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Interstates
SELF-RELEASED

Dig, if you will, a picture. Because not only is that all an all-instrumental band can provide, but that’s precisely the intent of such soundscape specialists like Interstates.

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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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Liquid Spirit

Gregory Porter
BLUE NOTE

If you’re a jazz fan and haven’t heard of Gregory Porter, then do yourself a favor and check him out.

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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.

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Guilt Trips

Ryan Hemsworth
LAST GANG

Cloud-rap? Post-R&B? We still don’t have much of a lexicon to describe the latest wave of bedroom producers who push well-worn hip-hop tropes into more experimental, freeform territory.

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Toy Tiger

Toy Tiger
SELF-RELEASED

In their eponymous first album, Toy Tiger bring a relentlessly delightful set of guitar-pop tunes perfect for car rides in the summer.