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KINGS OF LEON: MECHANICAL BULL

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The band goes back to basics with Mechanical Bull, focusing specifically on what they do best: gritty vocals and jagged guitar riffs. Continue reading

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MAN MAN: ON ONI POND

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This is Man Man sans some polyrhythms, but otherwise just the way we love them: dark, soulful, and simultaneously irreverent and urgently serious. Continue reading

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CLOUD CONTROL: DREAM CAVE

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It’s kind of like if Pixies and MGMT had a baby that was fed a steady diet of relaxing herbal teas. Continue reading

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OKKERVIL RIVER: THE SILVER GYMNASIUM

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From cheerfully bouncy to spitting feedback to whispering the most intimate memories, The Silver Gymnasium proves to be a treat for veteran fans and newcomers alike. Continue reading

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DIANA: PERPETUAL SURRENDER

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It’s not every day you come across a band that can successfully combine indie-pop synthesizers with jazz-style saxophone solos. Continue reading

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TRESPASSER: BEDSIDE MANNER

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Eight solid, in-your-face numbers that are just what you need to help vent your latest fury about chicks, dudes, and even smartphones. Continue reading