The Vaccines: Come of Age

It’s amazing what a group of four British boys can do with guitars. Arising from a long list of iconic British foursomes whose names begin with “the” — The Clash, The Smiths, The Libertines, to name a few — The Vaccines are the most recent to conquer the landscape of
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Two Door Cinema Club: Beacon

Northern Ireland’s three-piece indie rock group Two Door Cinema Club found huge success with their 2010 debut, Tourist History. The band is back with an emotionally deeper yet consistently catchy sophomore album, Beacon. On first listen, Beacon sounds like Tourist History: Part 2 with its abundance of boisterous choruses and
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Animal Collective: Centipede HZ

Radio ads and announcements are often the jabber between songs, the necessary evils that help listeners keep their stations in business. Physical CDs have assumed a similar role in music. If sales are what a band’s spirit is worth in cold, hard cash, then lately, that answer has been: nothing.
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Purity Ring on producing distinctive pop music

To someone who knows nothing about Canadian geography, the fact that Purity Ring began work for the basis of their critically acclaimed debut Shrines while split between Halifax and Montreal might not seem all that striking. But the duo’s partnership was a tale of two cities almost one thousand miles
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Rap City: Rock the Bells 2012

Black Hippy Dickies. Bucket hats. Carson, CA tees. Gold chains and a small flat top. Black Hippy was in the amphitheatre. The group came out one at a time, essentially in the (ascending) order that most would rank each MC. The audience members loved Jay Rock’s homegrown anthems. Ab-Soul was
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Divine Fits  - Would That Not Be Nice

Divine Fits: A Thing Called Divine Fits

A Thing Called Divine Fits is no ordinary debut — these guys have been around the block a few times. Divine Fits combines the forces of Spoon mastermind Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs founding member Dan Boeckner, and New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown. The band oozes confidence,
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Swans: The Seer

Describing The Seer is an exquisite challenge. Swans’ follow-up to 2010’s My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky is primal. It’s as if the entire course of human history was recorded, the epochs at once discordant and harmonious with one another, the sounds of industry crashing
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Yeasayer: Fragrant World

As a band, Yeasayer could be defined by little other than reinvention. From their first two releases, All Hour Cymbals and Odd Blood, the band has evolved each time. While their second album drew criticism for the band’s change from more psychedelic music to poppier sounds, Yeasayer has managed to
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Bloc Party: Four

Is Kele Okereke confused? Has he been consumed by his own hipster irony? With the release of Bloc Party’s fourth studio album, the creatively titled Four, it appears the songwriter has lost his touch. After a drawn-out hiatus, the band seems to have forgotten itself. Turning to mismatched influences —
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