nature suggests Silversun Pickups have an interesting future ahead of them as their sound evolves, and as for Billy Corgan — hey, buck up, buddy, you and the Pickups had a good run for a while.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“On 2012’s Fear Fun, Josh Tillman introduced audiences to Father John Misty, a jaded and erudite, faux-bohemian retro-pop confectioner with a strong surrealist bent and an aptitude for capturing the American zeitgeist via wry couplets concerning the culturally and morally ambiguous wasteland of southern California. That penchant for gutter-highbrow confessionalism still looms large on his […]

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Dengue Fever: The Deepest Lake

“While Dengue Fever could almost have qualified as a novelty act when they first started out (Los Angeles hipsters playing decades-old Cambodian pop tunes? Talk about high concept!), they’ve matured into a richly satisfying band, blending several different cultures and styles into an indie rock melting pot, and 2015’s The Deepest Lake, their sixth studio […]

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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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“Both recordings complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses, with Sunbathing Animal offering furious, often bewildered forays of guitar-heavy punk and Content Nausea focusing on home-recorded detours ranging from free-associating post-punk rants to a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s country go-go classic ‘These Boots.’” -allmusic.com   Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Perfume Genius: Too Bright

“In some ways, Perfume Genius’ intimate, unflinching balladry reached its logical conclusion on Put Your Back N 2 It. On that deceptively gentle collection of songs, Mike Hadreas’ songwriting gained more agency while opening the door to the possibilitieshe explores to the fullest on Too Bright. With the help of Portishead’s Adrian Utley and PJ […]

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The Afghan Whigs: Do to the Beast

“Do to the Beast is an ambitious attempt to re-create the feeling of the Afghan Whigs while retooling their sonic fingerprint; the final product is intelligent and often fascinating, but it doesn’t deliver like the Afghan Whigs do at their best, and ultimately comes off as a brave but somewhat unsatisfying experiment.” -allmusic.com   Check […]

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“‘Haunting’ is an overused adjective, but it still defines Mirel Wagner’s music perfectly. It certainly applied to her self-titled debut, which brought folk and blues back to their eldritch roots with songs that fell somewhere between nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and murder ballads. It’s an even more apt description of her intensely beautiful and unsettling […]

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Mogwai: Rave Tapes

“As impressive as Rave Tapes’ rockers are, the album’s heart lies in subtler tracks like ‘Heard About You Last Night,’ a dreamy prelude that makes the most of the delicacy Mogwai has excelled at since their early days. Similarly, the quietly anthemic ‘Blues Hour’ and vocoder-driven ‘The Lord Is Out of Control’ hark back to […]

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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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The Both: The Both

“While both Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are perfectly capable of making records that are full of brainy, emotionally charged, and melodically rich songs, together they come together in a way that adds up to something greater than their solo work.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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