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Bon Iver – Bon Iver (2011)

Justin Vernon has his work cut out for him. The incredible For Emma, Forever Ago, released in 2007 under the moniker Bon Iver (one of many winter references), showed what Vernon was capable of; it was full of emotionally jarrin...
 
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My Morning Jacket – Circuital (2011)

I can still remember hearing my first My Morning Jacket song. It was “One Big Holiday” off the album It Still Moves. Eight years later, I can still remember how that initial exposure made me feel. My Morning Jacket continually ...

 
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Black Lips – Arabia Mountain (2011)

Before 2009, I was more or less indifferent to Black Lips, a band that basically sounded like a few other bands I already liked (Monks, King Khan & BBQ Show, etc). Then I heard 200 Million Thousand, an album with a dirge to it ...
 
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Man Man – Life Fantastic (2011)

There has been a disturbing trend with a number of bands I like. In the past few years, many of them have softened their sound, slowed it down, or “gone acoustic.” The Mars Volta’s 2009 album, Octahedron, was their least eclect...

 
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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011)

If you asked me about a year ago if I’d want to review the sophomore effort from the Portland-based Fleet Foxes, I’d have told you, “Absolutely not.” Simply put, I was ‘over’ Fleet Foxes. The over-saturation of their self-title...
 
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The Belle Brigade – The Belle Brigade (2011)

About nine years ago, it became extremely uncool to like Fleetwood Mac. This pop/rock/soul band created some of the most emotional, daring, bold music in decades. Unfortunately, the Dixie Chicks ruined everything. They released...

 
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TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light (2011)

The opening moments of Nine Types of Light is telling of the rest of the album. Unlike previous TV on the Radio releases, there is no grand musical build-up. Instead, Tunde Adebimpe’s vocals spring forth with such prowess that ...
 
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Week in Review (2/5)

This week's wrap-up includes news on The White Stripes, new tracks by Fleet Foxes and The Kills, a look back at Black Mountain, and a refresher on the genius that is Brian Wilson. Jay takes most of the feature again, with Mike ...

 
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Week in Review (1/29)

This week's spot features news about Coachella and All Tomorrow's Parties, new tracks by the likes of Memory Tapes, another look at Destroyer's Kaputt, and a nostalgic take on The Strokes. Jay takes the weekly feature again thi...
 
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Week in Review (1/21)

This is the first of a feature we hope to publish weekly on Fridays or Saturdays. In the midst of full-length features and reviews, topical highlights of the past week or so seem wise to apply. Much like the Best-Of compilation...