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Said And Done

A Lion Named Roar
SELF-RELEASED

A Lion Named Roar should rename themselves A Cat Named Meow.

Everyone Is A Ghost

Monster Movie
GRAVEFACE

If you passed a misspent youth staring wistfully into your bedroom mirror while playing an imaginary keyboard, this could well be the album to reignite your teen dreams and/or angst.

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The Good Old Fashioned Way

Hamper McBee
DRAG CITY/TWOS & FEWS

I can smell the moonshine coming off this collection. Country music scholar Charles K.

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Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph

Frog Eyes
DEAD OCEANS

In the latest installment to Frog Eyes’ saga, the band wraps itself in a messy coat of noise and distortion, sometimes shaped and sometimes as unruly as a bear backed into a corner.

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Painted Hills

Painted Hills
PARASOL

On their eponymous debut, Painted Hills revive the once-common but increasingly rare concept of rock band as singer/songwriter vehicle, as ex-Beachwood Sparks guitarist Josh Schwarz crafts ef

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The Royal We

Alo & the Narcissists
SELF-RELEASED

Alo and the Narcissist’s debut The Royal We is a less-than-regal effort, yet it experiments enough to win over a few fans of glam house.

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EP

Mittens on Strings
SELF-RELEASED

Chicago’s Mittens on Strings follow last year’s Let’s Go to Baba’s with a quirky self-produced fiver.

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Confidence

Spouse
PIGEON/NINE MILE

From his Northampton, Mass., outpost, José Ayerve, singer, guitarist and ringleader of Spouse, is building a house, and the mortar is durable pop.

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Junior

Kaki King
ROUNDER

Rolling Stone declared Kaki King a guitar god, and Foo Fighters and Tegan & Sara have employed her brand of guitar-slapping and finger-picking to spruce up their albums.

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Your Future Our Clutter

The Fall
DOMINO

Your Future Our Clutter seems like a self-indulgent vanity project that sometimes reaches to the absurd (note the extended warbly keyboard outro to “Cowboy George”).