Of Montreal: Paralytic Stalks

Of Montreal’s latest record, Paralytic Stalks, makes for great spaceship music. The record has a sonic quality that brings to mind the Big Bang (yes, the beginning of the universe). Explosions of abstract, spacey sounds echo and blare throughout, from screechy vocals and guitars to noises wholly extraterrestrial and unidentifiable.
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Dr. Dog: Be the Void

Dr. Dog pulls it off again. Six albums deep, the band picks up where their 2010 release, Shame, Shame, left off and gives us Be the Void. With a tendency to experiment, or more so, let their style evolve with age, Dr. Dog departs further from their psychedelic harmonies and
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Lana Del Rey: Born to Die

Lana Del Rey wants you to own her, love her, objectify her, abuse her and worship her. Now, there’s enough here — in her image, her music and the backlash it’s all received — for a whole team of pop culture critics, feminists and intellectuals to fuss about, but, all
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Imperial Teen: Feel the Sound

After five years since their last studio release, local pop-rockers Imperial Teen have come back with full, bubbly fury. Whether you’ve been a fan since the ’90s, or have just discovered the eccentric group, Feel the Sound will draw you in with its catchy guitar riffs and the pop-glossed vocals
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The Internet: Purple Naked Ladies

As ambient hip-hop continues to rise out of uncharted wavelengths and into a popular genre of its own, The Internet serve as a prime example of this recent uprising. With their debut album, Purple Naked Ladies, the digital duo have tastefully combined hip-hop and soul in a soothing record —
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First Aid Kit: The Lion’s Roar

Out of the Scandinavian woodlands comes a true-blue American country album from Swedish sister singer-songwriters First Aid Kit. The young Johanna and Klara Soderberg hail from Stockholm, but recorded their sophomore effort, The Lion’s Roar, in Omaha, Nebraska. The change of scenery marks not a stylistic departure, but a richer
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Steve Aoki: Wonderland

In recent years, Steve Aoki has risen to become a household name in the world of electro house music. Celebrated by ravers and pop crowds alike, Aoki has now managed to build up anticipation even higher than usual with a new album stock-full of exciting collaborations. With the likes of
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Gonjasufi: MU.ZZ.LE

If you were to try and recreate the sonic emissions of artist Sumach Ecks, better known as Gonjasufi, your best bet would be to lock a Tibetan monk in a room with only a beat-mixer, a microphone and a few tabs of acid. After the schizophrenically awesome album A Sufi
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Bombay Bicycle Club: A Different Kind of Fix

At last, an indie band has got it right. Considering all the monotonous droning one must sift through in the current indie scene (which has degenerated into banality), it’s good to know that there’s a group capable of capturing real emotions within a characteristically indie sound. With their third studio
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The Big Pink: Future This

You might have heard of The Big Pink from the catchy single “Dominos” off of their first album, A Brief History of Love. This track had a brief surge of mainstream attention when it was sampled in Nicki Minaj’s “Girls Fall Like Dominoes,” and, like most of this British duo’s
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