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Clatter And Jive

The Teeth
NOISE POLLUTION

Reviewing EPs can be a tricky proposition — does one afford the same considerations of scope and gravity typically associated with a full-length?

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Learning to Wait for the Dawn

Gabe Close
SELF-RELEASED

Gabe Close sounds as if he’s been exorcising a lifetime of Southern rock and blues influences to make his debut, Learning to Wait for the Dawn.

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Screaming Secrets

Second Story Man
NOISE POLLUTION

Screaming Secrets finds Second Story Man flexing every muscle they have.

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Dear God I Hate Myself

Xiu Xiu
KILL ROCK STARS

Xiu Xiu used to be a challenging, uncomfortable listening experience. Scattered moments of mutilated beauty made the awkward rape-incest-weeping-electronic ride all worth it.

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The Sea

Corinne Bailey Rae
VIRGIN

Rae was once a punk-band frontwoman, but she learned to stretch her musical horizons with the help of the saxophonist who became her husband.

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Gavage Vol. 1: Queen of Hearts

Paul K & the Weathermen
SELF-RELEASED

Paul K’s originals are sturdy and effective, but Gavage Vol.

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Find Our Way

D.A. King
AWACIAN

There’s something in the voices of early rock ’n’ rollers like Elvis Presley or Buddy Holly that conjures up the word “honey.” And whatever it is, D.A.

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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.