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Broken Bells – After the Disco

Broken Bells After Disco

No longer a surprise, oddball collaboration, Broken Bells carry the weight of actual expectations into their second album.

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Reverend Horton Heat – The Rev

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Since 1985, Reverend Horton Heat has lit a fire under fans with a singular—and slightly psychotic—blend of country, surf, punk and rockabilly.

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The Coathangers – Suck My Shirt

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Full of elemental punk and garage rock, Suck My Shirt is the band’s best yet.

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Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans

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On English Oceans, the songwriters fill their songs with evocative tales of dying ambitions, interpersonal discord and suffocating shame.

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Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else

Lydia Loveless Somewhere Else

The different shades of longing and desire that are woven through the songs on Lydia Loveless’ Somewhere Else constitute a whole world of broken dreams.

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Marianne Dissard – The Cat. Not Me

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The musical partnership between Dissard and Mendoza breaks surprising new ground, with a confidence and an urgency to the songs that makes The Cat. Not Me is Dissard’s most vibrant album yet.

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Young the Giant – Mind Over Matter

Young the Giant Mind Over Matter

Young the Giant manage to stretch out creatively while retaining the band’s radio-friendly style.

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together PANGEA – Badillac

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Los Angeles’ together PANGEA comes amid a stellar wave of young, commanding garage-punk bands, and the William Keegan-led trio straddles the line between ferocity and bubblegum as well as any.

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Andrew Collberg – Minds Hits

Andrew Collberg Minds Hits

Andrew Collberg’s songwriting voice has found plenty of comparisons to John Lennon, but on his latest effort, Collberg grows a bit more idiosyncratic, backing away from perfection in favor of songs that sound a little more lived in.

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Nick Lowe – Quality Street

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Nick Lowe’s take on a Christmas album is refreshing and unique, with a shot of personality and an eye for what truly animates the season.

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