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My Friends Are Better than Yours

Hemi Hardaway
(SELF-RELEASED)

Douchebag rap has been a thing for years now, often by emcees who are capable of putting together solidly built, well-delivered packages, but much like a 3am bar pickup, you feel guilty, dirty, and

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Talk of Spring EP

Talk of Spring
SELF RELEASED

Goddammit. I wish “emo” would have had the sense to die a dignified death sometime around the late-’90s.

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Creatio Ex Nihil

Stonecutters
SELF-RELEASED
Good news, guys, we found Riki Rachtman!
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Mayfield

The Bluesbenders
SELF-RELEASED

The name “The Bluesbenders” is somewhat misleading, at least from a linguistic perspective.

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This World

Watter
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE LTD.

Given the well-publicized constituency of Watter — Strike City’s Tyler Trotter, Grails’ Zak Griles and Slint/Squirrel Bait alum Britt Walford — for fans of instrumental indi

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It’s Pretty Standard

Carly Johnson & Craig Wagner
SELF-RELEASED

As the title of the debut album by chanteuse Carly Johnson and guitarist Craig Wagner is a pun, referring to the beautiful standards they perform together, let’s go one step further and say t

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Pacific Midwest

Andy Matter
GUBBEY

It’s clear that Pacific Midwest, the debut solo effort from multi-instrumentalist Andy Matter, is a labor of love.

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Music for a Sophomore Phase

A Light Beacon
SELF-RELEASED

Despite its effort to bridge the gap between glacial post-rock and dense electronic ambience … Sophomore Phase isn’t quite sure what sort of record it wants to be.

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Virgins

Tim Hecker
KRANKY

Canadian ambient artist Tim Hecker has made some of the most challenging and captivating music of the early ’00s.

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Midnight at the Movies

Justin Townes Earle
Bloodshot

A Texas singer-songwriter with the name Justin Townes Earle is a like pop star being named John Lennon Beethoven Gaye or a scientist named Susan Curie Einstein-Newton.