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Hello. The sun is shining and here is the new album by Thee Oh Sees. Genre: garage rock. Enjoy! Thee Oh Sees – DropFiled under: 2014, Rock

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15.04.14

Hello. The stellar new album by Woods was added to Spotify today. Genre: psych-pop/folk-rock. Enjoy! Woods – With Light and with LoveFiled under: 2014, Folk, Pop, Rock

NME review
today

Brooklyn band evoke '60s San Francisco on positive new album

NME review
14.04.14

Belgium troupe tackle indie-Brit melodies with aplomb

NME review
14.04.14

The two trios take charge of half a side each on this collaborative LP

Under The Radar review
11.04.14

Two albums deep with pop outfit Chairlift, Caroline Polachek has become one of pop's go-to girls for upping a song's seductive power. (See her work with Washed Out, Delorean, and...

NME review
today

Chairlift's Caroline Polachek gets personal on her solo debut

The Line of Best Fit review
08.04.14

With David Lynch on board, Chrysta Bell’s debut is a hazy journey with a bright destination (but one that may induce an “are we nearly there yet?” or two).

The Quietus review
08.04.14

The music of Kemper Norton streaks across the ages like a tipsy beach-comber, enthusiastically and expertly skipping across time's tide and handpicking an array of instruments...

NME review
31.03.14

Garret Hobba journeys through illness and recovery on fourth LP

Spotinews recomendation
28.03.14

Hey again. This strange, delicate album by Golden Retriever was recently added to Spotify. Genre: experimental/ambient/electronic. Enjoy! Golden Retriever – SeerFiled under: 2014...

NME review
31.03.14

Portland duo make clarinet and synth tunes fit for Guantanamo Bay

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28.03.14

Good morning. From a recent Spotify update comes the energetic new album by Burnt Ones. Genre: garage/noise pop. Good stuff. Enjoy! Burnt Ones – GiftFiled under: 2014, Pop

The Quietus review
24.03.14

Last year, Glasser's Interiors used architect Rem Koolhaas's Delirious New York as a launch pad for ideas about human relationships and the boundaries of the self. Jon Porras's...

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27.03.14

Hello. Let’s go for a mood change with this impressive new album by Jon Porras. Genre: ambient/drone. Enjoy! Jon Porras – Light DivideFiled under: 2014, Electronic

The Quietus review
20.03.14

Despite bearing the type of name you'd expect a half-arsed garage band to adopt (from a Russ Meyer film, if you were wondering), Motorpsycho have become (over a period of 25 years...

The Line of Best Fit review
12.03.14

The Californian outfit remain under the cloud of Rachel Fannan's exit on this half-baked fourth LP.

The Line of Best Fit review
06.03.14

On what is (incredibly) his first full-length solo release, the Galaxie 500 frontman's shrewd link-up with Jim James pays dividends - eventually

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29.03.14

Hi. Thanks to a reader for reminding me about this stellar new album by Dean Wareham. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! (Note: Next update will be on Monday!) Dean Wareham – Dean...

NME review
17.03.14

Galaxie 500 man goes it alone on his first full-length solo record

Insound review
13.03.14

Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna) follows last year’s EP with his debut solo album. Nine new songs, produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket, recorded at Jim’s house in...

Under The Radar review
11.03.14

Dean Wareham's debut solo recording—last year's majestic mini-album/EP Emancipated Hearts—brought out the softer side in the former frontman of both Galaxie 500 and Luna. Emotive...

Insound review
04.03.14

Ultimate drone-lords Bong have summoned the tones of the elder gods with their epic new genre-defining album, Stoner Rock , their fourth full-length release on Ritual Productions...

NME review
03.03.14

The 44 year wait between albums made worthwhile on cult folk singer's second record

The Quietus review
19.03.14

Parallelograms, Linda Perhacs' much lauded and revived 1970 album, was shaped by a miraculous, synesthetic experience – a sudden light and colour in the sky above LA's Topanga...

Under The Radar review
12.03.14

"A modern folk artist in the purest sense," is how Linda Perhacs was described in High Fidelity's review of her most recent album...44 years ago. More

The Line of Best Fit review
06.03.14

Had this long-awaited follow-up to Perhacs' 1970 debut emerged sooner, few people would have noticed. Fast forward a few decades, and it's faced with a fairly serious weight of...

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04.03.14

Hi. This is her first album in 44(!) years. Enjoy singer-songwriter Linda Perhacs! Linda Perhacs – The Soul of All Natural ThingsFiled under: 2014, Singer-songwriter

Clash review
21.02.14

Windswept forests and stark, barren mountains...

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01.03.14

Hey. The new album by Death Vessel is now available all over Europe and in the US. Genre: folk. Good stuff. Enjoy! (Version for FR, GB and IE here.) Death Vessel – Island...

Insound review
25.02.14

Island Intervals springs from a more recent journey. For his first album since 2008's acclaimed Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us, Joel traveled to Reykjavík on an invitation from...

