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Strict Joy

The Swell Season
ANTI

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, also known as The Swell Season, took the world by storm a couple years back with their debut release, the Oscar-winning soundtrack to the film “Once.&r

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Or Granfaloon

Karass
SELF-RELEASED

Karass’ sprawling debut is an exercise in frank, point-counterpoint philosophy.

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American Exhaust

The Glasspack
RIVERROCK

With song titles like “Shut up and Ride,” you immediately know what you are in for with these Louisville speedsters.

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Rose City

Viva Voce
Barsuk

Sometimes you don’t need to reinvent the wheel.

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EP

Foor
LOUISVILLE LIP

Music writers are certainly the least unbiased of us. When I first picked up this EP and saw the goofy artwork, I got real worried that my mellow would be quickly harshed.

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Workers

Workers
Bleeding Death Music

Workers (nee Your Black Star) are a power trio in every possible sense: complex, loud and bold on their self-titled follow-up to last year’s Beasts EP.

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Préliminaires

Iggy Pop
Astralwerks

Feel free to argue over who invented punk rock. Iggy Pop certainly was the first major figure to live and breathe the punk lifestyle.

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Chronomega

Black Cobra
SOUTHERN LORD

If the rusty patina of bulky abandoned industrial-era equipment had a sound, it would be something like the heavily distorted guitars of Black Cobra.

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A Brand You Can Trust

La Coka Nostra
SUBURBAN NOIZE

House of Pain is back! Before you turn up your noses, kiddos, take the history lesson.

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Suppression in the Third

Jason Crumer & Roxann Spikula
ECSTATIC PEACE

Listening to a noise recording can sometimes be a losing proposition as the sound dynamics present in a live setting can be absent.