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Allah-Las – Calico Review [2016]

Allah-Las – Calico Review [2016]

After two albums of desert-parched, reverb-caked garage rock revivalism, it might seem like the Allah- Las were due for some kind of drastic change. Apart from jumping from one cool record label (Innovative Leisure) to another (Mexican Summer), the four guys in the band have

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October 22nd, 2016

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Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven [2016]

Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven [2016]

On their third LP, Down in Heaven, Twin Peaks hang on to their rough-and-raw disposition while drawing sonic inspiration from favorite albums of 1968, including, per press materials, works by the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Beatles. Bolstered throughout the album by ...

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October 21st, 2016

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TW Walsh – Fruitless Research [2016]

TW Walsh – Fruitless Research [2016]

Veteran singer/songwriter and engineer T.W. Walsh has been using drum machines in his solo work since his 1999 debut How We Spend Our Days, but his songs have always maintained a sparse, rootsy feel to them. On his 2016 full-length Fruitless Research, his second recording ...

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October 20th, 2016

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Teleman – Brilliant Sanity [2016]

Teleman – Brilliant Sanity [2016]

2014 saw the return of Reading’s Pete and The Pirates, albeit in a different guise, this time under the moniker of Teleman, a name taken from an 18th century German composer. The Bernard Butler produced debut album, Breakfast, was a solid first step filled with infectious ...

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October 19th, 2016

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Hoops – Hoops EP [2016]

Hoops – Hoops EP [2016]

Hoops is the self-titled label debut of the Bloomington, Indiana band who created buzz with a quick series of lo-fi cassette EPs after they made their way onto the Internet. With a loose and hazy sound that combines dream pop and livelier, melodic jangle pop, the group hit ...

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October 18th, 2016

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Teenage Fanclub – Here [2016]

Teenage Fanclub – Here [2016]

Like a single-word mantra, Teenage Fanclub’s tenth studio album, 2016’s Here, is a ruminative, inward-looking album of folk-inflected beauty. Once the ’90s poster children for grungy sweet, ’70s-style rock melodicism, the Scottish outfit centered on singer/songwriters Norman

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October 17th, 2016

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ISAN – Glass Bird Movement [2016]

ISAN – Glass Bird Movement [2016]

On their first album in six years, ISAN once more weave together electronic soundscapes, delicate rhythms and the occasional odd sound into a pulsating, ever-morphing whole. Glass Bird Movement is Antony Ryan and Robin Saville’s eighth studio album since they have started ...

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October 16th, 2016

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The Monochrome Set – Cosmonaut [2016]

The Monochrome Set – Cosmonaut [2016]

For a band that got its start in the late ’70s, The Monochrome Set sound remarkably sprightly on their 2016 album, Cosmonaut. It’s their fourth album since main Monochrome man Bid re-formed the band in 2010, and it’s also their best since then. With Bid taking over the ...

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October 15th, 2016

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El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro [2016]

El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro [2016]

While taking a break from music to focus on life stuff, El Perro del Mar‘s Sarah Assbring was feeling disconnected from music until she visited a musical instrument museum in Stockholm and was transfixed by the variety of sounds from all different cultures. She was able to ...

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October 14th, 2016

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Still Corners – Dead Blue [2016]

Still Corners – Dead Blue [2016]

The follow up, 2013’s Strange Pleasures, had them replace the monochrome murk with glorious technicolour, Tessa Murray’s vocals remaining a non-committal sigh but given the space to breathe alongside the music of Greg Hughes, be it the heartbreak disco beats, the stolen ...

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October 13th, 2016

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Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like a Levee [2016]

Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like a Levee [2016]

On 2014’s Lateness of Dancers, M.C. Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger embraced a more blues- and gospel-oriented sound without leaving behind their trademark folk-inspired Americana. Heart Like a Levee is another step forward; its roots come from the soul, funky R&B, and ...

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October 12th, 2016

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Blonde Redhead – Masculin Feminin [2016]

Blonde Redhead – Masculin Feminin [2016]

Before they made intricate, transporting pop for labels like 4AD, Blonde Redhead took inspiration from ’70s no wave and released singles and albums on Smells Like Records, the label of Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. This connection between the bands led some to call ...

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October 11th, 2016

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Esmé Patterson – We Were Wild [2016]

Esmé Patterson – We Were Wild [2016]

After unraveling popular stories in song and telling them from a refreshed perspective in 2015’s defiant Woman to Woman, Esmé Patterson is already back at it again barely a year later with We Were Wild. The differences between it and the previous year’s concept album are ...

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October 10th, 2016

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Cantina – A Sea of Keys [2016]

Cantina – A Sea of Keys [2016]

That dream factory of surrealistic, experimental indie-pop known as the Elephant 6 Collective never really closed its doors for good. As drummer for the Apples in Stereo since 2006, John Dufilho – also the driving force behind indie-rock darlings the Deathray Davies – likely

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October 9th, 2016

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Look Park – Look Park [2016]

Look Park – Look Park [2016]

Look Park is a solo debut of sorts for Fountains of Wayne lead singer and co-songwriter Chris Collingwood, his first project outside of the seasoned power pop group. The musician has spurned the solo label, however, insisting that Look Park is “band music,” and he is joined ...

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October 8th, 2016

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Luke Haines – Smash The System [2016]

Luke Haines – Smash The System [2016]

Luke Haines has dedicated the recent part of his career to a string of concept albums, but he’s now announced his first non-concept record in a long, long time: Smash the System. The album comes out on Cherry Red on CD, vinyl and download on October 7, and you can ...

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October 7th, 2016

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