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Yellow Ostrich – Cosmo

Knowing nothing about Yellow Ostrich going before diving into this album, Yellow Ostrich has made a fan of me. The first thing that comes to mind upon listening to this album is Radiohead. The instrumentation bears a stronger resemblance to the iconic British band than that of the vocals. The looping guitar hooks are mixed with gradual builds and fills, preventing boredom in the lister. One of my favorite tracks is “My Moons” (#4). Gentle synths paired with the harsh jarring of artificial drum beats creates an interesting texture. The moments of dissonance in the harmony line are intentional and attention grabbing. So listen! Of course the theme of space/moons/stars/sky is heavy in all the…

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Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

“Give the People What They Want”

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Pretty Little Empire- Pretty Little Empire

Best part: They’re Midwesterners

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Reputante—Oceanside

For when you need some synth-y 80s-esqu instrumental 

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Billie Joe Armstrong +Norah Jones- Foreverly

Unexpected pairing and unexpected tunes

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DJ Rashad-Double Cup (Hyperdub 2013)

Emphasizing melody & rhythm 

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London Grammar- If You Wait

Ethereal vocals tackle Kavinsky

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M.I.A. – Matangi (2013)

Living up to expectations

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Less Than Jake- See the Light

And now, back to ska

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Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Far From A Weak Link

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KRAAK SMAAK- Chrome Waves

Straight from the Netherlands

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Son Lux – Lanterns (2013)

Technically chaotic

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Son Of Stan – Divorce Pop

Richardson’s remarkable vocals

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Yuna-Nocturnal

Straight from Malaysia 

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The Dead Girls-Fade In Fade Out

Local band brings the power

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Paul McCartney

The “New” album from Paul McCartney

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Noah and the Whale—Heart of Nowhere

New album is polar opposite of predecessors

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of Montreal- Lousy With Sylviabriar

Barnes reminiscent of Bowie

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RJD2-More Is Than Isn’t

Catchy and Creative Club Hits

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Night Beats-Sonic Bloom

Psychedelic Rock is back

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King Khan & the Shrines – Idle No More

The latest offering from King Khan channels the spirit of the Beatles

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Moon Taxi – Mountains Beaches Cities

Solid release from indie veterans

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Grooms – Infinity Caller

Miss the sounds of Sonic Youth? Grooms are here to fill the void

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Psychic Heat – Lighter and Brighter EP

Lawrence natives tear it up on debut EP

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Minus the Bear – Acoustics II

Minus the Bear are back with new acoustic versions of old favorites

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Volcano Choir – Repave

Justin Vernon is back with his side project Volcano Choir