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Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

On her eponymous debut, Natalie Prass sounds like she’s expecting something. Perhaps it’s a change of pace for the Nashville based songwriter, whose album has existed in limbo for the past three years, held hostage by her label Spacebomb as they focused on the release of label head (and chief arranger of Natalie Prass) Mathew […]

Lillie Mae Rische – “Nobody’s”

Yet another single from Third Man Records! According to their website, Lillie Mae Rische is “a complete bad-*ss and an all-around powerhouse of melody”. They’re not wrong. RIYL: The Black Belles, Olivia Jean, Jack White FCC: Clean! PLAY: All!

Guster – Evermotion

Guster’s first new album in four years! Produced by Richard Swift, who’s been the go-to guy for bands such as Foxygen and Stereolab, it’s filled with lush arrangements and introspective lyrics that bring back the early years of high school you thought you’d forgotten by now. RIYL: Ben Folds, O.A.R. FCC: CLEAN PLAY: 5, 9 , 1

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

Mac DeMarco, the easy-going Montreal songwriter who’s the sole inventor of the “jizz-jazz” genre, has returned with a wonderful new LP, the breezy Salad Days. Never has nonchalance sounded so appealing. Though just as airy and carefree as his last record 2, Salad Days is the mark of a tired man who’s newfound success has […]

Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow

From the opening jangle of Cole Alexander’s guitar on “Drive By Buddy” to the closing chords of “Dog Years”, Underneath The Rainbow rips. Hard. If you’re not already familiar with the Atlanta rockers known as the Black Lips, this is your cue. Produced by Patrick Carney, best known as the drummer for The Black Keys, […]

The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits

Brooklyn rockers The Men return with yet another new album of seventies bar rock. Though the record is Tomorrow’s Hits, it should really be called Yesterday’s Hits; none of the songs on this album sound remotely original. When they’re not borrowing from classic rock staples, they’re stealing the horn section from the E Street Band […]

Damaged Bug – Hubba Bubba

John Dwyer, the prolific frontman of San Franciscan garage rock legends Thee Oh Sees, has put together a set of “synthesizer suites” for the 21st century. Drawing heavy inspiration from cult psych-rock acts such as Silver Apples and White Noise, Dwyer assaults all possible senses with a muddy combination of sizzling sine waves and thumping […]

Mozes and the Firstborn – Mozes and the Firstborn

Burger Records knows what’s up. Mozes and the Firstborn, on their first full length for the label, prove that garage pop is alive and well. Tracks like “Bloodsucker” and “I Got Skills” are immediate staples of the genre, perfect for your mid-winter blues. RIYL: Black Lips, The Rolling Stones, The Orwells, Ty Segall PLAY: 2, […]

Juan Wauters – North American Poetry

A longtime member of Brooklyn favorites The Beets, Juan Wauters is no stranger to hooks. On his debut solo record for Captured Tracks, Wauters melancholically croons about his thoughts, his friends, and the nature of human relationships. Though most of the tracks shine the spotlight on Wauters and his finger picking, he is occasionally joined by […]

James Vincent McMorrow – “Post Tropical”

“Post Tropical” is an airy album that is very reminiscent of the catalog of a certain Bon Iver. Folk arrangements with a modern sound, billed as “a collection of sounds and ideas brought to life in rooms where the low frequencies of passing freight trains vibrated in the studio, briefly disturbing the birds in the […]

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra – “F*ck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything”

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra, a band that shares three members with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, have released an electrifying set of dark tunes that attempt to shirk all notions of “post-rock” that they have been previously associated with. The final song is a tribute to Capital STEEZ, a promising rapper who committed suicide in […]

Cut Copy- Free Your Mind

While not as immediately appealing as any of Cut Copy’s previous albums, Free Your Mind is nonetheless a somewhat interesting dance album that shows that they still (are trying to) care. One of the lead singles was pressed in limited quantities this summer at the Pitchfork Music Festival, and another was only available to listen […]

Destroyer – Five Spanish Songs

As a longtime member of The New Pornographers, Dan Bejar has amassed quite an extensive catalogue of songs. As Destroyer, however, Bejar has consistently stepped up his game and continues to push his limits as a singer-songwriter. This time around, supposedly tired with the English language, he has decided to release an EP of songs […]

Ducktails – Wish Hotel

Matt Mondanile, multi-instrumentalist and member of famed indie band Real Estate, has just released a new EP under his Ducktails moniker titled Wish Hotel. Continuing many of the same themes from this year’s The Flower Lane LP, Wish Hotel is a collection of breezy psych-pop gems that are sure to be stuck in your mind for […]

Bill Callahan – Dream River

“The first thing you notice is that Bill Callahan is in no hurry. On “The Sing”, the ballad that opens his warm, weary new album, Dream River, words roll by like cloud formations on a calm day: “Drinking…while sleeping…strangers…unknowingly…keep me company.” And afterwards there’s a pause as the line hovers there, like something hanging above the doorway into […]