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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
Pinata


Filled with delicious goodies for everyone.
BABYMETAL
Babymetal


An addictive tongue-in-cheek parody of modern J-pop, Babymetal's first full length album proves to be pretty solid, despite some dull and repetitive moments.
St. Vincent
St. Vincent


A challenging art pop album that convincingly balances the beautiful with the ugly, and ultimately stays human despite its futuristic leanings.
The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


On their sophomore effort, The Hotelier have evolved into something truly profound. This is a band at the top of their game.
Neneh Cherry
Blank Project


Blank Project overflows with daring experimentation, but its tremendous appeal also lies in Cherry's intensely personal musings that lend the record its emotional heft.
Angel Olsen
Burn Your Fire For No Witness


Won't you open a window sometime?
Woods of Desolation
As The Stars


A paradigm shift
Crosses
Crosses


Crosses' embrace of indulgent texture and weighted atmosphere end up giving the album a resilient and hypnotically enticing appeal.
Icarus the Owl
Icarus the Owl


Rekindling.
Grand Magus
Triumph and Power


In conclusion, grand magus delivers what the swedes have been delivering for the past twenty years, ever since at the gates revolutionized heavy metal: fearless, terrific music.
Marissa Nadler
July


The coldest July on record makes for a stunning achievement.
Thee Silver Mount Zion
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything


For the first time, in arguably ever, Thee Silver Mount Zion have fully realized the vision they've been striving for. Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is a triumph.
Against Me!
Transgender Dysphoria Blues


A renewed energy and passion for a band that truly needed it.
Lil B
05 Fuck Em


THIS IS ABSOLUTELY BASED #RARE #CLASSIC
Burial
Rival Dealer


An upward journey out of a vortex of despair
Beyonce
Beyonce


hold on to me
There Will Be Fireworks
The Dark, Dark Bright


Listen to River or die
Blood Orange
Cupid Deluxe


Punch it.
M.I.A.
Matangi


Pure fire.
DJ Rashad
Double Cup


In Memoriam
A Lot Like Birds
No Place


The House on Sesame Street
AFI
Burials


AFI maintains the polished sound of Crash Love, while recapturing some of the emotion and energy from Sing the Sorrow.
Radical Face
The Family Tree: The Branches


You remind me of what I could have been, but that reminder ain't much help.
Future of the Left
How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident


Hilarity ensues on the fourth album from noise rock originals.
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