Insound review
19.02.14

Aan is a fearless experimental pop band from Portland; garnering praise from publication like Stereogum , Noisey , IFC , and Impose ; in addition to touring almost constantly with...

Punk News review
17.02.14

Hiatus time's over and Chrysalis is back at it. I vaguely remembered their stuff but I could recall that their 2006 self-titled had potential. They drifted out of sight, out of...

Insound review
13.02.14

A seamless, cinematic tapestry of beauty, filled to the brim with cacophonous melodies, meditative auditory chants, and hypnotic shambolic rhythms, which could be probably be...

NME review
10.02.14

A mixed bag of organ-powered krautrock and early ’80s dance-punk beats

The Line of Best Fit review
06.02.14

They may be subsidising their debut LP with a lot of previously-heard material, but when it's material as good as this, who gives a flying damn?

NME review
17.02.14

The Kettering revivalists' debut is the full psych package - minus the drugs

Under The Radar review
12.02.14

Dig out your suede jacket and dust off your Beatle boots: Temples and their debut album Sun Structures are dragging the jingly-jangly psychedelic pop sound into 2014, and you need...

Clash review
12.02.14

The sound of ‘60s experimentation smashed stunningly into the present day...

Spotinews recomendation
11.02.14

Howdy folks. The fine debut album by Temples was added to Spotify today (for me). Genre: psychedelic rock. Enjoy! (One review here.) (US version here.) Temples – Sun...

The Quietus review
10.02.14

A first glance at Temples suggest that they are something that's hardly ground-breaking in the grand history of pop music. The quartet's look harks back to a time when you could...

The Line of Best Fit review
06.02.14

Swings with a cocksure attitude that occurs when irrepressible youth aligns with outstanding talent.

NME review
03.02.14

A captivating and nourishing listen from the ex-Emeralds man

The Quietus review
13.02.14

"In the course of time, modern man has taken a rather blasé attitude towards the universe, of which he is so intimately a part. We look out around us at the most extraordinary and...

Under The Radar review
07.02.14

McGuire builds soundscapes with a lighter touch than his previous band. Carving out layers of sound from digital percussion, distant auto-tuned vocals, and washes of synthesized...

Spotinews recomendation
05.02.14

Hello there. From a very recent Spotify update comes the impressive new album by Mark McGuire. Genre: ambient/instrumental rock. Enjoy! Mark McGuire – Along The WayFiled under...

Insound review
28.01.14

As one of the principal songwriters in MMOSS, guitarist Doug Tuttle was integral in honing that band's signature sound of West Coast bummer harmonies wrapped taut around a sinewy...

The Line of Best Fit review
27.01.14

Neo-psych garage rock that shakes everything in its wake.

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14.02.14

Hey again. From last month: the explosive new album by Pontiak. Genre: stoner rock. Enjoy! Pontiak – InnocenceFiled under: 2014, Rock

Under The Radar review
07.02.14

Pontiak, folks. Opener "Innocence" rules, in precisely their nonchalant manner. It opens in mono, or close enough—a classic record-bin, vibrato-and-decibels power riff, exploding...

The Quietus review
31.01.14

If ever you needed an album to blow out the cobwebs then this is it. And if the self-consciously capitalised album title Innocence looks like its shouting, it certainly sounds...

The Line of Best Fit review
15.01.14

Instead of being tucked up inside anxiety, the band's second LP sees them soar in opposing directions.

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22.01.14

Hi. The new album by Warpaint is of course getting a blog post. Genre: psychedelic rock. Enjoy! Warpaint – WarpaintFiled under: 2014, Rock

NME review
20.01.14

The LA band enlist Foals producer Flood and Radiohead mastermind Nigel Godrich for their deeply personal second

Under The Radar review
20.01.14

Listening to Warpaint, it's easy to see how they were a good fit as openers for The xx in 2010. The Los Angeles quartet share a likeminded feel for nuance and the use of space, as...

The Quietus review
16.01.14

Mixing 60s wall-of-sound baroque pop, shoegaze otherworldliness, Sub Pop slackerdom, garage pyschedelia, R&B hookiness and ketamine hip-hop, each Warpaint release to date has been...

Insound review
14.01.14

Blank Realm have veered towards songs in the manner of late period Big Star, Zombies, or the Bunnymen, all refracted through a grimy lens. Constraining the psychedelic wanderings...

Spotinews recomendation
14.01.14

Hi. The fine new album by Blank Realm is a very recent addition to the Spotify library. Genre: rock. Enjoy! Blank Realm – Grassed InnFiled under: 2014, Rock

Insound review
11.01.14

Various live tracks assembled circa 1973-1987. As news of the new rock music made it to Japan from the UK and the USA, mostly via rock magazines and music papers, with most LPs...

NME review
16.12.13

'Supernatural' is a slice of skittering bedroom-pop that veers from remorse to defiance