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Starfucker Jupiter

On their self-titled 2008 debut, this unfortunately named Portland band made a splash with their bouncy, rough-around-the-edges synth pop.… Read more »

Crocodiles Summer of Hate

Crocodiles could be lumped in with the rest of the lo-fi garage-rock acts currently making the blog rounds (Vivian Girls, Wavves, etc.), but none of those bands has written anything quite as infectious as “I Want to Kill,” a reverb-drenched pop g… Read more »

Maximo Park Quicken the Heart

When this U.K. neo-post-punk band burst onto the scene with 2005’s A Certain Trigger, the band’s workmanlike spirit—not to mention its Fall- and Wire-esque songwriting—was quickly embraced on both sides of the Atlantic.… Read more »

Ape School Ape School

"I thought I knew what I was doing/So I did what I did/Forgive my children," Ape Schoolmaster Michael Johnson croons on the bleary-eyed number, "Did What I Did." It's quite entertaining to hear him not know what exactly he's doing on his debut indie-… Read more »

Au Revoir Simone Still Night, Still Light

2007’s The Bird of Music secured Heather D’Angelo, Erika Forster, and Annie Hart a solid place among the indie-pop elite, so the obvious question when listening to Still Night is whether or not the Brooklyn-based trio has further explored its sig… Read more »

Shout Out Out Out Out Reintegration Time

There are few bands that can accurately be described as triumphant, and Shout Out Out Out Out is one of them.… Read more »

Pick

Mika Miko We Be Xuxa

If Mika Miko wanted to make the perfect SoCal punk album, they just might have succeeded with We Be Xuxa. Combining the anthemic spirit of L.A.… Read more »

Double Dagger More

Double Dagger has been rocking the Baltimore DIY circuit with its bass-and-drums assault for years, but this is the closest the punk trio has come to capturing the raucous energy of its live show on record.… Read more »

Men Without Pants Naturally

There once was a time when the unveiling of a new Dan the Automator project promised high-quality beatmaking and interesting genre cross-pollination. Remember Doctor Octagon? Deltron 3030?… Read more »

Pterodactyl Worldwild

It’s a safe bet that Pterodactyl slays in the warehouse circuit. Where you’re crammed into a random hole-in-the-wall locale, spastic bands powered by angular guitars, chugging rhythms, chirping vocals, and DIY spirit make a whole lot of sense.… Read more »

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