Alex G.: DSU

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There’s a lot of respect in the do it yourself ethos and Alex G. is very deserving of that respect.

Jessie Ware: Tough Love

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Soulful and catchy.

The Equity and Social Justice Quartet: The Whisper of Flowers

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This album will truly force you to reconsider the traditional motif of quartets.

Walter TV: Appetite

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This album has character, an atmosphere, and Mac DeMarco

Foxygen: …And Star Power

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An experience that should be shared.

Iceage: Plowing Into the Field of Love

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Plowing is not just some of the best punk; it is very well one of the best albums of 2014.

Generationals: Alix

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Alix finds the duo with another batch of these sheeny shiny electropop tunes.

Kimbra: The Golden Echo

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New Zealand pop singer Kimbra will never rise above the multi-platinum success and Grammy Award for her feature on Gotye’s 2011 “Somebody That I Used To Know.” On her 2nd LP, The Golden Echo, she continues the same style of indie pop from what we’ve seen in her last album, bright pop synths and catchy hooks. Unfortunately, she never reaches the levels of anything as catchy or exciting as on  her feature. Some tracks aren’t as tasteful or groovy and end up as uninspired noise. The opener of this LP, “Teen Heat,” has an explosive and energetic synth chorus but aside from that most of this track falls flat. This leads into the next track, “90s…

King Tuff: Black Moon Spell

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Black Moon Spell is the latest offering from bedroom garagepop wunderkind Kyle Thomas. This album finds Thomas running wild with the 70s glam sound found on his earlier albums. Fuzzed out and poptacular, Black Moon Spell bops along from tune to tune with catchy choruses and pop hooks jammed into anywhere that’ll fit. Much like Thomas’s last two albums, Black never takes itself too seriously and approaches its glam idols with irreverence. He likes to toe the line of imitation closely, as the vocal similarity to Marc Bolan gets pretty uncanny at times, and some of those guitar riffs could be copy/pasted right off Mott The Hoople or Ziggy Stardust. I think a bit is…

Mr Twin Sister: Mr Twin Sister

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Triumph over trial.