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The Suburbs

Arcade Fire
MERGE

Over time, hype machines leak oil and lock up. On Arcade Fire’s third, you’ll decide whether you like this band forever, or were drunk on superlatives.

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Hail The Goer

We Are Hex
ROARING COLONEL

The Hex Haus, where they conceived this monster, isn’t pretty, and neither is this. Eight unchained howler anthems for lovers of P.J.

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Secret Colours

Secret Colours
SELF-RELEASED

A consistent blend of ’60s retro-psych-sway from this Chicago five-piece that is more Mission District than Wicker Park.

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Record

Zero 7
ATLANTIC

Hope they’re not breaking up. Collections could be a mid-career snack to tide you over, or a signal of the end.

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Plea: 491

Matthew Fogle
SELF-RELEASED

Matthew Fogle seems to be a pretty talented guy — he has a solid voice and an obvious ear for melodies — but I hit a snag on Plea: 491.

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Vinyl Box

Neu!
GROENLAND

Tinny presupposition of recent electronic music made with an archaic technology. This is more of a historical document than a recording you rock out to.

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Somewhere on the Golden Coast

The Henry Clay People
TBD

Another notch in the win column for Los Angeles, where working-class rock ’n’ roll can suffocate under the glitz.

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The Long Ride

Local Villains
SELF-RELEASED

Local Villains don’t stray from their classic, alt-rock background, and for good reason.

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Lydia Burrell

Lydia Burrell
REMOVADOR

Lydia Burrell is the solo outing from former Kangaroo member and composer Alexander Smith, who created Burrell as a character in a screenplay.

Against Love

Windsor for the Derby
SECRETLY CANADIAN

Windsor for the Derby has floated in and out of the collective consciousness for more than a decade.