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The Octopus Project – Hexadecagon

The Octopus Project – Hexadecagon

Experimental, instrumental Austin quartet The Octopus Project pulls off an impressive feat of symphonic cohesion on its fourth album, the refreshingly unique Hexadecagon. Originally a panoramic performance art piece for SXSW (featuring eight-channel surround sound and eight video screens — hence the sixteen-sided geometrical name), Hexadecagon was rearranged and recorded for release, with the band […]

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Bad Religion – The Dissent of Man

Bad Religion – The Dissent of Man

After fourteen albums that blistered eardrums with remarkable consistency, Bad Religion isn’t keen on throwing curveballs. Thus, its new release, The Dissent of Man, mostly sticks to the formula that has always worked: furious, pummeling punk rock that seamlessly blends the visceral and the intellectual. The Dissent of Man is (another) album about how and […]

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The National’s Anthem

The National’s Anthem

Brooklyn band The National broke through, at least to the rock snob crowd, with 2003’s Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. Alligator, released in 2005, and Boxer owned critics’ year-end lists, capturing bigger crowds along the way and slots playing major US and European music festivals. Anticipation for Boxer‘s follow-up was dialed high, both externally and […]

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Massive Attack – Heligoland

Massive Attack – Heligoland

While it won’t duplicate the success of Mezzanine or Protection, Heligoland duplicates enough of the sound and spirit of those classics to deliver an hour’s worth of trippy nostalgia.

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Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks

The boldness to go big, in sound and lyrics, elevates Frightened Rabbit beyond all but a few of its contemporaries.

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The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night

The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night

The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night is big and bold, in spirit and execution, a record that takes apocalyptic doom as a dance partner and manages to spin in some moments of beauty.

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All in the Guthrie family

All in the Guthrie family

The Guthries describe this tour and the family’s music in general as a journey of getting to know themselves, each other, their families, and finding personal connections with Woody in those songs that seem destined to live forever.

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Miles Kurosky – The Desert of Shallow Effects

Miles Kurosky – The Desert of Shallow Effects

The Desert of Shallow Effects is an exciting and complex record, but it’s worth remembering that for all the melodic hooks he can bring, Kurosky remains an oddball and an acquired taste.

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Beach House – Teen Dream

Beach House – Teen Dream

Teen Dream has a graceful tranquility, and having achieved that sort of balance, Beach House sounds careful not to disrupt the band’s core essence.

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Fanfarlo – Finding Pop in the Darkness

Fanfarlo – Finding Pop in the Darkness

Relying on mostly acoustic instruments, Fanfarlo nevertheless plays and records with a distinct sense of grandeur, building a rich and orchestral sound.

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