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Fresh-faced freak-folk from a local quintet. Turn a casual ear toward it, and you can imagine Laura Viers sitting in at a drum circle that’s just setting up.

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Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus
WARP

I don’t really buy into the concept of “challenging” music. You like it or you don’t.

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Congratulations

MGMT
COLUMBIA

Congratulations might not stay in queue long, lacking bombastic singles (“Kids”), and that’s too bad.

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Born and Thrown on a Hook

Drink Up Buttercup
YEP ROC

Much of Drink Up Buttercup’s debut doesn’t sound composed so much as thrown together from disparate scraps by an ADD-addled 10-year-old.

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Rise Up

Cypress Hill
PRIORITY/EMI

Remember that look your mom used to give that said, “I’m gonna tell you it’s great that you drew me that picture, but damned if I have a clue what I’m looking at.

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Blackmagic

José James
BROWNSWOOD

José James should be famous.

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Feathersongs for Factory Girls

Stripmall Architecture
SELF-RELEASED

Rebecca and Ryan Coseboom apparently thought it was time to move on from their solid shoegaze act Halou, so they formed Stripmall Architecture first as a side project, but now it’s the

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Swim

Caribou
MERGE

Caribou (not the veteran Louisville cover band, but the nom de synth of Canadian Daniel Snaith) creates electronica just a shade too up-tempo to be called ambient, but too insular for the dan

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The Endtables

The Endtables
DRAG CITY/ALIEN INTELLGENCES

I thought we were modern, sings Steve Rigot at the beginning of “Trick or Treat” by the Endtables, a perfect statement on life in Louisville circa 1979.

… Are The Roaring Night

The Besnard Lakes
SECRETLY CANADIAN

Canadian champions of atmosphere, The Besnard Lakes, deliver an infusion of ambient guitars, vocal harmonies and echo that is sure to tickle the brain’s pleasure centers.