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Dream Get Together

Citay
DEAD OCEANS

Citay is one of those bands that pops up on the scene so rarely, music geeks often forget they even exist; a band that can take an overused trend in music and somehow breathe new life into it

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Soul Boost

Bodeco
SELF-RELEASED

Critical darlings of the ’90s from High View might’ve wound up a novelty act were they not so incredibly good — and schooled — at what they did: mining rock’s or

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Return To Form

Major Stars
DRAG CITY

In the hands of mere mortals, three guitars devolve into meaningless self-flagellation.

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Knock Alley West

Yardsale
SELF-RELEASED

It isn’t always easy to know from which angle Yardsale is coming.

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The Calcination of Scout Niblett

Scout Niblett
DRAG CITY

Scout Niblett distinguishes herself by often buttressing her spare, haunting songs with distorted electric guitar instead of acoustic.

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Displayed in Reflections

Broadfield Marchers
RAINBOW QUARTZ

Broadfield Marchers’ third album further refines the band’s ’60s pop-rock.

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Love is War EP

Lotus Blake
SELF-RELEASED

There’s something intangible and beautiful about the four songs that make up Love is War.

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Contra

Vampire Weekend
XL

However precious and popped-collar these New Yorkers appear, Vampire Weekend ultimately win out on top in the taste department.

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Seeds to be Planted, Trees to be Cut

The Parade Schedule
THE RECORD MACHINE

This debut from Louisville’s The Parade Schedule (or more specifically, mastermind Matt Kinder) is a collection of hushed acoustic songs that, at their best, recall Ryan Adams’ dr

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Stale Champagne

State Champion
SOPHOMORE LOUNGE

Anyone can write a sad song, but not everyone can do it well. You have to combine technique and belief.