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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
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.
Friendzone
DX


“2013 is the year we take Friendzone back from the bros.”
Courtney Barnett
The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas


A pleasant float down the lazy Courtney River
Tim Hecker
Virgins


Virgins sees Hecker at his most lucid melodically and rhythmically, yet arguably represents his most challenging work to date.
Wolfheart
Winterborn


An embodiment of the Scandinavian winter
Melt-Banana
Fetch


Eat your heart out Gretchen Wieners
Danny Brown
Old


They want that old Danny Brown.
Pusha T
My Name Is My Name


Still better than your favorite rapper.
Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven


drowning in the sea of information.
Touche Amore
Is Survived By


Is Survived By is awesome. Listen to it.
Carcass
Surgical Steel


Yet another solid album from Carcass, and a step in the right direction after Swansong
Janelle Monae
The Electric Lady


The visionary pop star follows the trajectory of her genre-hopping previous endeavors with more driving ambition and artistic creativity to boot.
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