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The Handsome Family – Unseen [2016]

The Handsome Family – Unseen [2016]

Ten albums in, the Handsome Family haven’t run out of odd tales or memorable melodies. Unseen continues the duo’s gothic folk and country aesthetic, filling out the sound with some friendly help. We live in a fallen world, and Brett Sparks has devoted his life to documenting

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February 21st, 2017

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Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Alexander Devotion EP [2017]

Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Alexander Devotion EP [2017]

Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ Alexander Devotion is a set of songs with breezy synth-bliss; a swirl of indie pop that is so irresistibly stuck in their 80s groove. A bittersweet dream pop with a sting in the tail. With their Alexander Devotion EP, Letting Up Despite

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February 20th, 2017

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Molly Burch – Please Be Mine [2017]

Molly Burch – Please Be Mine [2017]

Molly Burch’s first album, Please Be Mine, is a throwback – a heavily retro collection of lost loves, smoky vocals, and instrumentals that are deliberately familiar. Released the week of Valentine’s Day 2017, Please Be Mine is a collection of reverb-washed love songs ...

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February 19th, 2017

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Leland Sundries – Music for Outcasts [2016]

Leland Sundries – Music for Outcasts [2016]

Leland Sundries return with more folk rock awesomeness on their new album, Music For Outcasts: the band’s first full-length album. Six years ago, Leland Sundries’ The Apothecary EP came as a smart folk-rock album, well into the country side of alt-country. Now, after ...

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February 16th, 2017

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Helado Negro – Private Energy [2016]

Helado Negro – Private Energy [2016]

Private Energy is the fifth album from Roberto Carlos Lange a.k.a. Helado Negro. Written and produced by Lange, Private Energy is an interpersonal communication of sounds about his surroundings past, present, and future. In fourteen tracks, Private Energy coalesces into a ...

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February 13th, 2017

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Crushed Stars – Displaced Sleepers [2017]

Crushed Stars – Displaced Sleepers [2017]

Displaced Sleepers is the first Crushed Stars album in four years, but Todd Gautreau has been busy in the interim. Since starting out 20 years ago as Tear Ceremony, Todd Gautreau and his Simulacra label have been turning out thinking persons’ chill-out music on a consistent ...

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February 12th, 2017

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The Molochs – America’s Velvet Glory [2017]

The Molochs – America’s Velvet Glory [2017]

The Molochs’ America’s Velvet Glory is a love-letter to guitar rock, though not in the sense that the tracks are packed with searing solos or especially complex fretwork. The album is simply drenched in guitar, from cheery acoustic chords, warbling melodic lines ...

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February 10th, 2017

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Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Myths 002 EP [2017]

Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Myths 002 EP [2017]

Myths 002 is the second release in a series of collaborative EPs spawned from the annual Marfa Myths festival, held in Marfa, Texas in association with nonprofit organization Ballroom Marfa and the Brooklyn-based Mexican Summer label. This volume brings together Ariel Pink ...

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February 9th, 2017

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Miniature Tigers – I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy [2016]

Miniature Tigers – I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy [2016]

Like its titular Western hero, Miniature Tigers’ I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy is unpolished. Frontman Charlie Brand recorded pieces of his band’s fifth album on couches all over the country. When it came time to clean up his ideas for public presentation, he decided to keep ...

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February 8th, 2017

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Vinyl Williams – Brunei [2016]

Vinyl Williams – Brunei [2016]

On “Brunei”, Vinyl Williams brings things into sharper focus. The percussion is much tauter and more regimented, and the krautrock leanings are increasingly noticeable. On his 2015 album Into, Vinyl Williams expanded the scope of his arrangements, added some new ...

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February 3rd, 2017

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Grandaddy – Last Place [2017]

Grandaddy – Last Place [2017]

Grandaddy announce Last Place, their first new album in a decade. Grandaddy reunited way back in 2012, but it wasn’t until last month that they shared their first new music in nearly 11 years. Today, they complete the comeback by announcing their long-awaited follow-up to ...

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January 30th, 2017

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Surfer Blood – Snowdonia [2017]

Surfer Blood – Snowdonia [2017]

On Snowdonia, Surfer Blood’s first album since Fekete’s passing, there’s a clear sense of melancholy and yearning, but there’s also optimism spilling out from the edges. It’s a calmer, more contemplative record than 2013’s Pythons or 2015’s 1000 Palms. Surfer Blood ...

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January 29th, 2017

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Quiet Life – Foggy [2016]

Quiet Life – Foggy [2016]

Quiet Life is a roots-rock band that claims no fixed address. Instead, with brothers Sean (vocals/guitar) and Ryan Spellman (drums/vocals) at its centre, the band travels the country in its vegetable-oil-powered van. In the summer of 2014, Quiet Life landed at Mount Slippery

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January 26th, 2017

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Foxygen – Hang [2017]

Foxygen – Hang [2017]

With Hang, Foxygen have proven their capacity for lavish spectacle, but they’re still at their best when they give themselves the freedom to roam. “What are we good for if we can’t make it?” Sam France wondered on the last Foxygen album, …And Star Power. It was a pertinent ...

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January 25th, 2017

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Tim Cohen – Luck Man [2017]

Tim Cohen – Luck Man [2017]

Tim Cohen’s Luck Man marks the first album in six years under the prolific San Francisco songman’s own name. It’s also his debut on the Sinderlyn label. Like the output of his concurrent bands the Fresh & Onlys and Magic Trick, Cohen’s solo albums have become a ...

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January 23rd, 2017

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Jay Som – Turn Into [2016]

Jay Som – Turn Into [2016]

The San Francisco musician who performs as Jay Som (a moniker meaning “Victory Moon” and pulled from a baby name generator a la Childish Gambino) toured with Mitski and Japanese Breakfast, released a 7” on Fat Possum, opened for Peter Bjorn and John, signed to Polyvinyl, and

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January 22nd, 2017

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