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Getting glitchy with Mindless Self Indulgence

Horror business
I once thought all music that wasn't performed by three-to-five angry dudes with guitars and a drum kit was stupid.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 28, 2012
Random Axe; Random Axe

Random Axe | Random Axe

Duck Down (2011)
It's no wonder that it takes a 10-ton Uzi to get rap fans psyched about posse cuts these days.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 12, 2011
Ernest Greene

Washed Out | Within and Without

Sub Pop (2011)
Two summers ago, a number of glo-fi buzz bands surfed trendy chillwaves around the blogosphere, reaching mild popularity amongst fans of subtle, retro dance beats and laid-back vibes.
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 13, 2011
'Sun & Shade' from Woods

Woods | Sun & Shade

Woodsist (2011)
As with previous Woods records the instantly entrancing element is Earl's Neil Young–inspired falsetto, wrapped in swirls of gauzy tape hiss.
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 09, 2011
'Black Up' by Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces | Black Up

Sub Pop (2011)
The musical reincarnation of Ishmael Butler, the elusive Seattle rapper who makes up one-third of the semi-popular '90s jazz-rap act Digable Planets under the name Butterfly, is a lot to unpack.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 09, 2011
Jessica 6 - 'See the Light'

Jessica 6 | See the Light

Peacefrog (2011)
There is an odd paradox in the modern Western way of appreciating music-as-art: musical pieces that get enshrined on top of the pillar of "art" tend to be those with little-to-no practical utility. Thus, no genre is treated quite as disposably as dance music, even though much of society's fringe movers reside there.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 09, 2011
'Revelator' the new album by Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band | Revelator

Sony Masterworks (2011)
If you like your summer soundtrack replete with the familial, genre-stir-fried Good Life incarnate, then this CD is right in your friggin' wheelhouse.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  June 09, 2011
'Past Life Martyred Saints' album from EMA

EMA | Past Life Martyred Saints

Souterrain Transmissions (2011)
This hasn't been a bad year for music, but there haven't been a lot of songs that hit in such a way that there's a physical need to hear them again — immediately. But Past Life Martyred Saints, the solo debut from former Gowns frontlady Erika M. Andersen, conveniently shortened to EMA and pronounced in acronym-form, does have such a song.
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 09, 2011
'D' by White Denim

White Denim | D

Downtown Records (2011)
White Denim's D just won't be ignored. The Austin quartet's fourth studio LP is an album so dense, so unstoppably kinetic, that the flurry of movement makes background listening impossible.
By REYAN ALI  |  June 07, 2011
Friendly Fires drop 'Pala'

Friendly Fires | Pala

XL (2011)
For a densely layered, expertly produced dance-rock album, this second full-length from British three-piece Friendly Fires is perplexingly bland.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 07, 2011

Cold Cave | Cherish the Light Years

Matador (2011)
The '80s have been dead for a while, but the decade's goth-rock/post-punk/synth-pop sounds still maintain cultural prestige.
By REYAN ALI  |  March 23, 2011

The Rural Alberta Advantage | Departing

Saddle Creek (2011)
On their debut, Hometowns, Toronto's Rural Alberta Advantage sounded like a band in search of an identity. It was a bit of a mess, but there were moments when they seemed to be onto something. So surely the improved focus on Departing must be to their benefit, no?
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 23, 2011

The Mountain Goats | All Eternals Deck

Merge (2011)
The Mountain Goats' 13th studio album is an artfully simple collection featuring narrative-rich lyrics, John Darnielle's flinty, clear vocals, and jangly, driven, acoustic guitars.
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  March 23, 2011

Withered Hand | Good News

Absolutely Kosher (2011)
Good News is the sound of a gifted writer declaring his humanity in all its filthy, fucked-up glory.
By NICK A. ZAINO III  |  March 17, 2011

The World/Inferno Friendship Society | The Anarchy and the Ecstasy

Chunksaah Records (2011)
Jack Terricloth once likened playing in a band to being married and having a full-time job. Hence, his World/Inferno Friendship Society fashion themselves a kooky circus punk co-op, not a band.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 17, 2011

The Death Set | Michel Poiccard

Counter (2011)
Michel Poiccard insists on having it all.
By REYAN ALI  |  March 17, 2011

New York Dolls | Dancing Backwards in High Heels

429 (2011)
The new New York Dolls have now been around longer - and released more albums (three) - than the old New York Dolls, and they're commemorating that new longevity by letting go of any compulsion they may have still harbored to honor their designation as "punk-rock progenitors."
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 17, 2011

Mogwai | Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will

Sub Pop (2011)
There's a fine line in the post-punk instrumental world between mind-blowing musical ecstasy and, uh, whatever is playing underneath the guy who says, "Well, there's an app for that."
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 17, 2011

Lifeguards | Waving at the Astronauts

Ernest Jenning Record Co. (2011)
Hey, it's another Robert Pollard record. Today must be a day. We can't even joke about how prolific this guy is because we've heard 'em all a million billion times already.
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  March 09, 2011

Burzum | Fallen

Byelobog Productions (2011)
Illegible as they are ubiquitous (anywhere a patch meets denim or a bored headbanger's head meets a study-hall desk), metal logos are the ultimate example of form over function.
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  March 09, 2011

Rihanna | Loud

Def Jam (2010)
Let's be honest here: the average human doesn't care about RiRi's need to express her artistic personality through music and would be more psyched if it were just 11 versions of "Don't Stop the Music."
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 09, 2010

Suuns | Zeroes QC

Secretly Canadian (2010)
Secretly Canadian (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  October 12, 2010

Old 97's | The Grand Theatre

New West (2010)
When Old 97's are on — which they are most of the time on their eighth studio album — they're very, very on.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 12, 2010

Belle and Sebastian | Write About Love

Matador (2010)
As the obviousness of Write About Love 's title implies (it could have been called Play and Sing! ), Belle & Sebastian are looking to get back to basics with their first album since 2005's tremendous The Life Pursuit .
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 12, 2010

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