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El Perro Del Mar Love Is Not Pop

Sarah Assbring (a.k.a. El Perro Del Mar) takes a break from the baroque Spectorian pop of her first two LPs on Love Is Not Pop, which was produced with assistance from Rasmus Hägg, one half of balearic duo Studio.… Read more »


Neon Indian Psychic Chasms

In the realm of Neon Indian's Psychic Chasms, producer Alan Palomo is the wizard behind the curtain and his own personal Oz has no future, only memories of life and music past.… Read more »

General Elektriks Good City for Dreamers

The sophomore release from General Elektriks (a.k.a. Honeycut/Blackalicious keyboardist Herve Salters’ solo project) is, much like Honeycut, a quirky mix of retro funk and New Wave-y indie rock with some sublimely orchestrated musical moments.… Read more »

Cougar Patriot

Instrumental rock is a hard sell, especially the brand made by Wisconsinites Cougar. The band's music is often chaotic, constantly changing and fiercely ambitious.… Read more »

A Place to Bury Strangers Exploding Head

The press promptly hailed A Place to Bury Strangers as “the loudest band in New York” when the trio released its self-titled debut in 2007—quite a compliment considering the masses of sonic terrorists lining up to play Brooklyn’s DIY venues.… Read more »

WHY? Eskimo Snow

Recorded at the same time as their last album, the boys of WHY? aren't exactly reinventing the wheel here. Luckily for the band (and its fans), Alopecia was a fine record and the WHY? formula doesn't really require a whole lot of tinkering. Yoni Wolf's distinctive speak-singing and penchant for introspective lyrics remains intact, as does the band's talent for ramshackle pop melodies. … Read more »


HEALTH Get Color

If HEALTH's self-titled debut was a warning flare, then consider Get Color an all-out aerial assault. The L.A.… Read more »

Datarock Red

You'd expect Norwegian disco-rock revivalists to warm up the vintage synths and Nu-Romantic croon and deliver a loosely conceptual album about a future where music technology stopped in 1983, right?… Read more »

Esser Braveface

U.K. bedroom-pop wiz Ben Esser is only 23, but he attacks his work with the quality and layered diligence of a much more seasoned musician.… Read more »

Various Artists ZE 30 – ZE Records 1979-2009

When punk, disco, and no wave were considered bankrupt and exiled to the underground, the ZE label was there to pick up the pieces.… Read more »

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