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Golden Grrrls: Golden Grrrls

Remember how the internet was supposed to make albums extinct? Around the turn of the century, serious-minded pop scholars were telling us that listeners would stop caring about compendiums of songs with pre-designed tracklists and conceptual underpinnings. Show More Summary

Deathfix: Deathfix

Brendan Canty played drums in Fugazi; Rich Morel's a singer-songwriter with a side-hustle remixing Nelly Furtado songs for the club. The two met when they both joined Bob Mould's touring band (Morel and the ex- Hüsker host a monthly DJ night in D.C.). Show More Summary

Pete Swanson: Punk Authority EP

The general trajectory of Pete Swanson's solo recordings is one of increased corrosion, where each new record he puts out bears a sound that atrophies a little more than the last. If you take in a few plot points-- say, 2011's Man with...Show More Summary

Planningtorock: Misogyny Drop Dead EP

Having already released a track called "Patriarchy Over and Out", which matched its manifesto to a cracking beat arguably even more striking than the lyric, the only way Janine Rostron could go for an International Women's Day single was up. Show More Summary

The Men: New Moon

It's the first law of indie-rock: Every grungy, guitar-powered act-- from Dinosaur Jr. to Titus Andronicus-- eventually goes a little Crazy Horse, gradually easing their squalling sludgefeasts into a classic-rock comfort zone. I just didn't expect it to happen so soon for the Men. Show More Summary

Mazes: Ores & Minerals

A few years ago, a micro-scene started brewing in the UK, centered on a loose collection of friendly, lo-fi-leaning rock bands. This cohort was best represented on the 2010 compilation PVI0006/IBB004, jointly released by artist-run labels Paradise Vendors and Italian Beach Babes. Show More Summary

Kate Nash: Girl Talk

At 25, English singer-songwriter Kate Nash is still figuring out what she likes musically and, most of all, who she is. She’s doing what most artists who became famous at a young age eventually do, which is to say that she’s rebelling against what made her famous. Show More Summary

Art Department: Social Experiment 003

"What do you think about at night?" the anonymous narrator of John Tejada's electro-house anthem "Sweat (on the Walls)" asked dancefloors eight or so years ago. She already seemed to know the answer: House, with its sensuous rhythmic...Show More Summary

Mister Lies: Mowgli

At a glance, there doesn't appear to be anything terribly original about Chicago's Mister Lies. Surfacing in 2012, the project followed just about every unwritten rule in the up-and-coming, home-schooled electronic producer playbook....Show More Summary

Waxahatchee: Cerulean Salt

Last year's American Weekend, Katie Crutchfield's piercing debut as Waxahatchee, got passed around like a secret. On the surface, it was a modest record-- 11 lo-fi acoustic songs written and recorded in the span of a week while snowed in at her parents' neighborless Alabama home near the body of water from which the project takes its name. Show More Summary

Defeated Sanity: Passages Into Deformity

German death metal quartet Defeated Sanity have not strayed from their formula on their fourth album, Passages Into Deformity. They're still a hybrid of early Cryptopsy's blinding technicality and Suffocation's NYHC-esque breakdowns-- "slam parts," to those in the know. Show More Summary

Suuns: Images Du Futur

As much as listeners strive to seek out and reward bands that are truly original, there's a sense that complaining about derivative music is an ultimately futile affair, on par with doing the same about traffic, exorbitant athlete salaries,...Show More Summary

Antwon: In Dark Denim

A little background on Antwon: the San Jose rapper reps thrash and Biohazard as the music of his youth, while his clips for "Helicopter" and "Living Every Dream" are rife with 90s-baby cinematography that suggests an equal amount ofShow More Summary

Bilal: A Love Surreal

A Love Surreal is only the third studio album Bilal has managed in 12 years, a remarkable fact that testifies to a career marked primarily by speed bumps and absences.These days, he's known more as a guest or hire session gun than aShow More Summary

How to destroy angels_: Welcome Oblivion

Trent Reznor excels at getting attention: A quarter-century into his career and just shy of the age of 50, he's maintained large public interest not only through the merits of a consistently risky catalog but also by couching his music in creative circumstances that the cynical might describe as stunts. Show More Summary

Karen Gwyer: Needs Continuum

London-based Midwesterner and electronic music artist Karen Gwyer deals in abridged thoughts, often setting ideas in motion with barely any sense of form brought in to shape them. The intrinsic openness of her work differs rather strongly...Show More Summary

Javelin: Hi Beams

In the handful of years that they've been making music together as Javelin, pop collagists (and real life cousins) George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk have never been afraid to push their luck. With their irreverently fun, homemade 2009...Show More Summary

Josh Ritter: The Beast in Its Tracks

Josh Ritter is a big picture kind of songwriter. Eschewing the confessional approach along with overtly personal lyrics, his last two albums were less about himself and more about all of America all at once, as though Ritter were reconstructing John Banvard's panoramic trip down the Mississippi. Show More Summary

Shlohmo: Laid Out EP

Shlohmo (real name is Henry Laufer) is the flagship artist of Friends of Friends, a label whose artists are making it more and more difficult to distinguish between genres. The producers in FoF’s stable draw on every musical ingredient available to them; they source samples and influences from any decade, genre, or style that they’re interested in. Show More Summary

Rhye: Woman

Rhye's short history is marked by a serendipity and mystery. A couple of years ago, after being tapped by Braun’s Copenhagen-based electronic group Quadron, producer/vocalist Mike Milosh flew to Denmark to work with the group and they hit it off. Show More Summary

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