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By John Mordecai On Saturday, November 16th, 2013
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Of Montreal: Lousy With Sylvianbriar

Of Montreal Lousy With Sylvianbriar (Polyvinyl) “Restless” is a good word to use when describing Of Montreal’s output. The past decade has seen Kevin Barnes’ project go from indie rock More...

By John Mordecai On Thursday, October 17th, 2013
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Smashing Pumpkins: Oceania Live in NYC

Smashing Pumpkins Oceania Live in NYC (CMG) Context is everything for Smashing Pumpkins circa 2013, and this is incredibly apparent on the group’s live album/DVD, Oceania: Live in NYC. This one captures the current More...

By John Mordecai On Friday, August 30th, 2013
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Sigur RĂłs: Kveikur

Sigur RĂłs Kveikur (XL) After two albums of mostly drifty ambience or acoustic quiet, it feels like it’s been a while since Iceland’s Sigur RĂłs has flexed any of its muscles. But any fears of the More...

By John Mordecai On Monday, June 24th, 2013
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Camera Obscura: Desire Lines

Camera Obscura Desire Lines (4AD) Scottish indie pop band Camera Obscura’s glorious pop sensibilities may have reached their apex on the group’s last album, My Maudlin Career. It seemed the band was More...

By John Mordecai On Thursday, June 6th, 2013
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Savages: Silence Yourself

Savages Silence Yourself (Matador) I didn’t plan on liking Savages. I’ve been so sick and tired of the post-punk resurgence as of late for its continuing lack of creativity, that any time a band with More...

By John Mordecai On Friday, May 31st, 2013
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How To Destroy Angels: Welcome Oblivion

How To Destroy Angels Welcome Oblivion (Columbia) I’ll preface this by saying that How to Destroy Angels’ 2012 EP, An Omen, was all too cleverly titled. The short-player contained six songs, all of More...

By John Mordecai On Friday, May 10th, 2013
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The Besnard Lakes: Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO

The Besnard Lakes Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO (Jagjaguwar) Four albums into their career, The Besnard Lakes are one of those bands whose music can’t be easily compared to anything else. Their latest, More...

By John Mordecai On Sunday, April 14th, 2013
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The Flaming Lips: The Terror

The Flaming Lips The Terror (Warner Bros.) The Flaming Lips hit a reinvigorated creative peak when the band released what might be its best, most fully-realized album – 2009′s dark and dizzying Embryonic, a More...

By John Mordecai On Monday, April 1st, 2013
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My Bloody Valentine: mbv

My Bloody Valentine mbv (self-released) The release of a new My Bloody Valentine album after the band’s 22-year silence might as well be the Second Coming of the indie rock world. The band became one of the More...

By John Mordecai On Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
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New Order: Lost Sirens

New Order Lost Sirens (Warner) Let’s face it, as important as New Order’s legacy is, the band has been dialing it in for a while now. The fact that the group’s new album, Lost Sirens, is just eight songs, More...