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Trance Inducer

IamIs
SELF-RELEASED

Trance Inducer is an aptly appropriate title from local experimental outfit IamIs.

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Circle the Wagons

Darkthrone
PEACEVILLE

Darkthrone’s cult fame was built on the raw, lo-fi black metal they pursued for a decade-plus.

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Sisterworld

Liars
MUTE

For their fifth album, the aggressively experimental Liars seem to have targeted a theme of psychosexual relationships, biological attraction, etc.

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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