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50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 10. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] “I’ve got no right to be depressed,” whines Will Toledo on Teens of Denial‘s cerebral and prescient opener, “Fill in the Blank”. In it, he complains about nothing in particular, lamenting nothing whilst refusing to form an intelligent or […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 10. Brand New – 3 Demos, Reworked [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] There are some questions as to why 3 Demos, Reworked even exists. Was it a hastily-recorded fixer to smooth over the grumblings when LP5 was delayed once again? Or was it planned out in advance, part of a bigger […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 30. Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Jimmy Eat World perhaps saw the biggest return to form of any artist this year. After three albums passed and faced mixed reception from fans and critics alike, Jim Adkins took a step back and dove into more […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 50. SUMAC – What One Becomes [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] With names such as Aaron Turner, Brian Cook, and Nick Yacyshyn at the helm, there’s no doubt SUMAC were born to create thunderous music. Few bands can make such a massive sound with only three members. What One Becomes sees their […]

From an editorial standpoint, the Year-End features are a lot of fun, despite the hectic scheduling and frenetic coordinating necessary to ensure we meet our [perpetually-malleable] deadlines. This is especially true for the Users’ Year-End list, which requires me to rely on the site’s contributing contingent to create the blurbs that complement each album in the feature. […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Intronaut – The Direction Of Last Things [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Love it or hate it, progressive metal is a tough genre to tackle because it takes true skill to balance technicality and emotion. At the same time, it’s another skill to make it sound completely engaging even when it’s nothing […]

Oh, you thought this was going to be the Top Ten LPs of 2015 feature? It’s okay. You can come back tomorrow (maybe) for the 10-1 LPs. –Jom 10 (tie). Foreign Fields – What I Kept in Hiding [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] 10 (tie). Plini – The End of Everything [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] It took me a long time to come around to Choose Your Weapon. Even as an avid fan of their debut, the follow-up is incomparably perplexing. Every time you start to wrap your head around the groove, tracks […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. The Tallest Man on Earth – Dark Bird Is Home [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Despite expanding his sound to fill a much broader scope, Kristian Matsson’s fourth full length shares a vital component with its predecessors: an unmistakable feeling of connection with the listener. Deemed his most […]

Hi there! It’s a bit of a busy time this season, but I hope you’re all doing well. As a consequence of the busy season, I couldn’t corral all the staffers to contribute, so some writers and/or genres are going to be underrepresented. This will hopefully change as we gear up for the Year-End list, […]

Hi there! Apologies to those of you who missed out on our celebratory rainbowsplosion on Friday. In case you missed it, pretend you’re Homer: People got a bit cranky with me, and perhaps understandably so — my favorite remark had something to do with “keeping the politics out of a music site” — despite that […]

Today is the most glorious day of the year. It’s Opening Day! Well, sort of, anyway. Does it really count if there’s only one game going, and one of the teams is the Cubs? It’s also the Master’s next week. Either way, just like the lion and the lamb adage about March, the year’s first […]

Hello, friends. If you made it here without any malware warnings, breathe a sigh of relief. As is the yearly tradition, I hope all of you were “Down with the Christmas” this week, no matter what festive holiday you celebrated: Stream: The Paybacks – “Down with the Christmas” (3:55) Similar to my entry last year […]

Welcome to our Q3 Mixtape this year, where we further illuminate some of our favorite songs released between July – September. Featuring tracks from Amplifier, Banks, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Dog Fashion Disco, Dopplereffekt, Kimbra, Lenny Kravitz, Mr. Kitty, Oado, Seven That Spells, Shabazz Palaces, Skrew, Yuna, and more than what’s listed in the aforementioned baker’s […]

On the heels of debuting some, uh, minimalistic album art and the raucous “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” off their forthcoming LP Get Hurt, The Gaslight Anthem have shared the title track as well. Get Hurt is slated for an August 19th release date and is available for pre-order. The Gaslight Anthem – “Get Hurt” (3:43) Get […]

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